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So what do you say to those idiots who decide to align themselves with the same old racist clique? I guess we have some stupid, dumb, deaf and blind black folks who have bought into the idea of "as long as we have the same ideology you're going to treat me as if we are equal." In other words they have bought into the idea of maintaining the white supremacy system. Sad. 

ALBANY, N.Y. – They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement — and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation's first black president.

"I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of theFrederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

"Black Republicans find themselves always having to prove who they are. Because the assumption is the Republican Party is for whites and the Democratic Party is for blacks," he said.

Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The fact that they're black — or that most tea partyers are white — should have nothing to do with it, they say.

"You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to fit in?" asked Clifton Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative blogger.

Opponents have branded the tea party as a group of racists hiding behind economic concerns — and reports that some tea partyers were lobbing racist slurs at black congressmen during last month's heated health care vote give them ammunition.

But these black conservatives don't consider racism representative of the movement as a whole — or race a reason to support it.

Angela McGlowan, a black congressional candidate from Mississippi, said her tea party involvement is "not about a black or white issue."

"It's not even about Republican or Democrat, from my standpoint," she told The Associated Press. "All of us are taxed too much."

Still, she's in the minority. As a nascent grassroots movement with no registration or formal structure, there are no racial demographics available for the tea party movement; it's believed to include only a small number of blacks and Hispanics.

Some black conservatives credit President Barack Obama's election — and their distaste for his policies — with inspiring them and motivating dozens of black Republicans to plan political runs in November.

For black candidates like McGlowan, tea party events are a way to reach out to voters of all races with her conservative message.

"I'm so proud to be a part of this movement! I want to tell you that a lot of people underestimate you guys," the former national political commentator for Fox News told the cheering crowd at a tea party rally in Nashville, Tenn., in February.

Tea party voters represent a new model for these black conservatives — away from the black, liberal Democratic base located primarily in cities, and toward a black and white conservative base that extends into the suburbs.

Black voters have overwhelmingly backed Democratic candidates, support that has only grown in recent years. In 2004, presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry won 88 percent of the black vote; four years later, 95 percent of black voters cast ballots for Obama.

Black conservatives don't want to have to apologize for their divergent views.

"I've gotten the statement, 'How can you not support the brother?'" said David Webb, an organizer of New York City's Tea Party 365, Inc. movement and a conservative radio personality.

Since Obama's election, Webb said some black conservatives have even resorted to hiding their political views.

"I know of people who would play the (liberal) role publicly, but have their private opinions," he said. "They don't agree with the policy but they have to work, live and exist in the community ... Why can't we speak openly and honestly if we disagree?"

Among the 37 black Republicans running for U.S. House and Senate seats in November is Charles Lollar of Maryland's 5th District.

A tea party supporter running against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Lollar says he's finding support in unexpected places.

The 38-year-old U.S. Marine Corps reservist recently walked into a bar in southern Maryland decorated with aConfederate flag. It gave his wife Rosha pause.

"I said, 'You know what, honey? Many, many of our Southern citizens came together under that flag for the purpose of keeping their family and their state together,'" Lollar recalled. "The flag is not what you're to fear. It's the stupidity behind the flag that is a problem. I don't think we'll find that in here. Let's go ahead in."

Once inside, they were treated to a pig roast, a motorcycle rally — and presented with $5,000 in contributions for his campaign.

McGlowan, one of three GOP candidates in north Mississippi's 1st District primary, seeks a seat held since 2008 by Democrat Travis ChildersThe National Republican Congressional Committee has supported Alan Nunnelee, chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, who is also pursuing tea party voters.

McGlowan believes the tea party movement has been unfairly portrayed as monolithically white, male and middle-aged, though she acknowledged blacks and Hispanics are a minority at most events.

Racist protest signs at some tea party rallies and recent reports by U.S. Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., andBarney Frank, D-Mass., that tea partyers shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at them have raised allegations of racism in the tea party movement.

