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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 Lee Peterson.

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 her.

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 in 1880.

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 place.

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?


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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 [email protected].

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 of Project 21.


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