Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Black Conservative Case Against Dennis Prager

(Right Noise) - But Prager’s argument has two sides: while liberals may overcharge racism, conservatives underestimate it with the same zeal. A Pew Research Study released last year expresses that very point. It finds that Democrats believe that not enough attention is paid to “real” instances of racism, while Republicans argue that too much attention is paid to “fake” racism. Both can be true: Democrats may pay too much attention to “microaggressions,” while Republicans prefer to ignore racial disparities in police shootings and incarceration.

But all this really means is that the right has lost just as much credibility on the issue of racism as the left.

Please read Joseph Hunter's entire critique of Dennis Prager. ( ).

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Akil Alleyne — Interview: Marijuana Legalization & The Opioid Crisis

So I decided to close out the old year with a YouTube chat with my man Sam Tracy about how #Marijuanalegalization can help combat the opioid epidemic.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor: 1964 Oscars

36th Oscars: Sidney Poitier 


Black Conservatism is NOT White Conservatism

"Authentic black conservatism has always had the fundamental and explicit goal of opposing white supremacy." - Kareim Oliphant

Black conservatism is not white-conservatism. It is in many ways Burkean, but in addition, it is also very 'African' and the crushing historical realities of that continent have always helped to shape and define Black-Conservatism. It is similar, but different — its uniqueness lies in the fact that just as Burkean conservatism was born in response to the chaos following  the French Revolution, so too Black Conservatism emerges out of and in response to the shock of colonialism, slavery, and white-supremacy.

There are two-main categories of Conservatism. One, more intuitive, an inner instinct that there are things, mores, behaviors, institutions etc., worth salvaging. And it’s this impulse to conserve such things, to rescue such things, that puts it in direct conflict with the advocates of radical change, as the conservative philosopher Roger Scruton reminds us: "Conservatism isn’t opposed to change - it’s suspicious of radical change".

All of which brings me to the second important category  — "philosophical-conservatism". One might describe philosophical-conservatism as an intellectual defense for those things an individual, or a community values, considers important. It is (in some sense) a philosophy that’s generally birthed out of traumatism. An ideology that takes form whenever the things we take for granted are suddenly set on fire.

In its relationship with Africa, and African-Americans two things come to mind: Colonialism and Marxism, both brought tremendous changes to Africa, some good, many not so good. In fact, the changes that occurred on the continent were so radical and sweeping that they uprooted traditional customs and institutions. All of Mother Africa was set ablaze by changes that local customs and norms couldn't accommodate. How does a continent like Africa accommodate the Atlantic slave trade "-- the LARGEST -- long-distance coerced migration in human history"?

These are the birth pains, the paradigm for what would become the dissimilar and philosophical differences between a largely white-mainstream-conservatism and African or black-conservatism. As one expert on the roots of Black Conservatism, Kareim Oliphant has noted, "Authentic black conservatism has always had the fundamental and explicit goal of opposing white supremacy."

A very large proportion of white-American-conservatives consist largely of refugee families whose ancestors were escaping Socialist, Fascist or Nazi government oppression; the black experience as Forbes columnist Chris Ladd explains is profoundly different "The black experience is a living reminder that government is not alone as a potential threat to personal liberty. It is possible, as in the Jim Crow South, to build a government so weak that no one’s personal liberties can be protected."

A good example of this friction: The Black Church — while a conservative institution, it is also a radical response to white-supremacy in the Christian Church - a reaction to being told for over 200 years that your race prevents you from communion, from participating in all aspects of church activities. In response to such racism, Black institutions were built, not as away to mimic racism, but as means to conserve the best of Christianity, and salvage it from the who claimed to own it. 

Unlike, Frank Meyer's fusionist-conservatism (a political and philosophical merger of libertarianism and conservatism) Black Conservatism due to slavery, and Jim Crow is extremely race-conscious, but for the most part (there are exceptions), it’s an inclusive-race-consciousness, one that embraces diversity.  Black conservatism is a disposition that conserves good and valuable things, and yes, even race-conscious institutions, like the Black Church and HBCUs that have helped black people survive the darkest of days.

- The Black Conservative

Aretha Franklin - "It Hurts Like Hell"

Love was always supposed to be
Something wonderful to me
To watch it grow inside yourself
To feel your heart beside itself
Sometimes it hurts to love so bad
(When you know you've given all you can)
Sometimes it hurts to even laugh
(You do your best but it's still much too sad)
Sometimes the pain is just too much, oh oh
And it hurts like hell, that's the way it feels
True love, it has no hiding place
It's not something you just put away
It's always there inside of you
Oh, and it shows in everything you do

Rosa Perez-Isiah — The Myth of Colorblindness

On the danger of "colorblindness" and not discussing race.

