More and more young blacks, many of my generation, are defecting from the democrat party and embracing the policies of the Republican Party. My husband and I left the democrat party in 2002 for many reasons. Being raised democrats we were taught that the democrats were FOR us and the republicans were AGAINST us. There were never any facts given to justify this assertion, only random accusations of racism, bigotry, homophobia, and greed. We started to think for ourselves more and more. We got fed up with the rhetoric and race baiting that we often found offensive, most of which came from white liberals. We got tired of being told that we were too stupid and too ignorant to be successful in life and that society was against us. We got tired of hearing that the "white man" was the enemy and that slavery was the cause of every social ill in the black community. We started asking ourselves the question, what have they done to earn our votes? We saw our democrat-led communities deteriorating as a result of violence, apathy, laziness, crime, immorality, lack of personal responsibility, a society of blame, and the destruction of the black family caused by the well-intentioned liberal "Great Society" of entitlement programs.
Being raised in the church, the foundation of the black community, we were conservative in our values i.e. pro-life, pro-military, proud of
The truth is we never could explain why we were democrats and why we held animosity towards the Republican Party. The JFK and FDR democrats were long gone. The era of victim hood for our people had ended. We had NO MORE EXCUSES for failure. We were tired of the blame game and social pimps like Jackson and Sharpton saying they represented us. We discovered there was a race business that thrived on creating angst, anger, hopelessness and victim hood. We wanted no part of it.
The democrat party had become extreme in our view. They had become anti-God, anti-life, anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-law enforcement, and in our opinion ANTI-SUCCESS. We found that the only way that the democrats kept our votes was to continually keep us emotional and uninformed; to convince us that there was no progress, no opportunity, and no hope without them. We found that the enemy of the liberal left was an informed, educated, optimistic black individual. We decided that we were the masters of our own destiny and believed that Martin Luther King was right when he said to "judge a man not by the color of their skin but the content of their character!"
The truth is that we didn't leave the democrat party, the democrat party left us.