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Wealth And Consumerism, Black Folks Need to “Get Over” Slavery

Greetings Friends!

I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s solar eclipse! I did, but my mind was also churning with what I wanted to share this week. Let’s get right into it:

Wealth & Consumerism

Anytime someone brings up consumerism in a economic discussion, as evidence of black wealth, and/or to disprove the so-called “myth of racial wealth gap”, you’re wasting your time with someone who is fiscally illiterate. If you think the ability to buy expensive stuff proves wealth in and of itself, you’re probably a person who is either wealthy & out of touch, or poor and living way beyond your means. My patience is growing thin in either scenario. This is why entertainers paid to endorse & peddle products to the poor shouldn’t be revered for doing so. As part of the problem, they have no business telling you which liquor you should drink, pre-paid Visa to get, or which headphones to buy. You can’t claim to be about empowering the masses of black folks to “do for self,” if you’re the spokesperson of excessive consumerism. Nope. Not gonna let them off that easy. It’s the blind leading the blind, and insisting that they can see. Ironically, the claims from such celebrities are false anyway. These aren’t products they created themselves, they are paid endorsers if I’m polite, pimps if I’m not. Ridiculous. I’ll take “stop insulting my intelligence” for $200 Alex…

Black America Needs To Get Over Slavery

I wanted to share a point made by a FB friend. Whenever someone tells me black people need to “get over it” (slavery), I’m still taken aback by their profound, ignorant deflection. It’s a way of ignoring the century (and beyond) of legal discrimination, murders/lynchings, the destruction of black wealth that kept it from being passed down to future generations, and horrific medical experiments/cruelty (Tuskegee, Henrietta Lacks & J. Marion Marion Sims – the latter during slavery) that followed. The Civil Rights Bill was signed just 50 years ago. What do some of you mean, “that was long ago”? Stop that. I’m embarrassed for you:

“The value in the protests and removal of these monuments is not in the removal …but rather the awareness raised that these events took place

Too many people want to make the discussion about slavery because that’s intellectually easy. Very few are willing to discuss 1865-1965″

Yep. He’s absolutely right. Former slaves and their descendants didn’t gain sudden equality when the ink on the Emancipation Proclamation dried. Leaping over this fact is intellectually dishonest. It’s also hypocritical, but what can anyone expect, from folks who are telling black Americans to get over slavery, when they can’t seem to get over the Civil War.

Until next musing,

Talitha McEachin

 
 

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Right vs Left & The Black Community; Today’s Musings

Friends,

I know I’ve been away for several weeks and haven’t posted, because, as I shared weeks ago, I am steadily writing & working hard to meet deadlines for my upcoming novel, THE ELEMENTS. Today I had the opportunity to dialogue with other local black conservatives & I wanted to share my thoughts with you all (as I shared them on Facebook), so here goes:

I was speaking to a small group of local black Conservatives on a conference call today & we spoke about several topics, including race in America. We were speaking about some of the ills of the black community including the crime rates, the greater need in some communities for economic empowerment & other things like awareness on screening for things like HIV, breast/prostrate cancer…etc. Frustratingly (to me & one other) the conversation devolved to liberal bashing – specifically black liberal/Democrat bashing on the part of some, not all. It is so ironic to me that some black conservatives engage in this sort of thing constantly when the topic of race comes up & I saw a lot of that during the #Zimmerman trial & the year preceding it. 

Some will declare, “I’m just American, no need to identify racially” – I say to each his or her own in that regard & I’m certainly not the cultural police. These same people who make such statements will make a point on their blogs/websites & any media forum they are involved in to present themselves as a “black Conservative”. In other words, they self-identify by race when it’s convenient for them or will get them noticed more. They want to stand out & let’s face it, black conservatives on some level are treated like celebrities on the right. We are praised for standing out/up & going against the grain. Some love the notoriety that comes along with this in the black community, yet bash liberals for “always bringing up race” or identifying by race. 

We all (as far as I can tell) identify as black conservatives on the right (myself included) for different reasons or by instinct but until some start identifying only as conservative, race notwithstanding, I’ve had enough of their black liberal/Democrat bashing & admonishing when it comes to this topic, when many of us do the same things we accuse them of – right-wing style. I’m a lot of things, but I don’t bash blacks on the left to appease ANYONE, nor gain attention – I attack policies & ideology as I see fit & that’s why my liberal friends & I can have #calmversations. We debate but in a civil manner & I just wish there was more unity within the black community between black people on the left & right. One day, we’ll get there. I have hope.

Everyone have a safe, productive & wonderful weekend, be blessed!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Philosophy, Politics, Society

 

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Sean Hannity & the Black Conservative Race Card

I saw the Hannity show with an audience of black conservatives & for me, for the most part, it was just more of the same. I respect the black conservative audience members & many of them are personal or Facebook friends of mine (or both). I agree with some points made, but I’m tired of black conservatives speaking of black liberals as being on a plantation. It does very little to advance the dialogue. I may not agree with liberals on a number of things but I don’t think they are stupid slaves of liberalism who can’t think for themselves. As much as I disagree with most of the tenets of liberalism as outlined here, I think one can subscribe to the ideology & argue in favor of it, just as intellectually as I can for conservatism.

