The top four Republican candidates for president of the United States, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson, declined to particpate in tonight's national debate presented on PBS and hosted by Tavis Smiley. The debate was staged on the historic campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
There's been a lot of discussion about the snub of the Republican candidates and quite frankly I don't understand all the fuss. Some analysts assert that it is more beneficial for the candidates to focus on fundraising efforts rather than participate in a debate focused on issues of concern to blacks because blacks don't vote Republican. Others assert that the candidates would be subjected to hostility from the majority black audience. The latter reason, while probably the most real, is in itself an example of how far we still need to go to truly be a country of equality for all of its citizens. Why anyone would believe that blacks would not have the same basic concerns as whites is both sad and laughable. For those same individuals to aspire and campaign to be the leader of this nation is disrespectful and insulting.
Whatever the reason, I take issue with blacks and whites who put any energy in encouraging…persuading…i.e. begging McCain, Romney, Giuliani and Thompson to participate in tonight's debate. Regardless the reason, I prefer the snub to let me know your true feelings as opposed to less than genuine concern.
What I do want to know is, after the snub of tonight's debate, how could any Black Republican support any of the absent candidates?