Why is the Republican Party generally seen as the "White People Party"?

I want to clarify this as much as possible, I am not trying to say all white people vote republican or the Republican Party is made of white people entirely. What I’m saying is, Democratic Party always seem to appeal minorities more, for example 93% of African Americans voted democrat in the last election.

The urban/ rural divide is a major contributor
Plenty of rural black people in the southern states.
The Republican Party released its own "autopsy report" in the wake of Obama winning a second term in 2012
You can read the entire autopsy report here
It's a good thing they addressed all of the problems outlined in the autopsy report when they nominated Trump...
That's incorrect. He disavowed the KKK immediately. He just didn't recognize David Duke's name immediately.
Conservative party is typically in favor of maintaining the status quo. The status quo in the US is seen by many to provide more advantages to white people than to people of color, and thus many people of color see voting for the conservative party as voting against their personal interests.
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Context: this comment is an old comment of mine (that got me banned from
After the passage of the New Deal (which had been both racist and advantageous to African Americans), the Republican party began to slowly lose African American voters. 1940 rolls around and the Republican party commissioned a report on why they were losing African American voters. The report found,
In particular, African Americans had realigned to support FDR overwhelmingly for re-election - for he was working to meet needs for those disadvantaged with the New Deal. Sources
African Americans hadn't left in droves yet, it had only been a slow progression. Then the 1960s roll around, and now enters JFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon, and Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson had a major distrust of LBJ, then JFKs Vice-President,nfor having been known as a racist, Southern Democrat (he was from Texas). He didn't trust JFK either, reportedly when they had met JFK had told Robinson "I don't know any black people."
Robinson had developed a strong friendship with Nixon and had campaigned for him personally. Then MLK had gotten arrested and Robinson asked Nixon to call MLK - Nixon refused, saying it was grandstanding (which it is, but still a good gesture). JFK had called MLK's wife, Coretta.
Nixon had suffered a defeat, and later on JFK would be assassinated and LBJ would assume office. LBJ pushed for the Civil Rights Act hard - much to the surprise of Jackie Robinson, and even Democrats. This is when the African American vote had began to leave in droves from the Republican party.
The 1964 election comes and the amount of delegates that African Americans made up of the RNC was less than 1%, the lowest since African Americans had started to become delegates.
Barry Goldwater was the Republican candidate in 1964 and he had called the Civil Rights Act unconstitutional. He did it with a heavy heart, but his base interpreted it vastly different.
This is when the Republican platform switched completely just as Ralph Bunche had predicted. Then they employed the War on Drugs to lock up anti-war protestors and African Americans.
John Ehrlichman, Nixon's domestic policy chief in the White House said of the War on Drugs,
Then in the 1980s, you got Lee Atwater, an advisor to Richard Nixon professing the
I hate the usage of the n-word but censoring it would do an injustice to the victims of these people who were in positions of power and it's an injustice to history itself.
It depends when you posted it. chabanais was a god-awful mod back in 2016 and his removal is nothing but a positive. Back then, the rules were that if anyone posted about the Southern Strategy you were banned. [Even most conservatives on the subreddit called him out on it and understand that it existed] (
Where conservatives and other parties divulge, however, is the idea on whether it was successful (it wasn't, the following election with Goldwater was a bloodbath) whether it was kept (debatable, Nixon immediately implemented the Philadelphia Plan and black capitalism) and how regional differences are more likely the cause of racial issues (despite Republicans backing the Civil Rights bill more than the Democrats,
There's a whole section in the [askconservatives faq] (
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Because they went out of their way since 1964 to use racial resentment for electoral gain.
The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism**...**On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I have no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that does not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”
-MLK on Barry Goldwater
"The danger of the Republican party being taken over by the lily-white-ist conservatives is more serious than many people realize... Goldwater, at best, is a hopeless captive of the lunatic, calculating right wing extremists"
A new breed of Republicans has taken over the GOP... It is a new breed which is seeking to sell to Americans a doctrine which is as old as mankind—the doctrine of racial division, the doctrine of racial prejudice, the doctrine of white supremacy. We must fight them in the churches. We must fight them on our jobs in our union halls. We must work and struggle and sacrifice… [to] ensure that Goldwater-ism and extremism and anti-Negroism will be so brutally defeated that they can never again threaten the future of America.” -Jackie Robinson, who supported Nixon in 1960, worked with Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the 1964 GOP Presidential primary who was Republican up until 1966, on Barry Goldwater
"You can't say the Negro left the Republican Party; the Negro feels he was evicted from the Republican Party."
