Thursday, April 17, 2014

Black Conservatives Launch Super PAC "The Black Conservative Fund"

Image credits: The Black Conservative Fund website

"The Black Conservative Fund" a new federally registered political action committee dedicated to supporting Black conservatives running for public office.

According to the website,

"We provide direct contributions in addition to running TV and radio ads, conducting get-out-the vote drives, and funding any other activities our endorsed candidates need. We are first and foremost a CONSERVATIVE political action committee.

We are committed to assisting candidates who support reining in the size and scope of government, protecting our nation through a strong military, and promoting American values – especially the right to life. We believe that despite the election of Barack Obama, the conservative movement has a golden opportunity to expand our coalition by supporting black conservative candidates whenever possible. An entirely new generation of black leaders is stepping forward to help save this nation.

 They believe that the welfare state and a corrupt education system are destroying our future. They understand that big government has created nothing but big problems. And they are willing to fight back against the left-wing race baiters of the Democratic Party. These black conservative heroes are willing to endure the personal attacks and outright ridicule from the liberal political establishment and the left wing media in order to stand up for what’s right. And for that, they deserve our encouragement and our support."

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Conservative Quotes From Jackie Robinson

In honor of #JackieRobinsonDay:

“I believed blacks ought to become producers, manufacturers, developers and creators of businesses, providers of jobs. For too long we had been spending too much money on liquor while we owned too few liquor stores and were not even manufacturing it.
“If you found a black man making shoes or candy or ice cream, he was a rarity. We talked about not having capital, but we needed to learn to take a chance, to be daring, to pool capital, to organize our buying power so that the millions we spent did not leave our communities to be stacked up in some downtown bank.
“In addition to the economic security we could build with green power, we could use economic means to reinforce black power. How much more effective our demands for a piece of the action would be if we were negotiating from the strength of self-reliance rather than stating our case in the role of a beggar or someone crying out for charity.”

Quotes by Jackie Robinson criticizing Barry Goldwater and some elements of the Conservative movement on race.
The 1964 Republican Convention was the first to give white Southerners a significant role. Not surprisingly, it also featured lowest black representation ever at a GOP national convention. Not coincidentally, the second lowest was 2012.
Robinson described his experience in his biography, I Never Had It Made:
“I felt the GOP was a minority party in term of numbers of registered voters and could not win unless they updated their social philosophy and sponsored candidates and principles to attract the young, the black, and the independent voter.
“I said this often from public, and frequently Republican, platforms.  By and large Republicans had ignored blacks and sometimes handpicked a few servile leaders in the black community to be their token “n___rs”.  How would I sound trying to go all out to sell Republicans to black people?  They’re not buying.  They know better…
“A Barry Goldwater victory would insure that the GOP would be completely the white man’s party.  What happened at San Francisco when Senator Goldwater became the Republican standard-bearer confirmed my prediction…
“That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life… A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP…It was a terrible hour for the relatively few black delegates who were present.
“Distinguished in their communities, identified with the cause of Republicanism, an extremely unpopular cause among blacks, they had been served notice that the party they had fought for considered them just another bunch of “n___rs”.  They had no real standing in the convention, no clout.  They were unimportant and ignored…
“One bigot from one of the Deep South states actually threw acid on a black delegate’s suit jacket and burned it. Another one, from the Alabama delegation where I was standing at the time of the Rockefeller speech, turned on me menacingly…”

Sunday, April 13, 2014

First Reads

LBJ & Civil Rights, Revised 

The usual wage gap numbers are wrong, and the real discrepancy isn't simple to fix:

Liberals Are Playing a Losing Game on Race

The Color of His Presidency

Confronting segregation & discrimination in NYC: Errol Louis is right in his powerful piece in

NYPD Commissioner-Turned-Felon Has a Message For Us Now That He's Been to Prison - PolicyMic

The GOP establishment is set to take down Rand Paul: 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali vs. the Campus Thought Police 

Why Congress must rethink sanctions on Cuba

My friend Ayaan Hirsi Ali is now the latest casualty of the culture war from elements of the hard left:

Blame India's Left if Hindu extremist for the next PM:

Only 1/4 of African Americans say there's been recent improvement in black people’s lives

Confronting segregation & discrimination in NYC: Errol Louis is right in his powerful piece in

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American women's rights and atheist activist, writer and politician who is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam.