Black members of the movement say it is not inherently racist, and some question the reported slurs. "You would think — something that offensive — you would think someone got video of it," Bazar, the conservative blogger, said.

"Just because you have one nut case, it doesn't automatically equate that you've got an organization that espouses (racism) as a sane belief," Johnson said.

Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, suggested a bit of caution.

"I'm sure the reason that (black conservatives) are involved is that from an ideological perspective, they agree," said Shelton. "But when those kinds of things happen, it is very important to be careful of the company that you keep."


Associated Press writers Brian Witte in Maryland and Emily Wagster Pettus in Mississippi contributed to this report.

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The 38-year-old U.S. Marine Corps reservist recently walked into a bar in southern Maryland decorated with aConfederate flag. It gave his wife Rosha pause. "I said, 'You know what, honey? Many, many of our Southern citizens came together under that flag for the purpose of keeping their family and their state together,'" Lollar recalled. "The flag is not what you're to fear. It's the stupidity behind the flag that is a problem. I don't think we'll find that in here. Let's go ahead in.
This comment really got me! How can he even rock the confederate flag having been in the military? And more importantly being BLACK!

I think that many would be lying if they said that at the micro level….they are not as much, if not more, conservative than liberal. When you run a household, are you fiscally liberal or conservative? As I stated before, liberalism and conservatism SHOULD be viewed as ideological tools, like a hammer vs. a screw driver. The best repairman will be the one who has the most variable tools to work with. If you are a repairman whose only tool is a hammer, you will try to use a hammer to fix everything, often making the situation worse. If you are a repairman with only a screwdriver, you will use a screwdriver to attempt to fix everything, often making the matter worse.

Politics and ideology fails in America because of the “One tool fits all problems the best” philosophy. We don’t look at the situation and pick the best ideological tool. Instead, we become emotionally invested in a particular tool to the point of mutual exclusivity. We then seek to rationalize the use of that tool, over other tools, as a means of repair. Hence, instead of the situation driving the choice of the tool, the tools compete to be the ubiquitous and monopolistic solution to all problems.

 Now, its one thing to dismiss the Republican Party because of the malicious ulterior motivations of the party, I stand in agreement with that. However, to dismiss a TOOL because you don’t like the motives of the people who popularize its use is very limiting. If you listen to Farrakhan, he is as conservative individual and individual as he is liberal. His solutions to our problems are based upon the situation and sometimes he chooses a conservative approach and sometimes he uses a liberal approach. I mean, if you lived in a nation with Farrakhan was its leader, do you think it would be “liberal”?  Not hardly.

 I personally believe that America owes African Americans a big debt. Hence, in that context, until that debt is paid, I believe that the government should be liberal in attempting to reconcile that debt and it cannot be done with “small government” or without programs that “Target” the uniqueness, in degree or kind, of our situation. Therefore, due to “Our” history, I believe that government has a big role to play. If, on the other hand, I removed that “debt owed”, I would be more inclined to support Republican candidates because of the fact that their ideological one tool of choice is best for SOME situations, just like the Democrats ideological ONE tool of choice is best for SOME situations. My choice would be based upon the SITUATION and not favoritism toward a particular tool.

 As it stands now I don’t see either of the two parties addressing the “debt owed to black folks” or under Obama, democrats are moving even further away from even acknowledging that debt. You cannot fix a problem or pay a debt if you refuse to create distinctions with a difference. Thus, I don’t support either party. However, since neither party is honoring the debt, I am just looking at the situation that this nation is in economically, which is its major problem that needs repair and my intellectual conclusion is simply that the tool that the democrats are wielding is not the best tool set. The tool that the Republican use, although slightly better, will not repair the problem either. The reality is that something’s just cannot be fixed.

So in conclusion, I certainly would have a problem joining the ranks of so many people who have malicious ulterior motives, however, I don't fault them (black conservatives) for their intellectual beliefs......just their associations.

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