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Chidike Okeem: The Black Conservative Intellectual Civil War

I’m not going to preface this wonderfully written piece with my thoughts as I normally would. I’ll allow Mr. Okeem’s editorial from Hip Hop Republican to speak for itself:

The leftist assessment of the black conservative is that such a person is angered and frustrated at being born black, which leads to the adoption of conservative views in order to compensate for this perceived “congenital deficiency.” While this is a preposterous accusation to make against all black conservatives, it is intellectually dishonest to pretend as though this characterization of the black right came into existence wholly out of left field. Indubitably, there are some black conservatives whose proclamations and behaviors lend credence to the stereotypical leftist view of black conservatives.

Black conservatives are not intellectually monolithic, and we certainly do not read from the same script of talking points. Essentially, black conservatives can be divided into two groups: solution-oriented black conservatives and fame-oriented black conservatives. Solution-oriented black conservatives prefer to use their platforms to intellectually engage with people and offer serious ways to move black people forward. Inevitably, this encompasses astutely criticizing both the left and the right when criticism is required.

By contrast, fame-oriented black conservatives feign interest in issues regarding black progress, when, in reality, popularity among white conservatives and profit are their fundamental goals. Fame-oriented black conservatives never see an opportunity to bash black people and black liberal leadership that they do not take, but they conveniently manage to turn a blind eye to every shortcoming and malfeasance of white conservatives. Fame-oriented black conservatives are the right-wing versions of the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons. They are people who care more about their bank accounts than bettering the lives of black people.

There is a civil war occurring between the intellectual, solution-driven black conservatives and the fame-oriented, pseudo-intellectuals on the black right. The winners of this war will determine the political future of black America. If the black conservative continues to be identified as a self-hating person who is simply a puppet for white conservatives, black people will never associate with the Republican Party or American conservatism. However, if this war is won by black conservative intellectuals who are truly about black elevation—and not the elevation of their personal bank account balances—black conservatism has a chance of truly permeating the inner cities and changing the voting behaviors of black people.

The most identifiable feature of fame-oriented black conservatives is their absurdist addiction to the inconsequential issue of whether or not blacks choose to identify as African American or just American. They call this the “unhyphenated American” movement. While this issue is unimportant to regular people, it is deeply important to pseudo-intellectual, fame-oriented black conservatives, because it is the key issue that they use to ingratiate themselves with white conservatives.

When “Rev.” Jesse Lee Peterson—a darling of the white right and “unhyphenated American”—argued that blacks being carried on slave ships is equivalent to traveling on coach airplanes, before earnestly thanking white people for slavery and removing his forefathers from Africa, he was not making an argument to reach out to other blacks. Rather, Peterson was talking to a certain white conservative audience that enjoys such rhetoric—particularly coming from a black man. It is no wonder why Sean Hannity comfortably sits on the board of Peterson’s organization dedicated to the supposed “advancement of black men.” 

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Featured Guest blogs, Politics

 

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George Moss: Why I’m Thoroughly Convinced that Politicians are Crazy!

Friends,

Today I want to share a guest post from my Facebook friend George Moss. George & I agree on most things but like any two people we disagree on a few things. This time he hit the bulls eye and to my delight, with his usual satire and humor:

George MossWHY I AM THOROUGHLY CONVINCED THAT POLITICIANS ARE CRAZY:


1. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: I need not say anything further here.

2. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: I will not bore you with an encyclopedia of evidence in this case, but will say that mentioning her name is proof that I was not picking on the East Coast when I mentioned Bloomberg’s name.

3. President Barack Hussein Obama: Nope, it is not because of his name; he made the list because, for four years, President Barack Hussein Obama made one disastrous decision after another, and thought it was Bush’s fault that he was doing, what he, himself, and him, was doing. As for my using his middle name, don’t blame me. I am not the daddy here.

4. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm: When a mob assembled in Florida to protest Trayvon Martin’s death, Jennifer Granholm donned a “hoodie,” which is about as crazy as you can get because if she thought people were being shot for wearing hoods, she should have put on a business suit.

5. Congress: Most members of Congress are indistinguishable from each other, and, thus, are lumped together as a single entity; they are all crazy. Proof, you say? Let’s start with a $16.5 trillion deficit.

6. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts: We do not think of Supreme Court Justices as being politicians. Well, think again, all the way back to the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall. In Roberts’ case, he has repeatedly disproved the theory that the Atom is composed only of Electrons, Neurons, and Protons, and never any Morons. The present Supreme Court Chief Justice could not bring himself to say, recently, that the Federal Government had the power, under Article I, Section 8, Clause 3, to create the commerce it would regulate, so this rocket scientist fell back to Plan B, calling coercive, government created commerce, a federal tax.

7. New York Congressman Charles Rangel: The corrupt Congressman was charged with 13 counts of violating the “Ethics” of the House [What ethics?], in which 11 charges were upheld. Rangel would later go on television to state that he was only guilty of “sloppiness” in his record keeping, as opposed to not paying his own taxes, while taxing us to death in his capacity as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

8. Texas Representative Shelia Jackson: This woman had the nerve to stand on the House Floor last week, as if she was Harriet Tubman, and announce that she was standing there as a former slave. While she looks rather aged, Congresswoman Shelia Jackson would have to be at least 148 years old to have been a slave. Looking at her mug shot, I just, for the life of me, cannot see how she could possibly be more than 100.

9. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: Christie is the fattest governor in the country, and might be the fattest politician ever, although John Adams, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt were pretty fat, if you ask me. But whether you ask me, or not, I am going to tell you that Christie is fat. Yet, when a doctor, who was trying to help this fatso by suggesting he lose some weight, the Governor took the cupcake from his mouth only long enough to denounce the doctor as not knowing what he was talking about, as if we don’t have eyes.

10. Jesse Jackson, Jr.: The former Chicago Congressman admitted he was crazy, which was described in cryptic medical terms, after he was caught stealing taxpayers’ money.

“And so my fellow Americans,” in case there is any doubt why Washington, D.C., is in the shape it is in, and the country is going to Hades in a Hand Basket, please help me say the pluralized word, “Politicians.”

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Featured Guest blogs

 

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