On the show, there was too much time spent whining about how black conservatives are called names & maligned.Too much “woe is me as a black conservative” & too little problem solving regarding the many ills that plague our communities. I was quite disappointed to be honest. You don’t have to belittle your “opponent” in order to “win” – that goes for black liberals and conservatives. I wish policy would have been discussed more & I’m wondering if Hannity, in his role as race-baitor (I mean moderator) does not think of his guests as capable of discussing things other than race. Only one person had the guts to disagree with the “liberal plantation” references & other slavery metaphors. I’m really not sure what Hannity was trying to prove, but the show did very little to get the important points across. Thumbs down for me but you can judge for yourself. I agree with Christian conservative Hassan Nurullah on his thoughts of the show:

Hassan Narullah“If Fox is truly interested in defeating the marginalization of black conservatives, they ought to stop marginalizing black conservatives themselves. And we as black conservatives need to stop allowing ourselves to be marginalized. If the only reason they want you to come on is to bewail your status as a persecuted conservative, or even just to malign to a leftist position—say no, call me when you have something substantive to hash out.”

To read Hassan’s entire blog please click HERE.

Here is the video of the Hannity show in question & as I said, you can judge for yourself:

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in In The News, Politics, Videos

 

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Black Conservatives & Liberals, Listen Up!

Friends,

Consevative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

Conservative Libertarian blogger Talitha McEachin

One of the things that I have learned from interacting with black liberals, libertarians and Independents (of course I’ve interacted with whites, Hispanics & Asians who subscribe to these ideologies too I’m just talking about black people right now) is that they are not just ignorant fools whom, if they would only subscribe to my way of thinking and my value system, they’d be liberated. I have also observed that many of them share some of the same values and conservative principles that I do and some do not.

Liberals and conservatives have different value systems, so their political views are based on those different value systems, but certainly are not limited to them. I am convinced, that most Americans are neither extreme as the media would have us believe. Most people are a combination of political views and have things that they are conservative about as well as liberal. Personally, I’m a conservative libertarian who has been labeled a RINO, far right winger, moderate and liberal even, depending on who’s hurling the label and what the topic is. I tend to agree with the late, great Octavia Butler when she said:

“People have the right to call themselves whatever they like. That doesn’t bother me. It’s other people doing the calling that bothers me.

I stand with conservatives on abortion and I don’t want to be forced into complicity in such an immoral act by the use of my tax dollars to pay for them. I believe the resolution to the same sex marriage issue should be libertarian in nature. I agree more with liberals on global warming.Everyone should carefully examine each thing they believe without the bias of political labels or fear of rejection by their “political tribe”.

Black conservatives as a whole need to understand that the notion that our liberal counterparts are just ignorant as a whole, is patently false. Black liberals who think that black conservatives are mere “sellouts”, “Uncle Toms” or “boot-lickers” need to understand that not only is Uncle Tom a misnomer, such stereotypes are also patently false. I have no reason or evidence which leads me to believe that either group is more or less intelligent, or succumbs to name-calling or ignorant behavior, any more than the other. I know people from all groups mentioned who are more intelligent than I am. 

Black folks (and any community can apply this), I say all of this to say, that such stereotypes & self-hatred within the black American community, gets in the way of intelligent discourse, brother/sisterhood and a collective, powerful response to the ills of our communities. All of us are needed to make a difference. My Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Conservative & Liberal (and any other combination that exists) brothers and sisters, united we stand, divided we fall: make a choice.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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The Irony of Black Mistrust of the Government

The Irony of Black Mistrust of the Government

Since there will be a slightly longer waiting period than usual for the next installment to my blog series, “The Top 10 Things Black & White People want to know about one Another but won’t Ask“, I am going to share these thoughts with you in the interim as I continue my research.  With all of the mistrust in the black community of the federal government, it is very ironic to me, that we consistently & overwhelmingly vote for democratic politicians who want big federal government. There have been so many instances of unethical human experimentation on black people in this country & abroad, which were known to, performed by, or funded by the federal government including the experiments on female African slaves by J. Marion Sims, the “father of gynecology”. He performed experimental surgeries without anesthesia in the 1840′s on female slaves. Then later we have the Tuskegee Syphilis experiments conducted from 1932 to 1972 by the US Public Health Service on black men.

Then there are the urban myths/conspiracy theories that the federal government created the HIV virus & that list goes on and on. Then there is the general mistrust of the “system” which many assert unfairly sentences black & Latino criminals & commits racial profiling. Even capitalism itself is allegedly racist towards minorities! (not!) What’s my point? With all of the mistrust & rumors I have heard over the years about the federal government, it should be the part of our government we trust the LEAST. If all of what I have shared is true and more, as so many of us believe, then why in the world do we keep voting for big government policies & politicians who support them?! Black & Hispanic people should be first in line at the Tea Party rallies and strong supporters of conservative ideology. We’re too busy believing the rhetoric of black politicians like Maxine Waters & Andre Carson and celebrities like Mike Tyson (his opinion especially doesn’t mean squat to me) & Morgan Freeman, who lie to us & tell us the Tea Party movement  is racist, without explaining how, or giving us valid evidence. All of them could use a huge dose of reality…and a muzzle. Some of you won’t like this but in my opinion, this is just evidence of our collective “sheeple” mentality. Some of you believe so much of what you hear on the idiot box without doing your own investigations & that needs to change immediately….

to continue reading click here 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Politics

 

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