(Medium) Recently I read a quote by a popular actor that troubled me. His words:

“The best way to stop racism today is to stop talking about it.”

Interesting thought. Should we end poverty by not talking about it? Should we close the achievement gap by avoiding the topic? We could begin to change so much of what is wrong in our nation if we engaged in honest and courageous conversations about our biases, beliefs, and misconceptions. One of those misconceptions is the myth of colorblindness.

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Quote of The Day — Professor Leah Wright Rigueur

"Colorblindness sees the nation as a meritocracy, assumes equality, and sidesteps the complexities of race."  — Professor Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An historian by training, she received her B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University

Audra Lim — The Alt-Right's Asian Fetish - The New York Times

In reality, Asians are rarely considered white, and the model-minority myth obscures the vast differences among Asian-Americans. What’s more, the myth helped to strengthen America’s white liberal order, which claims to uphold diversity while also being anti-black. It legitimizes white America’s power to determine who is “good” and to offer basic dignity and equal rights.

(The New York Times) The white supremacists on the far right have “yellow fever” — an Asian woman fetish. It’s a confusing mix. Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, once posted a video of himself with a Filipina he called “my jailbait girlfriend,” the young couple flirting as they sauntered through a megamall in the Philippines. Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, has dated a series of Asian-American women, according to one of his ex-girlfriends. (Mr. Spencer insists that it was before he embraced white nationalism.)

The right-wing agitator Mike Cernovich, the writer John Derbyshire and an alt-right figure named Kyle Chapman (so notorious for swinging a lead-filled stick at Trump opponents at a protest in Berkeley, Calif., that he is now a meme) are all married to women of Asian descent. As a commenter wrote on an alt-right forum, “exclusively” dating Asian women is practically a “white-nationalist rite of passage.”

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Akil Alleyne — Dear GOP Establishment: Put Your Hands Up & FIGHT!!!

Quote of the Day - Charles M. Blow

"Trump’s racial hostility isn’t about his difficulty with learning, but comfort with tribalism. Trump’s white supremacy can’t be pedagogically altered because it is pathologically rooted." - Charles M. Blow

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Quote of the Day - St. Augustine of Hippo

“Have you forgotten that you are an African, writing to Africans, and that both of us live in Africa!” — St. Augustine of Hippo 

"Goin' Up Yonder" Walter Hawkins & The Love Center Choir

If you want to know
Where I'm going?
Where I'm going, soon
If anybody ask you
Where I'm going
Where I'm going soon

I'm goin' up yonder
I'm goin' up yonder
I'm goin' up yonder
To be with my Lord
I can take the pain

BOOK REVIEW: Kareim Oliphant — The Enigma of the Black Republican

So long as black voters continue to view the GOP as not just the party for white people, but the party for white supremacists, Republican black outreach efforts will likely yield little fruit.

          Kareim Oliphant is a writer and public policy analyst from New Jersey.

(The Russell Kirk Center )
In her authorial debut, The Loneliness of the Black Republican, Harvard historian Leah Wright Rigueur meticulously traces the development of black Republican politics from the New Deal era through Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980. Rigueur’s book is commendable not just as an authoritative treatise on a group notably neglected by historians, but as a compendium of actionable recommendations for black political engagement. Rigueur’s narrative expertly delivers a close look at the intersection of race and politics within the context of the Republican Party, and provides intimate details of the unwavering African Americans who sought to use the GOP as a vehicle for civil rights.

The enigma of the black Republican has fascinated political observers for decades. Taking at face value the fact that roughly 90 percent of black voters now identify with the Democratic Party, many understandably assume that blackness and GOP affiliation are inherently discordant concepts; yet black Republicans do exist and have been around for almost as long as the GOP itself. In fact, as Rigueur observes, blacks formed strong cultural attachments to the GOP long before the Democrat Party established its apparent hegemony of the black community. Indeed, writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass once exuberantly declared, “I am a Republican—a black, dyed-in-the-wool Republican—and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.” Douglass wasn’t an anomaly. Blacks revered the “Party of Lincoln” as a liberator of black people—that is, until the 1936 presidential election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, who seized 70 percent of the black vote.

Monday, November 13, 2017

An evening with Jessye Norman

Hosted by The Wolf Foundation and The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation / June 1st 2016

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dr. Angela K. Lewis — Are Members of The Nation of Islam, Conservative?