"What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The “spirit of free expression” referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much."

Read more: Wall Street Journal

Black Republican 2014 Candidates

Gil Williams for Georgia State Senate - 16th

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quote of the Day

"Innovation is the application of human potentinal to a problem." ―Carly Fiorina

Friday, April 4, 2014

Environmental Policy from a Conservative Perspective

Conservative philosopher, Roger Scruton, discusses environmental policy from a conservative perspective

Writer and philosopher Roger Scruton argues that conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism.

Chaired by Matthew Taylor, chief executive, the RSA.

Listen to a podcast of the full event including the audience Q&A:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ross Douthat - On the Ta-Nehisi Coates vs. Jonathan Chait debate

Ross Douthat responds to the ongoing debate between Chait and Ta-Nehisi Coates on poverty, race and culture.

Over the last two weeks, New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait and The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, two of the internet’s most admired liberal journalists, have engaged in an extended back-and-forth about the legitimacy of public critiques of cultural dysfunction in poor, inner-city African-American culture — and particularly the kind of critiques offered by President Obama, who often speaks exhortatively about personal and parental responsibility in addresses to black audiences.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kali Pinckney - Obamacare=Prohibition & Prohibition=Obamacare

         prohibition peopleA long, long time ago in America, some silly, but well-intentioned people decided that they wanted to force EVERYONE in America to stop drinking alcohol.  They made a big stink and they used politicians, and they manipulated the public into believing that alcohol was the root of all evil.  ‘That if not for “Fire Water” (I love that term), there would be no murders, spousal abuse, ‘nudy bars, or drunken horseback riding… Some towns even went so far as to  sell their jailhouses as the country went dry because they didn’t think they’d need them anymore.  Basically, those silly people thought that banning alcohol would be the end of crime.  Were they right?  Nope!  Not At All! 

They failed to understand what everyone who thinks they can control other fails to understand. 

That Human Nature WILL apply and humans WILL rebel for the sake of rebellion in order to get free.

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Marc Morgan: Black Republican running today in DC's 2014 primary election

Today is DC's primary election! Polls close at 8:00pm. The 'only' GOP candidate running is a black Republican, Marc Morgan. He is rrunning in the GOP primary for the at-large D.C. Council seat.

Twiiter account @MarcMorganDC

Monday, March 31, 2014

Prof. Angela Lewis Discusses Black Conservatism

In her book, Conservatism in the Black Community, University of Alabama at Birmingham political science professor Angela K. Lewis tries to dispel the myth that all African-Americans vote in one big liberal bloc. She argues there has been a very strong streak of conservatism in the black community over the years, and, while it may be more visible now than it was in the recent past, it never went away. And she expects that conservative bent to become even more pronounced in future elections.

Quote of the Day

A vacant lot along Delancey Street, circa 1980. Credit Brian Rose and Edward Fausty        

"The story of gentrification at the hands of the private market is the story we all discuss, but the truth is that the govt has primed and directed all of this through zoning, eminent domain, subsidy and developer selection, etc."

New York Times reader response to the March 21, 2014 article: They Kept a Lower East Side Lot Vacant for Decades

John H. McWhorter - Let's Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language

Dr. John McWhorter is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University. Before taking his position at the Manhattan Institute, he held teaching positions at Cornell University, where he held the position of Assistant Professor, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he held the position of Associate Professor.
A somewhat surprising piece in The New York Times this week reported that the French dual-language program in New York's public school system "is booming," the third-largest such program in the city, after Spanish and Chinese. That commitment is a beautiful thing—for children of Francophone immigrants. But for we natives, the idea that kids need to pick up French is now antique. Make no mistake: For immigrant kids from anywhere, bilingual education is invaluable.

 But the idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than action, like classical music played at the wedding of people who live to modern pop. French in educated America is now a class marker, originating from that distant day when French was Europe’s international language. Fewer Europeans spoke English then, which made French actually useful—at least for Americans who could afford international travel. Those same Americans were also still suffering from an inferiority complex to Europe’s “sophistication.”

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