We are born to a race, to a family, and that does not pre-determine how or what we think, act or believe. With that said, there is something very suspicious about many Black conservaties whose ideas I read about, and whose faces I see — often on Fox News— giving racial cover to white conservatives to go after other average Black folks or political leaders. They are so routinely paraded before us, despite the fact that they make up such a very small minority of Black political thought, it makes me wonder if it is intentional. They might not be intentionally trying to sell out Black people, but they often appear to be used in that way. And they certainly don't seem to mind.
"Progressives who are Democrats who are Black" are very easy to understand.
Once you realize that they prefer to frame everything about our race from the perspective that what they believe ideologically is correct and thus anyone who challenges them are "anti-Black" the means of rebuttal become clear. They are engaged in the "Permanent Struggle" and "Popularity = Correctness" for Black people. The evidence of their correctness is proven by the number of Black people who agree.
"What! Are you calling the majority of Black people stupid!?!? We don't know what our best interests are and who represents them?"
It just so happens that there is a perfect alignment with progressive political theory and Democratic politics. Today the fusion between the "Black community development" and the fate of the Democratic Party is absolute. The 'revolving door' between the US government, the Pentagon and business is well documented. Less frequently observed is the flow between Democratic electoral politics, the Civil Rights establishment and Black Community leadership.
Less surprising than the list of who "the bad guys for the Black community" are is the list of establishment players that are accepted into our community yet fail us but are never put out to pasture. They only need uphold the ideology and rhetorically fight against the enemy.
The facts of my response to the Loop21 post remain true:
Devona Walker - Do you notice that the focus of your critique of us "dastardly Black Conservatives" focused on Dick Cheney and the "International domain"?
Why not come back "Within the Black community", make note of who has the dominate power within, the results that we are receiving from these key institutions that we receive our civic services from that they control and WHO HAS SOLD OUT our "permanent interests" on the way to political power building?
Of the key issues that we suffer from in our community:
* Quality Education
* Safe Streets
* Thriving Local Economies
* Healthy Lifestyles
WHICH ideological faction has proven most deleterious to our cause as a people?
Do you find it ironic that the same story that said that we Black Conservatives are "minuscule" in number also did not bother to talk about the force that is abundant in number?
Why are so many Black blogs focused more on Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity? IF "proportional representation" is your concern with regard to Black Conservatives - you should make note that the views of the people listed above have already been purged from WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY - and possibly you would benefit by doing some introspection on the prevailing views and if they are in fact working for us?
I have previously analyzed and dismissed the passage from Cornel West:
He too suffers from the inclination to obfuscate as you do.