Nas And Jay-Z – Black Republicans

Do rappers that make it big lose touch with the hood? Well, Jay-Z, a former narcotics trafficker, did some fund raising for President Barack Obama for the 2012 election. In this sense, perhaps wealth and fame does not necessarily make one a Republican.  You can take the boy out of the hood, but not the hood out of the boy, the saying goes.

But the tune is really by Nas, from 2006. It is more about two renowned rappers trading rhymes.

Nonetheless, the controversial title plays on the stereotype of the Republican Party being mostly composed of rich, white men that are not sensitive to the concerns of others at lower income levels and of a different race. It is certainly the case that the Republicans historically win the “white vote,” and further, that their inadequate support from non-Hispanics, in 2012, was one (of many factors) for Mitt Romney’s defeat. Given the declining white population in the US, the party will have to figure out how to better reach out to ethnic groups. It needs more Black Republicans (and Latino and Asian and so on).  It already makes many efforts with the best of intentions, but the pay off has not come to pass significantly enough to matter.

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