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of fourth and eighth grade students in Georgia are proficient or better in reading.

It’s also clear that Black Americans are not on the same page with the Democratic Party on the woke issue.

On the question of whether a child’s sex is genetically “determined” at birth, per Pew polling, 68% of Black Americans say “yes,” compared to 38% of those identified as Democrat or “leaning Democrat.”

Mainor’s honesty and courage are worthy of admiration and respect.

But what will Republicans do with this?

Georgia is a key swing state, won by Donald Trump in 2016 and then recaptured by Joe Biden in 2020, winning by a margin of three-tenths of one percentage point. The Black vote constitutes some 30% of the overall vote in Georgia and is critical. Commentator Karl Rove recently observed that a one-percent drop in Black voter turnout will flip Georgia back to Republicans.

But Republicans should not be trying to figure out how to get Black voters to stay home. They should be working to support the courageous and principled Mainor and should work to get other Black legislators and voters, in Georgia and nationwide, to see and appreciate the truths that she now articulates.

It is instructive to view polling over time regarding Americans’ trust in government.

In October 1964, per Pew, 77% of Americans said they trust the government to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.” By April 2022, this was down to 20%.

Of the 20%, 16% were white and 24% black. Back in 1964, both 77% of whites and Blacks expressed trust in government.

In 1964, federal government spending took 17% of GDP. By 2022, it was up to 24%. In other words, as government has expanded, trust in government has diminished. And this is true for all races.

In latest Gallup polling, only 18% express satisfaction with the direction of the country, half the historic average.

When asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?” the highest response was “government.”

Mesha Mainor is a heroine who sees that too long Black Americans have bought into the distortion that government is the answer rather than the problem.

Republicans and all Americans that care about the state of our free nation under God must help get her message out.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www. COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS. COM

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