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Tea Party Could Put Record Number of Black Conservatives in Office | Print | E-mail WRITTEN BY RAVEN CLABOUGH FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2010 16:39 3 Despite allegations of racism in Tea Party organizations, the Republican Party, and conservative groups, 2010 has witnessed more black Republican activism than ever before. Thirty-seven African Americans in 16 states have been in contention for seats in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives this year. Fox News reports, “The Republican Party is hoping to put a record number of African Americans in Congress after Tuesday’s election; despite the fact the first black president is highly unpopular within the party.” Of course, the effort has not been without some difficulty. According to Onnidan Online, “Black conservatives are used to having to defend their values, but they now are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white ‘Tea Party’ movement — and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of America’s first black president.” One such black conservative is Timothy F. Johnson of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support the free market and limited government. “I’ve been told I hate myself. 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.” Fox News indicates that one of the most likely black conservative victors is Tim Scott, a South Carolina state representative and former Charleston County Council Chairman. With only minor opposition from Scott’s heavily Republican district, Scott is likely to become the state’s first black GOP congressman since Reconstruction. Scott reflects, “I think the issues are very simple. Limited government, simplified tax code, lower taxes, and less government spending.” His campaign has rested on promises of reducing funding of ObamaCare, a measure he has dubbed “a jobs killer.” According to Fox News, “Scott’s views echo those of many fiscal conservatives, who accuse the Republican establishment of giving lip service to the party’s mantra of less public spending and limited government. It is this political climate that may help conservative African Americans make inroads in a still predominately white GOP. Many of these minority candidates are reaching out to Tea Party conservatives.” Angela McGlown, a black congressional candidate from Mississippi who lost the Republican primary to Alan Nunnelee, contends that her involvement in the Tea Party movement is “not about a black or white issue. It’s not even about Republican or Democrat, from my standpoint. All of us are taxed too much.” Neal Thigpen, political science professor at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, asserts, “The Tea Party people are not daft on gender and I don’t think they’re daft on race. They tend to be economic conservatives.” Allegations of Tea Party racism made by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as George Soros’ organizations such as Media Matters, have been contested by black members of the Tea Party movement. Onnindan Online writes, “Black members of the movement say it is not inherently racist.” Claims that Tea Partiers used racial slurs against congressmen prior to the healthcare vote have also been contested by black conservatives. Onnindan Online adds, “Some question the reported slurs. ‘You would think — something that offensive — you would think someone got video of it.’” Unfortunately, black members of the Tea Party movement have to contend with cries of treason from their communities. In April, Fox News reported, “They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values.” David Webb, organizer of New York City’s Tea Party 365, Inc., states, “I’ve gotten the statement, ‘How can you not support the brother?’” Despite the criticism, Scott is proud of his involvement in the conservative moment, declaring, “I am more of a conservative than I am a Republican.” Recognizing the importance of the presence of black conservatives in Congress, the Patriot Political Action Committee unveiled Operation Black Storm, a national coalition to unite the nation behind the black conservative congressional candidates in key districts around the country. K. Carl Smith, president of the Conservative Messenger, explained of the coalition, “We want to reignite America’s passion for liberty and create an atmosphere for political dialogue where conservative candidates can engage in conversation about the issues without being accused or racism or called Uncle Toms.” He adds, “It’s finally time for our nation to get past racial barriers in politics, and with Operation Black Storm we intend to send a message to Washington that — above all — Americans of all backgrounds, colors, and decent faiths want their God-given right for SELF-RULE.” Photo of Tim Scott: AP Images
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Never let it be said that there aren't enough knuckle-headed negroes out there.  One thing I was reflecting on reading the last thread about black tea partiers, is that in order to be into this stuff enough to want to be a member of the tea party, a black person would REALLY have to be passionate about it, even more so than the white tea partiers.  So when you think about it, that rabid passion probably would translate into more of them actually running.

