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I am sick and tired of people like Cornel West, Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson trying to define black conservatism for the many men and women like myself that are Black and conservative. They paint a picture of an elitist, arrogant, out of touch Black person who hates the Black skin they were born in. For years, I thought the same because of the brainwashing I received at the hands of the liberal media. Little did I know I would become one myself.
So I am here to bust some myths!
1) All Black conservatives are rich and upwardly mobile. No poor Blacks are conservatives.
Wow! So living hand to mouth like I do means I’m “upwardly mobile.” Who knew? Conservatism has nothing to do with money and everything to do with values. It is the liberals who are obsessed with money, prestige and other false trappings. They are the ones running Hollywood, they are the ones who live life in the fast lane. Most conservatives are simple, church going, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. And for people like me on the tax receiving end of the spectrum I am forever thankful to the American taxpayer for helping survive these last 20 years and plan to do what I can to help them carry the load by returning to school and getting a career I can do that will benefit more than myself. Poverty isn’t an accurate predictor of liberalism but valuing work of any kind, especially stay at home mothers, is a good predictor of who is conservative.
2) Black conservative don’t understand the social issues facing regular Black folks.
It is actually the Black liberals who wish to stick their head in the sand, not Black conservatives. We have been talking about the devastating effects abortion has upon our community, specifically, and all we get back in return is Black liberals sticking their fingers into their ears and going “La! La! La! La! I can’t hear you!” Never mind that 3 out 5 Black babies or sixty percent of Black children die in the womb! That is not racism, that is not worth mentioning, that is not worth fighting. Our children are not valued and they have no concern over what happens to them. They are just a bunch of ghetto punks anyway, who needs them!
They don’t want to hear how welfare has not been a boon to Black folks but has done more harm by removing the father from the home, by penalizing them for getting married, by making them choose between self-sufficiency and their medication. They don’t talk about how we are letting our kids down by not educating them sufficiently. We would rather give the a PSP then a future Ph.D. The Oreo Complex (hating Black children for being smart and telling them they are acting “White”) has done more to hurt our children then slavery, segregation and racism could ever hope to do. In fact, it is Black liberals who have perpetuated this ugliness in our community. The liberals have long fallen out of touch with reality, let alone the Black community.
3) Black conservatives are pawns of the White establishment and are racist against their own people.
Really how many Black conservatives sit there and address other Blacks by the slang term, “My nigga?” Yet it is done everyday by those who are a lot more liberal. That denotes far more racist attitudes against their own people then anything a Black conservative has done. They say well conservatives are not for affirmative action. And it is still needed to level the playing field. I can understand that but what conservatives preach is far more equitable. Conservatives say, Blacks are no less intelligent or inferior to White people and they should be held to the same standards in regards to employment and education as anyone else. To promote affirmative actions is to say the are incapable of being judged on their own merit and should only be judged on their skin color-that is wrong. This is the way I see it, race should be the LAST factor in determining contracts, scholarships, etc. If you have two candidates, one poor Black one and one rich White one and they have similar grades, similar extracurricular activities, similar work experience but you want to give the poor Black kid a break in this instance, I don’t see it as reverse discrimination. He has earned it just as much as the other candidate. It only becomes so to give an inferior candidate preferential treatment based on nothing but their sex or ethnicity.
4) Black conservatives, like their White counterparts, are nothing but Christian bigots who want America to be a theoracy.
Liberals are no fans of those professing faith and the reason they are so resistant is because their own lives are filled with so much sin that they don’t want to have to look at their own lives and change according to God’s will. The founding fathers were overwhelmingly Christian and as such America started out as a “Christian theocracy” since most of its governing bodies and rules were based on biblical principles. If being a Christian nation is so evil, we did we become the fastest growing and most successful nation in the world? Why are people still breaking their necks to get into our country? You don’t see them risking life and limb to break into El Salvador! It is exactly because of our initial governance by God that we have the prosperity we have today. It was when we started taking God out of everything that this country went downhill. If liberals could read maybe they could read the Bible and begin to understand that success and failure of a nation and its people is dependent on its belief in the Almighty. This has been true since the beginning of time but liberals refuse to learn history’s lessons.
As far as the bigotry goes, it is the Liberal Left that consistently promotes prejudice for those who don’t think like them. It is the Left that thinks so low of Blacks that they think they are incapable of achieving any kind of success without a hand out from them. It is not the conservatives who display bigotry, it is the conservatives that fight against it while the liberals consistently try to promote stereotypes. Lastly, it is Christians who are more open to those who are not Christian than the secularists are of those who have faith. It is because of the persecution of Christians that other faiths found asylum in our land. The secularist would never have put out such a red carpet.
In closing, Black conservatives are not an anomaly in the Black community, we are the Black community, it is the Black liberals who are sorely out of place and out of touch.