Let me clear my throat…
Being black and conservative is not easy. The left has a presumptive hold on “authentic blackness,” leaving black conservatives political isolated from their communities. As the Republican Party falls more and more deeply in love with Dixie, it is getting harder for African-Americans with any backbone to retain a place in the GOP. Their presence is tolerated, even celebrated, so long as they read from a prepared script. If they dare to try to influence the party’s direction they will be promptly escorted to the RINO pen to while away the hours with Colin Powell.
The Cliven Bundy flap may be a bridge too far for many self-respecting black conservatives. For a colleague at Hip Hop Republican, the support for Bundy from “conservative” media and political figures inspired an eloquent outburst. From Chidike Okeem at hiphoprepublican.com:
I am proud African man and a proud conservative. I refuse to accept that being a conservative means apologizing for racists and white supremacists who do not acknowledge my humanity. If it means I have to stand alone and forcefully articulate an idiosyncratic conservative worldview that does not involve my dehumanization, then so be it.
You cannot be a proud black person and make a career out of defending right-wing racists. If only people would listen to the totality of Dr. Martin Luther King’s sociopolitical message, as opposed to twisting his 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in service of their invidious colorblind agenda. Artificial black conservatives are as, or even more, dangerous than white supremacists. At least white supremacists tell you what they truly believe. Artificial black conservatives just repeat white supremacist beliefs for financial security and emotional blandishments—and I find it repulsive.
Guys like Tim Scott and T.W. Shannon are making their own peace with the racist forces that drive the Tea Party and the rest of the far right. So be it. It will be interesting to see the where their paths lead. But for many others the cognitive dissonance is becoming too much to tolerate.