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Black delegates far and few between at RNC

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:07

This year's Republican National Convention is the least racially diverse since 1964 according to the Washington Post. Julie Noce reports.

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The lack of African-American delegates attending the Republican National Convention in Ohio this week is fairly obvious when surveying the convention floor. In fact only 18 of the more than 2400 delegates at the convention are black. Historically the party has struggled to appeal to minority voters... especially African-Americans. For some black delegates, that could be changing... albeit slowly. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAROLINA BALTAZAR HARRIS, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN DELEGATE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, SAYING: It is getting there; it's not all there yet. But, I believe that Donald Trump and what he is saying that he will do--, if that happens that will attract more diversity." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHANCELLOR TORBIT, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DELEGATE FROM MARYLAND, SAYING: "I am one to stand and tell them that the Republican Party is open and willing to take a lot of us in, and we should never have left to begin with. It's a party for us, anyhow." According to the Washington Post, there hasn't been this much racial disparity among the party's delegates since Barry Goldwater was the Republican presidential nominee in 1964.

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Black delegates far and few between at RNC

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:07