When most folks think about Black celebrity Republicans, the name that comes without even thinking about it these days is Stacey Dash. But there are much more.
While up to 95 percent of Black voters are aligned with the Democratic Party, in recent months African-American Republicans have been making history with their controversial comments and in some cases, White supremacist views. Their alignment with the current party’s ideals is historic enough.
Blacks who are affiliated with the (GOP) include political figures like Condoleezza Rice (former United States Secretary of State), Colin Powell (former United States Secretary of State), Herman Cain (2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate), Ben Carson (2016 U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate), and Clarence Thomas (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court).
Last year, Trump supporter Carson topped Newsmax’s 100 Most Influential African-American Republicans list.
Then there are the Republican pundits and political analysts like Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Amy Holmes, Juan Williams and Raynard Jackson, per AlwaysAList.com.
50 Cent was big Bush supporter
Many may still find it surprising that there are prominent Black celebrities, faith leaders and athletes that are either registered Republicans and/or have publicly supported the GOP.
Some celebrities include: LL Cool J, James Earl Jones, The Rock, Stacey Dash, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Sheryl Underwood and 50 Cent, who was a public supporter of President George W. Bush Jr. and in 2005 told GQ magazine he wanted to “just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him.”
The list of athletes and other prominent Black personalities who are down with the GOP are: Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, Michael Steel (former chairman, Republican National Committee), “Divorce Court” star Judge Lynn Toler, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker (stand-up comedian; iconic comic actor on “Good Times” in 1970s), and Omarosa Manigault.
With conservative values deeply entrenched in Black communities and the church being the cornerstone of Black culture, it’s no wonder why many lean with the GOP and support the party’s so-called “traditional” and oftentimes extremist values.