Unlike Breitbart, we cherish both Wayne Dupree and Sonnie Johnson as powerful speakers and these two speeches should have been on the main stage at CPAC 2017!
For as long as I can remember, the Republican party has been trying to figure out how to reach the African American community. Here’s an idea, give the main stage platform to conservative activists like Sonnie Johnson and Wayne Dupree. To their credit, CPAC invited the two to speak at CPAC, but in a panel discussion on the topic of Black Lives Matter. The discussion had standing room only attendance, but imagine the impact the speeches would have on a bigger platform and broadcast nationwide.
Wayne Dupree speaks first and discusses his experience growing up in the black community and the changes he has witnessed. Offering an important message on how it takes time to build a relationship in order to influence, and once you have the relationship you can be heard no matter the individual or community in which you choose to engage.
Sonnie Johnson follows with an impassioned speech about her perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement. I encourage you to watch the entire speech with an open mind and heart, because, in this writer’s opinion, Johnson nails how the Republican party could appeal to the black community, and it is completely opposite of how it is being currently done.
As the Democrat party moves further to the left and as CPAC moves forward, I hope they take advantage of the unique opportunity they have to reach voters who may have never considered the Republican party platform. As an attendee, I’d like to see new activist voices, new media voices and successful social media voices provided with a larger platform to bring in a new perspective.
What did you think of these two awesome Americans? Share your voices, opinions below in the comment section.