Black Conservatism


Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing in the Atlantic, has penned an article that will leave me in a reflective mood for some time.

It’s about race. It’s about culture. It’s about America. And, it is an honest appraisal of our unfinished business as a uniquely American culture — a frank and unflinching glimpse into the inner ticking of an African-American writer who takes a close look at Bill Cosby and the message (and the messengers) of black self-reliance.

I’ve written several times about growing up in the 60’s Deep South, believing that this experience gives a unique perspective on the subject of racism. But, as I mentioned previously, growing up on the white side of the divide, I really have no idea of what it was like for the blacks, and I want to thank Mr. Coates for granting some much needed perspective.

Here are a three excerpts:

the liberal notion that blacks are still, after a century of struggle, victims of pervasive discrimination is the ultimate collective buzz-kill. It effectively means that African Americans must, on some level, accept that their children will be “less than” until some point in the future when white racism miraculously abates. That’s not the sort of future that any black person eagerly awaits […]

Part of what drives Cosby’s activism, and reinforces his message, is the rage that lives in all African Americans, a collective feeling of disgrace that borders on self-hatred. As the comedian Chris Rock put it in one of his infamous routines, “Everything white people don’t like about black people, black people really don’t like about black people …

the “organic” black conservative tradition: conservatives who favor hard work and moral reform over protests and government intervention, but whose black-nationalist leanings make them anathema to the Heritage Foundation and Rush Limbaugh. When political strategists argue that the Republican Party is missing a huge chance to court the black community, they are thinking of this mostly male bloc—the old guy in the barbershop, the grizzled Pop Warner coach, the retired Vietnam vet, the drunk uncle at the family reunion. He votes Democratic, not out of any love for abortion rights or progressive taxation, but because he feels—in fact, he knows—that the modern-day GOP draws on the support of people who hate him. This is the audience that flocks to Cosby: culturally conservative black Americans who are convinced that integration, and to some extent the entire liberal dream, robbed them of their natural defenses.

A couple of points: First, the statement that conservative black men “know” that the GOP draws on the support of people who hate them is a straw man argument. Who are these haters and bigots? Being labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe by liberal writers does not make one a racist, bigot, or homophobe. There is no shortage of liberal bloggers and reporters who love nothing more than the opportunity to label a Republican as a racist. Of course, “gotcha” journalism is not the exclusive arena of liberal writers, but this is one area that truly deserves some introspection.

Because, in the end, it’s not so much a matter of the lack of respect, as Mr. Coates asserts, but rather, a lack of trust. Embracing the likes of Farrakhan and the NOI does nothing to build trust. Nor does the embrace of Black Liberation Theology. I do not trust these particular people, or these particular institutions, nor do I have any use for many of the words and ideas they promote.

The excerpts really don’t do justice to this fine essay. Please read it all. Also, in the vodpod sidebar, please take a look at the video featuring Coates and Bill Cosby.

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  1. I tried to read it all, but had to scan over large portions. I like you, nuke, grew up in a small town in the segregated south, and while I know many Black Americans have a different perspective than mine, I see holes in the perception. It is over thought, when simple and direct action would serve best.
    I was around blacks all of my life, and some were considered family, they were that close to us, in every respect, and we shared in each other’s joys and sorrows.
    I could never feel the way my paternal grandmother felt about blacks, as I didn’t grow up with parents that were still lamenting the loss of their grandparents to the War Between The States. What compounded their grief was the notion that the War was over slavery, which it most definitely was not for my Mississippi relatives, it was over states rights. My grandmother was also the registrar of voters in a Louisiana Parrish, and she hated blacks, and used the worst descriptions to describe those who were pressing for their rights. But as a child with another grandmother, that lived on a farm, and treated all people with respect, I knew there was another view, one where people were judged by their behavior and character, not skin color.
    Just after the Voters Rights Act was passed, I was in my grandmother’s office, hanging out, observing, and learning. When we arrived at the office that day, we had been warned there might be trouble, and there were black people lined up in the hallway, and out the door and onto the sidewalk. They were there to register to vote, and they were clearly not comfortable with the prospect of facing the beast in it’s cave. As my grandmother and her employees were working away, as fast as they could, to get all of these people registered, even though many were illiterate and couldn’t fill out the forms, or sign there names, I would get into conversations with some of the folks waiting. One gentleman, a sharecropper all of his life, had a nervous twitch to his jaw, and it made a clacking sound. Being an innocent pre-teen, I asked him why his jaw did that, and he earnestly and honestly told an innocent boy, that when he was younger he had an abcessed tooth, and that they had to lance it with a knife from the outside of his jaw, before they could pull the tooth, and since they had no dentist or money, they carved him wooden teeth to insert, causing the nerve damage. He then explained to me that he didn’t want to come and register, but he had to. He showed me a white man standing outside the courthouse with a clipboard, and when a person registered, they had to show proof to him, so their name would get checked off. Otherwise, they had been threatened, that their houses might be burned down.
    So the blacks were caught between two opposing forces, one who didn’t wish to observe their constitutional rights, and another who did, but would violate their rights if they didn’t.
    The narrative has changed, and as more white people have demonstrated their color blindedness, it appears that too many blacks have not.

  2. Also, I’m not going along with the B-HO is a black candidate. He is either a mulatto, or he is an American. Denying his white heritage, as well as the sacrifices and care he received in his upbringing by his white grandparents, is a slap in the face of all decent Americans, regardless of color.
    Saying B-HO, or as some call him Barak O-bigot, is a black candidate is falling back on the Black Code and Jim Crow laws of the past, where the “one drop of blood” test was applied.
    For me, behavior is my test, and B-HO’s behavior, as well as so many Black Americans who feel they are owed something for the sins of the past, is a source of consternation. The turning back of affirmative action programs is actually a good start in the right direction, by not permitting government sanctioned discrimination as a remedy for discrimination in the past.
    It was conservative white Americans that left the racist Democrat party, and formed the Republican party, as they couldn’t abide by the treatment of Christian brothers and sisters, that had black skin.
    For the author of this piece to say conservative black men know the GOP draws on bigots for support, is short-sighted, as it is also the Christian GOP supporters, the social conservatives, that have been the GOP’s soul for generations.
    I would recommend any conservative, to take a look at what the National Black Republican Association has to say.

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  4. that’s a pretty impressive billboard!
    I might donate a few coins for that cause.

  5. Well I didn’t know that. But it’s probably been covered up for quite some time.

  6. If you look at some of the biggest names in the civil rights movement, you will find many that were Republicans.
    Oddly, that list doesn’t include the founder of CORE, James Farmer Sr., one of the “Great Debaters” from my hometown.

  7. I’ve always liked what J C Watts has had to say. Hope he speaks up a little more in the future.

  8. Yeah, JC is a good man. He writes ever so often, but of course the liberal media doesn’t want to hear it , or for anyone else to hear it, he didn’t stay on the donk’s plantation.

  9. It really is a pity they (the donks) need to keep up the victim BS to get any votes at all. That’s like begging on the streets.

  10. I gotta hit the hay. Good to chat again for a bit. G’nite n2l.

  11. ‘Go In Peace’…

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  12. You too, Robert D, though I should say, Good Morning!

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