C. Douglas Love - Logic: The Truth About Blacks and the Republican Party
On January 16, 2014, author C. Douglas Love visted The Heartland Institute library for a talk about his book Logic: The Truth About Blacks and the Republican Party, And Why They Need To Work Together To Improve The Party, The Black Community, And The Country. As Love explained at the luncheon (which you can see in the player to the right):
Blacks and Republicans once had a strong relationship, and it had a good run. From the party's creation in 1856 to the election of Franklin Roosevelt, blacks voted exclusively for Republicans. This started to shift during Roosevelt's presidency, and by the election of Lyndon Johnson, the relationship had been severed: Blacks went from voting exclusively for Republicans to voting exclusively for Democrats.
While the ties to Republicans were obvious, author C. Douglas Love began to wonder why most blacks, himself included, were giving their vote exclusively to the Democratic Party. In Logic: The Truth About Blacks and the Republican Party, Love examines what many blacks believe about the Republican Party and the correlation these beliefs have on the way they vote.
How does a group founded on the principle to abolish slavery and which advocated for the rights of blacks for over 70 years become racist overnight? Much of this has to do with negative perceptions of the Republican Party, with the most damaging of these being the belief that Republicans are racists.
Love takes an independent view of this relationship beginning with his own upbringing which mirrored that of many black children. He follows this with an honest look at racism, including the role that blacks play in the racial divide. He then chronicles the differences, and the similarities, between the parties - and points out how the misconceptions about both Democrats and Republicans are based on generalities that couldn't possibly be true.
About the author:
C. Douglas Love is an amateur polymath and avid reader with a keen interest in politics. Those close to him would describe him as a musical snob with a dry sense of humor. Though he describes himself as a conservative, he strives to be a champion of the truth, and he thinks that both political parties do the country a disservice in their rhetoric.
Love was raised in Gary, Indiana but now resides in Chicago with his wife where he runs a political site and an organization — Think or Die — whose purpose is to galvanize conservatives and educate people on the conservative principles and the dangers of an overreaching government.