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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Black Conservatives

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(Hat Tip: Blogs for Bush and La Shawn Barber's Corner)

We (black conservatives) seize opportunities whereas they (civil rights advocates and black nationalists) fear opportunities. We prepare for success but they resent it. We prefer for African Americans (Ed. note: Ugh!) to be winners; they encourage us to be losers...We reject victim status; those leaders encourage a victim status. We are independent thinkers who recognize the humanity of whites; they are slaves who believe whites and white racism to be omnipotent. Finally, we fight for intellectual, cultural, and political freedom; they fear this freedom and fight against it.

As an African American I concur.

More from La Shawn:
Certain blacks have convinced themselves and will try to convince anyone who’ll listen that the scourge of racism is a hovering dark cloud forever impeding the black man’s success. I know people on and offline who think and talk this way, to varying degrees. The underlying message is the same: whites will not "allow" blacks to achieve. A perfect example is Tavis Smiley’s "State of the Black Union." Twenty minutes into the video, I already know where it’s going. But I will continue to watch and listen. Begrudgingly.

Unfortunately this type of mindset is popular amongst my peers, or rather former peers. Growing up in the liberal northeast I found myself not only isolated on political issues with my friends but also within my "people." The "victim mentality" that permeates the black culture is probably one of the greatest stumbling blocks towards their own success and the reason that many remain in poverty. Instead of relying upon themselves they rely upon government handouts; instead of finding out the facts for themselves they rely upon "hear-say" and what misguided leaders in their community preach. And when blacks who are conservative become successful, accusations fly claiming they have "sold out."

Sorry if I chose to side with the "enemy", but when the ideals you were taught from youth are shared over-whelmingly with Republicans and opposed viciously by Democrats, wouldn't be foolish to join the party of my fathers?

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