The Fate of a Hip Hop Republican

Some of you know that my posts often appear on another blog, hiphoprepublican.com, along with a lot of very promising black Republicans. Congressman Trey Radel, who was just arrested for cocaine possession, posted a piece there a few weeks ago. It’s interesting to look at it in retrospect. Here’s an excerpt offered without comment:

“My love of hip hop never ceased and included the aforementioned Chuck D of Public Enemy. Chuck said it best, “our freedom of speech is freedom or death.” This is a message we can all get behind, Republican or Democrat. I find a conservative message in “Fight the Power” because I believe when government expands it becomes a political tool meant to oppress. We see it when Chuck D addresses oppression and the Civil Rights movement or references the Black Panthers. We see it when NWA, or even old-school artists like Paris, address harassment from law enforcement. Targeting and oppression is happening today, from the IRS going after political groups to the government spying on journalists and everyday American citizens.”

Link to the full article:

http://www.hiphoprepublican.com/congressman-trey-radel-why-im-a-hip-hop-conservative/

Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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7 comments on “The Fate of a Hip Hop Republican
  1. Turtles Run says:

    The GOP’s minority outreach program is like the gift that keeps on giving. The Michigan GOP decided to open an office in Detroit to make inroads into this long-time Democratic haven. The outreach center will be called the “African American Engagement Office.” I bullshait you not.

    To top it off the GOP has tapped Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to headline the official opening of the office. Yes, the Tea Party darling that has spoken out against the Civil Rights Act, hired a neo-confederate campaign manager, and condescendingly lectured African-American students on the civil rights movement.

    I thought it was an onion skit till I found out it was true.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/rand-paul-minority-outreach_n_4319239.html

  2. Craig says:

    “Targeting and oppression is happening today, from the IRS going after political groups to the government spying on journalists and everyday American citizens.”

    To the incarceration rate of blacks far exceeding that of white guys like Radel for the same offense.

  3. Turtles Run says:

    ” I find a conservative message in “Fight the Power” because I believe when government expands it becomes a political tool meant to oppress.”

    I nearly pi$$ myself laughing at this one. He must of been high as a kite when he wrote that one. The conservative message has been about oppression, its the conservative message they were fighting against.

  4. rightonrush says:

    Okay, went to this HipHop site (never heard of it before) and read this guy’s garbage. It’s pretty sad and the hypocrisy hurts your eyes. Also found out he’s a T-Party clown which speaks volumes about the site IMO. http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/19/3765335/tea-party-rep-trey-radel-busted.html

    • goplifer says:

      They post my stuff too, one of the few places in the Republican blogosphere that would. It actually makes them one of the broadest forums out there on the right.

  5. rightonrush says:

    This is the same guy that wanted folks on food stamps tested for drugs.

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