Pauline Pearce has some words of wisdom for the Republican party of the United States. Pearce became famous in England during the riots earlier this year when she was caught on camera chastising rioters and condemning their behavior in the midst of massive looting and violence in the Hackney district of London.
She’s a hero of sorts in the U.K. after her tirade and was viewed by over a million people on YouTube. The conservative Tory party had long been attempting to pin this riot on unruly minority youths (instead of as a response to police brutality and violence) and thought that Pearce would be a perfect cover to justify their message when they invited her to their annual conference. Instead, she turned the tables on them, noting that she was speaking to an all White crowd, and pointing out that as long as the Tory party made no legitimate efforts to involve Blacks they were never going to improve the conditions in the cities let alone prevent riots in the future.
Herman Cain needs to get Pearce on the fastest thing flying from London to Atlanta for a heart-to-heart and political planning session. The Republican Party has gotten better at co-opting Black folks to deliver their messages and getting Black candidates into office, but they’re still miserable at gaining Black votes. Why? Because they refuse to include Black people in their political planning and policy making process. Pearce’s admonition to a sea of White faces mirrors the same problem the American GOP has.
If the Republican party sincerely wants to grab the 10% to 12% of the black vote they used to pull in the 80’s and 90’s in presidential elections they have to stop insulting the intelligence of Black voters and start bringing them into the platform meetings. Cain better snatch Pauline up quick, I think Rick Perry might want to show up with her at a speech or two as well.
This article originally appeared at Politic365.com.