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Memo to Fellow Black Conservatives

This is NOT going to win me any popularity contests.

My Friends,

One of the things that will help fix the debacle that’s become the Republican Party is an effective outreach strategy for African Americans and other minorites. And who better than to lead this change than other black Republicans and conservatives? We are the ones who best know our own communities and how to talk to people there, right?

Wrong.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s no one more responsible for the GOP’s lack of any substantiative effort towards blacks than us. Here’s where we went wrong:

  • We got out of the ‘hood, and then forgot about those we left behind there. Yes, being a conservative implies that we are willing to work hard to get and maintain what we have. But don’t we also have a responsibility to reach back and help others along? Isn’t one of the tenets of the black community that if you become successful, you teach others how to do the same? What exempts us from the responsibility of growing and mentoring in our communities?
  • We thought that just because we have a seat at the conservative table, we have to subordinate ourselves to stay there. James Harris, I’m talking to you. If I’m a young black man in the streets of Southeast DC, and I see a black man on TV begging a white man for something, how the hell should I feel about myself? At what point did the maintanence of our status as conservatives overshadow who we are? Does the price of conservatism come with permanent second-class citizenship? No…so why do we put ourselves there?
  • After abandoning our communities, and getting our seat at the table, we have the nerve to look down on those we left behind. And we have the nerve to wonder why other blacks call us “sellouts” and Uncle Toms? Maybe because, for some of us, that’s exactly what we did: sold out our communities. So now, we make ourselves out to be different, and play the “us against them” game…until we need the black community for something, and then we go running home.

Now, I’m no less guilty. I’ve played the “puppet” role myself, talked about “those people and their rap music.” Been there, done that. But that’s not the way to continue.

So, where do we go from here, and what do we do?

  • Realize-and in some cases, remember-who we are. There is a certain strength that’s inherent to all African Americans. We possess the strength to overcome, persevere, and fight for what we believe is right. So why aren’t we fighting now? If we see people in our communities being neglected, and we believe that conservative ideas and beliefs can help them, why aren’t we taking that message to our communities?
  • Realize that the GOP needs us a hell of a lot more than we need them. There’s no good reason-strategic or otherwise-to shuck and jive on TV. Last I checked, black people weren’t in the habit of just taking stuff lying down. If the GOP doesn’t recognize that they can’t reach our communities without us, then that’s their loss. We don’t have to be the face for ideas that don’t work, and for policies that aren’t liked. Not only does that hurt the GOP’s standing in the community, more importantly, it hurts your own. We need to get angry; tell those in positions of power that we will be listened to, respected, and not just trotted out whenever black faces are needed.
  • Lead. Black conservatives/Republicans have to be the change they want to see in their communites and in the GOP. No one’s going to do it but us. Nobody can do it but us. And if we’re not willing to go back home, endure the slammed doors and name calling that we’ve rightly earned, and wake up in the morning to endure it all over again, then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

HB2DF,

-D.

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Written by Coby Dillard

November 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm

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  1. […] Memo to Fellow Black Conservatives One of the things that will help fix the debacle that’s become the Republican Party is an effective outreach strategy for African Americans and other minorites. And who better than to lead this change than other black Republicans and … […]

  2. For a “Conservative” most of what you posted sounds like the usual gibberish one hears from left-wing, quota-Blacks.

    My further responses are in brackets:

    “We got out of the ‘hood, and then forgot about those we left behind there. Yes, being a conservative implies that we are willing to work hard to get and maintain what we have. But don’t we also have a responsibility to reach back and help others along? “

    [No we don’t. If it’s within our means, should always help people who need help, regardless of their race and even then only if they’re wiling to HELP THEMSELVES OR ACCEPT OUR HELP.

    “After abandoning our communities, and getting our seat at the table, we have the nerve to look down on those we left behind. And we have the nerve to wonder why other blacks call us “sellouts” and Uncle Toms? Maybe because, for some of us, that’s exactly what we did: sold out our communities. So now, we make ourselves out to be different, and play the “us against them” game…until we need the black community for something, and then we go running home.”

