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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Why am I the only black person at republican meetings? I have the answer!

For as long as I can remember the Republican Party has been carrying a monkey on its back, and that monkey’s name is Racist. For the purpose of brevity, I will not rehash the account of the civil rights movement and the pivotal role the Republican Party played in its success. I am of the opinion that if it weren’t for Republicans, I might be writing this article from a cotton field right now. In any case, the history speaks for itself and if anyone wants to go do the research and learn why Black Americans owe a debt of gratitude to conservatives, I refer you to an article titled, “History of the Republican Party” written by Sean (only his first name is listed).

The purpose of this article is not to analyze history; better historians than me have already done that. Rather, my purpose is to offer some perspective on the way things are today from the point of view of an outsider (for those of you who don’t know, I was born in Jamaica). Besides, the Republican Party is not going to win over Black Americans by an appeal to history. We must change the worldview of Black Americans before any appeal to history can be fruitful,

As I see it, here’s the problem:

Let me explain by way of an analogy. There is a room with dirty floors and in that room there is a black person sweeping. A Democrat (perhaps the owner of the building) walks in, sees this poor black man sweeping and immediately takes pity on him. The democrat then proceeds to take away the broom from the man and says, “You don’t have to do that, here is twenty dollars, go home and I will send you one hundred dollars every month so that you don’t have to sweep these dirty floors any more. The democrat then walks away, and as the black man is preparing to go home, a conservative walks in. The conservative sees the dirty floor, does not take pity on the man, and asks if he would sweep the floor for twenty dollars.

If you happen to be a conservative, you can see how from the perspective of the black man, one pathway appears to be easier than the other. You can also imagine how the democrat could be perceived as being compassionate and the conservative as being indifferent. You throw in a lifetime of people telling him to be suspicious of white people -- and the journey from indifferent to racist becomes a very short one. It is not fair; believe me I know, but this is the hand we have been dealt. For being a black conservative, I am often accused of being brain washed and a victim of Stockholm syndrome. For those making that accusation, I’d just like to ask them: if thirty sheep are in the process of walking off a cliff and one of those sheep stops and asks why I should walk of this cliff, which is brainwashed; the thirty or the one?

Now that’s the problem! Here now is the solution:

Right of the bat, I’d like to make it clear that being more like democrats is not the solution. I believe that despite its original good intentions (although I would argue that this has morphed in a desire to buy votes), what the democratic party has done is rob the black man of his dignity-- not only by seeing him as an inferior being, incapable of helping himself, but also by relegating him to a life of servitude (now dependent on the democrat for his livelihood). My fellow conservatives, if we make this about votes or about growing the Republican Party, we will loose and we will be susceptible to saying and doing anything. I want my fellow black Americans to join the conservative party not because I want to win elections but because I care about my fellow black Americans. Within the conservative family their dignity and liberty will be preserved. I was at a republican convention in Flint last year and one of the speakers said, “We need to be a party that is inclusive.” I wanted to grab him and say, “Listen, we are inclusive.” In all of my dealings with the Republican Party, I have felt nothing but appreciated and welcomed.

Like I said before, conservatives can be perceived as being a bit callus and that is probably a valid criticism whenever it occurs. We conservatives, if we are going to help our fellow Americans who happen to be black, must let them know that as an American-- you are my brother, you are my sister, and I could not in good conscience deprive you of what is embodied in this broom; the opportunity for you to work so that you can eat. Moreover, we must explain that anyone who would deprive you of such a privilege may not have your best interest at heart. I guarantee you that if such an understanding can be reached between black Americans and conservatives, more fruitful communication will be possible, and appeals to history will not go unanswered.

Take this approach my fellow conservatives and we will find ourselves looking across at the black community as in the final scene in the movie Casablanca, and saying, “This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.”

Danian Michael,
Political Agenda.

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Anonymous Are You A Wife Or A Knife said...

I absolutely agree with you. I wish all black Americans had this thought process. Very informative. Thank you.

November 17, 2009 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Smile said...

I can see where an inability to relate and understand could be valid but I don't see where callus is valid criticism. I think resentment is understandable. The fostering of said resentment, not so much. The ONLY people making out from this said resentment are the politicians, celebrities, and unions, who are all capitalist but say they're not.

The (driven) ideology causes many black folk to view their fellow citizens (who happen to be white) as the bad guys who are powerful and keeping them down or not hiring them. The same 'drivers' of said ideology are the ones who lock people into schools that refuse to teach them any better: See DPS's. This also causes a lack of education in even the most entry level jobs where simple arithmetic and literacy would be required. Attempted discussion on this vicious cycle has been met with resentment, part of the vicious cycle of the driven ideology.

The real median earnings of men who worked full time year-round, climbed in 2006/2007 from about $43K to $45K. If they get married to a woman who is gainfully employed there is the added burden of being moved into a higher taxed bracket. These people are treated like the enemy who are keeping others down when actually they are being kept down. The truth is, there's a lack of focus on the real problems.

The truth is, the fellow citizens who happen to be white and black and know better, are not the rulers of anything. They are just the ones left holding the bag.

The game of fostering understandable resentment becomes a personal pathology predominate in the black community.

November 19, 2009 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Danian Michael said...

First I want to thank you for taking the time to read my two-cents on this issue and also for your kindness and respect (which by the way is mutual).

You make a great point and I debated (with myself) whether or not to include the mild reprimand of callousness amongst conservatives. I hope you would agree with me that the reprimand was mild and I only included it because I have been guilty of it in the past. Resentment and callousness can flow naturally from frustration. I think every conservative can be justifiably frustrated, given how we are treated and misunderstood. I was merely hypothesizing that if I could become frustrated and callus then perhaps other conservatives could become callus too.

And that is why I wrote, "that is probably a valid criticism whenever it occurs." The operative word there being probably - hence the mildness of the reprimand.

Great point also about politicians capitalizing on the frustration that exist between black Americans and White Americans. It is a shame isn't it.

What say you Maidintheusa?.

November 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Jack23 said...

These are good thoughts, and I agree. With your perspective and better public policies, we should be able to appeal to everyone.

Here's a thought on how to appeal to all Americans today: Stop the absurd and pointless tax increases and try being transparent once in a while. Now I see that the MI senate is voting this week whether to increase cell phone taxes in the state. The House already approved this measure, and all under the radar of the electorate/taxpayers. Geez!

December 7, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
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