The former Republican opines about the state of Black conservatism within today's Republican Party.
(The Detroit News)
Carson joins a near-extinct list in today's politics of African Americans publicly supporting the GOP. That wouldn't have been the case 50, or even 20, years ago. Black Republicans had a distinguished history of moderate conservatism, civil rights advocacy, and a very talented pool of political statesmen and women that represented the best of our community. Today, that history is rapidly disappearing and being replaced with mediocre politicians who pander to right wing talking points, and unfortunately it looks like Carson is going to be no better.
He adds: Black Republicans today are portrayed as race traitors, self-hating, and out-of-touch with the majority of African Americans, especially on race relations and politics. For most of the Obama administration, those who have been given a pedestal or position to speak from have done a horrible job at erasing that stigma. Supporting policies that decrease the chance of students of color from going to great universities, shortening unemployment benefits for families who have fallen on hard times, voting in favor of stricter voting laws that directly affect minorities, staying silent when colleagues of your own party make racist statements about your community and the president. Many of the black Republicans on television seem more comfortable talking about corporate taxes and the super-rich than they are about the issues of police brutality, lack of education, and poverty.