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grundle
11-17-05, 02:51 PM
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/columnists/orl-maxwell1705nov17,0,2971218.column?coll=orl-news-col

NAACP chief makes switch to GOP

Published November 17, 2005

For decades, Republicans have struggled to reach out to black Americans. But now in Orange County, the GOP has to reach no further than the NAACP.

As of this week, Derrick Wallace, head of Orange County's NAACP, has switched parties -- to become a Republican.

"I've thought about this for two years," Wallace said Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after returning from the elections office. "This is not a decision I made yesterday."

It is, however, a decision that rang out like a shot among political circles.

Republican Party leader Lew Oliver described himself as "extraordinarily pleased," while Democratic leader Tim Shea said he was disappointed.

<b>Wallace, a construction-company exec, was candid about the fact that his business life was a big part of his decision to change.

"It's purely a business decision. Ninety percent of those I do business with are Republicans," he said. "Opportunities that have come to my firm have been brought by Republicans."</b>

To that, Shea responded: "I'm a little confused. Are we talking about the National Association for the Advancement of Construction Professionals -- or Colored People?"

<b>Wallace elaborated that his "business" line of thought also referred to the NAACP. Behind many of the power desks in this town sit Republicans. And he said he wants his organization to be part of that structure. Just as importantly, he said, he didn't want people to immediately brand -- or dismiss -- NAACP concerns as synonymous with those of liberal Democrats. "I want this branch to be respected," he said.</b>

Oliver said they already are, noting that all of the members of the GOP executive board joined the NAACP a few years back to show that they were serious about outreach. "We have taken pains to do our very best to reach out," he said.

But Shea and other Democrats have long maintained that Republican talk about inclusion is little more than that: talk. They cite GOP policy after policy -- on everything from voting rights to health care -- that disproportionately negatively affects blacks.

Wallace's party switch may not be a complete surprise. After his own long-shot bid for mayor of Orlando fell short in 2003, he twice supported Republican candidates for the post.

Still, Wallace's new GOP standing is historic for the NAACP -- an organization that is vastly Democratic.

"I don't think my doing this hurts anything. In fact, I think it helps," Wallace said. "But we'll hear what others have to say. I'm sure I will."

Myster X
11-17-05, 02:59 PM
No Democrats pelt him Oreos yet?

cpgator
11-17-05, 03:03 PM
Uncle Tom!

Brain Stew
11-17-05, 03:03 PM
So basically, he's saying that he doesn't agree with anything that the Republicans say, he's just doing it so that people will like him.

One could argue that this is an actual "Uncle Tom" he is clearly compromising his "beliefs" to profit.

nemein
11-17-05, 03:10 PM
So basically, he's saying that he doesn't agree with anything that the Republicans say, he's just doing it so that people will like him.

One could argue that this is an actual "Uncle Tom" he is clearly compromising his "beliefs" to profit.


That's more of what it sounds like to me rather than an "honest" conversion.


Just as importantly, he said, he didn't want people to immediately brand -- or dismiss -- NAACP concerns as synonymous with those of liberal Democrats.

I think a lot more would have to change before this perception changes.

Goldblum
11-17-05, 03:21 PM
So basically, he's saying that he doesn't agree with anything that the Republicans say, he's just doing it so that people will like him.

One could argue that this is an actual "Uncle Tom" he is clearly compromising his "beliefs" to profit.
Exqueeze me?

Brain Stew
11-17-05, 03:24 PM
Exqueeze me?
I don't know what you don't (or couldn't) understand in my post, so I can only assume you are baiting me for something negative.

nemein
11-17-05, 03:29 PM
Exqueeze me?

Doesn't get more explicit than "It's purely a business decision" IMHO.

DVD Polizei
11-17-05, 03:49 PM
Main Entry: Uncle Tom
Pronunciation: -'täm
Function: noun
Etymology: Uncle Tom, pious and faithful black slave in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851-52) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1 :a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals)

I hope he gets a new Escalade with 30" rims out of this deal. That would be Fo Shizzlin', bro. :up:

Goldblum
11-17-05, 03:58 PM
I don't know what you don't (or couldn't) understand in my post, so I can only assume you are baiting me for something negative.
I actually just wanted to be squeezed. :sad:

Giantrobo
11-17-05, 04:02 PM
So basically, he's saying that he doesn't agree with anything that the Republicans say, he's just doing it so that people will like him.

One could argue that this is an actual "Uncle Tom" he is clearly compromising his "beliefs" to profit.

yeah that sounds about right to me.

grundle
11-17-05, 04:27 PM
The reason that I bolded certain parts of the article was to show this he is indeed doing this for financial reasons.

Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is debatable.

But it's certainly an interesting thing.

BKenn01
11-17-05, 09:40 PM
Isnt the head of the Oakland chapter of the NAACP also a Republican?

DVD Polizei
11-17-05, 10:04 PM
We're a movin' on uuuuuppppp! (movin' on up).

mikehunt
11-17-05, 10:05 PM
So basically, he's saying that he doesn't agree with anything that the Republicans say, he's just doing it so that people will like him.

One could argue that this is an actual "Uncle Tom" he is clearly compromising his "beliefs" to profit.

you know what, I think I might just have to agree with you

joshd2012
11-18-05, 07:18 AM
More shocking, is the fact that Derrick Wallace is not an African-American. :jawdrop:

cpgator
11-18-05, 07:34 AM
So basically, he's saying that he doesn't agree with anything that the Republicans say, he's just doing it so that people will like him.

One could argue that this is an actual "Uncle Tom" he is clearly compromising his "beliefs" to profit.If you read the article, he does not appear be doing it for profit or so white people will like him. He states that 90% of the business sent his way is from reps - and I don't think he is anticipating more than the 90% just because of this switch. Maybe he is tired of following the dems for all these years and getting nothing in return. He might still hold certain views, but figured since the reps are the ones who have actually been helping him, that he should join their camp.

bhk
11-18-05, 09:05 AM
Welcome.

cdollaz
11-18-05, 12:16 PM
Apparantly Rebublican = white and there are no republicans of color or white democrats.

grundle
11-18-05, 04:49 PM
We're a movin' on uuuuuppppp! (movin' on up).
There was an episode of "All In The Family" where George Jefferson ran for city council, because he wanted to change the zoning so he could expand one of his stores. The only member of the Bunker household who voted for him was Archie.

grundle
11-18-05, 04:52 PM
He states that 90% of the business sent his way is from reps -
Exactly.


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