Thursday, July 22, 2010
Black Conservative: Embrace Discussion On Race
By Theresa Poulson
In an interview with National Journal earlier this year, Frederick Douglass Foundation Chairman Timothy Johnson recommended that conservatives face the issue of race head-on in order to broaden their base. Johnson's words of advice came before the NAACP voted last week to condemn extreme elements within the Tea Party movement.
"As I travel throughout North Carolina and elsewhere across the country, I see more and more blacks joining the Tea Party movement," Johnson said in a statement in response to the vote. "The overwhelming number of black Republican candidates this election year itself speaks volumes and proves the Tea Party movement has nothing to do with race."
Still, in interview excerpts in the video below, Johnson acknowledges that there's work to be done in order for conservatives and the Republican Party to improve outreach to African-American voters.