Conscious Black Conservatism: The #1 Method for Normalizing the Conservative Message within Our Urban Communities
I love conservatism...
Always have, always will, even when it is no longer trendy.
Back in 2016, Americans witnessed what is now called the Modern Black Conservative Movement, an impromptu social media surge of Black people identifying as Republican or Conservative.
In the beginning of this new phase, nearly all of us received backlash from those who despised the base; yet, the more hate we received, the stronger we grew.
After Donald Trump won the election in 2016 - thanks in part to the increase of Black male voters voting Republican and many others staying home - it seemed more Black people wanted to identify as conservative.
Suddenly, we were hit with these random "new Black Conservatives" who had voted Democrat their entire voting lives ... yet suddenly deciding to jump on the Republican/Trump train.
Before long, Black Conservatism became a popular theme within social media with the promise that a major Black Exodus would happen from the Democratic Party.
And then came the same cycle.
Republican organizations like Turning Point USA picked up these figures and began framing their narratives based on the usual talking points that Conservatives love to hear; and it made me wonder: "Are we truly interested in reaching more Black voters with this conservative message, or are we here to make a name for ourselves?"
At that point, I took a step back and became increasingly vocal in my criticism of the movement. We traded our authenticity in exchange for ratings and cash flows. We became loyal to a base rather than loyal to the cause of empowering voters to vote their conservative conscience.
And in 2018, during the mid-term elections, we paid for it when we lost seats in the House of Representatives and when so many Red states nearly turned Blue ...
... and we will pay for it again in 2020.
With my audience on Facebook (and now on Twitter), I told the people: "We have to do things differently. We cannot continue pushing the same narrative that the base has been doing for decades regarding Black people. We need to switch things up."
Most did not take my strong encouragement seriously, but my teachings caught the attention of prominent minority Republican leaders (few of which I'm helping right now in Atlanta, GA and Washington D.C.).
Things are changing and have been shifting for years; but it seems the Republican Party is stuck on the old methods of winning by pandering to all-white audiences (and evangelicals) all the while belittling the majority of Black people.
And then they hire Black people to push the same talking points, even when such rhetoric denies their own convictions and truth.
I argue not only will this hurt the base in 2020, but it will completely cripple the entire Party over the next two decades if things don't change NOW.
And in this empowering lesson, I explain why this is so.
I want to teach you, Beloved Conservative, that there is a better way of doing things. There is a method that can be used by every Conservative American so we see our values remain the dominant ideology in our country. And if you're willing to hear and to act, you will help bring change to our nation, which we so desperately need.
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.
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