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Black pastor turns to GOP: ‘Democrats have failed us for 50 years’

Pastor Corey Brooks is hoping that Republican presidential candidates will accept his invitation to speak to his congregation in the South Side of Chicago, saying that the African American community has been loyal to Democrats, but Democrats have not been loyal in return.

Speaking to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Pastor Brooks laid out a case for the black community to reconsider their loyalty to a political party that has failed them for more than 50 years.

“We have a large, disproportionate number of people who are impoverished,” Brooks said about the black community throughout America. “We have a disproportionate number of people who are incarcerated, we have a disproportionate number of people who are unemployed, the educational system has totally failed, and all of this primarily has been under Democratic regimes in our neighborhoods.”

So far, only one presidential candidate has taken the opportunity to speak to New Beginnings Church of Chicago, home to Pastor Brooks. Rand Paul made the trek to Chicago to speak to the community about conservative principles that have the potential to bring prosperity and opportunity back to the inner cities.

Brooks told Van Susteren that Paul’s support for school choice was “inspirational,” and he hopes other Republican candidates will also reach out to the largely disadvantaged constituency.

For Brooks, exposing the south side of Chicago to Republican politics is his way of ensuring a conversation on important issues, rather than just an echo chamber.

“They have a failing plan,” he said of Democrats, according to the Daily Caller. “A business owner wouldn’t allow the person who runs it to remain in charge for 50 years, constantly running it into the ground.”

But that is exactly what communities like his have done in Chicago, and across the nation. Voting for the same candidates – who make all the same promises – election after election hasn’t helped to improve America’s inner cities.

Brooks argues that it is time to try something new. It is time for the black community to untether itself from a Democrat Party that has been taking them for granted and keeping their neighborhoods impoverished.

Michael Schaus

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