This is dedicated to all of my hardcore Black Nationalists who claim Black Power, Liberation and Unity.
I grew up on Detroit's Northwest side.
As a child I remember my grandmother cussing at the television at the late Mayor Coleman A. Young. I was into television sitcoms like the Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider. My grandmother, on the other hand, was always into the news.
I was raised on news. Beverly Payne, Kathy Adams, Doris Biscoe, Carmen Harlem, Mort
Crim, Bill Bonds, and even Kelly & Company. My grandmother would turn to Good Morning
America every morning to watch David Hartman and Joan Lunden. Along with my curiosity of
reading encyclopedias and almanacs growing up I was always in tune with world issues around
me. My geography was uncanny because I could read a map better than many adults. My
grandfather for a long time called me the "mapman" because of my explicit knowledge of maps.
I never understood politics in depth until now.
God is a great God.
He took me for the past 25 years to prepare me for this incredible journey. I have studied 72 religions. I have studied Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Noble Drew Ail, and Albert Cleage Jr. I have studied economics, history, mathematics and science. I have studied with many groups like the Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims, Nation of Gods and Earths, Nation of Islam, Nubian Islamic Hebrews (Nuwaubu) and even the Masons and Shriners.
I have studied and been with die-hard Black Nationalists, organizations like ASCAC, Hebrew Israelites, and many, many denominations of Christianity.
I have been political since high school. I can remember in 1990 (at the peak of my
militancy) where I felt that whites should be removed off the face of the Earth for the treatment of Rodney King. I fought against police brutality, inferior education and racism. My political base came from conscious hip-hop and conscious music videos. We recited the lyrics of Public Enemy, KRS-One, X-Clan, Brand Nubian and even Intelligent Hoodlum. We were wearing black medallions, locking and cutting our hair and calling Black women .sisters.. We studied languages like Kiswahili, Arabic, Hebrew, and Medu Neter.
I have studied Egyptology, Astrology and Cosmology. In my honest opinion I am a wellrounded
person. I have touched almost every race on Earth.
Politically, I was raised a Democrat. I (as well as many other black people in my home) hated Reagan and Ol' man Bush and loved people like Bill Clinton and Coleman Young. I considered people like Dennis Archer (former Mayor of Detroit) a sell out and was supporting people like Sharon McPhail because she was down for the people.
The same for Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, Alonzo Bates, Minister Malik Shabazz and many other grassroots activists.
I supported this notion because I felt that we were going to change the environment in which we lived in. Pro-black and anti-white. I supported unions, gay marriage and reparations. I supported big government. I supported hip-hop.
I was also in my late teens and 20s.
I was not taking education seriously. I was not taking my marriage seriously either. I was
not taking care of myself.
You see something happened to me. Reality settled in for me. I fell behind academically.
I got divorced. I became overweight. I lost focus on what was really going on. I got hooked on
Democrat values and politics.
I was part of the Black Slate (I still am on another level). I bought into their politics and values. I was even considered for a long time the heir to the throne of the Slate. I supported ignorant candidates like my colleagues.
I fell into the group process trap.
I had to reflect on what was going on. By the time I had turned 30 years old I was ready
to make a change.
For years I wondered why it was taboo to talk conservative in our community. I was
taught that supporting any Republican you were considered a sellout. I begin to study harder on conservatism, the history of Black Republicans and Booker T. Washington. I was amazed on
what I saw. The killing thing was I have never heard of any of these things about Black Conservatism in college.
I begin to study the history of the Democratic Party and saw how racist it was. I reviewed
their values. I viewed my values and saw it was more aligned with the Republicans.
For years I was an independent voter. Then I realize that independent voters are people
who wait on the fence to see what is going to happen with the issues.
Therefore, I decided to become Republican. I am a different type of Republican. I am not passive on anything unlike Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and JC Watts. I am radical in my ideas and my views.
Condoloeeza Rice to me is not passive. She is aggressive but intelligent about what she does to help the security for all Americans.
I have never been a registered Democrat. I was just going along the ride because I saw
what other Black Nationalists were doing. I have less respect for the Democratic Party because
they elected Howard Dean to be the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The other
reason why I am a Republican is because of the political imbalance of Detroit and its surrounding
areas. Black people embraced the Democratic way of living so much that it has put us in a hole. I
strongly feel that political representation on both sides will help create balance in Metro Detroit.
More importantly, I saw how Black people in Detroit gave the current Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
another term in 2005. I realized that we were trapped in a race war with ourselves. I chose to be free.
I am free.
I saw how the Black Nationalists, socialists and other liberal blacks would dog a brother like Bishop Keith Butler and Dr. Creflo Dollar. What I realized was that successful black men are always viewed as not part of the struggle. I love to see black men and women succeed. But Black Nationalists cry about unity and then rape you blind with a whole lot of jargon.
The average Black Nationalist is hypocritical anyway.
I am free.
I strongly believe in spiritual and mental prosperity. It will eventually lead you to financial prosperity.
I am the executive director of One Detroit. One Detroit is a movement. It is not just a network but also a movement. It is geared toward those young professionals who are seeking empowerment and change. I want young, professional people to step out on faith and not have to live in the closet with their political viewpoints because they fear of being killed or harassed.
I love sisters like Zhe Clampitt (who runs the Redford Township Republicans) for her boldness and in-your-face attitude. I love sisters like Carmen Hodge, who is faced with enormous odds as the African American Outreach Coordinator of the Michigan Republican Party. Her strong faith in God has carried her over.
I love sisters like Tara J. Wall in DC who has no fear in telling the truth.
The point is we need to preach on black empowerment. Leave the 60s behind and build on a new reality. No longer we will hide in the closets. We are a new generation of African people.
We do not tolerate gay marriage, abortions or poverty. We accept educational options, marriage between man and woman and life.
It is a new day in Detroit and One Detroit will lead the way to victory.