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September 5, 2012

Diversity at political conventions

Filed under: Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 3:43 am
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Last week, a liberal friend complained to me that all of the Republican delegates at their convention seemed to be white and that African-Americans were conspicuously absent.  I countered that I thought there seemed to be an inordinate number of African-American delegates at the Republican convention.  When my friend suggested I was loony, I explained that African-Americans comprise about 13% of all Americans and that only 3% of them vote against Obama.  Thus, African-Americans provide Democrats with more than 25% of their votes and Republicans with less than 1% of their votes.  Those statistics justify African-Americans comprising, according to a recent news report, 26% of the delegates at the Democratic convention.  By contrast, their 2.1% representation at the Republican convention suggests that some affirmative action took place to artificially increase their attendance.    

As Jerry Seinfeld said, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

But, news reports also reveal that African-Americans outnumber Hispanics by 2-1 at the Democratic convention even though Hispanics, who are 70-30 in favor of President Obama, significantly outnumber African-Americans in the general population.

Which suggests, as Ricky said, “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.”

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