Barb Davis White went public with accusations that the State Republican Party was racist in the way it allocated resources to the 5th District campaign.
The campaign of Barb Davis White went after the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Minnesota on Tuesday, criticizing the RNC’s failure to invite any African-American congressional candidates to speak at the Republican National Convention and complaining that the Minnesota GOP has been lax in supporting Davis White’s campaign. Davis White is the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for the 5th Congressional District, which encompasses Minneapolis and several inner-ring suburbs.
In an email sent to the RNC and posted to the Independent Business News Network, Davis White’s press secretary, Don Allen, said that he had tried to get answers from the RNC numerous times as to why no African Americans are scheduled to speak at the RNC.
He wrote that he was stonewalled and, at least one time, threatened. He accused the party of discriminating: “This ’slave mentality thinking’ i.e.; ‘Be good you Black Republicans while our White friends are in town’ does not fly with me or the tools I have in place to distribute this message ‘top-of-mind’ to the general public and national news affiliates.”
The complete letter reads:
RNC asked about African American Congressional Candidates that are scheduled to speak at the RNC
The following email was sent to the RNC today…
It concerns me as Barb Davis White’s Press Secretary and also as a General Manager for a News & Information Corporate Media Outlet that you have not scheduled, nor will confirm that any African American Congressional Candidates have been asked to speak at the RNC, according to the young lady that answers the phone at your office and you. After speaking with you (Ms. Webb), the answer that the information is “confidential” does not work. We already know that Barb Davis White, 5th CD Minnesota and Antoine Members 1st CD Chicago have not been contacted…who does that leave?
On Friday, August 15, 2008 I was approached by a gentleman who told me to “cool down”, don’t go after Ron Carey’s office or the RNC and we will get together later and work things out after the RNC. He went on to threaten Barb’s campaign by saying, “If you don’t, Barb is finished!” The RNC has given money to some local “point people” in the Twin Cities to have party events neglecting the most valued and important thing to attract voter’s of color to the Republican Party…”community engagement and outreach”. No one from Minnesota’s non-profit agencies have been contacted by the GOP/RNC to teach the community about the Constitution of the United States or even to register voters. Remember…Liberty does not have a color, it has soul!
This “slave mentality thinking” i.e.; “Be good you Black Republican’s while our White friends are in town” does not fly with me or the tools I have in place to distribute this message “top-of-mind” to the general public and national news affiliates.
Keith Ellison is not worried and rest assured that the Minnesota GOP will put no effort into an African American Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota with the current leadership of the GOP.
Again, and for the last time - I will ask, what African American Congressional Candidates have been scheduled to speak at the RNC? What do we really have to loose, besides Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District?
Carleton Crawford, CD 5 Republican Chair, who happens to be African-American strongly disagrees with the accusations of racism. He points out that the 5th CD has received more state party resources in 2008, than it did in 2006 when there was an open seat.