‘Learn Their Issues’ to Engage Minorities, Former Mississippi Governor Advises

The Daily Signal

February 4, 2020

Conservatives need to make an effort to be in the spaces of blacks and other minorities to grow their numbers and influence in the movement and the Republican Party, a former governor and party chairman argues.

“First, try,” Haley Barbour, former Mississippi governor and Republican National Committee chairman, said Tuesday during an event in Washington marking Black History Month that focused on how conservative policies help black Americans and other minorities.

“Try. Be seen. Learn their issues, go to their churches, go to their barbecues, or whatever it is,” Barbour advised during the lunch hosted by the Black Americans for a Better Future Educational Fund. “Make yourself visible. Recruit volunteers, make sure they know you really well and [that] they matter and are appreciated.”

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