We've come a long way, Beloveds, since 2016.
In all my voting life, I've never witnessed such political outrage, confusion, disruption, and turmoil. It's funny that in a sphere were order and progress should be the norm, instead we are experiencing more hostility.
But I suppose that's the nature of politics. When mankind operates contrary to the spiritual laws that are designed to improve human behavior and interaction, we reap consequences we do not desire.
Politics is certainly a game of chess, not checkers.
Strategies, tact, fortitude, and will power work at the core. People who know how to think critically and creatively find themselves actively engaged behind-the-scenes to ensure the republic remains steadfast.
And while the leaders at the top handle their business, those of us on the ground find ourselves in a similar battle to win the heart and soul of the people.
Isn't it interesting that when Yeshua walked the earth, He set out to expand YahWeh's kingdom among the people. He did not establish a throne or government of His own. He did not plead with the Roman Empire to change its ways so the people would thrive.
He went directly to the people Himself and declared, "The Kingdom of God is here."
If you've followed my political activism for a while, Beloved, you know how important kingdom principles are to my movements and my teachings. Without the Spirit, we will not witness this great revival and national reformation, which was promised to us 100+ years ago. We cannot expect to see massive, empowerment movements unless the Spirit give them life.
We must be ever ready to receive this power if we expect the next generation to hold fast to the principles that have resulted in our success.
And if Conservatives are willing to pay attention, they will discover that the solutions are found in 3 political movements sweeping the Twitter-Verse.
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Now, before we jump into today’s lesson, let me get some things off my chest. This week was ripe with political nonsense and social media outrage. So, I want to give my commentary on the latest.
And now, this brings me to the main lesson for today’s episode. I would be remiss if I spilled all my tea without giving us some way of cleaning up the mess that conservatives continue leaving behind. It would be irresponsible of me to express my frustrations without delivering some type of solutions for us to ponder.
So, for this lesson, I want to discuss with you 3 prominent movements sweeping Twitter-Sphere and why Conservatives must pay attention.
The Rise in Black Political Movements on Social Media
Every movement begins with those whose minds and hearts are consumed with the spirit. According to recent study, "Today, a larger share of African Americans than whites say they are Christian. And, of all major U.S. racial and ethnic groups, blacks are the most likely to identify as Protestant" (Pew Research).
According to another study, "More than half of black people in the U.S. (54%) – both Christian and non-Christian – say they read the Bible or other holy scripture at least once a week outside of religious services, compared with 32% of whites and 38% of Hispanics, according to data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study. Indeed, relatively few black people (24%) say they seldom or never read the Bible, compared with 50% of whites and 40% of Hispanics." (Pew Research).
For the majority of Black Americans, the idea of separating our faith from our politics is incomprehensible. We need only look at the Scriptures or other holy texts to see how one's convictions in social, political, and economic affairs directly correlate with our ideas of how God sees mankind.
For this reason, when you study Black History and former Black Empowerment Movements, Black leaders focused on spiritual laws and truths, not necessarily religion.
"Do unto others what you would have done to you" serves as one major spiritual principle; and such a truth motivated leaders to fight for the rights of themselves and their people against aggressive, oppressive forces in the American government.
Today, we witness a similar, spiritual awakening and movement among Black Americans in the conservative sphere. And if White Conservatives, who comprise the bulk of the base, pay attention to these movements, we will see our values remain the dominant ideology in American society.
Conscious Black Conservatism
In October 2018, I launched The Fifteen 20 Rise teaching to my conservative audience on Facebook. The premise taught them that there were more effective methods for reaching Black voters if they were willing to do things God's way.
The message was met with hostility, to say the least. Conservatives, especially the Black ones, did not like the teachings. They wanted to hold fast to their dehumanizing rhetoric and out-of-context statistics, which produced narratives that repelled Black voters. I told them such actions would stifle our black conservative movement and diminish our political impact.
Today, on social media, we are witnessing this failure.
Almost a year after launching this teaching, I launched a new movement called Conscious Black Conservatism. The mission is to create social, political, and economic empires for Black Americans. After experiencing major backlash on Facebook, I took this social media movement to Twitter, and it caught fire.
