The Orlando Sentinel reports Derrick Wallace, head of Orange County's NAACP, has switched political parties becoming a Republican.
"It's purely a business decision. Ninety percent of those I do business with are Republicans," he said. "Opportunities that have come to my firm have been brought by Republicans."
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Wallace elaborated that his "business" line of thought also referred to the NAACP. Behind many of the power desks in this town sit Republicans. And he said he wants his organization to be part of that structure. Just as importantly, he said, he didn't want people to immediately brand -- or dismiss -- NAACP concerns as synonymous with those of liberal Democrats. "I want this branch to be respected," he said.
To that, Democratic leader Tim Shea responded:
I'm a little confused. Are we talking about the National Association for the Advancement of Construction Professionals -- or Colored People?
According to the Sentinel, Shea and other Democrats have long maintained that Republican talk about inclusion is little more than that: talk. They cite GOP policy after policy -- on everything from voting rights to health care -- that disproportionately negatively affects blacks.
Maybe they are not familiar with President Bush's "Gagging On The Donkey" speech.
La Shawn Barber posts that some black folks' psychological barrier when it comes to the GOP amounts to psychological slavery. I couldn't agree more.