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Is Larry Elder the Best of Black Republicans?

How did the Black GOP standard-bearer go from Colin Powell to conservative provocateur Larry Elder?

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Black Republican Larry Elder is leading the race to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom. For decades, the GOP was the default choice of millions of Black voters. But that changed during the civil rights era, as that party emerged as the home of segregationists, white supremacists, and their sympathizers. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Michael Steele, Maryland’s former lieutenant governor and ex-chair of the RNC, to talk about Black Republican leadership and the future of Black conservatives.

Guest: Michael Steele, former chair of the RNC, and a political analyst for MSNBC.

Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis.

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America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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