GOP, Are You Ready to Reach Out to Blacks Yet?
Because I am a black conservative, someone wrote asking me this great question.
“What is it that compels some black men and women to cling to, and follow people like Sharpton, Jackson, Wright, Obama, Spike Lee, Black Panthers, Holder, etc.?”
I have pondered the same question. Some black folks embrace victim status because it provides cover for their laziness and irresponsible lifestyles. Black Judases preach a false, evil gospel of victimhood-ism for profit. Some blacks are racist, pure and simple.
I believe that a majority of black Americans simply have not been exposed to unfiltered conservatism – to blacks articulating how blessed they are to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet.
Ironically, all of the blacks who are given big microphones to tout the horrors of being black in America are wealthy. The MSM and Democratic Party viciously and relentlessly block any and all patriotic black voices from the main stage – that is, anyone touting achieving success and wealth the old-fashioned way, via education, hard work, and morally right choices. And we know they attempt to silence such voices because their mission is not to empower blacks, but rather to further their big-government socialist/progressive agenda.
Now that America is burning in the flames of racial tension and polarization, it is crucial that Republicans/conservatives finally reach out to black America. I am not suggesting that they offer blacks a Democrat-lite, "America sucks and is somewhat racist, so we will lower standards and give you free stuff" message. Heaven forbid.
I am talking about taking a pedal-to-the-metal conservative message to black America, boldly articulating conservatism's virtues and why it is the best for all Americans. Why it is the most direct route to success.
While I have no problem with packaging our message to better connect with diverse audiences, our rock-solid conservative principles must remain intact. Republicans must reject using the Democrats' insidious tactic of dividing Americans into victimized voting blocs (blacks, women, Hispanics, and so on). After convincing various groups of Americans that they are victims, the Dems request their votes to use as protection money to keep their white racist sexist Republican/conservative enemies at bay. It is disgusting and evil.
A young black college student worked on Tea Party candidate Joe Carr's U.S. Senate campaign for college credit. The black youth told me that he realized he is conservative. That's what I am talking about: giving blacks an opportunity to hear our inspiring be-all-you-can-be feel-good message. Ronald Reagan's speeches always made me feel good about myself and my country.
Several years ago, I produced many of the Volusia County Florida Republican Executive Committee annual Lincoln dinners. I was one of two blacks on the committee. I was always thinking of ways to invite and involve more blacks. A few outspoken voices said, “Why bother? They are going to vote for the Democrats no matter what we do.” I have experienced that same defeatist mindset in the national GOP leadership.
Using my background from working in the Creative Services Department of a major TV station, I designed a campaign to reach out to blacks titled “Reach Your Dreams.” My campaign included touring the black community, with music and conservative minority speakers telling their stories of how they achieved their American dreams.
GOP officers consistently shot my idea down. “Why bother?” They thought it would not produce enough votes to make it a wise financial investment. I argued that it was not totally about producing votes. It was the moral and right thing to do.
Well, the GOP's chickens have come home to roost for allowing the Democrats' lie that America and Republicans/conservatives are racists to go unchallenged. Oh my gosh, did I just quote that evil man, Rev. Jeremiah Wright?
To spread Christianity, Romans 10:14 says:
“And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
I wish to apply this same wisdom to spreading our gospel of conservatism. Blacks cannot embrace the liberation of conservatism without hearing about it.
My dad has been a Christian preacher for over 50 years. Little did I know that God was preparing me for such a time as this – appointed to spread the gospel of conservatism to those suffering, lost, and enslaved by liberalism.
Bottom line: we conservatives must find a way to bring our good news to black Americans. It is the moral and right thing to do for America.