CNN’s D.L. Hughley talked to Chuck D and RNC Chairman Michael Steele about the Republican Party’s attempts to gain popularity in the black community. Steele tried to establish his credibility with Chuck D by referencing the neighborhood where he grew up. “And what struck me about hip-hop as a genre, as music, as whatever you want to call it, a culture, was the fact that you have guys like yourself who come out of the projects, come off the street. Myself, I grew up on Eighth Street in DC. That’s a whole different world from where I am right now.,” said Steele.
Chuck D offered a quick correction to Steele, “I grew up in Roosevelt, Long Island, it’s not the projects. It’s where black people live.”
Hughley confronted Steele on the Republican’s implementation of their big tent philosophy. “Well, Michael, I agree. I’m telling you, if it were the sign alone — in other words, the tenets of the Republican Party are amazing and they seem warm and welcome. But when I watch it be applied — like you didn’t have to go much further than the Republican National Convention.”
“Agreed,” replied Steele.
“It literally look like Nazi Germany. It literally did. I make that point, not only are we not welcome — not only are we not welcome, but they don’t even care what we think,” explained Hughley.
This video is from CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, broadcast Feb. 28, 2009.