Midterm elections are now over. Republicans are now congratulating themselves (justly) on a hard fought victory to regain the senate. Democrats are trying to figure out ways to keep the voter base on their side for 2016. Everybody has been treated to a few historic firsts. The one that Republicans seem to be flaunting the most is the election of Mia Love as the first black woman to a Republican Congressional seat.
I am really happy for Mia Love. It is great to see her making a historic first for the GOP. She seems like a kind and compassionate woman who will do a good job for our country. The Utah electorate made the right choice electing her.
The election of senator Love has rightfully received much publicity from the GOP. Republican voters are going out of their way to demonstrate the new face of the party. Which is funny, considering that just a few weeks ago, vile racist comments were still being posted all over conservative Facebook groups.
But I guess that the GOP is now a diverse and all encompassing party who loves everybody.
Let’s just be clear though. While Mia Love’s election is a great step forward, on second thought it reflects poorly on the GOP.
Do you know who the first black woman to be elected to Congress was? Her name was Shirley Chisholm, and she was elected in 1968 to represent New York in Congress.
Chisholm was a woman who made historic firsts for this country. She ran for President in 1972 and became the first major party black presidential candidate as well as to first woman to run for President from the Democratic party.
What we see here is that the GOP voters took 46 years to catch up with the rest of the country. Progress, yes. But that number actually reflects poorly on a party that has taken nearly half a century to include a representative of one of the key demographics in our country. Celebrating the new found GOP diversity is the same as celebrating raising your grade from an F to a C. Technically an improvement, but not exactly a resounding success.
I am glad to see that the Republican party is taking the steps to be more diverse. They should be celebrated for that. But we must keep in perspective the fact that they are still playing catch-up with the rest of the country.