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RNC Has Fewest Black Delegates In 40 Years

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First Lady Laura Bush addresses the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Credit: Stan Honda, Getty Images

Filmmaker Spike Lee, while being interviewed by CNN's Soledad O'Brien at the DNC last week, challenged the cable network to compare the racial make-up of those assembled at both conventions. The Republican National Convention, Lee implied, would be largely white.

According to a report published on EURWeb, the number of black delegates at the RNC is at its lowest in decades:

In fact, the 2008 GOP event has the lowest number of African American delegates since 1968, according to a convention guide released to delegates this week by the nonpartisan research institution, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

After seating a record number of African American delegates in 2004 (6.7 percent), blacks comprise only 1.5 percent of the total number of GOP delegates this year, according to the Joint Center, which focuses on minority issues. The 36 black delegates in 2008 represent a 78.4 percent decline from the 167 black delegates at the 2004 GOP convention.

According to the Hudson Valley Press, the Joint Center's guide recognized McCain's efforts to reach black voters, but concluded: "John McCain is very likely to receive a historically low share of the black vote."

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I've been watching the RNC and noticed all the similarities to the DNC: start out with a white woman talking about the right to vote, bring out some older white men to talk about how great their candidate is and how deplorable the opponent is, towing the party line, etc. But then I looked at who was in the crowd, and the first question that struck me was, "Where are the black people?" So, where are they?

Sent by Julia Warren | 10:49 PM | 9-2-2008

Another question is why the mainstream media won't address party unity in the Republican party,ie. Ron Paul drawing 10,000 plus supporters in his protest against his own party.

Sent by lamac66 | 9:12 PM | 9-3-2008

GOP, the party of the angry white male. Behind the times. Palin exemplifies "desperate men do desperate things." The public isn't stupid. Neither are the black electorate.

Sent by Sharon | 6:46 AM | 9-4-2008

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