Back in 2016, when I first began expressing my conservative beliefs on social media, I was met with hostility and praise.
On one hand, white conservatives (and a sprinkle of black ones) loved seeing another black face within the overall conservative movement.
On the other hand, I dealt with backlash from black people who saw my conservative affiliation as a threat to black progress.
This is often the experience of nearly all black conservatives who express their political affiliation publicly; and it's no wonder why some black conservatives have sought to fight against the backlash by intensifying their support for such beliefs, politics, and leaders (i.e. Trump).
For some people -- especially many of my former scholars who follow me on social media -- they couldn't understand why I would engage in such "betrayal."
After all, I spent years in the public school system, fighting against racial discrimination and unfair policy practices. I was known as the advocate for students, despite what past media articles would have you believe. (That, of course, is a story for another day.) And it bothered them to see me "siding with the oppressors."
Over the last three years, I had to contend with my followers that my willingness to fight for black people emerged from my conservative principles; that without these values and principles, I would have never achieved success; that without spiritual conservatism, I would not be here today.
In essence, for any black person NOT to be conservative seems counterproductive to genuine progress. Yet, after spending months engaged in research and social media engagement, I can see why black Americans resist the conservative base.
That's a problem, and unless the base and the Republican Party reform, they will find themselves completely irrelevant within the next coming decades (especially as this country becomes a minority-majority).
This is not something I or other conscious black conservatives want to see. We love conservatism and want to see more leaders representing such values. So, in this lesson, I want to explore this topic in detail.
More specifically, I want to teach you about this new wave of conscious conservatism from a black perspective. I want to show you, Beloved, how the conscious black conservative movement (an extension of the original, authentic black conservative movement) will revolutionize our communities and the political discourse.
More importantly, such a movement is the answer for black Americans who want to see their most marginalized communities thrive -- socially, culturally, and politically.
Now, let's dive into the lesson.
Conscious Black Conservatism: We are NOT the Same as Mainstream Black Conservatism
Let me begin this teaching with an understanding of conscious black conservatism, a term I coined after launching The Fifteen 20 Rise Movement.
Conscious black conservatism is based on the belief that spiritual laws and principles guide our human behavior and interaction. As humans, we conserve these truths and implement these values in culture, society, and politics. While we are similar to other conservatives in our philosophical views, conscious black conservatives demonstrate how conservatism manifests through the lived, unique experiences of black Americans, past and present.
A few months ago, I coined the phrase, "talking-point prophets." Quite often, you'll hear me use biblical jargon to describe current events, because I know most of my audience consists of Conservative Believers. And sometimes the best way to deliver revelation is to use vernacular they're accustomed to.
When speaking of talking-point prophets, I refer to the mainstream Right-wing pundits (black or white) who spew rhetoric told to them by their "gods." In the same way YahWeh delivers a word to His prophets, even so, these pundits regurgitate talking points delivered by the elites.
Let me give you a few examples of the talking-point messages:
Those are just a few pointers.
Now, much can be said about the knowledge these talking-point prophets present. The information presented is factual. They give statistical data to support their assertions. They ensure their opinions are validated by numbers. So, to an outsider (who doesn't understand the way manipulation works), these data seem harmless and even helpful.
But to understand how communication works, we need only study the law of causation, or for Believers, the law of sowing and reaping. Here's what I mean.
For every cause, there is an effect. In the case of this topic, for every black conservative who preaches the negative black talking point (without presenting a solution), conservatives are instantly conditioned to see black people negatively.
Here's another example: For every time black conservatives call black people "slaves on a political plantation" -- a phrase they would NEVER ascribe to any other ethnic group -- the effect is further outrage among black Americans and ultimately their resistance to conservatism.
And there you have it, Beloved: cause and effect.
This is what happens repeatedly in media, and these talking points have become the Right's marketing methodology for decades. If Right-wing pundits continually push negative statistics and dogma about black people, the general public come to see black people poorly. Let me provide some data to support my assertions.
Below is a tweet I gathered from a recent discussion I had in my Twitter Class. You will notice this response comes from his understanding of how black people are represented by Right-wing media; and because they tune into these pundits, the immediate perception is negative.
