ESPN host Stephan A. Smith gave a lecture at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, during which he said he wished all black Americans would vote Republican one year to keep political parties responsive to black voters. (VIDEO: Charles Barkley: ‘Unintelligent’ Blacks ‘Brainwashed’ To Keep Successful Black Men Down)
SMITH: I have often said that from a political perspective what I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican. Want me to tell you why I feel that way? Because from what I’ve read — and I’m open to correction — but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the Civil Rights Movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it.
What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office. But there was a Senate, a Republican Senate that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation… So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.
Do you know that since 1964, black America hasn’t given the Republican Party more than 15% of the vote? Here’s what that means. What that means is that one party, black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself disenfranchised because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.