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Michael Steele was the first Black person to serve as the Chairperson of the Republican National Committee. A great feat except the Republican party is not recognized as a party remotely empathetic nor understanding of the plights that African-Americans face in the United States. Making statements about the Afghanistan war such as “a war of Obama’s choosing,” “”If he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? Everyone who has tried, over 1,000 years of history, has failed.” Additionally, in 2010 he said: “I’m not defined by this job. When this job is over I will go back to doing something else. But God, I really believe, has placed me here for a reason because who else and why else would you do this unless there’s something inside of you that says right now you need to be here to do this?” will not win him any fans either.