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Racing to the Bottom

I’m feeling some kinda way about my fellow black conservatives, so…this is for us.

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed that more and more of us are stepping out into the public eye. While that’s great, a couple things over the last week have also really disturbed me.

First, there was this reaction to the Casey Anthony verdict by Lloyd Marcus:

The U.S. Department of Justice reports 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period; an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.

I am sure many of these missing children are beautiful white kids receiving no media attention.

The second-which I will only generally describe-is the defense of the Family Leader’s pledge that Rep. Bachmann signed (that, of course, has now been edited).

Why are these things disturbing to me? Because they’re showing that we’re trying too hard to be down for the cause…and in that trying too hard, we’re losing ourselves and forgetting where we come from.

I get the emotion, the passion, the conviction. That’s needed. What isn’t is the-calling it by its name-pandering. We don’t have to prove our conservatism-be it urban, social, fiscal, whatever-to anyone. Our message, on its merits alone, can resonate anywhere, without having to play to the sympathies of those who are, too often, our biggest supporters. And if that’s the sole reason we do it-appeasement-then what will that really say about our “conviction” when the support’s gone?

Second, we’d all do well to remember one thing as black conservatives: we are still black. Some of y’all won’t like that, but walk with me:

Our experience is both uniquely American and uniquely black; it’s always going to be. We can try to focus on the American more, and I believe that we should. But at the end of the day, we are still black men and women in America, with all the positive and negative that comes with.

We can’t forget that, because the people we’re hoping to reach out to, who we want to win over to our side-they haven’t forgotten it…and in too many cases, they’re closer to its reality than many of us are.

Too many of those in our communities are dealing with problems that, while no less American, come with circumstances and consequences that are uniquely black in nature. Same for the solutions to those problems. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it doesn’t make us less American-or less conservative-to acknowledge it.

It’s good for us to be passionate, to “agitate, agitate, agitate!” as Frederick Douglass said. We should stand up and make our message heard.

But doing and being those things doesn’t require us to race each other to the bottom.


Written by Coby Dillard

July 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

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  1. Very insightful. I agree 100%. All too often these guys are so busying playing to the Palin or I guess I should say Bachmann crowd that they alienate the very people they claim to be trying to reach out to.

    Black Man

    July 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  2. [quote]We can’t forget that, because the people we’re hoping to reach out to, who we want to win over to our side-they haven’t forgotten it…and in too many cases, they’re closer to its reality than many of us are.[/quote]

    With all due respect, Mr Dillard – I – a “Black Conservator” am not driven by the quest to convince other Black people to come over to “my side”.

    My singular goal is to get Black people to VALUE THEMSELVES, stop dumping their own “Black Community Consciousness” into an investment in the American Political Domain while crapping out when the election frenzy dies down.

    From this exercise and the development of an infrastructure to support this end (mostly by building up protections of our “racial consciousness core” from the molestations of American politics) I hope that Black people will make use of our equal intelligence to make a decision upon the METHODOLOGY that best represents their pathway forward. Conservatism/ Progressivism are METHODOLOGIES that people who to achieve a certain end. I challenge you that your job as a “Black Conservative” should NOT be to make them into “Republicans” and thus execute the same false hopes as when they were Democrats. Instead you need to have them to set up better systems of GOVERNANCE. The “small government” message should actually be LOCALIZED GOVERNANCE.

    The Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chaser has Black people believing that if we struggle enough our communities will be granted the SOCIAL JUSTICE from external distributions as we deserve as Americans.

    The Black Conservative counter-point needs to be the display of the strategic flaws in which our Black community character will certainly be squander as our “Equal Black Ballots” and later our “Black Community Consciousness” is fused into the Progressive party – with the hopes of their continued victories will continue the REDISTRIBUTIONIST POLICIES.

    Confront them by demanding evidence of ORGANIC COMPETENCIES that are developed WITHIN the Black community and we will hear that you are “Blaming the Victims”.

    I don’t know you well enough to know if your agenda is Black Republicanism or organic Black Conservatism – but with the perilous state of America’s finances – our community will gravely morn the fact that it failed to build up our local competencies.

    Constructive Feedback

    July 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

  3. I don’t hide my partisanship.

    That said…beyond that, I want my community to be better. If that can happen and Republicans win elections, I’m happy. If Republicans lose and the community’s improved, I’m more happy.

    Coby Dillard

    July 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

  4. Mr. Dillard with all due respect, I am tired of people believing that somehow black conservatives are forgetting that they are black. In fact, it is that unique history that you describe that leads black conservatives to believe that they are more than conquerors. Thus, the current state of the black community is not acceptable. We need to stop chasing the phantom of a white menace, and understand what black conservatives like myself have been saying.

    We scream as a people that we do not have the bootstraps to do better when in fact the mesasge of the black conservative is simple, You (black leaders and community) not only have the bootstraps, but you own the bootstraps to improve your own communities. For example, our focus is so skewed that we would rather attack Michele Bachmann for telling the truth about the state of the black family, instead of questioning those who made the policies that lead to the that lead to the destruction of the black family.

    Chloe Moore

    July 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

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