From 1980 until the end of the President George H. W. Bush administration in 1992, the Republican Party in New York was eclectic and diverse as the party enjoyed an active, vociferous and colorful political presents. Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Senator Jacob Javitz were the archetypes of the Grand Old Party in the Empire State during this period. In Brooklyn there was the Freedom Republican Club, with leaders like Lugenia Gordon, All Borough Republican Club in Queens under the leadership of district Geraldine Jones, and in Bronx, district leader Fred Brown, and Tina Joseph in Staten Island was the Vice President of the National Black Republican Council.
The lost of President Bush’s re-election campaign in 1992, ended the high-point in New York’s Republican Party electoral politics. Several factors contributed to the exponential decline in African American participation in GOP electoral politics including stereotype political and social scenarios associated with perceptions of the GOP toward black folk, and vice versa. But the ongoing decline in black participation in party politics was directly related to the role that the New York Republican County Committee played to maximize local plantation politics. Moreover, the state and national party were seriously weakened due to the lack of a coherent outreach strategy to build the party in target black communities.
The advent of Donald J. Trump, political phenomenon occurred when the Republican Party was was in serious decline in New York. Also, growth of the party in the black community was thoroughly compromised by a strange bed-fellow political relationship between the Democratic and Republican Parties county leadership. A Faustian political deal that truncated growth potential of the black community that began in 1970, when the political powers that be, united in order to ouster the flamboyant and controversial “Negro” Democratic Congressman, Rev. Dr. Adam Clayton Power Jr.
Young political upstart named Mr. Charles Rangel from Harlem’s popular black Democratic club named after the legendary “Harlem Fox” J. Ramon Jones was tapped to compete against incumbent Congressman, Rev. Dr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. The “flamboyant” Congressman had gotten out of favor with the powers that b. Powell exacerbated his precarious political position by embracing the young Stokely Carmichael the “black power” advocate . The veteran congressman articulated cogent examples of political power formations, that advanced the politics of popular ethnic groups and lobby organizations.
Democrats and Republicans united during the 1970 in support of candidate Rangel against the incumbent Powell. The insurgent Charles Rangel, had the benefit of both the Democrat and Republican ballots which facilitated the defeat of Congressman Powell. From 1970 until after the 21st century Congressman Charles Rangel, the dean of the Democratic Party Congressional Delegation, who also doubled as the chief Republican Party basher that politicized the black community and public against the GOP.
For the duration of Congressman Rangel’s political career, which embodies four (4) decades, the Congressman enjoyed the benefit and political advantage of running for re-election on both the Republican and Democratic Party ballots. On the other hand the New York Republican County leadership never supported a viable local Republican candidate to compete with Congressman Rangel. Moreover, the GOP County Chairman, Senator Roy Goodman deployed sophisticated methods to thwart the emergence of potential organic black political leadership. The Democratic Party county leadership returned the GOP’s political favor and Senator Goodman never had a Democrat Party opponent to seriously contest for his seat in the state senate.
While the Republican State Committee and the National Republican Committee (R.N.C) took issue with the way New York Republican County was conducting political business in terms of reaching out and growing the party in the African American community. The state and national committee’s did not take corrective action. Alternatively the GOP state committee took an initiative in 1985, and established the New York State Black Republican Council as a recruitment and outreach effort to the black community. While it appeared to be a gallant effort at the end of the day it did not include political investment banking in the black community.
In 1972 the Republican National Committee (RNC) established the National Black Republican Council that operated in target black communities such as New York, and in target communities around the country. Unfortunately, the New York City Republican County committee’s particularly in Manhattan and the Bronx designated Republican district leaders also known as the head-Negros-in-charge, did Massa’s political bidding by running down-field interference on all grassroots political initiatives, and boycotting grassroots political events.
By the end of the George H. W, Bush administration the black Republican in 1992 the Republican Party presence
in New York City and State had deteriorated by neglect of the county organizations largely, embellished by a measure of political ambivalence to seriously building the party in the black community. Ultimately, the Trump political phenomenon was possible due to the political dysfunction of the Republican Party at the county, state and national levels. The Republican Party never built upon their historical competitive advantage by way of their founding narrative as an anti-slavery movement. During this same period a lethal political juxtaposition between the civil rights movement and the black power movement and at the end of the day the black power movement was eviscerated. The civil rights movement, in conjunction with sophisticated electoral politics, and covert operations enabled the demise of “black power” and the end of the so-called black political militants.
“Harlem Republican” outlines a compelling perspective and unique story relative to the civil rights and black power movements in the context of New York electoral politics. “Harlem Republican” and the source data and documentation will be available in context and real-time perspective on this site. The story-line as based on the colorful real-time experience of the main character interacting with national, state, and GOP county leadership as leader of New York grassroots Republican initiative.