Finding millennials who are minorities at the Republican National Convention is similar to playing a game of Where's Waldo? You're probably not surprised to hear this, though, if you saw Paul Ryan's selfie with GOP interns that went viral for its lack of diversity. At the GOP's big week in Cleveland, young minorities discussed how they felt about being an anomaly among throngs of mostly older white people — and while some saw it as an opportunity, others said it was a major sign things needed to change within the party. It also made some feel downright uncomfortable. For Eugene Craig III, a year-old black man who serves as vice chair of the Maryland Republican party, the recent killings of black men by police were top of mind and he couldn't help wondering how the people at the RNC would respond if something similar happened at the convention. And until that's reconciled, there's going to be some tension and it's going to be awkward. One of its key findings? The party needed to be more inclusive of minorities.
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You can listen to the entire conversation right now in the audio player below. We have a go hard or go home approach as we talk to the leading tech leaders, politicians and influencers. Today we have Eugene Craig, the former vice chairman of the Maryland Republican Party and entrepreneur. Eugene Craig: I like to describe myself as percent Black, percent Republican. People should be free to make decisions for themselves. Eugene Craig: Yeah. Going back to high school. I went to a small private school and in order to graduate you have to essentially write a page thesis on a particular topic. And my topic was essentially a right versus left, conservatism versus liberalism. And I leaned right, and in college that kind of further developed, a little more nuanced and whatnot.
Basically this is different than dating a religious mainstream Christian. She cried when you proclaimed your love of goodness because, in part, it was a sign that you weren't broken and desperate for Mormonism. I have been happily married to a non-mormon for 20 years. Mormons can be pretty crazy without it. There is no freedom to think, no freedom to speak your mind, and no freedom to do anything that 'the brethren' say not to. You have been blessed with the equipment to make such decisions. I don't think so. There is much that needs to change and many hearts to educate but if we doubt some of the fundamentals then why not all of them.