First and foremost, I have no problem with black people or anyone else who is a conservative on the political landscape.
But, when I saw a group of blacks taking part in a sort of black conservative summit on Fox News, I nearly threw up. I nearly vomited as I saw that Fox news right-wing nut Glenn Beck was leading this little forum. Frankly, I think it’s cool that black conservatives should have a forum and not be silenced due to intimidation. Sometimes unfairly (though not always), blacks who are conservatives are branded as sellouts by the majority of blacks who tend to support left-wing politics.
But, in all honesty, watching Glenn Beck lead this discussion involving black conservative turns my stomach. These black conservatives were used as props by Glenn Beck (even though I do think black conservatives should be heard from a lot more).
Seriously, can someone tell me where Kanye West was and why he did not emerge from the crowd or from back stage to grab someone’s microphone and bring this televised sham to a screeching halt?
It would have been perfect Kanye to interrupt.
I’ve heard some people refer to this as a town hall meeting and I’ve heard others refer to it as a plantation gathering.
One of the biggest problems I have with these black conservatives is they are legitimizing Glenn Beck and his divisive rhetoric. Obviously, not all black men and women have to support President Obama anymore than all white people had to support President Bush or President Clinton. But, to take a forum like this, on a network as divisive (especially racially) as Fox News is a slap in the face to a lot of black people who are sick of the racial politics being played by Republicans.
It’s a shame these black Republicans will not speak out – AND STRONGLY – against the hateful and racist images we’ve seen at these tea party protests. By not speaking out, black conservatives are essentially endorsing the racist and hateful images we’ve seen directed at President Obama. You don’t have to support President Obama, politically, to say “no” to racism at these tea parties and the racial politics being used against black people by even conservative Republican politicians.
I could certainly feel a lot more respect for black conservatives if they stood up against the racism, homophobia and more coming from the far right and the racial politics being played by a good number of Republicans.
Dislike President Obama all you want, but I call on black conservatives to come out and strongly denounce the hate coming from the far right.
The problem is black conservatives run away from race (practically yelling and screaming).
Many are in the racial denial stage.
The unwillingness of conservative blacks to confront such issues does little to solve so much of what continues to divide us.
I will leave you with this from the great blog The Field Negro who named the blacks who were in the audience and a part of the panel as “House Negroes Of The Day” on his blog site. Here is an excerpt from a blog entry by FN:
Still, I am glad for you folks and the fact that you got your shine on. Just be careful where that shine is coming from. (I once represented a guy who was on an episode of Cops. I am just sayin.) If you think Glen Beck is really your friend and that he really has your best interest at heart, go on and represent on his show. It might make you famous. Hell, you might even get a gig on Radio Rwanda. If, on the other hand, you are just trying to get your shine on, there has to be a better way. You don’t want to be just props to further someone’s agenda. Where did I hear that before? Oh yeah, I think it was “Gump” over at Crooks & Liars. Gump doesn’t sound so scared to me.“Let’s bring in a bunch of blackies as props to further an agenda. It really doesn’t get much more racist than this segment. What’s even worse is these people willing to sell out their culture for conservatism. They know history and the truth when it comes to conservatives. I wonder how much cash Murdoch gave these people to stage this disgusting display.
This would be like me appearing in a segment about the mafia supporting conservatism because my ancestry goes back to Sicily. Fucking pathetic.”Stop it Gump, those are my cousins you are talking about. You pick on one of us, you will have to pick on us all. They were not “props”, they did it for their people. They did it for America.
It’s too bad someone else could not have hosted such a forum. It could have been far more meaningful.