R.W. Bray is the last person to lead a black engagement operation for the Texas GOP. He was appointed to the position by former Chairman Tom Mechler. But, left the position with the election of James Dickey in 2017.
“The bandwidth, and the commitment, just truly wasn’t there that we need. And, that’s why I stepped down from the position”, said Bray.
For a decade, now, several black Republican leaders in Texas have been attempting to persuade the GOP powers to make enlarging the party’s voting through racial diversity a priority. Each Texas GOP administration has failed to do so.
Bray lamented the lack of budget and human resources dedicated to the objective, even under Mechler, who at least made a tepid attempt at fulfilling the promise of aggressive black engagement by the Texas GOP.
Bray credits Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani and RagingElephants.org, the predecessor to RagingElephantsRadio.com, with being the catalyst and example for him to get active in recruiting blacks to the Republican Party.
“They (party leaders) don’t know how to get in there (the black community) and engage. And, as I traveled the state I spoke to many chairman, many chairman, that had great ideas, many chairman that had great plans. But, they didn’t know how to actually execute it. They didn’t know how to get in there and make it happen. And many of them have friends on the African-American side.”
In this RERhoctclip featuring R.W. Bray, he goes into great detail about his experience on the inside of the Texas GOP and its failure to make inroads in the black community.
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