I recently wrote a lesson that describes the essence of Conscious Black Conservatism:
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.
When asked about the specific agenda of Conscious Black Conservatism, the answer is simple: Our agenda is Heaven's agenda.
We seek only to empower rising leaders to accept their call and assignment, and to identify the message and mission they are called to release. If a person in our network feels led to address the abortion rates in the Black community, we equip her with the spiritual and practical tools needed to launch that movement.
If someone feels led to tackle school choice in Black communities, we equip him with the same spiritual laws and practical lessons that will make his assignment a success. (Such teachings are housed inside The Foundation's online school, LiyahAmore University.)
We teach our network that their words have power to create or destroy life. We teach them how their stories, no matter how bleak or scandalous, can be turned into a ministry or movement of deliverance. We believe strongly that each person has a part or share in this great kingdom work.
While most people in the conservative space argue I am the leader of the movement, I am not.
I am simply the voice that delivered the message. I am the "instructor" who has reignited or re-infused spiritual insight into this black conservative movement. But I am just one voice. There are many.
Conscious Black Conservatism is an over-arching ideology that infuses itself in the daily lives of Black Americans. It teaches us that we are a part of a collective body, a people group who have the same mindset focused on success and empowerment.
We adamantly reject the victim-mentality, not because it's a part of the overall conservative message, but because the victim mentality is self-inflicted oppression.
We preach self-governance, because history has shown that the American government has no intentions on treating ALL Black Americans as equal citizens in this country.
We preach economic conservatism or the free market, because we see how each person's gift is a valuable asset to the collective and should thus be rewarded.
We preach spiritual laws, because we understand how man's mind can easily become contaminated with debased thoughts that lead to our demise.
Since launching this movement in 2019, the message has reached millions of people, because it resonated with other Conscious Black Conservatives on Twitter. Some critics have tried to make this movement a "Felecia Killings vs. Candace Owens" war when, in fact, it is a spirit vs. carnal war. It is a battlefield of ideas, an ideological warfare where those who are Spirit-minded will prevail.
When I first came to Twitter in 2019, Hotep Jesus and Sonnie Johnson (my kindred fires) were the first black influencers to spread my content to their massive audience.
Hotep Jesus, Uncle Hotep, and others are the leaders of a growing social media movement called Hotep Nation. As you will learn, their ideology is also rooted in spiritual awareness, conscious conservatism, and economic independence.
What is Hotep?
As with conscious conservatism, Hotep Nation relies on spiritual truths and mental fortitude to empower our communities. Follow them on Twitter, and you will see a strong emphasis on empowering the male, fostering the nuclear family, and mastering economics.
Their philosophy has attracted men (and some women) from all ethnic groups, because it reminds them of their proper place in society. While the liberal camp markets "The future is female," Hotep Nation stands by the ideology that the man is crucial to the family unit (and society at large).
ADOS: African Descendants of Slavery
I want to preface this movement with this disclaimer: ADOS is not a conservative movement, and does not adhere to the major tenants of conscious conservatism. But a careful study of this social media movement will give one pause as to its ability to reach Black Americans who could adopt conscious conservatism.
ADOS, or the African Descendants of Slavery, is spearheaded by two black liberals, Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore. In 2019, their movement gained national attention, and received fierce backlash from progressives within their own camp.
#ADOS was started by the brain trust of Howard graduate and host of the Breaking Brown political show, Yvette Carnell, and UCLA alumnus and attorney, Antonio Moore who hosts the weekly radio show Tonetalks. ADOS—which stands for American Descendants of Slavery—seeks to reclaim/restore the critical national character of the African American identity and experience, one grounded in our group’s unique lineage, and which is central to our continuing struggle for social and economic justice in the United States.
Of the previous political movements discussed, #ADOS has the most detailed Black Agenda as it relates to policies affecting Black Economics.
You will notice, Beloved, that Conscious Black Conservatism reminds us of our need to remain connected to the Spirit of God; Hotep Nation reinforces the need for a strong family unit.
In this case, #ADOS fills the void where politics and economics intertwine.
It is therefore clear that such movements have emerged simultaneously, albeit from three different corners, at the appointed time for Black Americans.
