Monday, July 02, 2007
The NAACP's Liberal Festival by Akindele Akinyemi
The NAACP will be having their liberal festival from July 7-12 here in Detroit, MI. Of course I will be on hand to give you a blow by blow description of how we are going out the world ass backwards.
If the NAACP EVER wants me to join their organization (which as long as they are against Black people on abortion, race and educational choice) they have to consider balancing out the political spectrum in Black America.
Let me keep this conversation real. The NAACP have said many things about Blacks and conservatism. Those in the NAACP smugly assume Blacks are monolithic and will by force of circumstances always huddle to the left of the political spectrum. The political Right watches this herd mentality in action, concedes that Blacks are monolithic, picks up a few dissidents, and wistfully shrugs at the seemingly unbreakable hold of the liberal left on Black Americans. But even in the face of this, a few dissidents like Tom Sowell, Star Parker and myself stand steadfast, refusing to give in to the cult mentality and childish obedience that hypnotize Black Americans into a mindless' political trance.
Many pundits have come along in recent years, who claim an understanding of why so many Blacks think right and vote left. They offer "the answer" to the problem of Blacks failing to respond favorably to conservatism. 1, for one, am not certain there is such a thing as "the answer." And, even if there is, I assure you I do not have it.
I have only my experiences and modest observations to offer. First, I may be somewhat of an oddity. My household, notwithstanding the myth fabricated by experts, was strong, stable, and and could be considered conservative. In fact, it was far more conservative than many who fashion themselves conservatives today. While I had begin to find myself through Black Nationalism and Islam at the turn of the 1990s God was central in my life. School, discipline, hard work, and knowing right from wrong were of the highest priority. Crime, welfare, slothfulness, and alcohol were enemies. But these were not issues to be debated by keen intellectuals, bellowed about by rousing orators, or dissected by pollsters and researchers. They were a way of life; they marked the path of survival and the escape route from squalor. Family Policy, Not Social Policy. Unlike today, we debated no one about our way of life--we lived it. I must add that my grandparents enforced the no-debate rule. There were a number of concerns I wanted to express. In fact, I did on a number of occasions at a great price. But then, I have always found a way to get in my two cents.
The NAACP, is anything, should reach out to their conservative brothers and sisters. Of course this will never happen because of the organization's lockstep with the Democratic Party.
They will march to bury the "n" word as well as talk about affirmative action and the Democratic Presidential candidates. No policy will be discussed to affect real change in our community.
So get ready for the NAACP's Liberal Festival beginning this Saturday, July 7, 2007.