It seems everywhere we look...
...new Conservative voices are rising up each day, "coming out of the closet" in what appears to be a revolution happening among Black Americans.
For decades now, Democrats have held what I call a political monopoly over Black voters; but now the tide is shifting.
The traditional narrative is being challenged.
"Free thinking" is slowly but surely becoming the norm.
And there is no end in sight.
What is the cause of this change?
And what will this mean for future elections, especially as more Black Conservatives continue to spread their messages across social media platforms and the nation?
Conservatism among Black Americans is not a New Thing
It may surprise you (and frankly, most Americans) that adopting and living by conservative values is not a new concept for Black Americans.
In my book, The Fifteen 20 Rise, I analyze the historical progression of conservative values among Black people in this country from the time of slavery up until the present.
Conservative values stem from one's belief in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Conservatives believe in limited government, in free market or capitalism, and in having the choice to decide what is best for our children's education.
More than that, Conservatives are champions of free, independent thinking. We love it, because we understand that such mental freedom allows us to create opportunities for ourselves, regardless of our past experiences, our ethnic background, and even our current financial status.
Conservative values align with a Biblical worldview and the principles the Word teaches...principles that ensure spiritual, mental, emotional, and financial freedom when applied consistently.
Conservative values foster wholesome families based on God's original intent for marriage.
In truth, conservative values have been and will always be American values.
But over the last few decades, one would think the majority of Black Americans have no such values, especially when more than 90% of this population continually vote for politicians who create and enforce laws that work directly against their communities.
Let's tackle abortion, for example.
Since 1973, 19 million babies have been aborted by Black women.
That's 19,000,000 tiny humans!
As it stands, Black Americans comprise 13% of the US population (roughly 42,000,000 Americans). But with the rise in abortion rates in our low-income neighborhoods, our population has been drastically cut; and such legal genocide, which is what I call the abortion industry, cannot be blamed solely on the KKK, neo-Nazis, or any White American altogether!
The killing of innocent Black babies is the result of Black women making the choice to have abortions as a type of birth control method or "women's health," and I know of what I speak.
Democrats have always been about population control and extinction.
If it's not removing Native Americans from their homes via the Trail of Tears, then it's using a politically-charged, racist group like the KKK to lynch Black Americans.
And if it's not legalized lynchings that are destroying Black Americans, then it's the Democratic-controlled Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics that condition Black women to see their pregnancies as a threat to their health.
Democratic ideology (at its core) reveals that in order for one group to excel, another group must be crushed.
It is no wonder, then, that Democrats once enacted laws that prevented Black Americans from exercising their rights as citizens.
Today, it's no wonder that Democrats legalize the brutal killing of innocent Black babies in the womb to control the masses.
In truth, nothing about the Democratic ideology has changed.
It has simply taken on new faces for its movement.
Is Conservatism among Black Americans Here to Stay?
So, is the rise in conservatism simply a new trend? Is it just a fad that will dwindle over time? Is it just passing by like every other movement that seems to come and go throughout history?
In my own experience, I've had Liberals, both Black and White, tell me that Black Conservatives like myself are a joke, an "Uncle Tom," and a sell-out. They argue that people don't take us seriously because we are trying to "appeal to the White man" for acceptance and approval.
Liberals have and always will think little of intellectual, "uppity" Black people, not because we are strange, but because we don't subscribe to their controlling narrative, to their limited views of what a Black person should be and think.
That's why I contend that not only is this revolution on the rise, but it is also here to stay.
Black Americans are becoming more cognizant of the true nature of the Democratic Party and its ideology, which espouses liberalism and socialism to the fullest.
It's no longer just about the Party's history of racism, discrimination, bigotry, and lynching. Many are simply tired of the same-old, same-old.
They are tired of the lies, the false promises, the "hot sauce in my purse" rhetoric that politicians have used for decades to win our votes.
Today, more and more Black Americans are learning to think for themselves, to think freely, to be associated with the conservative movement, which for decades has been considered a racist thing.
The truth is, being conservative is simply being American.
But our conservative movement is not without its own flaws.