    [“Abandoning our communities?” “Getting our seat at the table?” What are you babbling about? I’m not sure what “hood” you’re talking about, but where I came from and where I live now there are successful Blacks, Blacks who are less successful and Blacks who are total losers, all while living in the same “hood”. Where the “hood” is, is only in your state of mind.

    Black losers won’t accept our help, or accept help from anyone else who suggests they get off dope, get off the basketball courts, get educated and/or get a job.

    Where I grew up, loser blacks made fun of me for talking “white” (i.e. speaking proper English) and if not outright idolizing Black thugs, they made excuses for them, bringing up the tired old sniveling about prejudice and the “100s of years of slavery” etc.

    The only “us against them” battle I recognize is the Us Conservatives against Them Liberals of any race.]

    “If we see people in our communities being neglected, and we believe that conservative ideas and beliefs can help them, why aren’t we taking that message to our communities?”

    [What do you mean “neglected”? If a person is unwilling to see the truth and do what they can to help themselves, screw ‘em. Many of those people won’t take our (Conservatives) advice, not when the race-baiting, poverty-pimps of the Jackson, Sharpton and Farrakhan ilk are telling them we’re sell outs and Uncle Toms.]

    “Realize that the GOP needs us a hell of a lot more than we need them.”

    [Actually, no they don’t. Any Republican, who gets elected into office, does it with a minimum of the Black vote.

    I’m tired of all the White vs. Black nonsense. My friends and allies are my friends and allies. Republicans, White, Black or Asian are not going to be able to convince a majority of the blacks in the “hood” to vote Republican.

    Several years ago I was getting gas and a Black woman noticed my “Rush in 1996” bumper sticker on my car. She asked me if I knew Rush didn’t like Black people. I asked her when she had ever heard him say that and she told me she had never listened to him.

    How in the hell do you convince anyone that stupid to vote Conservative?]

    Brian(Robot)

    D.
    1. Okay, fine…if they’re willing to accept our help. But the first step is going to them, not waiting for them to come to us. And if they don’t accept our help, then that’s on them. But the onus to try is on us.
    2. Same where I live….but what have we done to take our message to the “losers?” Cause, best believe liberals are taking theirs…and with some degree of success.
    3. And do you know why they’re more apt to listen to Sharpton/Jackson? Cause the image they give of black conservatives is allowed to run rampant…cause we can’t/won’t do anything to show people that the image is fictional. Yes, we won’t convince everyone…but we won’t convince
    anyone if we don’t try.
    4. You’re right. But I think we just got a lesson on how the black vote can turn on a dime. We need to work to
    keep the black vote, not just win it.

    I’m not saying I’ve got all the answers. I am saying that everything we’ve done before, isn’t working anymore.

    Brian

    November 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

  3. Very proud Coby, I like this, I’m feeling what you have to say and respect your opinion. I’m very impressed with your views. Hope your political aspirations take flight soon.

    KarBar

    November 20, 2008 at 1:33 pm

  4. Dillard:

    Do you make any particular distinction between the GOP gaining within the Black community versus Conservative principles being implemented within the Black community to address some of the key challenges?

    D. My biggest concern is relating conservative principles back to the black community (as well as that of other minorities). I think a lot of African Americans hold conservative thoughts/principles, but either don’t know it or equate “conservative” to the negative aura surrounding “Republican” that they don’t voice them. If the conservative message being in black communities translates to more votes for the GOP (which, given their history, it may well not), so be it….but I’m not too terribly concerned about that.

    Constructive Feedback

    November 25, 2008 at 10:34 pm

  5. [quote]We got out of the ‘hood, and then forgot about those we left behind there. Yes, being a conservative implies that we are willing to work hard to get and maintain what we have. But don’t we also have a responsibility to reach back and help others along?[/quote]

    Brother – I have to strongly disagree with you on several points.

    I can’t help but to assume some measure of INFERIORITY that you cast upon the people who have been “left behind”. They are in a perpetual condition of being in need of help.

    But wait – WHAT DO YOU ASK OF THEM?
    Just because you “Reach Back” does it mean that you won’t get your hand bitten off or that you have the personal wherewithall to ignore the backside that they have stuck out for you to kiss?

