Being a Visionary is challenging.
We are innately "prophetic" because we move based on what we see in the spirit or the mind; and our present actions work in lockstep with our faith.
In 2019, after launching the Conscious Conservative Movement using Twitter, I knew the vision entailed us making strides to reach more Black voters. I even knew we would bridge the racial gap between Conservatives and Black Culture.
But I didn't know the kind of impact the Movement would have nationwide. I certainly did not expect this vision to reach the heights of Washington D.C.
Whenever a Visionary takes another step of faith to see the original idea manifest, new strategies emerge to make the vision a reality. And in 2020, "Dual Domination" became one such strategy as I told Black voters, "This is how we must flex politically from now on."
(Note: This article was originally published in 2020 and reproduced in the groundbreaking work, Progressivism is NOT Charity.)
The Fifteen 20 Rise Formula: Why Evangelism Matters
I don't know why this is so, but my conservative activism has led me to several Conservatives who believe the Republican Party has no obligation or responsibility to evangelize in Black communities. Several on the base have argued that Black Americans need to come to the Party and show interest in it, despite both political agencies working to appeal to other demographics.
Such nonsense is one of the reasons I backed away from helping the base win, because I realized it is not ready for whatever "Blexit" it claims to be championing.
As with anything that must be sold, effective evangelism or persuasive communication strategies are necessary to win over any voting bloc. For example,
But Republicans will not evangelize to Black Americans. Yet, they insist Black Americans are "slaves on a plantation" for voting Democrat. A legitimate criticism is, "If you're not present in Black areas, how else are Black Americans supposed to vote for you?" But I suppose such logic is too deep for the GOP nationwide.
Since bringing my activism to Twitter in 2019, I'm proud to say I've seen more Conservative Candidates apply the lessons I (and other conscious influencers) have delivered. They recognized how the GOP's ridiculous marketing tactics have not work, and many have made adjustments themselves as they seek political offices in the local areas.
It's hard to scream at the general base when things are changing; and I can only expect more to follow in their footsteps as we seek to ensure conservatism remains the dominant ideology in America.
For this reason, I'd like to share what I call "The Fifteen 20 Rise Formula for Effective Outreach." After engaging in research and studying the political landscape via social media, it's clear that with a new approach to Black outreach, the conservative base will be prepared to welcome a new breed of Conscious Black Conservatives, who have the power to reach Black voters.
(Note: This lesson is a chapter in The Fifteen 20 Rise. It has been republished on the blog for your empowerment.)
Are there civil issues left to fight for?
If you take a moment to digest Sonnie Johnson's content, you hear her say repeatedly, "The Civil Rights Era is DEAD! Something else will fill the vacuum." And I would like to expound upon that statement here.
Most of us are familiar with the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. We are familiar with their grassroots, civil rights work and how their presence proved influential to Black Americans in some way.
In a former lesson, I taught why, for many folks, Sharpton is an icon because he brings Black stories to mainstream audiences. Like him or not, if a Black mother witnesses the police brutalizing her son, she can count of Sharpton to give that story attention.
Jackson and Sharpton are just examples of what we mean by Civil Rights Era politics: the idea that Black Americans continue to strive for civil liberties that other Americans exercise freely.
And we have to ask ourselves, is there any civil issue left to fight for? Are Black Americans still fighting for the rights to life, liberty, and happiness? Are Black Americans still considered second-class citizens in this country? Are Black Americans overwhelmingly confronted with overt racism that prevents them from achieving success?
Some folks would argue, "Yes," and if you follow the ADOS Movement, they will deliver tangible issues that still must be addressed.
But for those of us on the other side of this fight, we must ask, "What are we fighting for?"
We aren't fighting to sit in the front of the bus. We aren't asking to sit in the same restaurants as White people. We aren't asking for the right to vote.
So, what is the purpose of today's Black Conservative Movements? What causes are we fighting? And what are the results we desire?
Certainly if you turn to the mainstream punditry class, who -- again -- hate reading history books, you would see the goal is simply to get Black voters to vote Republican.
Now, they will pretend like that isn't the goal, but it is. They lie to the public because they know the public reads at an elementary level. They say whatever they want to the public just to get buy-in. Mainstream Conservatives have one mission, and that is to keep in power the folks who are already present. Anything to maintain Lily White-ism.
But if you turn to the grassroots Black Conservative Movements, you will see something different. I'm talking about movements like Hotep Nation, Empower America, and Conscious Black Conservatism. These works have no desire to pander Republicanism to Black voters. Instead, we focus on values and what they bring to our communities at large. Very rarely do you hear us speak about the same Civil Rights issues that Progressives push, that is unless we need to teach history to explain current events.
But every movement has a motive. Every movement seeks outcomes. And with the rise in this newer political space, younger leaders are asking for more than Civil Rights Era politics.
Colorblind Black Republicans vs. Conscious Black Conservatives: Why We Are Better Than Our Cousins When It Comes to Defeating Progressivism
"I'm not Black. I'm American." Translation: "I'm not one of THOSE Black Negros. I am just like you, White Conservative Americans."
There's a statement circulating the conservative space that seems to resonate well among White Conservatives.
The notion that Black Conservatives are, in fact, not Black but rather simply Americans.
It's an ironic statement given the fact these Black Conservatives KNOW they are different. They KNOW they are Black. But they don't want White Conservatives to feel threatened or intimated by their Blackness.
So, they make these stupid statements to ease any possible "racial" tension.
Back in 2016, when I first entered the public political scene (not by choose, of course), I noticed how prevalent this statement was among the base.
I found it to be foolish, especially because we can CLEARLY see just how "Black" a Black Conservative is. And yet, White Conservatives continued cheering as more and more of these Black faces denounced their Blackness while telling their Conservative cousins, "It's OK to be White."
To an outsider, it's no wonder the general Black community call these Black faces "Uncle Toms" or sellouts.
But don't use those monikers towards these Black Conservatives, because the White base will come to the rescue to defend their "Good Negro."
You might be thinking, "Coach, those are really harsh statements. Why would you say things like that?"
And my answer is simple: Because it's the truth.
In fact, it's historically accurate and reveals a common trend among certain Black Republicans in the conservative base who feel the incessant need to be "colorless" for the sake of not offending White Conservatives.
Well, you know me.
If an offense is needed to push people out of their comfort zone, I will do it.
And in 2019, I launched the Conscious Black Conservative Movement as an all-out attack against the colorblind crowd for their hypocrisy and overt attempts to prevent effective Black Outreach and the true alliance.
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