off African Americans. Ronald Walters, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, claims Republicans only “give lip service” about reaching the black vote.
Steele refutes those claims, stating that the GOP has a nationwide team-leader program enlisting grassroots involvement of African Americans. “I think that’s a big step for us because we have otherwise been disengaged as a party coming to the African American community.”
Though the vast majority of African Americans vote Democrat, not having any among the Republican ranks is a loss for all blacks, regardless of political affiliation.