Negroes and Black Conservatives
by Mychal Massie
In the minds of the white liberal
elite, there is an unambiguous dichotomy between Negroes and
black conservatives. A glaring example of this truth is the racist
bastardization of Condoleezza Rice, our President's choice to
become Secretary of State.
Rice is one of America's most
accomplished individuals. As is judicial nominee Associate Justice
Janice Rogers Brown; as is former ambassador Alan Keyes; as is
activist Ward Connerly, economists Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams,
diplomat and former general Colin Powell and the Reverend Jesse
The aforementioned comprise
a very small number of a very large and ever-increasing number
of conservatives who happen to be black.
It is interesting to observe
that these people are not the impuissant or recreant. They are
the best, or among the best, in their respective fields. It is
even more interesting to note that they are not recognized because
of financial impropriety, illegitimate children, drugs, philandering,
abortions, race-baiting or their complaints of whites holding
them back. They are recognized for their hard work, honesty,
integrity and diligence. They are recognized for their educational
accomplishments, personal sacrifices and love for country.
In a time of nihilism, blame-whitey
and "somebody owes me something and I can't get ahead because
I'm black," these are the people the liberal elites vilify
and viciously ridicule. The criticism is not based on facts,
but simply on their being black with conservative ideologies.
When there are over 10 million
fewer blacks under the age of 18 because of abortion alone, white
liberals such as cartoonists Gary Trudeau, Ted Rall and John
Danziger and radio host John "Sly" Sylvester - among
others - are targeting Rice, and doing so by trying to humiliate
This is not recrudescence for
the liberal elite and the Democratic Party of which many affiliate.
It is, in fact, the continuation of what they have stood for
virtually since their party's inception. In 1840, their leaders
said abolitionists endangered the stability and permanency of
the Union. In 1852, their platform opposed abolishing slavery.
From 1876 until 1960, Democrats
successfully blocked civil rights legislation. Prior to 1876,
Republicans were singularly responsible for civil rights accomplishments
(with fierce Democratic opposition).
Much is made of the U.S. Supreme
Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that struck
down state-segregated education. What is never mentioned is that
the ruling did what Republicans already accomplished in their
1875 civil rights bill - a bill later overturned by the Democrats
Liberals, aided by the true
"house slaves," railed against then-Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott, (R-MS) for his jocund comments celebrating
the late Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday. While Thurmond was
once a segregationist Democrat, he denounced his prior leanings,
became a Republican and was the first southern senator to hire
a black staffer.
What makes things worse is
that liberals remain silent when Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) said
fellow liberal, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), "would have
been a great senator at any moment." Byrd, a former member
of the Ku Klux Klan, would have been an asset, say, during the
mid-1800s? I think not.
It was the Republican Party
that was formed in 1854 expressly to combat slavery and secure
civil rights for blacks. The Democrats, however, were responsible
for the Dred Scott decision declaring blacks were not persons,
but property without rights.
Herein lies the unfortunate
truth. The liberal elites will suffer lecherous impotents like
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the NAACP et. al, Whoopi Goldberg
and Danny Glover, as long as they sing the right tune. Those
who stray, such as black moderates Harold McCall, Maynard Jackson
and Congressman Harold Ford (D-TN) are quickly reminded of their
Regarding something I'd previously
written, I received an e-mail from a girl named Erica in Chicago
who told me I was the reason "The blacks race couldn't get
along" [sic]. Does anyone believe for an instant that such
liberal racism would be tolerated if even hinted by conservatives?
Independent thought, belief
in meritocracy, self-initiative and self-determination are not
words the liberal elite is willing to accept from their black
subjects. The question to me is clear: It's not why would blacks
be conservatives, but why we would ever want to be liberal?
Mychal S. Massie, a member
of the black leadership network Project 21, is an op-ed columnist
with WorldNetDaily.com and talk-radio host on Rightalk.com. Comments
may be sent to MychalMassie@aol.com.
Published by The National Center for Public Policy Research.
Reprints permitted provided source is credited. New Visions Commentaries
reflect the views of their author, and not necessarily those
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