Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Frances Rice Is On A Mission by Akindele Akinyemi
This past Saturday I had the great opportunity to meet Frances Rice, the chairwoman of the National Black Republican Association. She was in Detroit at the DeVos/Detroit Victory Center talking to Black Republicans about our history and our great contributions to American society in general.
If you do not know who Frances Rice is she is the architect behind the recent radio ad that is talking about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. Some think the ad is distasteful while others are very fortunate that someone had the guts to go out and speak what is right.
There was nothing wrong with the radio ad. Some felt that Rice should concentrate on the present instead of the past. Of course Black people who said this would have never said this nonsense to Jews, Arabs and even brothers and sisters from Africa. We always forget the past.
I have said many times in Detroit that now is the time to establish political balance. The Democratic machine has not helped Black people become self sufficient as well as educated for the past 30 years. How long do we need to continue to depend on a crutch when it's time for self determination?
Frances Rice (above) is talking about the great contributions of the Republican Party and its relationship to Blacks.
It's time out for Black paranoia, fear and intimidation. We need to establish political balance in Detroit and its time that Black Detroit accept Black Republicans to represent them in office so we can build ONE Detroit for ONE region.