This piece in the Los Angeles Times is spot-on about blacks and the Republican Party:
Complaints among black pastors who had been courted by the White House — while less pronounced than those of Latino leaders — have been fueled by a tell-all book by former White House aide David Kuo.
The new book says that Bush, referring to pastors from one major African American denomination, once griped: “Money. All these guys care about is money. They want money (emphasis added).”
A White House spokeswoman said Friday that nobody there recalled hearing such a comment from the president.
The Rev. Eugene Rivers, a Boston Pentecostal minister and one of about two dozen black clergy invited to a series of White House meetings with Bush, said Friday that black leaders had been wooed with assurances that their social service groups would receive money from the president’s faith-based initiative. But, Rivers said, the bulk of the money had gone to white organizations, leaving black churches on the sidelines.
Rivers plans to send a letter early this week to the White House demanding to know how much social services money has been directed to black churches under the faith-based initiative, and requesting a “new conversation” with Bush.
”There’s a growing frustration and anger in the black religious community nationally as the Kuo book makes the rounds,” Rivers said. “Meetings at the White House show you the door, but they don’t necessarily open the door.”
Long before black evangelicals darkened the door of the White House, I sent a reality check about the GOP illusion of inclusion.
You can’t play an inside game with this bunch in the hope that they will grant you some chump change. If you do, they’ll make a chump out of you because they know that the only thing you bring to the table is your hand out.