Posts Tagged ‘black conservatives/Republicans’
Peter Nicholas Boulware (born December 18, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played his entire pro career for the Ravens.
Boulware was a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in the 2008 general election.
I did a series highlighting notable African American Republicans back in 2009. I think it’s important-especially during Black History Month-to look back and see the longstanding connection to conservatism in the black community, in a effort to try to rebuild those relationships that have, over time, been lost. -Coby
James H. Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.
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 use the description “Crimson Tide moment” to describe something-an action, statement, etc-that, on its face, is completely incorrect…and that, after some introspection and digging, has some truth or rightness about it.
Today’s comes from Herman Cain:
Asked why more African Americans haven’t joined him at tea party rallies and conservative conventions like the Faith And Family Conference in DC this weekend, the millionaire ex-CEO has a different explanation. African Americans, Cain told TPM, are too poor to tea party.
Dead wrong. That is, until you look at it a little closer.
I yield the floor to my friend Terrence Boulden in NOVA, the head of the Fairfax County Republican Committee’s African American Outreach Coalition:
This may seem like a small thing to resign over, but it’s a big deal. When Republican leaders do things like this, it makes it very hard for folks like myself and my friends through out Virginia to recruit other blacks into our party. The perception of the Republican party as being the party of old, white racists is strong and that perception is only strengthened when stuff like this happens.
Our leaders, at every level, need to wake up and realize that everything they do has a consequence. Everything they do has a serious ripple effect and it falls on the troops in the field – people like me – to clean up their mess.
We’re more than a list of churches to visit or events to attend. The good party leaders realize this. The bad ones think it’s funny to forward jokes about us being lazy and on welfare.
As it’s said, read the whole thing.
I will credit Dave Barthomolew on one thing: he did actively make an effort to reach out to Virginia Beach’s community. I saw that (he attended VB’s NAACP Freedom Fund dinner, and went out of his way to introduce himself to people), and gave him credit as one of the few people in RPV that actually seemed to realize that outreach needed to be taken seriously, and that we needed to do a better job of it. He did, from my own observation, try to do that better job.
Which, unfortunately, makes this incident that much more unforgivable.
Maybe if the RPV leadership hears it from more than one person, in more than one location, they’ll finally realize “hey, we may have a problem here….” Maybe they’ll see that doing outreach doesn’t require a whole lot of money, but that it does require a lot of common sense.
Case in point, where’s the African American coalition for RPV? There was once something called the Ethnic Coalitions Committee…where’d that go? These things don’t require money…all they need are a few people who can get the ball rolling. And all they’ll want in return is a committment to their efforts, and not to be punched in the stomach during the course of their work.
Maybe RPV will come to realize that, before you even go out to a church or a community event, the first part of doing outreach is making sure you’re not slapping the people you’re supposed to be reaching out to.
Because-and I speak for the people who I know are in the field-some of us are starting to wonder if all the headaches incidents like this give are really worth it.
Lastly, as an African American conservative who wants to see his party do a better job of reaching out to blacks and minority communities, I feel that this is a major setback. From my perspective, it’s a lot harder for me-or any other black conservative/Republican-to knock on doors to spread our message AND preserve our personal credibility and that of the party. These are the type of stunts that make people want to tune out the Republican Party, regardless of whether our message can benefit them or not. The reality for the GOP is that if we continue to poke fun or “satirize” the very people we need to win elections, then we have to accept that –ideology and beliefs aside-they will continue to abandon us at the voting booth.
I wrote the above in 2008, after an inappropriate attempt at “satire.
Almost two years later, we still haven’t learned the lesson. How many times are we going to keep doing this to ourselves?
Bishop E.W. Jackson, Sr., President of STAND, Chesapeake VA
“While I have great admiration for the historic contribution the NAACP once made toward equality and justice for black Americans, they have lost their way. Instead of seeking justice, they play racial politics and march lockstep with the far left. They were once independent. Now liberals say jump, and the NAACP says, ‘How high?’
“The NAACP was silent during the hateful, racist, anti-Semitic rants of Jeremiah Wright and the New Black Panther Party. Instead of defending Kenneth Gladney’s right to freely express his political views as a black American, they were silent when he was viciously attacked at a Tea Party rally and called the “N” word by SEIU thugs. It seems that the NAACP is only for the advancement of liberal “colored” people. Therefore it has lost credibility as a true civil rights organization.”
Sonnie Johnson, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia, Woodbridge VA
“Here comes the Talented Tenth to the racial rescue! As an organization claiming to represent the black community, the NAACP would serve that community well by focusing on the critical issues of unemployment, education, and financial literacy. But instead they are playing politics with a racial resolution against the Tea Party—a non-partisan organization that represents Black, White, Brown, and all colors in between.
“From the Jackson Ward Area of Richmond to the Vinger Hill area of Charlottesville, I understand how the NAACP’s politics damages the black community. After forty years of advancing a big government agenda, trading political favors, and rewarding the children of former civil rights leaders for the courage shown by their parents, they continue to destroy productive communities that could otherwise flourish under the freedom that comes with small government.”
Gilbert Wilkerson, Richmond Tea Party Board of Directors, Richmond VA
“As an African American, I expect the NAACP to condemn the violent crimes in our neighborhoods, the genocide of millions of unborn black babies, and the high dropout rate among our black youth. Instead, the NAACP steps over the weightier matters to condemn the Tea Party for unproven racial slurs and a few offensive posters about the president (which the Tea Party itself has condemned). Is this how the many black supporters of the NAACP want their money used?”
Coby W. Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Norfolk VA
“With 15% of blacks unemployed and 13% in fair or poor health nationwide, one would expect the NAACP to focus on problems that truly damage the black community. Instead, they choose to sow more racial divisiveness against the Tea Party—a movement that seeks to restore those founding principles that unite Americans of all colors as one nation, indivisible.
“Sadly, this continues the NAACP’s recent history of division among the very lines they claim to work to eliminate. How unfortunate that this organization, with its proud history during the civil rights era, chooses to denigrate the Tea Party movement instead of seeking common ground.
“When the NAACP is truly ready to work towards its goal of ‘One Nation, One Dream,’ they are welcome to unite with us as we work towards that same end.”