Now, when I point out the hypocrisy of the Right, a lot of white conservatives become defensive and accuse me of being a Democrat, a Liberal, or a Trump Troll. They have no idea they're dealing with a conscious black conservative, who is more familiar with conservatism than them. In fact, the majority of black Americans are more conservative in their beliefs than white conservatives realize.
Black Americans have a strong belief system rooted in Christianity. Black Americans understand and appreciate economic conservatism. Black Americans embrace traditional families.
It's only in some portions of the overall black community that we see abject poverty, violence, hostility, and broken families.
But Right-wing pundits don't highlight black excellence. Sure, they may bring on Dr. Ben Carson occasionally, or give a shout out to Condi Rice. But they don't highlight predominantly black communities that are thriving economically and socially. They don't show images of actual black communities that are swarming with black millionaires (like in the Atlanta metropolitan). They don't show my Beloved white conservatives these images, because it takes away from their narrative that black people are "slaves on a plantation."
Conscious black conservatives, one may argue, come from a vastly different angle. Regardless of our various economic backgrounds, this breed of conservatives have one thing in mind: black empowerment via conservatism.
As I share in Twitter Class, there are those of us who specialize in various categories of conservatism; but ultimately, we use our power and influence to impact black people who desire a better way.
While mainstream black conservatives abuse their power by belittling black people with their talking points (because they never present solutions except, "Vote Republican"), conscious black conservatives say, "I'm here to help you, here's how."
The essence of conscious black conservatism is consciousness itself. In other words, this movement focuses on awareness and mental power, which has the might to deliver anyone from any circumstance.
Black mainstream conservatives do not ascribe to this belief, for they train their audience to believe that voting Republican will solve black people's mental problems. Thus, they continue telling black people they are mental slaves for voting Democrat; and the only way to be "free" is to vote Red.
(Is this too deep for you, Beloved? Are you seeing how the manipulation and abuse works?)
Let's move forward by defining consciousness: "Consciousness: the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes" (merriam-webster.com).
For now, this will be the working definition for the conscious black conservative movement.
Consciousness involves higher-level thinking. It's a state of being that transcends average thinking and behavior. Conscious people are those who seem "eccentric" or "out of this world," mostly because our thought process stems from an out-of-this-world, spiritual experience.
Now, I don't want you to think strangely of what I say here, Beloved. I simply want you to understand why some leaders appear to be exceptional when, in truth, they are simply conscious.
One of the primary examples I use to describe this phenomenon is Yeshua. If there's anyone who knew His purpose, it was Him. Only a fully conscious man would allow Himself to be beaten, battered, shamed, and crucified for "a joy set before Him" (Hebrews 12:2). Only a man who was fully aware of His essence or being could stand in the face of opposition (religious leaders, death) and still endure it to fulfill His calling (resurrection, reconciling man with God).
Consciousness, Beloved, is the highest power man can obtain; and for those of us who are Believers, we derive such consciousness from Heaven.
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A Kingdom-Minded Approach is What Empowers People
When asked about my philosophical foundation, I tell my followers, "I gather my knowledge and wisdom from Ruach Elohim (the Holy Spirit). I receive my practical teachings from Yeshua's ministry."
For me, it is important I give credit to the One responsible for delivering the revelation and truth I have today, truth which is made available to all who believe.
When I read the Scriptures (from this conscious state), I see the Bible as a spiritual guide -- full of enlightenment and empowerment -- and an historical compilation. For me, the Bible is the most powerful resource ANY person can use to transform his life.
When a person has a relationship with Ruach Elohim, that person becomes almost super-human. (Bear with me, Beloved, as I attempt to describe through metaphors the power of this relationship.) And when one applies the principles Ruach Elohim teaches, anything is possible. We read the evidence of this statement in the Gospels.
Within Yeshua's ministry, He focused on the Kingdom of God, the heavenly government that makes all things prosperous. According to Romans 14:17, the Kingdom consists of righteousness, peace, and joy in Ruach Elohim. In other words, anything that aligns with ...
... these are byproducts of the Kingdom of God. As the Scriptures teach us, "Every good and perfect gift come from above" (James 1:17).
For those of us who are Kingdom-minded or whose consciousness reflects the nature of God's Kingdom, we simply think on things at a higher level; and we view earthly matters vastly different than the average, "unconscious" person.
