Minorities and the GOP: Why They Need Each Other

T.W. Shannon – Wednesdays at 4:00 PM in L166


A two party system has aided in making America the most prosperous country in the history of the world. Yet when one examines minority trends, they consistently pale in comparison in socio-economic advancement to their white counterparts. While at the same time, minority groups have consistently voted overwhelmingly for one party.

As an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, and an African American who formerly served as Speaker of the House in the reddest state in the union, T.W. Shannon will ensure the objective of this study group is to explore the consequences that have surfaced as a result of minority groups overwhelmingly voting democrat, and how a lack of a two party system has stifled political influence within these groups. Additionally, the study group will examine what major policy decisions have led to such devotion on behalf of these minority groups, and why the current GOP has struggled to connect with these group.

February 15

The Obama Effect: 2016 Presidential and State Elections

The presidency of the first African American symbolized many years of advancement to all Americans. What long term effects will the Obama years have on the minority electorate? How did minority candidates fare overall and who are they?

February 22

Recruiting Minorities for Office

Right person, right office.

Guests: Neri Martinez, Executive Director of the Future Majority Project and Justin Richards, Political Director of the RSLC

March 1

Immigrants and Immigration

A fresh perspective 

Guests: MA State Senator Vinny deMacedo and Joseph Castleberry, President of Northwest University

March 8

American Indians

The GOP's Miner's Canary

Guest: Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chad Smith

March 22

Minority Education Achievement Gaps

The premise of Affirmative Action was to level the playing field for minorities. In actuality, these policies have done little to advance minority achievement, and has created a sense of resentment. Why is race based affirmative action a hinderance to minorities.

March 29

The African American Journey…Policy Matters

There are always cost to consumers for burdensome government regulation. This session will examine how minority communities are often disproportionately affected by such regulation.

Guest: Congresswoman Alveda King (R-GA)

April 5

Why Raced Based Affirmative Action is Harmful

The GOP has continuously allowed itself to be defined by some as an exclusive party that is non-welcoming to minorities. What are the reasons for this disparity and what efforts must the party take to change this image?

April 12

Latinos: Beyond the Wall

When the media reports on the Latino electorate, it would appear that the number one issue facing this community is immigration. However, polling continues to prove that there are other issues which take priority over immigration. This session will examine what Latino voters want and expect.

Guest: Comissioner George P. Bush

April 19

GOP Image Crisis

Guest: Star Parker, American syndicated columnist, Republican politician, author, and conservative political activist. In 1995, she founded the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, originally the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education.