Do You Believe in Hip-Hop Republicans?

One Author Makes the Case for Common Causes

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Interesting piece from The Root about Hip-Hop Republicans. I bring this up because, after the recent discussion of "insights as stereotypes," I think we can all agree that the assumption -- rightly or wrongly -- is that 99.9% of African-Americans are Democrats. And in a race with a viable Black candidate? Forget about it. But here's the thing. Black Republicans do exist. I've met a few. Heck, I even get emails from a group called the National Black Republican Association, whose latest campaigns revolve around trying to remind people of the Democratic Party's sorry (old) history on race and convince folks that Martin Luther King was a Republican. But I don't know if I know any Hip-Hop Republicans as defined by author Lenny McAllister.
So, what's the difference between a Hip-Hop Republican and a black Republican? Hip-Hop Republicans grew up with the influence of hip-hop culture and, unlike their peers over age 50, are able to see how Republican values and policies should be applied to urban issues. And while black Republican is a label based solely on race, "Hip Hop Republican" speaks to the existence of a group that has transcended race in many ways.
He goes on to write:
The pillars of Hip-Hop Republicanism are economic empowerment, educational choice, access to information and empowering the potential of the individual.
Taxes probably have something to do with that as well. It's probably no coincidence that very wealthy black athletes and hip-hop stars at least flirt with Republicans when they start noticing how much of their paychecks get siphoned off.

Of course I don't think any of that is going to win McAllister friends, especially in urban enclaves such as New York. I'm sure someone has an opinion on this. Now, there's a marketing challenge. Make Hip-Hop and Republican seem synonymous.
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