Viewing Racism and Oppression through the Lens of Black Empowerment & Consciousness
Conscious black conservatives are a different breed within the general conservative movement. We see our history in the United States from a different lens, not negating the evil forces working against mankind, but understanding we are "more than conquerors in Yeshua" (Romans 8:37).
Let's take the topic of racism, oppression, and the like.
More often than not, when confronted with mainstream black conservatives, you will hear such rhetoric like, "racism doesn't exist" or "racism is not a problem for black people today." In other words, this body of conservatives negates the lived experiences of people today who actually encounter overt racism, whether on the job, in local businesses, or even in politics.
Mainstream black conservatives, while their "intentions" may be "noble," they, in fact, do a disservice to the people they claim to want to reach.
By telling such people that their stories, their experiences, and their obstacles are invalid, nonexistent, or a figment of their imagination. Such black conservatives will even push this message to highly-successful black people, often insulting their intelligence.
Let me use my own example. Growing up, my father raised Sister and I within a conservative home. Yet, while we had this strong upbringing, my father never once lied to us and said racism didn't exist.
In fact, I listened as my father told me stories about his experience as a Black male preacher within the Foursquare denomination. I remember him telling me about preachers like Jack Hayford, who admitted to being a racist in one conference; and how leaders like Hayford despised touching black people. (He would wipe his hands after giving a hand-shake to a black person. And I'll never forget this story, because when I was just a little girl, I shook Hayford's hand after meeting him for the first -- and last -- time.)
To outsiders -- despite our conservative beliefs -- my family was still black. Even though we shared the same beliefs and served the same Lord, we were still black; and to some individuals, our blackness connoted inferiority. Now, is my story invalid simply because the talking-point prophets say so? Certainly not.
BUT such racist rhetoric and behavior did not control the way I viewed myself; and I have to thank my father for instilling this confidence in me early on.
This is why I contend conscious black conservatives are a different breed within the general conservative movement. We don't deny racism. Every single one of us, whether directly or indirectly, experienced racism.
But it's the way in which we handle racism that makes us unique.
Lower-level thinkers see racism as a brute force that makes it impossible for black people to succeed.
Conscious black thinkers see racism as a mountain that can be conquered, thus making us greater and stronger.
In fact, the bigger the offense, the mightier we become, because we understand another spiritual truth: "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit" (Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich).
When I view Black history, I don't see slaves (alone). I see people who conquered and subdued "kingdoms" (racist systems) and toppled them using a power only available to the conscious; and if they could endure their tribulation, surely I can destroy the thing that tries to destroy me today.
Conscious Black Conservatism Will Do a Far Better Job Reconciling Racial Relations Now and Beyond
Whenever I discuss black conservatism, I am met with the "Colorblind" crowd, who insist I ignore being black while embracing "true Americanism."
To such folks, I respond, "I love being black. I love black people. And, no, I will not subscribe to the racist colorblind phenomenon."
As I've shared with Twitter Class, the "colorblind prophets" want conservatives to ignore people's unique American experience (which is unfortunately based on race), while celebrating Americanism, which is essentially white culture. (I will teach more about that last statement and the colorblind phenomenon in another lesson.)
For the scholars in my Twitter Class, I teach them to reject this dogma and to celebrate our God-given differences.
In other words, don't ignore black people and think you're doing the conservative movement a service. It actually has the opposite effect and causes more hostility.
Quite often, many white conservatives are bothered by "black anything," because for decades, they've been battered (like an abused spouse) by the racist narrative. They're trying earnestly to fight against it, but they continue to lose.
And truth be told, Right-wing pundits want conservatives to lose; and here's what I mean.
By conditioning conservatives to ignore black people's essence, Right-wing pundits "unintentionally" increase the racial divide.
Black people don't want to be ignored. Black people don't want other groups to be celebrated for their cultural differences while having their own dismissed. Black people openly reject this, and so do I.
I teach my Twitter Class that when the racist narrative is thrown at them, dominate that talking point, not by becoming defensive, but by showing up and demonstrating love towards the people. After all, "Love conquers all."
I teach my audience, "Don't use the colorblind rhetoric that was fed to you. Instead, express your love and appreciation for people. Learn from one another. Share stories. And then find common ground based on conservatism. In that moment, you will have conquered the racist narrative and gained a brother/sister."
