Pending Race War? We Need a Hero
Years ago at my local Republican Club meeting, a black brother approached me about starting a black Republican club. I thought, why is that necessary? I want the same things as the white members in our club. Please don't get me wrong folks. I realize that there are women, black and Hispanic Republican clubs. Fine. I am not criticizing them. And perhaps, separate groups are necessary to deal with specific issues.
I guess what I have a problem with is dividing Americans into groups. In the case of the Democrats, they divide Americans into supposed “victimized” groups. Disgusting.
Imagine Lt. Uhura starting a black crew members of the Starship Enterprise group. Or, Mr Sulu starting an Asian gay pride group. It just wouldn't feel right. Crew members would wonder why their sister Uhura and brother Sulu felt a need to separate from them.
Racial polarization and tensions are frighteningly high. I long for politicians who talk to us as Americans; appealing to our shared humanity without pandering to any group. America needs a true leader who will unite us as Americans.
Ronald Reagan was pretty good at doing that. As a young black man from the Baltimore projects, every time I heard President Reagan speak, I felt good; inspired to be all I could be and proud to be an American. Funny thing. I do not remember Reagan promising me any special concession due to my race.
Many are shocked that Trump's one-size-fits-all message is resonating across racial lines. Afraid to be overheard by co-workers, my “legal” immigrant Hispanic bank teller whispered to me that she likes Trump because he stands up for America and will make “our” country great again. Note that she said “our” country. That's what I am talking about.
The Left (mainstream media and Democrats) relentlessly promoting divisiveness is evil. Focusing on our shared humanity is a powerful step towards achieving racial healing. I witnessed it first hand in the 1970s.
I was among a hand full of black students at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Black power was in vogue. Our group of blacks were fired up, demanding that the college allow the Black Panthers on campus and yield to our demands. What were our grievances? I do not have a clue. Still, I went along with the brothers because I did not want to be odd man out or seen as a traitor or Uncle Tom. Our group was all about standing up for blackness and telling whitey were to go.
One day, I heard all the guys in our group raving about the “Italian Stallion.” They had gone to see the movie, Rocky. They loved the movie and Sylvester Stallone. I thought, “Wait a minute. This does not compute.” These radical black activists were loving on a white guy. Then, I got it. The movie gave them an opportunity to move beyond skin color to relate to Rocky; connecting with our shared humanity.
Here is another incident that taught me we are different and yet the same.
A bout with alcoholism in my youth landed me attending AA meetings. A white grandmother from the back hills shared her story. I was stunned that I, a young black male from the hood of Baltimore, could relate to much of what she felt. How could I possibly have anything in common with this elderly white woman? Our shared humanity.
It is reprehensible how CNN, the Democrats, and other media hatemongers have done everything in their power to instill in blacks that America is out to get them. Now that blacks have taken the bait hook, line, and sinker, promoters of hate are pontificating about the violence; asking what is the source and clamoring for more gun control. Words cannot express my disgust for these viperous human beings.
America was great because America was good. Everyone knows that those in power are leading us down the road to destruction. Despite all the racial strife and talk of an impending race war, Americans desperately want to come together; to move beyond race.
We need a hero, folks. To you candidates seeking the White House in 2016, start educating Americans to Obama and the Democrats' crimes against our country. Rather than dividing and pandering, talk to us as one big American family; connecting with our shared humanity.
We will respond and call you Mr. or Madam President. Let’s make America good again.
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Chairman, Conservative Campaign Committee