In 2014, Former Governor of Florida, Charlie Christ, quit the Republican Party due to racism. He became a Democrat, stating he had found the racial prejudice against President Obama to be unreasonable and contemptuous. Christ stated,
“Because I was a Republican, and I saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me. As I told you before, my mother and father taught my three sisters and me to treat everybody well –we’re all children of God – and I saw how the party, some of them, were treating the African-American president, and I couldn’t take it anymore.”
The Republicans have a long history of supporting Racism, as shown by their Southern Strategy. The Southern Strategy was a Republican plan to increase support from white voters in southern states by promoting fear and racism against African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement and the reversal of Jim Crow laws during the 1950s and 1960s deepened racial tensions in the South. To exploit the situation, Senator Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon developed strategies promoting prejudice in white, conservative voters of the South.
Republicans support voter suppression, which is a favored, standardized tactic for blocking votes. They are currently attacking the non-existent problem of voter fraud. Republicans have instituted various forms of voter suppression aimed at preventing Democratic-leaning blocs from voting, which includes gerrymandering. The new ID requirements are often difficult for the elderly, students, people with disabilities, and people of color, to meet.
In 2015, after six years of refusing to meet with President Obama, Republican congress members “blamed him” for refusing to cooperate and negotiate with them. (Republicans are currently playing a similar blame game with Democrats, by not inviting them to meetings, and then claiming Democrats don’t want to participate.) They blamed President Obama for blocking immigration reform, claiming his initiatives made it difficult for them to pass legislature on the issue. He was blamed for their inability to work on tax reform, and has been criticized for providing an improved sick leave package for Federal employees. (Republican hypocrisy is truly astonishing!)
While Republican leaders claim they are in an ideological fight over the principles of “small government,” their actions, and some “former” Republicans, say otherwise. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson has publicly stated the Republican Party is “full of racists” who wanted President Obama out of office because of the color of his skin. He said,
“Let me just be candid, my party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.”
There are Republicans who are not racist, and some who are disgusted by the actions and behavior of their party’s members. But, on a broad scale, the Republican Party supports racism. The GOP rarely reprimands members for racially prejudiced language, and is constantly attempting to block minority votes. Republicans do not understand passive support of prejudice is an expression of prejudice!