I am a person of color,a female and I grew up in urban Detroit. Taking into account all of that, I should be a Democrat.I am not.I voted for Ronald Reagan.I found my conservative self very early in life. I was an avid Bible reader and I began to compare the politics of those around me to what I was reading in the bible.I checked out the radicals of that day-the Black panthers and other Black Nationalists and was temporarily fascinated. I listened to Jesse Jackson and found out what Elijah Muhammad had to say,checked out Marcus Garvey and I absorbed the speeches of Malcolm X. I read James Baldwin and studied Eldridge Cleaver. Loved to behold Angela Davis and read her bio. I read Black Boy and Black like me.I devoured Langston Hughes and his dream deferred.Found about a little red book,Lenin, Stalin and Mao and I heard the talk of my kin and neighborhood pals about voting Democrat.With little eyes saw the riots on TV and listened to the elders speak about them.I finally knew that a democrat or radical was nowhere in me.
I found myself instead identifying with the Black republican ancestors who were abolitionists-Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas,and educators like Booker T. Washington. I checked out Madam Walker- first Black female millionaire, I read every thing I could and never worried about "acting white".Zora Neale Hurston entertained me and slowly but certainly I realized that I never wanted to be on welfare or food stamps, never wanted to have baby after baby with no father in sight, never wanted to hate someone because of skin color. I assimilated the words of the Constitution as well as the Declaration of Independence.I admired Crispus Attucks and knew without a shadow of a doubt that Harriet Tubman was a bad sister.It was all about the freedom to me.
I knew God did not want us to kill babies, our babies no matter what planned parenthood said. We should have never abused soldiers from the war or like the Democrats-the "white man's party" start the KKK.He did not like that police trained dogs on civil rights protesters or stand as the Democrat Governor George Wallace in front of a school house door to keep people who looked like me out.He did not want little girls in church to die and block voting rights and the Republicans did not do that.
Now of course the Democrats in power have amnesia and don't know anything about THAT history.With eyes wide open they blind the person of color and distort history to purchase their souls for the false promises of raising us up.
Now in spite of the fact that some liberals would like to think that the term black conservative is an oxymoron or the figment of someone's imagination: there is an emergence of a new Black conservative. This conservative is bold, fierce, unashamed and not intimidated.There are those of us who have broken off our chains, cut off our shackles and ran with determination from the plantation of liberalism and without reservation or doubt declared ourselves to be indeed free.....at last. I am one of them. A Christian constitutional conservative of color. Standing with my eyes raised to God and my feet firmly planted on the Word, I say some lies have been told.The lie that the far left love us (right). The lie that the left want us to excel ( the subtle letting us think that without them we can do nothing). The lie that they want us to be educated in the best way (taking away school vouchers from poor black children).The lie that conservatism is not for us (the history, the history). The lie that giving people everything will better their lives and change their future for the good ( If you give me the fish why should I buy a fishing rod or teach my children to fish). The lie that all republicans are racist.
Like robots marching to some ancient drum, people of color for decades and in mass have offered their loyalty to one party.Not knowing or fully understanding political history they have swallowed the lies fed to them by those who dreamed of power and decided to use them to obtain it. How? By simply promising to give them something. The votes that they never wanted us to have would be theirs.Then there are those who took off their white sheets and traded them in for political office.They stood in our pulpits and declared that they were for us because they decided that if they could not deny us the vote at least we were useful as voters. Where they once defied republicans who wanted us to have voting rights and human rights they now represent themselves as our saviors . If you look at the major cities that have been wholly controlled by liberals for decades surely you must wonder what we have been saved from. Liberals policies have destroyed our value systems and moral centers and in turn destroyed a way of life in our cities.Unhoodwinked (OK I know that is not a real word), smart, well read, aware, hard working, self sufficient, unshaken and unmoved. Have heard Uncle Tom flung in their face (from people who know nothing about Uncle Tom) and listened to the deceived call them a race traitor and still stands tall in their beliefs. Beliefs such as self determination, liberty, freedom from intrusive government and the right of the individual to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
One thing that I applaud president Obama for, he has kept his promise to be a uniter.Yes he has united Black conservatives to Jewish ones to Italian ones to Asian ones to European ones...........you see?
He has been a major catalyst for Black conservatives to emerge and seek each other out and yes we are uniting.We are not rudderless or confused because we have a platform to stand on and history to back our stand.We are finding our other political kin and teaming up to plant our political stakes. This is really not about color so much as it is about making our voices heard in spite of liberals trying to cover their ears.Some of us are still a little hesitant but in a few months I have had the honor of meeting scores of us...coming out of the political closet. Here we come.......be afraid those who want to take our freedom, be afraid.We want the souls of our people back, Americans, and we will be wanting that now.
Part two-Black conservatives in the forefront of the constitutional conservative fight..