With a black, Democratic president in the White House, it may seem like a strange time to declare that the Republican Party is coming into fashion with African American voters.
Yet that's the implication behind a billboard that has gone up in Houston, declaring that the "GOP is the new black."
The ad is the work of Raging Elephants, a conservative group devoted to "growing the ranks of conservative voters through racial diversity." The group's Web site states that another such billboard is going up in Dayton, Ohio.
The group was founded by Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani, a senior pastor at the Corinthian Christian Empowerment Center in Houston.
Kamau-Imani was also behind a billboard that appeared in Houston this summer declaring that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.
At the time, Kamau-Imani told the Houston Chronicle that the MLK billboard was "just a first step. It’s just the first salvo in an effort to let the communities of color know that ‘Conservatives are coming!’ We are no longer going to ignore their issues, ignore their votes, and surrender them to liberals."
The latest billboard drew snickers from some of Houston's progressive political commentators, who noted that African Americans are expected to once again vote heavily for Democrats in next week's elections.
"We look forward to hearing from Tea Partiers about the several black people who have been seen at their rallies around here, thereby proving theirs is a multi-cultural, widely popular movement not made up at all of cranky white folks," writes Richard Connelly at HoustonPress. "Because face it, TPers -- You are the new black!"
The following video was broadcast on Fox channel 26 in Houston and posted to Glenn Beck's news blog, The Blaze.