The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Denise Long during a Newsweek episode of The Debate on Black Voters and the Democratic Party. You can listen to the podcast here:

What I am calling for is not for black Americans to jump between the better of two evils, one or the other. It is to make the black American population realize that we are the swing vote. democrats can’t win an election even without black Americans, that’s why they’re making all these promises. Unfortunately, their theory of change requires black Americans to make our equity claims in the United States subordinate to every other ambition on their serial list of special interest groups.

Republicans … often seem to find themselves, by any objective measure, in that kind of pre-1863 or pre-Civil Rights mentality. And what I understand it Republicans has done, and it is not true, is trying to say that there is no longer a need for the federal government to oversee elections at the state level.

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McCarthy’s [Republican Commitment to America] the plan has some elements that are political priorities for American freedom. You know, when we talk about security, all Americans can resonate and want to get behind it. I think McCarthy and the GOP need to talk about implementation, so they need to put some meat on the legs of these promises.

Denise Long is a columnist and CEO of Youthcentrix Therapy Services.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.