Thursday, September 09, 2004

Crop circles, Stonehenge, and Black Republicans

There is a weird phenomenon that I must address, especially since we are in the midst of a heated political climate. That force of nature ladies and gentlemen, is the "Black Republican". Typing those two disturbing words makes me want to throw-up like a supermodel in a restaurant bathroom. How can anyone self respecting african american belong to a party that has clearly not expressed a interest in black people?? From the policies that don't benefit african americans, the racist rhetoric by many Republican leadership over the years, the talk radio circuit where you have people like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage spreading hate and homophobia on a daily basis, simply put I don't get it.

I remember my grandmother telling me that black folks, at one time, were mainly republicans. I guess that had to do with Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves, being the first president to meet with a group of black leaders, and the making the abolition of slavery a plank in its Republican National Convention platform. But the embrace from african American's that the republican party felt started to steadily erode. African Americans began their turn away from the republican party for economic reasons during the New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The turn to the Democrats became complete during the 1960's when Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson championed civil rights and anti-poverty efforts while some Republicans such as Barry Goldwater opposed federal civil rights efforts not on racial but on constitutional grounds.

Fast forward to 2000, where 95% of African American voters voted for Al Gore. If you turn on your T.V, you will see a black republican praising Bush and endorsing the Republican Party. From Alan Keys, Armstrong Williams, Tara Setmeyer, or J.C Watts. Blacks who switch to the GOP say they do so because they share Republican values on crime, family and self-reliance. I do not know a single black person, except for a handful of vicious thugs, who see any benefits in crime. Blacks have always opposed crime. Most black people, like whites, love their families. Self-reliance? Until urban renewal used expressways to break up many black communities, black businesses thrived and people took care of themselves. Such values are not the sole possession of Republicans.

It is a shame though, because they have sold out so bad I keep waiting for them to break out the black-face makeup and start calling George W. Bush "Massa".Occasionally you will see right wing talk show hosts use these individuals as some sort of "vindication", proving that they aren't racist because a black person agrees with them.(For example: Bill O'Reilly had a woman named Tara Setmeyer on his show. Her view was that Rap was a vile artform, and stated that she didn't understand how black folks idolized Tupac, saying "Those people love that guy". Even though I agree that Tupac isn't the best role model, and a lot of rap is negative, you will never catch me on Bill O'Reilly's show saying that. Primarily because he would agree with me for all the wrong reasons)

These individuals disgust me, not because they embrace a ideology different from mine(that's their right), but because they have turned their back on their people and the best interests of their people. Republicans use black republicans to display their "diversity" and the same time laugh behind your back at your blistering idiocy. I had to laugh when I saw some of the Republican Convention. You would of had a easier time finding black folks at a clan rally..lol

I guess that like Crop circles and Stonehenge, I will never fully understand the phenomenon of the Black republican. Like Chuck D said, "Every Brother Ain't a Brother Cause of Color". Amen...

8 comments:

piranha said...

haha. so the same counts for the sistas too?
today two people called me a sista
1. because I wore a scarf in african style wrapped around my head
2. because I made up a story how I am together with david, who is from Africa. I am totally in love with him but unfortunately I am not is girlfriend. but whateva, it s funny how this makes me a sista.

I totally thank Chuck D for that.

And I don't get this idiocy either. I guess those, who are republicans and black would say, if they are intelligent enough, that they don't care about colour of skin (which in itself would be a good thing) but hey, that doesn'T make the republican policies better right??? there are still people who are in a fucking huge disadvantage. huh. i don t get it.

Anonymous said...

The writer of the original post is obviously educated, but has unfortunately been brainwashed.

When she says [about Black Republicans] "...they have turned their back on their people and the best interests of their people," she demonstrates an astonishing myopia. The welfare state rewarded lack of initiative, rewarded babies born without fathers to raise them, rewarded dropping out of school and leaving the parents' home.

