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Law Prof: 'Black Elites' Demonize Republicans in Community

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:31 PM

Republicans must not shun African American voters as the party gears up to win the White House in 2016, Vanderbilt University Law Professor Carol Swain tells Newsmax TV.

"Republicans should not give up on the black vote," Swain said Wednesday on "the Steve Malzberg Show."

"I've heard Republican consultants say, don't waste your time in the black community, pretty much go hunting where the ducks are.

"As long as that is the attitude of some of the consultants, the Republican Party will not make the kind of end roads that it could in the black community."

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Swain said that African Americans are like any other group of potential voters in that they have to be courted.

"If you show up and you are genuine and you don't wait until election year to show up, then you stand a chance," she said.

Swain said she has been disappointed in the negative comments that famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who has announced he's seeking the Republican nomination, has received from black liberals.

"It saddens me that our country is such that within the black community there's no understanding of diversity of viewpoints, there's no respect for anyone that doesn't follow the party line, and that's sad because it limits everyone," Swain said.

"It means that black progress is almost impossible because the way it's been packaged by black elites, it has to come from the Democratic Party, and anyone that is conservative or aligns themselves with the Republican Party, they're demonized."

She does not believe that black liberals seen regularly on the news are really representing the majority of African Americans.

"In the black community you will find respect for Ben Carson and respect for [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas and I've always been well received in the black community among people that are not politicians, that don't have agendas, or are not in academia," Swain said.

"So I would dismiss the voices of the pundits as well as the voices of people that are coming from academia and the Democratic Party, because they have an agenda and that agenda is to keep blacks blind, poor, and voting for their party."

Swain said she is impressed by Carson, although she sees him more as vice-presidential timber at this stage.

"A lot of that has to do with his lack of experience in foreign policy and some of those other areas. We've suffered through Barack Obama, we know what inexperience can bring," Swain said.

"I do believe with his intellect and with his commonsense that if he were elected, he would appoint the right advisers and so he would be able to overcome that. But in the minds of the voters, people like him, they respect him, they would vote for him, but his best shot is number two on the ticket."

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