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The GOP's Great New White Hope: Blacks?

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NPR broadcast a story the other day about the new great white hope of the GOP: black evangelicals.

It seems that many of the reverent and religious in the African-American community are paying attention to the morals and family values stressed by conservatives. Can you guess which issue (that dare not speak its name) is top on their list?

Some black affinity for the GOP is understandable. Law and order would do wonders for crime-ridden areas. School choice and school vouchers might enable poorer parents to pick where their children got educated, and pull them out of failing schools. Simi Valley is probably a better place to live than Compton.

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Black leaders like Louis Farrakhan have long stressed responsibility, as have entertainers like Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey. The hedonistic and anti-intellectual thrust of rap music, pimp culture and misogyny weaken the family.

But in the choices one makes in life, for better or worse, the issues of skin color and sexual orientation cannot be put into the category of optional. We are born either liking the opposite or same sex, and we are born with the pigmentation the Lord God gave us.

Why don't some black people see the connection and share the empathy?

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