I'm not a proponent of affirmative action programs, primarily because I believe with the demographic changes in the country, societal status - mainly along the lines of influence and income inequality - should be the first factor considered, not race.
Too many poor whites - poor people, in general - are being left out of worthwhile initiatives.
Having said that, when those programs are done well, they help both parties. That's what it seems the Republican Party hopes happens with this program.
From the piece:
A nonprofit launching this week aims to get more conservative minority staffers on the Hill and to help them climb the ladder once they’ve arrived.
The group, called Insight, will start an internship program to help students of color get placed in Republican offices, host professional development events and provide networking opportunities.
Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) will chair the initiative, which also plans to host an ongoing series of public policy forums on issues that affect ethnic minorities. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will host the first event, on post-prison re-entry programs, in March.