-Republican Senator Edward Brooke, first black senator from Massachusetts and first to be popularly elected to the Senate, after Goldwater's defeat.
"I have the greatest affection for them (blacks) but I know they're not going to make it for 500 years... The Mexicans are a different cup of tea... They have a heritage. At the present time they steal, they're dishonest. They do have some concept of family life, they don't live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like." -
Or Ronald Reagan's history on race
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
-Lee Atwater, former GOP chairman and campaign adviser to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Because that is how they deliberately brand themselves. It's not a coincidence.
It's also stupid. I know scads of Hispanics and black people, middle easterners, and other people of color whose worldview is fundamentally conservative, but most of whom reliably vote Democrat because the Republicans take such a hostile stance on anyone who isn't white.
Put another way, I know a bunch of guys who wear boots, cowboy hats, belt buckles you can serve a steak on, who drive lifted trucks, are very religious, extremely family oriented with traditional views on gender roles, blue collar as hell, who take a very dim view of abortion, and think criminals should be dragged out into the street and shot. The only reason they aren't Republicans is that their first language is Spanish.
Why? If that's the question you wanna get to the heart of...after the civil rights movement the republican party decided to tie it's wagon to white identity politics and theyve been doing it for 50 years now.
anti-immigrant rhetoric, gerrymandering, both things not entirely helpful for minorities
Democrats gerrymander too. Gerrymandering is just being in charge of how the districts are divided and giving your party the political advantage with it. Republicans gerrymandering minority districts would be more of an effect of them being the opposing voting bloc instead of a cause but it certainly doesn't help so I see your point.
A more extreme example would be Nixon going after drugs because black people and hippies smoked weed and he wanted to turn his opposition into criminals. He originally went after them because they voted against him and helped cause both groups to hate his party for decades to come.
*Illegal immigrants and minority employment now is as high as it's ever been. That being said they do have a problem with gerrymandering but hopefully that dies when the old guard does. (Which should be soon given how old most of them are.
A lot of it starts from here..
" In American politics, the Southern strategy was a
Stigma of racism after having many of their members be opposed to the civil rights movement. They also refuse to distance themselves from racist politicians and organizations.
More Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act than Democrats.
FWIW, the Republican Party used to be the party of black people. Lincoln was called a Black Republican when he first ran. Unfortunately the modern day GOP tends to win by making white people as angry as possible, at the expense of non-white people.
For instance, Latino Americans tend to be pretty religious, family focused, etc. On paper the GOP could attract them! Instead they're focused on deporting people brought here when they were in diapers, which wins Republicans Nebraska but is the reason why the party is nearly extinct in California.
The more interesting demographic is Asian Americans. Older Asians tended to vote GOP but now millennial Asians are more solidly Dem. The GOP can win at a statewide level by appealing to white anxiety but eventually they'll run out of white folks to win nationally.
I think this is a pretty insightful and evenhanded take. California is a great example of going the other way. Instead of integrating Hispanics into the coalition they alienated them and lost an electoral crown jewel.
Sure, until the 60s and 70s, which is before most people in this thread were born. For all of my lifetime, and all of most people heres' lifetimes, blacks have voted overwhelmingly (90+% in many elections) Democratic.
Trump having a white nationalist speech writer certainly have not helped things nor rednecks chanting to build the wall
They still do that? From what I remembered it's well on it's way to being built.
Many countries have an ethno-nationalist party. That wing has taken over the Republican party.
Also is the fact that white households have more income and wealth than minority ones. Unsurprisingly, wealth and economic conservatism are bossom buddies.
Because what is now obvious to the average white liberal (myself included, by the way) has been obvious to minority groups for quite some time. The Republican Party of the modern era exists on the basis of racial resentment.