    This must be a 2 way street brother!!

    We need to shift the conversation from Democrat/Republican or Conservative/Liberal over to WHAT IS WORKING and WHAT HAS FAILED TO WORK!!

    This allows the people who are in need to make the choice that the pain of remaining where they are is worse than the fear of walking in a new direction.

    As the conservatives have exited that which has filled the void has been “un-conservative” and has failed. The people who enjoy popular standing are able to tap into this anger but they have failed to deliver change.

    D. Kinda disagree. Some black conservatives/Republicans have soured the black community towards allblack conservatives/Republicans. So there is a fair amount of name calling and door slamming that will take place when we go to share our message. We have to endure that; in some ways, it’s the price we pay for our years of neglect there.

    Constructive Feedback

    November 26, 2008 at 9:36 am

  6. [quote]My biggest concern is relating conservative principles back to the black
    community (as well as that of other minorities). …….either don’t know it or
    equate “conservative” to the negative aura surrounding “Republican” that
    they don’t voice them.[/quote]

    Dillard:

    Do you mind if I analyze your statement statement above?

    If you don’t convince the Black community that conservative principles are good for them because of their negative views of a given party that lays claim to them…..then the Blacks will simply have to continue to suffer while you continue to work to convince them that conservatism is the solution out of their current pothole.

    D – at what point do you and others ask the Black community to make measure of our CURRENT situation, the fact that the prevailing thoughts that they ASSUME will fix their problems have not and that they must seek their GOALS above the METHODOLOGY that might lead them to their goals. All must be on the table for consideration.

    Just as “the White man” has no stake on Science and Mathematics….the Republicans have no monopoly on conservative thoughts and values.

    The challenge is to get Black folks to CHANGE

    D. I believe that as minorities are (re)introduced to conservatism, they will take measure of themselves and their personal/community situation and want to change both. If they choose not to…well, that’s a decision they come to on their own. My focus is on conservatives/Republicans leading to water, but not making anyone drink who doesn’t want to.

    Constructive Feedback

    November 26, 2008 at 12:51 pm

  7. (Note: I am responding to a comment from you that I received in my email but could not find it on your blog).

    You noted you believed that there are some Black Conservatives/Republicans who have harmed the relationship with the Black community and thus deserved to have the door slammed in their faces. Fair enough.

    I would like to test out this theory by pointing to the photographic negative point. The Black Democrat. Where as the Black Republicans are few – the Democrats that have actual POWER within our community are numerous. Despite corruption, scandal, and subpar results – they don’t have doors slammed in their faces – instead they are asked to come in and bring MORE of their friends into the Black community.

    I think that you are yielding to the obfuscation of your ideological adversaries. Like John McCain you appear to be seeking to appease your adversaries by attacking your ideological soul mates without SHIFTING THE DEBATE TO WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE.

    This needs to be about THE BLACK BEST INTERESTS – DELIVERED.
    Popularity has failed us.
    Most of us would prefer a weightloss pill to a exercise and dietary control. The fact is, however, that one is more effective, comprehensive and transforming than the pill.

    The focus needs to be placed upon the Black community to focus on their goals rather than what they POPULARLY ASSUME to be the pathway to their interests, noting what they have tried en masse thus far has not worked as promised.

    D. (I try to keep my comments with the original comment. May have missed one) I wouldn’t call it “attacking,” but at some point, we-Republicans/conservatives in general, with the racial aspect removed-have to acknowledge that our relationship with minorities hasn’t been the greatest. I’m calling attention to that, but I’m not going to dwell on it or attempt to hold it over anyone’s head. It happened; let’s acknowledge it and move forward. I think (and I say this cause you seem to be somewhat smarter than I am) that you’re basically arguing that the debate should be what works best for the black community, vice who can deliver the best message to it. And if that’s the case…couldn’t agree more. Thing is, right now only one side is saying that their brand is best for the black community, and is doing that with no opposition, no counterpoint. Since liberalism hasn’t worked for the black community-though they believe it has-why then aren’t conservatives pushing back?

    Constructive Feedback

    November 27, 2008 at 10:33 am


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