Our racist legacy transcends communities into the democracy of U.S. politics. It has come to light that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) addressed in 2002 an audience of “white-supremacist leaders ” [“Scalise confirms that he addressed racists in ’02,” front page, Dec. 30].

This does no favors to the conservative cause of minority outreach. Minorities’ perception of Republicanism is that the party is trapped in the cement of racist tendencies, but cement can be broken.

Republicans should acknowledge and distance themselves from racist comments. It’s no wonder minorities vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

Republicans could take advantage of this prime opportunity for minority outreach. They should showcase the black and Hispanic members recently elected to the House and Senate. The community outreach can move beyond a conversation and become a prism of action.

Minorities are not beholden to liberalism. What they want is for racism to be separated from conservatism.

Quiana Fulton, Manassas