An excerpt of Angela Lewis' talk on her new book, "Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood." - Dr. Lewis addressed the MPA Alumni Association Luncheon, held at the UAB National Alumni Society House on April 11, 2013.

Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood (Routledge Series on Identity Politics) 1st Edition,  Kindle Edition

Dr. Angela K. Lewis — Conservatism in the Black Community

Dr. Angela K. Lewis, an Associate Professor in UAB's Department of Government, talks about her new book "Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood." Her book attempts to unravel the the political phenomenon of conservatism in Black communities.

 Considering the historical evidence of black ties to liberalism which is played out through their support for the Democratic Party, do Blacks in the community support conservatism either as communicated by black conservatives in the media or by mainstream white conservatives? Or do Blacks in the community exhibit a diff erent kind of conservatism? Ultimately, the question this book addresses is, despite support for the Democratic Party and its liberal policies, What does conservatism in the black community mean?

Chris Ladd — Understanding Democratic Racism

Thanks to the Dixiefication of the Republican Party,  the Republican party operates under a tacit agreement that we will never acknowledge the existence of racism under any circumstances. Calling out the Democrats on the racism that drives their union politics means admitting that racism exists. If racism exists, then we might have to answer some awkward questions about Voter ID, police brutality, the Voting Rights Act, gun regulation, affirmative action, and a whole range of other subjects that many Republicans would prefer to ignore.

In 2015, Jeb Bush was pilloried for his characterization of the relationship between African-Americans and the Democratic Party. As insulting as his statement was, what’s worse is the lost opportunity it represented.

“Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”
His explanation of black politics echoes the age-old racist trope that black voters are looking for “handouts.” Democrats, by that reasoning, are buying votes with welfare while Republicans are appealing to good, honest people who want to stand on their own two feet.
This is yet another example of an opportunity lost by ignorance and racism. Bush lurched past a prime opportunity to set fire to the Democratic coalition. Democrats do in fact use welfare and other critical social safety net programs as leverage to manipulate black voters. It just doesn’t work the way white racists imagine.

A history of systemic looting, 
which hasn’t entirely ended, has left many black communities with almost none of the financial or political capital required to begin a climb. For many of the worst affected communities, access to social welfare services are the starting point for survival, the first critical step before anyone can begin to consider advancement. Democrats did not create that circumstance with social welfare programs, but they exploit it for political advantage. That reality is critical to understanding what is really happening in America’s Democratic-controlled cities.

People want to get welfare like they want to get chemotherapy or an abortion or a good lawyer. Republicans’ ignorance and occasional racism leaves us completely blind to the way Democrats exploit this situation. We are unable to connect to the very real frustrations of black voters trapped in the gears of the Democratic urban machine. That frustration is on full display in Chicago, but few if any Republicans have noticed.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ancient Africa — A History Denied

Dr. Alan Keyes — Is religious liberty the key to health care for all?

Dr. Alan Keyes suggest that despite the words coming out of his mouth, President Trump's Executive Order seem to point towards universal healthcare.

A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Alan Keyes began his diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1979 at the United States consulate in Bombay, India, and later in the American embassy in Zimbabwe. Keyes was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan

(Loyal to Liberty) The black conservative Republican writes: "As I observed in an article published at this week, during his Presidential campaign Donald Trump challenged conservatives to get used to the idea that as we replace Obamacare “we have to take care of everybody….” His recent Executive Order aims to revamp the US government’s regulatory approach so that income earners “can more easily tailor their insurance purchases to their circumstances, priorities and incomes.” But what about “people who simply cannot afford the health assurance they need?”

He continues his commentary: "Giving better choices to income earners may lower their incentive to participate in the state exchanges Obamacare instituted. This lack of participation will make it harder to sustain them. With the U.S. government subsidies Obama unlawfully provided, lack of funding will also give insurers little or no incentive to offer plans through the exchanges. The result will leave many who need care without the means to pay for it. There will be an outcry against the abandonment of these needy people, whom Obamacare claimed to help. Faced with this outcry, why shouldn’t we expect President Trump to be open to a remedy that reflects the view he has taken in the past that the single payer (i.e., socialist) approach is the ideal?:

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Akil Alleyne — Harvey Weinstein: To Stop A Predator

Kelly Miller — Radicals & Conservatives and Other Essays on the Negro in America, 1908

Radical and conservative Negroes agree as to the end in view, but differ as to the most effective means of attaining it. The difference is not essentially one of principle or purpose, but point of view.

