Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jay Parker: Leaving a legacy of conservatism and individualism

A black conservative that believed in individual responsibility and service, Jay Parker devoted his life to making our country a genuinely free, open and inclusive society.
(Communities Digital News)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 — The death of black conservative and activist Jay Parker takes from us an extraordinary individual and an important part of American political history. He was the founder of the modern black conservative movement. He believed deeply in the American Dream, despite the fact that, at the time of his birth, opportunities were limited for many black Americans.

When I spoke at a dinner honoring Jay on his 70th birthday, I quoted actress and comedienne Whoopie Goldberg. When, as a young woman, she told one of her friends of wanting a Hollywood career, one of her friends tried to discourage her, telling her, “You know you’re black.”

Goldberg responded, “I won’t mention it.”

This is a clear expression of Jay’s philosophy.