University of Phoenix
State and Local Political Processes
July 27, 2011
Interest Group News Piece
This is Elvina Scott reporting to you live from Channel 12. I am here in Baltimore, Maryland at the national headquarters investigating an interest group named the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary an interest group can be defined as a group of persons having a common identifying interest that often provides a basis for action. We want to examine the connection and the relationship between the Republican and Democratic parties and the influence they have on the Texas government. The NAACP was founded in 1909 by a group of not only black but also white citizens. The interest group formed was in New York to help citizens fight for political, educational, social, and economical equality for African Americans. Prior to the Civil Rights Movement, the Republican Party saw separate but equal as fair and the Republican Party was molded by a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant male perspective. The Republicans see the NAACP as a threat and a black activist group with an agenda. In 2005, party leader Ken Mehlman made headlines with a speech to NAACP members apologizing for his party's history of using racial divisions in appealing for white votes (Thompson, 2009). The current Republican National Committee Chairman is an African American man named Michael S. Steele. Steele was a part of the campaign called the “Freedom Tour”, which was an attempt to build a relationship between black voters and the GOP. Steele challenged the NAACP to join him on his "Freedom Tour," which he described as a conversation he is to have with predominantly black communities to discuss issues such as poverty and entrepreneurship (Thompson, 2009).The Democratic party being predominately black welcomed the NAACP. The Democratic Party partners with the NAACP on many...