Flaws in the Conservative Movement
If you follow me on Twitter Class, then you know I often speak about the hypocrisy from both sides of the political spectrum.
At times, my views and opinions seem too liberal for some Conservatives.
And then most of the time, my opinions are too conservative for most (well, all) Liberals.
This is deliberate on my part.
Because I'm a free thinker. I speak based on my conscience, which is focused on spiritual matters.
When I talk about prison reform, the welfare system, free market, and other areas, I am reflecting on what the Word of God teaches us concerning such matters.
I remember a time when I shared my views concerning the American prison system. I argued that our criminal justice system has historical ties to bigotry, discrimination, and racism, a topic which many Conservatives found to be uncomfortable.
I shared that when it comes to those who are incarcerated, it's the poor people who are at a disadvantage, whether White or Black.
I provided ample evidence to support my claim, using historical documents to validate my assertions.
But to some Conservatives, those facts didn't matter.
They simply heard, "ties to racism," and immediately called me "too liberal."
Discussing history, analyzing the facts, and presenting the truth about our current prison system was "too liberal."
This is just one example of the many issues I find within the Conservative camp.
Most Conservatives don't want to talk about issues that are important to people, to most Black Americans. They want to slide by history, ignoring any traces of its gross past, while telling people to "move on" without giving credence to their present stories.
They want every Conservative to speak to the same talking points that mainstream media outlets want to address, like Black-on-Black crime and the rise of single motherhood in our communities. In other words, they want Black Conservatives like myself to "stay in our lane" by only talking what they want to hear.
And well, I'm not the one!
Many Conservatives love when I and other Black Americans discuss such talking points, because they appeal to the wider audience of Conservatives (mostly White Americans).
But these same Conservatives don't want to talk about the poor, the homeless, the disenfranchised. They don't want us to point out the issues on our side, "Just stick to what we tell you to say."
To these Conservatives, I ask, "Aren't we free thinkers?"
Again, I'm not the one! I say what needs to be said, when it needs to be said, because I'm focused on empowering the people who need it the most.
Yes, in this country, anyone can succeed.
But it is true that some people are born into a life of privilege that others do not experience. That privilege puts them on a better and easier path that leads to success.
And I'm not talking about white privilege (that's a convoluted discussion for another lesson).
I'm talking about economic privilege, which Americans from all ethnic backgrounds experience.
For example, my sister and I were raised in a middle-class family. By all accounts, we were considered rich by our extended family members and friends.
Sister and I attended private schools for the better part of our lives. We lived in the newest development in our city. My parents earned a nice six-figure salary, and it wasn't uncommon for us to purchase new cars whenever my mother or father wanted to.
I was born into privilege, and because of that privilege, I made choices that led to a successful life.
I never knew the words "Democrat" or "liberal" until I entered college at age 18. I never knew about the welfare state until after I became pregnant with my daughter, Aaliyah, at age 27.
Felecia Killings was born and lived in privilege for most of her entire life.
But my experience is not the same for many Americans.
So, as a Conservative, a Believer, a Survivor, and an Educator, it's my responsibility to address issues that I see as a plague against other folks.
Throughout my life, the Lord has walked me through numerous experiences, painful, gut-wrenching, life-threatening experiences that exposed me to what other people encounter on a daily basis.
That's how He's always been with me. That's how He's trained me long before I began walking in my calling fully, because His purpose is that I minister to people in those same situations.
How else can I relate to the falsely accused, the victims of sexual assaults, the poor, the mentally and spiritually weak, and the tired and broken unless I have felt their pain and lived their experiences?
I often tell my audience and students that our experiences give us a clear indication as to whom we are called to minister and serve.
And my experiences, especially over the last ten years, has given me a first-hand glimpse of what it's like to be in another person's shoe.
I've learned first-hand the trials and difficulty of trying to prove one's innocence when the criminal justice and public educational systems want you to be guilty, despite one's impeccable career and character.
I've learned first-hand what it's like to lose everything and to have to rebuild again.
I've learned first-hand what it's like to experience the emotional toll poverty has on a person's mind and turning to the government for help and support, especially when the Church does nothing to provide services to its members.
I've learned this because I experienced it personally.
