Fiery Stephen A. Smith: Every Black American Should Vote for GOP for One Election
Speaking to college students, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said that his "dream" is that for just one election, all African-Americans would vote for a Republican.
Smith, speaking at a Vanderbilt University event called “How You See It: Perceptions of (In)Equality," said that for years, black Americans have believed that Democrats were in favor of the Civil Rights Act and Republicans were against it.
"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," said Smith.
He went on to argue that Democrats are failing to address issues important to black Americans because they know that African-Americans never vote for Republicans.
“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," said Smith.
Charles Payne reacted to Smith's comments this morning on Fox Business Network, agreeing that Democrats now take the black vote for granted.
"All black people have gotten for giving away their vote is crumbs. Because when you give something away, people tend to take you for granted. ... It's time to start making our vote count," said Payne, calling it "stupid" that blacks vote in lock-step with Democrats in every election.
Payne pointed out recent comments by the rapper Common, who challenged black Americans to extend a "hand in love" to white Americans and "move past" the racial issues of the past.
"It was interesting for a black person who's extraordinarily popular within the black community to put the onus on black people to make racism go away. Ya haven't heard anyone say that," said Payne.
Watch the full segment above.