"You [African Americans] really don't have a reason to [vote Republican], to be honest -- we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True.
"We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans. This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don’t walk away from parties. Their parties walk away from them.
"For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South."
Republican National Committee Chair, Michael Steele, while addressing an audience at Depauw University this Tuesday, April 20, 2010.