The subject of racism, even today when the American people as a whole agree that things have progressed impressively over the decades, remains an issue that still inspires news articles, video blogs, and heated debate on the Left and Right Wing media outlets. I often find myself aligned with my republican friends, family, and colleagues but I tend to take it a step further. In saying that some might find the things I say, at the very least, controversial and at worst offensive and racist. Bear with me as I lay out my arguments as clearly as I can. If you still take issue with my subject matter, do not hesitate to respond.
As a black republican twenty-something, I have noticed a disturbing trend amongst my fellow black citizens: they seem to care less and less how our country perceives them. The stereotypes tend to be true: many young black men do wear their pants abnormally low, many black women do seem to think that it is acceptable to birth children and receive government handouts, and the vast majority of blacks who support Obama do so for the sole reasons that he is African-American and he isn’t John McCain. A black Tea Party activist was recently criticized for implying that the black Obama contingent is “putting their blackness before the good of the country”, and I agree with him. This is not meant to imply that blacks are foolish on political subjects, but it does imply that the majority of blacks seem to be uninterested in the state of our economic troubles, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the American political landscape as a whole.
Some might offer the previous civil rights struggles that blacks endured as a means to explain away their lack of concern on US issues. Some might even go further back and use slavery itself as a scapegoat for the failures of our elected officials to gain interest from the black community. To that I respond, in kind, like this: blacks are guilty too. Slavery was not originally the product of white English settlers, but of Africans themselves. We bought and sold our own people, and the settlers were some of our most loyal customers. Add to this the wholesale slaughter of Africans by rival African tribes, and we seem to be some of the guiltiest culprits of all.
Today, we have prominent black musicians, politicians, executives, pastors, and the like, espousing the view that race relations are worse than ever. When a well-known performer goes on national television during a charity event to state the George Bush “doesn’t care about black people”, one might think that any rational person would dismiss such a claim. To the contrary! Blacks nationwide sided with the remark, essentially labeling the then president a racist. And then we turn to Obama, whose spiritual advisor Jeremiah Wright blamed the white race for all the ills of the black community. His pews were not empty. They were filled with eager listeners who were ready to hear the gospel, albeit a version mixed in with hatred for whites. And our now commander-in-chief was front row for the circus.
And as the most confused and uninformed black citizens continue to swallow the bigotry of people like Al Sharpton (the worst
kind of charlatan), strong black republicans come out of the woodwork to show that we are not all alike. There are some of us who care a great deal about what happens to the nation we love, and one such man is Herman Cain. On the surface, many simply see him as the owner of Godfather’s Pizza. But the intricacies of Herman Cain are too many to name. He has been a vocal critic of the NAACP, which has sought to dismiss the Tea Party as a racist, hatemongering organization. He is hated by liberals, and one cowardly liberal writer went as far as to refer to him as a “garbage pail kid”, a “monkey in the window”, and a “minstrel” who lives to serve his “master”. Herman Cain is a strong possibility for president, and a man that Americans would be lucky to have leading our country. But many believe that after the Obama performance has been completely weighed, another black man might be the last thing the country wants. And this makes things unfortunate for those that have the potential to lead our country in the right direction.
Essentially, it boils down to what we as blacks desire for our own personal lives. If the intention is to remain uneducated on political issues and simply stand by as our country is sucked into the abyss, then by all means, enjoy that you have a black president, even if he is a detriment to our country and its goals. Otherwise, let’s stop playing the blame game and start making a change for ourselves.