The Black Agenda and the Ultimate Walk-Away from the Democratic Party
As mentioned prior, #ADOS is specific in its agenda; and their mission includes the following objectives:
It is no wonder why ADOS has proven effective in mobilizing more Black Americans to hold accountable their Democratic leaders; and, if push comes to shove, such voters will seek a political alternative that is willing to address the needs they hold dear.
But Felecia, What About BLEXIT?
This lesson would be incomplete if I did not discuss the current state of Blexit and its affiliates. While Blexit has become the favorite Black face of the conservative wing, this movement is most detestable among Black Americans who bother giving it their attention.
Blexit was never about black empowerment. It is a white-funded, "black" initiative that appeals primarily to white conservatives of the Boomer class. Blexit's launch was founded on stolen intellectual property from black liberal leaders, who are performing grassroots work in Black communities.
To most white conservatives who don't understand the ramifications of such actions, allow me to elaborate.
We need only return to the basic spiritual principle that what we sow, we reap. The way we treat others will be multiplied back unto us.
When something is stolen from another person, the spiritual law goes into effect AGAINST that violator; and according to Scriptures, "If a thief is found, he must pay back manifold."
That is essentially what Blexit is experiencing now, for when a mainstream black conservative movement had the opportunity to mobilize more people to the cause, their initial actions resurrected old wounds of white organizations stealing from black people.
American history is flooded with stories of white people stealing the intellectual property of black intellectuals, only to profit heavily from it. Blexit's actions were no different. It simply added to the gross injustice done against Black Americans historically, which is why I publicly denounced Owens at the height of her appeal to Black conservatives.
My dissent was simple and clear:
For this reason, I declare Blexit to be dead, because it has no power to give to the people it claims to be reaching. It has neither the appeal nor substance to move the political dial in favor of black conservatism.
It is nothing more than a side show, featuring black youth who have yet to open a book on Black History; and those who remain loyal to this brand will find themselves wanting in the near future.
Why Conservatives Should Pay Attention to the Movements That are Reaching Black Voters
Conservatism is slowly losing its influence in the culture. Although the majority of Americans hold fast to conservative or moderate beliefs, liberalism is steadily rising (Gallop Poll). With the recent surge of progressive liberalism -- thanks in large part to leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and the SQUAD -- more Millennials and Generation Z'ers are identifying with socialism.
According to Pew Research, Millennials, Generation Z'ers, and Generation X outvoted the Boomer generation in the 2016 presidential election and 2018 mid-term election. These data tell us that as these generations become more active in politics, America will become less and less conservative.
How will the conservative camp and its platform respond?
From what I've experienced since beginning my political activism: They will respond with stupidity and ignorance.
Since 2016, the base has been exceptionally hostile towards voices who demand we conserve our truths and evangelize our message effectively. Such reactions led me to officially break away from the overall conservative movement to devote my energy solely to Conscious Black Conservatism. And it's a sad day for a political platform when its own base rejects Black voices who are reaching Black Americans daily on social media.
Many within the conservative camp place all their hope in President Trump, believing he will miraculously save them from the evils of socialism. They do not consider the long game, the chess game, because they've been conditioned to be reactionary instead of revolutionary.
This is one of the reasons the modern Republican Party will crumble. This empire will fall. And the people left standing will be the same ones searching for the Black voices who tried to empower them.
Their only hope is to undergo what many in these (authentic) black conservative movements have said:
So simple, yet so difficult for Conservatives to adopt, because change is difficult. The only way they will appreciate the need for such revolutionary change is when their political power has been stripped from them entirely.
But if they change, if they adjust...
...the conservative platform will quickly witness what I've identified in this hour as #TheFifteen20. And as this political house continues to demonstrate its allegiance to Black Americans, the needle will shift even more until 50% of Black Americans are politically represented in both parties, making the discourse equitable and empowering.
Black Americans have no time or energy to waste on movements like Blexit. It is a clown show to them, and it represents old stereotypes that many have fought to dismantle for decades.
Black Americans want substance; and if Conservatives expect to see their ideology remain dominant in this country...
...supporting Black Americans within these three political movements is the answer.
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