By: Edmund Jenks – West Coast Editor
An article like this can only be published by a “mainstream” news outlet … OUTSIDE of the United States!
In an article published in England’s Daily Mail, a move by disgruntled African-American citizens to change the course of how their neighborhoods are viewed, billboards are appearing in advance of the November 6, 2012 elections to convince voters to have their vote count toward the Republican candidate.
The Daily Mail was Britain’s first daily newspaper aimed at the newly literate “lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks”, and the first British paper to sell a million copies a day. It boasted an average daily circulation of 1,991,275 copies in April 2012.
This excerpted and edited from the Daily Mail –
‘Martin Luther King was a Republican’: The billboard that encourages African-Americans to switch parties
By GRAHAM SMITH – PUBLISHED: 05:10 EST, 29 October 2012 | UPDATED: 05:33 EST, 29 October 2012
Billboards claiming iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican last week appeared in the black neighbourhoods of three Texas cities, angering local residents.
The advertising hoardings erected in Dallas, Houston and Austin by a conservative organisation to encourage African-Americans to ‘Vote Republican!’ have been branded ‘disrespectful’ by one Dallas resident.
The Democrats traditionally attract a far higher proportion of black voters than the Republican party.
But Claver Kamau-Imani, the founder of RagingElephants.org, claims he has the documentation to prove Dr King, who was assassinated in 1968, voted Republican. And he believes his billboards – which proclaim ‘Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican. Vote Republican! – will encourage other African-Americans to join the party.
He told CBS Dallas: ‘The use of Dr King, because of him being an icon in the community, we feel would be most effective. That’s why we used it.’We have the documentation to back the claims we’re making on the billboard.’
However, in 2008, Dr King’s son Martin Luther King III said: ‘It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican.
Amid the country’s shifting demographics, Republicans have focused more on reaching out to Hispanics than black voters, who have supported President Barack Obama in overwhelming numbers.
In her bid to become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, Mia Love is her party’s face of diversity this campaign year.
She is reluctant to embrace the role, saying she doesn’t let race or gender define her politics.
‘I was elected mayor not because of my race or gender, not because I wear high heels, but because of the policies I put in place,’ Ms Love, 36, said in a recent interview.
Polling shows Ms Love with a slight lead over a six-term Democratic incumbent in Utah.
A married mother-of-three, a Mormon and a favourite of the small-government tea party movement, Ms Love is the only woman among 11 black Republican House candidates in the November 6 election.
Republicans have focused more on her conservative values and agenda than her race.
‘We need a party that is diverse based on our issues and not based on simply trying to find greater variety in the complexion,’ said Rep Tim Scott of South Carolina, one of the two black Republicans now in the House.
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