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Jeb Bush: The civil rights candidate

First Posted: 12:08 am - August 10th, 2015

Jordan Cooper - Contributing Columnist



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Jeb Bush once said he wouldn’t do anything for black people.

What he meant in that context was he was going to be not for just some people. Not for just half of the population. And especially not just for a particular majority, but for all people that wanted a better life in his state.

He succeeded in doing this by creating charter schools almost by his lonesome in Miami and other underserved communities. He reopened a historically black college’s law school (FAMU) in Florida after decades of closure.

He did this by giving more opportunities for high-achieving students from all areas to advance in their fields through education. Also, he did this by making grants, contract bids and job opportunities in and out of government fairer without more legislation that was signed.

Therefore, compared to the other presidential candidates in either field, Jeb Bush is a civil rights leader in countless people’s minds. On top of this, Jeb’s wife Columba is a valued member of several domestic violence task forces in the country.

My cousin was a victim of rape. So, keeping our homes peaceful and respecting the opposite sex is something that I hold in high regard as every American should.

As citizens and especially minorities, we need to ask ourselves some important queries before entering the ballot box for the upcoming election.

Which candidate created a few charter schools for minorities by their own self? Which candidate reopened an HBCU’s professional school? Which candidate made it better to get deals with professional sports teams and other private entities for all people?

Which candidate ethnically diversified each cabinet agency he oversaw to levels never seen before in one of the most racially varied states in America? Which candidate is working to keep our dwellings safe through domestic violence prevention and signing off on stand-your-ground laws? Only Jeb can claim all those things deservedly.

The marvelous thing is his brother, President George W. Bush, is a civil rights leader too. He advocated for and approved a bill for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History in Washington, D.C. Thus, I am glad to be supporting Jeb in this presidential election — and glad to be his friend, too.

Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a 2010 graduate of the Real Estate School of Success in Irmo. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and youngest to serve in that respect for the nation (Haley/Bauer). He was the youngest black staffer for a gubernatorial campaign in American history (Jindal 2003) and first to serve in the Inspector General’s Office in S.C. (Haley) He served as the first African-American GOP statewide youth chairman for a presidential campaign and as the first black staffer on a GOP presidential campaign in S.C. (Perry 2011) He also played football for Coach Steve Spurrier.

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