*RNC Chairman Michael Steele has again brought up the issue of race, this time to a group of 200 students at DePaul University, stating that African-Americans “don’t have a reason” to vote for Republican candidates.
During a university-sponsored discussion on the conservative movement, Steele was asked to explain why an African-American should vote Republican. The RNC chairman’s response: “You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True.”
Steele, who has famously criticized Democrats for being quick to pull the “race card,” also talked about his personal experience with racial discrimination — a subject that the he has openly addressed in the past. Steele told TV One’s Roland Martin in November that even some of his fellow Republicans are “scared” of him because of his race.
Steele went on to acknowledge his party’s failure to reach out and connect with African-Americans and other marginalized communities. “We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,” he explained in Tuesday’s appearance.
The RNC chairman went on to make a candid statement about how the disconnect between Republicans and minorities is not new and has been a part of the party’s strategy for years.
“For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South,” Steele said. “Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton.”