This is just one example of how conscious black conservatism will do more for reconciling racial relations. It starts with love, and then it moves into communicating effectively with people based on storytelling. The glue (for many of us) will be our love for conservatism and the desire to see each person prosper.
Notice how this is not the message being presented to you by mainstream black conservatives, because their "job" is to push more division under the guise of "colorblind unity." Worse yet, their only solution to the people is, "Just Vote Republican, and all will be well." (But conscious black conservatives see right through the deception and seduction.)
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Conscious Black Conservatism is a Movement for All Willing to Embrace the Mission and the Message
Quite often, when dealing with movements or issues unique to certain groups, one question often emerges: Can anyone, including White people, join?
And I imagine this is a question I will receive repeatedly as I take The Fifteen 20 Rise and the Conscious Black Conservative Message across the country.
The simple answer to this question: Yes. Anyone can be a part of it.
But there is one caveat: Anyone who joins or participates must come with an open mind and a heart that's willing to learn.
My platform is one based on education and empowerment. I don't do the talking point narratives, because they provide nothing substantial to our communities. I don't engage in debates with humans who don't have the wherewithal to read books, ask intelligent questions, or bring something constructive to the table.
I don't tolerate belittling of people groups. I welcome discussions black Americans want to address while presenting conservative solutions WITH the people. If I find an issue to be racist or prejudicial, I call it out. If we want to address reparations, black entrepreneurship, or whatever, we discuss and we mobilize where necessary.
While certain individuals (white Americans, for example) may not have the exact experiences as black people, they can come to learn more about their fellow American brothers or sisters by joining our movement.
Where Do Conscious Black Conservatives Fit within the Political Discourse?
Politics is a byproduct of what we engage in as a result of our consciousness. In other words, based on our worldview and framework, we raise up our own community leaders, train them in the principles, connect them with conscious political leaders, empower them for effective public service, and help fund their campaigns.
Just as we see the Body of Christ functioning with various parts, we believe we can raise up leaders who reflect our values and will use their positions to impact our communities at the local, state, and national level.
With regards to the two-party system, we aim to reform the Republican Party, especially at the local level. While we would never criticize other black people for voting Democrat (by calling them slaves), we believe black people (especially conservatives and moderates) should be fully represented within the Republican Party, which stands as the conservative platform.
I will say this: While conscious black conservatives are looking to reclaim the Republican Party, we will not "compel" black voters to vote Republican until the Party has reformed or (at minimum) we find a Republican representative who genuinely represents the people. (In that case, we would urge such voters to throw their support to that person.)
Ultimately, we seek to provide a politically-equitable discourse within our communities, giving voters options for selecting political representatives who will serve in their best interests. And over time, we will eventually see equal representation within the Democratic and Republican Parties, forcing each one to compete for our votes. (Thus fulfilling the mission of The Fifteen 20 Rise.)
Conscious Black Conservatism: A New Political Empire for Black Americans
At the beginning of this lesson, you read that conscious black conservatism is a new political empire for black Americans; and as you remain connected to this movement and message, you'll come to see why.
As conscious black conservatives, we are no longer asking for permission to sit at the Republican table, begging for a moment to express our needs.
Instead, we're coming for the whole table that once belonged to us.
The Republican Party today has abandoned black people (despite modern conservatives testifying they are Lincoln's Party). They have done so to cater to an audience of white conservatives and evangelicals, many who want nothing to do with black people's experiences. (I teach more about this issue in the book, The Fifteen 20 Rise.)
Today's Party does not include black voices, even if it has 3 or 4 black faces. Today's Party believes the general conservative public wants to hold onto the Old Guard, when in fact, I've observed far more conscious white conservatives who are eager to see authentic black leadership (i.e. conscious black conservatives) within their Party.
Conscious black conservatives understand we have a long road ahead of us; but we are committed to reforming the Party so that it fully represents the people (black, white, and everyone in between). This is the legacy of black people in America: one of tragedy and triumph. Whenever a cultural, social, or political reform manifested, black people were on the front lines.
This movement is no different today.
A new breed is here, Beloved. Another awakening is among us. We are prepared to bring revival and reformation in our communities and nation.
And together, we will create a new day and a new empire for generations to come.
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