This week, our focus remains on effective outreach. And while I spend considerable time talking about making inroads with Black voters, I want to expand upon those teachings by showing you how to reach your family and friends.
In Twitter Class, I often teach the importance of political education, especially through storytelling. In addition, in lockstep with Sonnie Johnson's message, I urge Beloveds to practice fellowship with diverse Americans.
Fellowship breaks down racial barriers, barriers Progressive government loves to uphold.
But political fellowship can also be had among family members and friends when the messaging is presented in an empowering manner.
I recall the months when I lived with my Auntie right after leaving my tumultuous marriage. One of our main conversations focused on politics, and I suppose it's because I enjoy these discussions.
My Aunt, like most Black Americans, is a Democrat. But she also knows I'm a Black Conservative/Republican, and her insight regarding politics most intrigued me.
During our discussions, I learned how much she values principled Black Republicans. For example, at times we would watch Shermichael Singleton when he made guest appearances. I told her I was acquainted with Singleton and other principled Black Republicans, who had no problem holding our Party publicly accountable.
Although my Aunt and I had vastly different political takes, we both understood one common notion: we loved each other and we would always want the best for our Black communities.
During these same months, my Aunt was the first person to ask me about AB5, a Progressive law that attacked freelancers in California between 2019-2020. She worried that law would hurt my work, and she was right. In fact, because of that law, I had to move me and my daughter to Georgia, where I could work freely. (I chronicle more of this story in my newest book, Progressivism is NOT Charity. It's on sale now for just $5.)
Those few months with my Aunt taught me just how important it was for Conservatives to engage in healthy political conversations with family and friends. You see, had I known back then what I know today, I would have told my Aunt how much Progressivism is a threat to Black mothers like me.
You see, when certain policies directly affect our livelihood, it makes it easier to sell conservative politics.
At no time do I ever use Right-wing, Republican talking points to address family and friends, especially when I'm talking to Black voters.
I use evidence and first-hand experiences to prove my assertions correct.
More importantly, I take time to listen when others are talking. Most often, in the middle of their conversation, they will agree with me that conservative politics is the BEST option for them.
It's a conclusion I let them come to on their own as we have these wholesome, educational discussions.
When thinking about your family members and friends, consider the following strategies for spreading the empowering conservative message:
Winning on the battlefield of ideas does not include "owning the Libs" or "drinking Liberal tears." (That latter part is the most disgusting analogy I've ever heard, but I digress.)
Winning involves persuasive techniques, chief among them being storytelling and education.
A lot of times, people vote out of ignorance or based on the prevailing message they received. Add to it, if there is no competing message, as is typical in predominantly Black communities, voters will select the ideology and platform that is most present.
As such, it's your responsibility to provide the better option. But remember to package it in an empowering manner.
Don't look to embarrass your family members or friends.
Instead, listen and then fill in the void with accurate knowledge and understanding.
From there, you will open more eyes.
And that's when conservatism will spread like wild fire.
Are you ready to activate?
Felecia Killings is an Award-Winning Coach, Best-Selling Author, and CEO of The Felecia Killings Foundation. Since 2011, she's trained men and women to build virtual ministries using their powerful stories while helping them cultivate a strong leadership presence in the online space. She is the author of the best-selling compilation, the Conscious Conservative Book Collection, and her newest works, My Beloved Women's Ministry Book Collection, offered exclusively at The Felecia Killings Foundation. In addition, she oversees the company's book-publishing services. In 2022, she opened the door for rising leaders in her ministry and movement to have their books published on her national platform.