In fact, if enemies of America's Blacks schemed on how to cause the most injury, they couldn't have arrived at a more perfect plan than what the Democrat's "kindness" provides.

It pains me to see America still split over the race issue. I fault Black leadership for perpetuating the victim role instead of challenging Blacks to take responsibility for their lives.

We have such a long way to go.

The Humanity Critic said...

"The writer of the original post is obviously educated, but has unfortunately been brainwashed."

Just as the writer of this particular comment is both a house negro(thus defending black republicans) and cowardly(thus the anonymous title)

"The welfare state rewarded lack of initiative, rewarded babies born without fathers to raise them, rewarded dropping out of school and leaving the parents' home."

Again, I fail to see how this is a sufficient defense of black conservatism. Welfare isn't just a black issue, a shitload of white people are on welfare as well. Shit, being that you single this out as a "black issue" shiws your obvious racism, or your sell-out nature if you are a black person.

"In fact, if enemies of America's Blacks schemed on how to cause the most injury, they couldn't have arrived at a more perfect plan than what the Democrat's "kindness" provides."

Nope, they would have just stayed on vacation while poor black people died and suffered during Hurricane katrina. That sort of "kindness" is a brand that I don't want a part of.

"It pains me to see America still split over the race issue."

Where have you been, we saw a great example of that during the past month or so. Try to catch up scooter.

"I fault Black leadership for perpetuating the victim role instead of challenging Blacks to take responsibility for their lives."

I fault people of the presidents il, treating african americans like second class citizens. The black leadership that I am accustomed to promotes responsibility. Nice try.

jameil1922 said...

Republicans use black republicans to display their "diversity"... BINGO. which is the primary reason you would be hard pressed to find me in that camp ever. republicans spew some foolish mess. get out of your little tiny box and experience life w/someone outside of your socioeconomic sphere. and to further clarify, the average person on welfare is a white woman. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I think we all should seriously consider whether or not any political party truly represents the interests of black people.
However, I can't say what that interest is, because everybody has their own individual definition of what freedom is.

Why should black people belong to a single party? Why not vote on the issues despite the party?

Let's not pretend we as black people are politically conscious or give a damn about which cracker ass cracker is in office right now. Indeed we are suspicious of all them crackers.

What I cram to understand is, why, despite this suspicion , we ultimately look for the government to solve or help solve the problems of the black community.

Plus, let's not act like there is some unity amongst us. Why should politicians care about us when we don't care about ourselves?

The Humanity Critic said...

"I think we all should seriously consider whether or not any political party truly represents the interests of black people."

We can all agree that no party is completely for us, so lets get that out of the way. But if you are on that "I'm not going to vote for anybody because no one loves us" nonsense then I have to disagree. We see where that got us 2 years ago.

"Why should black people belong to a single party? Why not vote on the issues despite the party?"

Black people can belong to any party they like, but they have to understand that they would be voting fdor thei own best interests if the were republicans.

"Let's not pretend we as black people are politically conscious or give a damn about which cracker ass cracker is in office right now. "

But just think how better off we would be if we all voted for that other white guy who ran for president. The current mess we are in now, the many soldiers who died in Iraq, it just proves that that mentality is horseshit.

The Humanity Critic said...

You don't get any wins here - Sadly, your incoherent typing is in vain.

Keith Kirkland said...

In my experience, the Democratic Party stopped helping us a long time ago. Case in point: Al Gore's Midnight Basketball Policy. Yes, it was okay for us to be in the nation's parks playing b-ball till midnight. Where were his children? At home in bed. Where are the children of Democrat leaders while our very children and failing in public schools? They are in PRIVATE schools. Kind of hypocritical if you ask me. These are just two of MANY examples. Democrats only know us for money, votes and photo ops. Nothing more. Yes, the Republicans are NOT perfect. I am not defending them. They do have some policies that I agree with like the Democrats have some policies I agree with, too. I am just saying that we who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Let's not call the Republicans our enemy until we can thoroughly say whether the Democrats truly have our best interests in mind.