And while I have been able to witness God's delivering power in my life, millions of Americans have no knowledge about Him and what He can do for them.
What better way of reaching those people than for them to hear from someone who has experienced similar traumas and has emerged unscathed, simply because she has learned to apply God's principles and conservatism to her life!
Unfortunately, too many Conservatives have not encountered some of the situations that some Black Americans endure on a collective front.
Do their experiences negate that of these Black Americans? Are their voices not valid simply because most Conservatives today do not encounter those trials?
The truth is this current Conservative movement lacks the ability to effectively communicate with Black Americans; and because of this, Democrats pounce on every opportunity to say what Black Americans want to hear and say.
And each time they do, Democrats win the Black votes overwhelmingly, only to continue creating policies that work against individual success.
If we want to reach more Black voters with conservative values, then we must do more as Conservatives.
We must be willing to talk the issues, to share our stories, to develop solutions, and to encourage Black Americans to vote their conservative conscience, no matter what.
How else will we see the change our communities need?
Let's face it.
Thanks to some outspoken Conservative voices, more Black Americans are becoming increasingly vocal in expressing their ties to conservatism.
But the "famous" Black Conservative pundits are simply the faces.
They aren't the movement, and the movement did not start with them.
We can't speak about conservatism among Black Americans without giving honor to those who began the #WalkAway movement long before it became a social media powerhouse.
Some people may be the "celebrities" of the current conservative movement during the Trump Era, but they aren't the history nor the grass-root struggle behind it.
They may be willing to speak to predominantly White audiences and deal with people on that front, but you may rarely see them addressing Black intellectuals at predominantly Black institutions who are loyal to Democrats.
They are the face of Black Conservatism for mainstream audiences while other Black Conservatives like myself will take to the trenches to provide grassroots work right inside our communities alongside other (political and non-political) groups who are completing phenomenal work.
There are those of us who aren't afraid of the conflict. We aren't intimidated by the backlash. We aren't scared to go to predominantly Black churches, colleges, businesses, and neighborhoods where we can speak directly with the people.
We aren't afraid to talk the problems they want to address and to provide solutions TOGETHER based on the values we all hold dear.
This is what will give rise to conservative politics among Black Americans during the Trump Era.
You may never see most of our faces on FOX news or other mainstream outlets, but you will hear about us among the people because we are willing to listen and to develop solutions with the people.
No, you will never see us abandon our truest convictions, which are based on the Bible and conservative values. But we understand that there is a way to address Black Americans, a way that leaves no room for condemnation and belittling.
We are committed to the cause of making America great again for all Americans. That means enjoying the free market, embracing traditional values, adhering to Biblical principles, and so much more.
This will happen among Black Americans during the Trump Era, but only when more Conservatives are willing to go where the people are.
The Movement Has a Name
It's easy for Black Conservatives (or those pretending to be ones) to build a platform, a reputation, and a name for themselves, especially on social media.
As with so many movements, you will find charlatans who will present themselves to the virtual world in hopes of garnering a crowd.
These people love the attention but lack the wherewithal to actually make a difference.
This is another critique I have concerning this quickly-growing movement.
But I am also encouraged, not because I see more Black Americans on mainstream media outlets defending conservatism.
No, I'm encouraged because God is giving some of us the drive, the heart, and the determination to speak directly with our own communities so we help them manifest their greatness.
This movement has many names, but at FeleciaKillings.org, we call it The Fifteen 20 Rise and Conscious Black Conservatism. We are determined to see 15-20% of Black Americans voting for Conservative candidates in 2020 and beyond.
We want this, not so Black Americans become blindly loyal to the Republican Party, which I would never support.
Instead, we are doing this so we break the political stronghold the Democrats have over our communities, which continue to harm rather than help.
#TheFifteen20Rise and #ConsciousBlackConservatism are branches of the larger Conservative Movement, and its mission is to help Conservatives develop more effective communication strategies that help them reach Black voters with our messages.
Not only that, but we train our evangelists to not only speak to Black voters well, but to work with them collectively to develop solutions to the issues most Black Americans find disheartening.
This is the key to our success. This is the solution to winning the cultural war.
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