When a distinguished Russian was informed that some American Negroes are radical and some conservative, he could not restrain his laughter. The idea of conservative Negroes eras more than the Cossack's risibilities could endure. " What on earth," he exclaimed with astonishment, " have they to conserve? "

According to a strict use of terms, a " conservative " is one who is satisfied with existing conditions and advocates their continuance; while a " radical " clamors for amelioration of conditions through change. No thoughtful Negro is satisfied with the present status of his race, whether viewed in its political, its civil or general aspect. He labors under an unfriendly public opinion, one which is being rapidly crystallized into a rigid caste system and enacted into unrighteous law. How can he be expected to contemplate such oppressive conditions with satisfaction and composure? Circumstances render it imperative that his attitude should be dissentient rather than confirmatory. Every consideration of enlightened self-respect impels him to unremitting protest, albeit the manner of protestation may be mild or pronounced, according to the dictates of prudence. Radical and conservative Negroes agree as to the end in view, but differ as to the most effective means of attaining it. The difference is not essentially one of principle or purpose, but point of view. 

All anti-slavery advocates desired the downfall of the iniquitous institution, but some were more violent than others in the expression of this desire. Disagreement as to method led to personal estrangement, impugnment of motive, and unseemly factional wrangle.

And so, colored men who are alike zealous for the betterment of their race, lose half their strength in internal strife, because of variant methods of attack upon the citadel of prejudice. Mr. Booker T. Washington is, or has been, the storm-center about which the controversy rages, and contending forces have aligned themselves in hostile array as to the wisdom or folly of the doctrine of which he is the chief exponent. The unseemly "Boston Riot," in which he was threatened with bodily violence, served to accentuate the antagonism and to deepen the line of cleavage.

Several years ago a number of New England colored men, " exotica," as some would say, of the New England colleges, having grown restive under what they deemed the damaging doctrine of the famous Tuskegeean,. founded the Boston Guardian as a journal of protest. These men declared that the teachings of Mr. Washington were destructive of the guaranteed rights and privileges of the Negro race, especially in the Northern States, and pledged themselves to spare no effort to combat his political and social heresies.

Mr. William Monroe Trotter, a Harvard graduate, who in said to have maintained a higher scholastic average than any other colored student of that famous institution, was head and front of the new movement. As promoter of the " Boston Riot " he was convicted and sentenced to the common jail. His incarceration but served to intensify his animosity.

Mr. Trotter is well suited to play the role of a martyr. He delights in a reputation for vicarious heroics. Being possessed of considerable independent means, he willingly makes sacrifices for the cause, and is as uncompromising as William Lloyd Garrison. Mr. Trotter, however, lacks the moral sanity and poise of the great emancipator. With him agitation is not so much the outgrowth of an intellectual or moral comprehension of right and reprehension of wrong, as it is a temperamental necessity. Endowed with a narrow, intolerant intensity of spirit, he pursues his ends with a Jesuitical justification of untoward means. Without clear concrete objective, such as the anti-slavery promoters had in view, he strikes wildly at whatever or whoever he imagines obscures the rights of the Negro race. He has the traditional irreverence of the reformer, an irreverence which delights to shatter popular idols. President Eliot of Harvard University, Theodore Roosevelt, and Booker T. Washington are shining marks for his blunt and bitter denunciation. He sets himself up as the moral monitor of the Negro race.

This Negro Puritan is of spotless and austere personal character, and yet he does not scruple to use the weapons of unrighteousness to promote his cherished hopes. He is equally indifferent to the allurements of culture and the blandishments of business; he has sacrificed a business career which was opening up with large prospects, in order to fight the Washington heresy. A Harvard graduate, with a class-standing that puts him easily in touch with the intellectual elite of his alma mater, he has thrown away all the restraints of culture, spurned the allurements of refined association, and conducts The Guardian with as little regard to literary form and style as if he were a back-woodsman.

By his blunt, persistent assault on Booker T. Washington he has focalized the more radical elements of the Negro race, and has made himself the most forceful personality that the Negroes in the free States have produced in a generation. He is irreconciled to his great foe. This intrepid editor saw clearly that the so-called radical Negroes were wholly wanting in organization and leadership. He chafed under the chide of having no concrete achievement or commanding personality as basis and background of his propaganda. His enemies sought to silence the loudsome pretensions of those of radical persuasion by the cry that they had founded no institutions and projected no practical projects. That the same might have been said of Garrison and Phillips was regarded as a barren rejoinder. It is difficult to found an effective organization on a protest. There is little constructive possibility in negation. 

