Demographically Challenged Republicans on Display in Tampa
The Republican Party’s demographically challenged membership was on full display at the Tampa National Convention this week. Delegates were for the most part white, even though the country has been steadily shifting to where non-whites are becoming the majority. Even though there were a diverse selection of speakers on the podium, the membership far from reflects the demographics of today’s America.
Mitt Romney has championed his campaign on reaching out to everyone in America, and the national convention tried to show that through the diverse speakers and the testimonial videotapes of voters of all genders and races blaming their economic hardships on President Obama. Romney’s outreach coordinator to the ethnic communities said that his goal was to take the Republican message to all communities in the country.
However, according to figures compiled by one group in Washington, the number of black delegates at the convention accounted for just over 2% of the total. The group does not compile any statistics for other groups. In addition, the Republican National Committee does not compile any statistics of the ethnic or racial status of its delegates.
In comparison, the Democratic National Committee is expected next week at its national convention to have delegates that are much closer to the nation’s demographics. At the convention in Tampa, national television audiences watched speeches from Condoleezza Rice, a black and Susana Martinez the Governor of New Mexico who is the first female Hispanic governor of New Mexico. However, when the camera panned around to members of the crowd, there were few Hispanics or blacks present.