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"I’ve been told I hate myself. 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." .....black members of the Tea Party movement have to contend with cries of treason from their communities. In April, Fox News reported, "They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values."


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I've always felt it was a shame that Whites , Asians, Mexicans, and everybody else can vote Republican or Democratic (the only ones that really count in this country); however they wish without repercussions, but if you are Black, the "powers that be" will attempt to take that choice away from you by demanding that you only vote one way; by vilfying you if you vote Republican, or run for office as a Republican.

I may not always agree with the way my brother chooses to vote, but I do recognize that we don't all think alike and nobody has "cornered the market" on what it is to be Black.

Too many of my sisters and brothers who have come before me have risked life and limb in order that I may enjoy the "citizenship rights" that I enjoy today (which includes the right to vote as I please) and I will be dammed if I am gonna allow somebody to take any of those rights away from me, and I'll be dammed if I am gonna attempt to take any of those rights away from my brother whom I politically disagree with.

Kevin

What I find very interesting is that Black Republicans and/or Conservatives generally try very hard to dodge, ignore, disregard or flat out deny the fact that the Republican/Conservative agenda comprises, is representative of and perpetuates racial division and racist laws that make it unappealing to most African Americans ... and that that is the MAIN reason why the the Republican Party is not appealing to nor widely supported in the Black community.  As well as the main reason why Black people don't understand nor approve of those Black folks who do choose to so align themselves.

It's hard to understand somebody who supports someone that is unquestionably out to get them  ... has never liked them ... and actively works to make life as difficult for them as they possibly can.    I mean ... do Republicans (Black or otherwise!) even begin to comprehend that it was after an 8-year-long, Republican-controlled government that this country (and everybody in it!) ... (not to mention the rest of the entire world ) ... was at the brink of total bankruptcy and economic collapse??   I mean, does that just slip people's minds, or what?? 

But I digress.

Black Republicans/Conservatives want to say that they are "simply for fiscal responsibility/conservativeness" ... but fail to recognize/admit that "fiscal conservative" policies are harmful to the Black community.  They offer no constructive solutions for balancing their conservative ideals with the reality of the detriment that is caused by them.

African Americans, while not having much of a political appetite for fiscal conservatism, do tend to be conservative in other areas.  So, I don't think the problem is being "conservative" as much as it is the Republican Party's policy agenda as a whole.
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Thirty-seven African Americans in 16 states have been in contention for seats in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives this year. Fox News reports, “The Republican Party is hoping to put a record number of African Americans in Congress after Tuesday’s election; despite the fact the first black president is highly unpopular within the party.”

Hmmm....   I'm not reading this article (bs) all the way through...  Did the article ever talk about how many candidates actually stand a chance of being elected?  

Note:  Articles like this one ran during the primary season (hell, damn near every election season) but that didn't work out well for a number of Black Republican candidates who tried to ride the Tea Party wave.  Also, recent news stories had several Black Republican candidates complaining about the GOP not supporting their races.  So something is up with this article and the curious PAST TENSE framing...
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“It’s finally time for our nation to get past racial barriers in politics, and with Operation Black Storm we intend to send a message to Washington that — above all — Americans of all backgrounds, colors . . . ”

OBS... Irony is thy name...

 And, to think, there are all kinds of conservative/Republican people who are White that will shout and jump at every chance to call the CBC "racist" because of its name alone, to say nothing of the stated mission/purpose.

And please...

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“It’s finally time for our nation to get past racial barriers in politics, and with Operation BlackStorm we intend to send a message to Washington that — above all — Americans of all backgrounds, colors, and decent faiths want their God-given right for SELF-RULE.” 

Don't play with my (Black Nationalist) emotions.
Good point, Nmaginate... I glossed over the article, and I missed the past tense reference to black candidates who "have been in contention for seats in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives this year."  It turns out that your candidate gallery shows that almost NONE of them have a chance of winning, and most of them have already been defeated in primaries.

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