Through the influence of The Guardian, Mr. Trotter has held together and inspirited the opposition to Mr. Washington. His every utterance leads to the Cato-like refrain: " Booker Washington must be destroyed." Conscious of his own lack of attractive personality and felicity of utterance requisite to ostensible popular leadership, Trotter began to cast about for a man of showy faculties who could stand before the people as leader of his cause. He wove a subtle net about W. E. B. DuBois, the brilliant writer and scholar, and gradually weaned him from his erstwhile friendship for Mr. Washington, so as to exploit his prominence and splendid powers in behalf of the hostile forces.

The author of the " Souls of Black Folk " is also a Harvard man, and possesses extraordinary scientific and literary talent. Few men now writing the English language can equal him in linguistic felicity. He is a man of remarkable amplitude and contrariety of qualities, an exact interrogator and a lucid espositor of social reality, but withal a dreamer with a fantasy of mind that verges on " the fine frenzy."

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crystal Wright — Commend Trump for taking action

The black conservative Republican commentator argues that "If you’re a Republican president with a do-nothing GOP majority in Congress — which refuses to pass your (and their) agenda — you take matters into your own hands."

Crystal Wright is the publisher/owner of She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. She writes for The Toronto Sun.

( The Toronto Sun) — This week President Donald Trump did the work the GOP campaigned on for seven years: He began dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through executive order.

“For a long period of time — since I’ve started running and since I became president of the United States — I just keep hearing: ‘Repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re starting that process, and we’re starting that in a very positive manner,” Trump declared.

Under Trump’s executive order, insurers will be allowed to sell less expensive policies to people, like me, who don’t receive health insurance through an employer. This means a 50-year-old man won’t have to pay for coverage for other people — like maternity benefits — that he will never use and which raised the cost of his monthly premium.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Quote of the Day - Conservatives, RINOs and Diversity

"Whenever presented with the idea of ethnic diversity, mainstream conservatives often retort with the superficial expression, “We don’t necessarily need ethnic diversity, but we need diversity of thought.” The reason why this fraudulent aphorism is used is because mainstream conservatives like to present the narrative that their ideology has been unfairly shut out of all the cultural arenas of importance in America. While this is a glib rhetorical comeback, mainstream conservatives must understand that their own argument can be used against them. You cannot realistically champion diversity of thought while continuously dismissing any comment that does not align with right-wing talk radio orthodoxy as the leftist blathering of a RINO." ―  Chidike Okeem, conservative writer at VOICEOFCHID.COM

Race, IQ and Genetics - Part 1: Introduction

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.” 

(Buzzfeed News) For nearly a decade, Devin Saucier has been establishing himself as one of the bright young things in American white nationalism. In 2008, while at Vanderbilt University, Saucier founded a chapter of the defunct white nationalist student group Youth for Western Civilization, which counts among its alumni the white nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach.

Richard Spencer called him a friend. He is associated with the Wolves of Vinland, a Virginia neo-pagan group that one reporter described as a “white power wolf cult,” one member of which pleaded guilty to setting fire to a historic black church. For the past several years, according to an observer of far-right movements, Saucier has worked as an assistant to Jared Taylor, possibly the most prominent white nationalist in America. According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, he edits and writes for Taylor’s magazine, American Renaissance, under a pseudonym.

In an October 2016 email, Milo Yiannopoulos described the 28-year-old Saucier as “my best friend.”

Yiannopoulos may have been exaggerating: He was asking his acquaintance the novelist Bret Easton Ellis for a signed copy of American Psycho as a gift for Saucier. But there’s no question the men were close. After a March 2016 dinner together in Georgetown, they kept up a steady correspondence, thrilling over Brexit, approvingly sharing headlines about a Finnish far-right group called “Soldiers of Odin,” and making plans to attend Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Kennedy Center.

Saucier — who did not respond to numerous requests for comment — clearly illustrates the direct connection between open white nationalists and their fellow travelers at Breitbart. By spring 2016, Yiannopoulos had begun to use him as a sounding board, intellectual guide, and editor.

On May 1, Yiannopoulos emailed Saucier asking for readings related to class-based affirmative action; Saucier responded with a half dozen links on the subject, which American Renaissance often covers. On May 3, Saucier sent Yiannopoulos an email titled “Article idea”: “How trolls could win the general for Trump.” Yiannopoulos forwarded the email to Bokhari and wrote, “Drop what you’re doing and draft this for me.” An article under Yiannopoulos’s byline appeared the next day. Also in early May, Saucier advised Yiannopoulos and put him in touch with a source for a story about the alt-right’s obsession with Taylor Swift.

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