Below I give the responses made by Shake Your Brains on the subject of the Black Conservative. The key points from his rant are:
- Black Conservatives have contempt for the Black community and thus they are rejected
- What has the Black Conservative done besides attack Black leaders on behalf of White Conservatives?
- The Black Conservative has no constituency within the Black community
- The Black Conservatives are doing no work to help poor people in the Black Community
- Black people are not poor as the Black Conservative mischaracterizes us - look at the large Black middle class
- The reason why there is a Black ghetto is because the GOVERNMENT has failed to invest in these places as they invest in White folks (ie: give them tax cuts)
- The External White Conservative
- The Internal Black Conservative
Here are snippets of Shake Your Brain's rant from the Booker Rising blog message threads.
What black conservative middle class?
Black conservatives are a small clique of hustlers and opportunists who represent virtually none of the black community.
I mean think about it P.
I live in Prince Georges County Maryland which has the largest concentration of black middle class and black professional class people in the WORLD.
It seems to me that we would be ripe for the conservative message if it had any validity.
Why won't black conservatives at the very least try to sell the black community on their ideology?
Because they physically CAN'T. The contempt is too intense. It's easier for them to wag fingers at black people and tell them how dumb they are for not thinking like the very whites who opposed Civil Rights and every form of black advancement of the last century.
And don't be fooled. Conservatives have no problem with big government, only who gets the money.
Lastly, the next time some black conservative tells me to get off the "liberal" plantation, I'll tell them to remember the vile words and beliefs of the recently deceased James J. Kilpatrick who was one of the fathers of the modern conservative movement.
What has conservatism achieved that has been so wonderful for America let alone black people?
Weren't the conservatives opposed to Civil Rights legislation? To Integration? To Affirmative Action?
Why is the Republican 90% white? Why are there no black Republican elected officials to speak of?
Why does every Republican Presidential candidate have to be dragged kicking and screaming to talk to black folks?
They shouldn't HAVE TO sell us??
This is where you're wrong. Politicians in ghetto areas always promise a new day, new opportunities, better education etc....
Those things will only come with jobs and a tax base.
"At some point, as they indict black community "failure," they are going to have to analyze their role in that "failure."
And this is why they will continue to lose because their premise is wrong.
They repeat the sentiment of white racists who claim that black America has backslided in the last 50 years because of their attachment to liberal paternalism.
Most black people know that's a pile of dung and there has been a sea change in Black America for the positive in the last 50 years.
The poverty and illiteracy rates have reversed. Never have their been more black owned businesses, black professionals and black college graduates in the nations history.
The 1/4 of the black community that is stagnated in the underclass is depicted as the face of black America by the rightwing to justify their "f^ck them" attititude.
Black Republicans should know beter but they perpetuated this garbage for their own personal gain.
Cause Lord knows they have no constituency.
That's because it's a socio-economic problem not a racial one.
The existence of the black middle class is a testament to that.
Or the fact that hispanic barrios are identical to black ghettos.
Whereas progressives realize that there needs to be a national commitment to INVEST in the inner cities, conservatives sind the same old tired songs about self-reliance and nose to the grindstone.
Conveniently ignoring the fact that US Government investment is directly responsible for the white urban ethnic and the Southern whites emergence into the middle class and suburbia.