Melissa Harris-Perry | March 16, 2013
>>> this week republican national committee chairman reince priebus held an african-american listening tour. it's part of the gop leader's attempt to figure out what went wrong in 2012 and bring more voters to the republican tent. monday's stop brought priebus to houston where he huddled with black leaders at the culture center which boasts 30,000 members and a pastor who has flirted with running for new york mayor as a member of the gop . they show 90% of african-american voters and 17% in the last election. and while minority voters made up 28% of the votes in 2012 , 30% of those going to this the polls will be nonwhite. given that, you would think priebus would take the time to listen to a tough question or two from those of us in the media who got a chance to hear from us before he went behind closed doors . that's why my letter is to rnc chair reince priebus. dear reince. can i call you reince? it's me, joy. it was really instructive. specifically new york state gop chair ed cox who appeared alongside you instructed us about your party, reminding it was it was president lincoln . all true. but cox said that in answer to a question about what the gop has to offer black voters today. and 1865 and 1964 were a long time ago. neither could come up with an example of the republican party 's proud racial history more recent than the 1970s when president richard nixon enacted school desegregation . and even he did that kicking and screaming . he displayed masterful insight rngs acknowledging that his 47% remarks did not help the party last november. but you selected the 1%er. and in answer to my question about how your party would deal with a more recent history. the billboards designed to make mar minority voters feel like they were being followed by the police. the right-wing media who disparaged african- americans as lady welfare cheats, but members of your party are too afraid to stand up to. you know, recent republican history. what you said on monday is to win over minority voters, quote, you have to show up. in fact, you said that a lot. reince, you came to brooklyn because last this november minority voters showed up. you galvanized african- americans to turn out in higher numbers than 2008 . chatting with a group of african- americans who are already republicans won't do much to change that. and neither will reminding us what your party did for us in 1865 or 1994 or in the '70s. if even if you showed up and stayed at church. sincerely, joy. yeah.