To be completely fair, both parties are the White People Party right now. Three white men and a white woman (who tried to portray herself as a minority) lead the Democratic primary race. My friends who are minorities feel forgotten
How do you figure? The chairman of the Democratic National Committee is a minority. the congress is the most racially diverse in our history, most of them being Democrats
And you forgot to mention that at the start of this there were many minorities running for the dem nomination. Minorities didn't support them though.
No she did not.
Part of equality is equal right to drop out. It’s just the way it goes. Young Hispanics support Bernie, older African Americans support Biden
That isn’t fair at all. Look at Congress, where there are 94 non-white Democrats and only 16 non-white Republicans.
I mean, minority voters overwhelmingly picked Biden over the other choices in the Democratic primary. It's not like there weren't options, but they never glommed on to Booker or Harris or whoever.
Wait what three white men, I know Biden. I thought Yang and Sanders were high up though?
I’ve always been told that it’s because a lot of republican benefits help people in more rural areas, whereas the majority of ethnically diverse people live in urban areas where liberalism and the Democratic Party is more popular. I’m not sure if this is exactly true, but it’s what I’ve always heard.
Not really look at somewhere Mississippi. Rural blacks vote Dem. The republican party is honestly a white ethnoreligious party. That doesn't mean conservative ideology is that but the party made a choice to be that.
The democrats also tend to forget about people who live in the rural states generally because their votes come from urban centers.
Correction "Rich white people party"*
I'm in poverty so the Republicans don't support me.
Probably because the Democratic party rails against white people.
Because most non-whites don't vote republican. Why that is the case is complicated and I don't pretend to fully understand the answer. Most answers are from a liberal perspective so I'll try to give conservative perspective. If i had to make a guess I would guess it's because minorities are on average poorer and the Democrats offer welfare programs and republicans don't (philosophically anyway big government conservatism is on the rise). The other piece is that Democrats pander to them. Whatever your situation it's not your fault; which as humans we want to hear. Republicans pander more to whites, in the Trump era he panders the same way but to rural and working class whites lost your job, not your fault! Republicans are seen as the white party because that's the coalition they target; Dems target whites and minorities for their coalition. The situation is pretty complicated but that's my best attempt.
I think Republicans could do a much better job reaching out to minority conservatives. There is a lot of low hanging fruit. Your average black Democrat is far more centrist/conservative than your average white liberal which is part of the reason Joe Biden has strong black support over more extreme candidates. I think America's coalitions are going to change and we are in the middle of a shift. My gut is Democrats are going to become even more solidly the city party, and republicans will be the rural party. This already exists but I see it getting even more extreme.
You've basically reduced minority voters that vote democrat to freeloaders that need to be pandered too with handouts. Can you consider that the prevalence of this sort of statement from conservatives is a big part of why minorities feel conservatives are hostile towards them?
What are your thoughts on the whole idea that the GOP is hostile to minority communities?
Democrats don’t appeal to minorities more.
Democrats pander to minorities more. The word you’re looking for is pander.
It's worth noting that minority Americans tend to be more religious than whites. In fact, on social issues, black Democrats are not that far from white Evangelical Republicans. Religiosity isn't the reason for the racial split - if people were voting on religiosity per se, you'd expect blacks to vote overwhelmingly Republican.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of discrimination in religion. There's a reason evangelical churches are nearly entirely white.
Because that's the current media rhetoric. The reality is that both parties are highly diverse. Unifying people doesn't sell well, though, so the media pushes the divisive narrative that we have today.
I love how the GOP itself came to a different conclusion than you did.
So the media decides who attends the Trump rallies lol
What definition of diverse are you using?
But we can just look at exit polls and polls of likely voters
Trump has a white nationalist writing his speeches
Jokes are supposed to be funny.
Actually it's the opposite. The Sinclair Broadcast Group is the second largest television broadcasting company, under Nextar Media Group. Sinclair is heavily conservative leaning, Nextar is more of a mix.
Here's a video that pretty explicitly shows Sinclair's scripted hold on the media
Because the Republican Party doesn’t coddle.
"In American politics, the Southern strategy was a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to racism against African Americans."