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Keepin' it real: Black bloggers take on the civil-rights establishment

from the light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel dept.

I was stoked this evening to read this National Review article about The Conservative Brotherhood, a group representing the black community's right-leaning minority. Check this out:

Avery Tooley describes himself simply as "a regular brother with some right-leaning political tendencies." In other words, he's the kind of black American that — if you listen to the Left and our self-proclaimed "black leaders" — doesn't really exist.

Yet not only is Tooley, a University of Maryland grad student, a real person, he's also sharing his conservatism with the world daily via a blog titled "Stereo Describes My Scenario." Taking its title from a lyric by hip-hop legends Public Enemy, it's a wide-ranging discussion of music and politics underlaid by a no-nonsense philosophy: "(T)he right's focus on the individual is the only practical way" to solve the problems of black America.

Ahhh ... I'm liking what I'm reading. Let's read on ...

Even among their limited audiences, however, these bloggers are providing black conservatives with something crucial that they often lack: ready access to other black conservatives. One reason celebrated figures like Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams can be derided as "tokens" and "sellouts" is because many people don't know the black conservatives in their own communities.

"They're out there, but I think there's an extent to which we've been told that if you disagree with the civil-rights industry that your blackness is somehow inauthentic," says Tooley, "and so we've been kind of isolated from each other." Blogging, he believes, is helping bridge those gaps.

Well said, Avery. Isn't it refreshing to hear this? He's hitting the issue square on its head. The black community has been kept down ever since its key victories during the height of the civil-rights movement. They've been taken advantage of by many of their so-call leaders. Blacks have been intimidated into uniform submission. Don't you dare disagree with anything Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton have to say. Exercise any degree of independent thought and you're slammed for being the "white man's black man."

Case in point:

So this weekend, I headed out to a local "Black" Seattle event of sorts called "Umoja Fest". If only you could see me rolling my eyes as I type this. I only went to support a dear friend who was performing on the hip-hop stage and a mentee who was planning it. Aside from the fact that half the people there didn't even know what "Umoja" meant when the master of ceremonies asked, I have nothing wrong with black people coming together in celebration. In fact, I usually quite enjoy it--except during election years. I can deal with the "black folks just need to come together" stuff. What I can't deal with is the "blame everything on the white man" rhetoric. [...]

The highlight of the event and culmination of my entire political ideology happened when the MC asked everyone in the crowd who planned on voting in the upcoming presidential election to raise their hand. I of course, raised my hand along with the rest, however, already apprehensive about where the speech was going. In true cookie-cutter fashion, as though it were scripted, he then said, "Everyone who's voting for Bush, please put your hand down."

No he didn't?!
Oh yes he did. Go. There.

That 10-second instance was an allegory for how politics work in the black community. "Oh so it's like that huh?" I thought to myself. Anyone who's not marching in the sold-out lemming-line gets their vote canceled out? Talk about a paradox. The black community has bought-in and eternally sold their souls to one political party, yet my contrarian vote is the one that doesn't count? [...]

We are running a political dog and pony show here and it makes me want to vomit. People put their lives on the line so I could have the privilege to vote for whomever I darn well please and if we choose to be so naive as to further perpetuate this self-oppressive, cyclically demeaning matter-of-faulty-fact way of engaging in political discourse, count me out. I have better things to do with my time. Good day.

Relative definition of "good day": back up offa me.

Ambra Nykol is dead-on here. This is what goes on among the black community, and fundamentally, it's no different from the tactics used by liberal democrats as a whole. Though they would have you believe otherwise, liberal democrats are all about conformity--they're all about the establishment, their establishment.

What is their establishment? Well, it's one of moral relativism. It preaches that nobody is responsible for their actions--that everyone is a victim. Everyone except of-course for their enemies--those who dare question their ideas. They incessantly boast about so-called open-mindedness while at the same time viciously labeling those who exercise independent thought as the "close-minded" ones. They claim to fight against stereotyping any group because of their race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or income-level, but they do it constantly to their opposition. They love to use the power of the definition to their advantage. They don't hesitate to define anyone who disagrees with them as bigoted or backward or racist or sexist or hateful or uncompassionate or ignorant or, again, close-minded. They define themselves as correct.

See, that's what you can do when you control the media. You get to make up the definitions yourself. It makes winning an argument real easy when you define yourself as the good-guy right from the start, while slandering anyone who resists your lies as being a memeber of the bigoted "establishment".

So let me cut to the chase ... Liberal democrats and corrupt black community leaders (who are of course liberals as well) use the same technique: they both make it extremely unfashionable to go against their rhetoric. If you do, you're defined as an ignorant "hater" or a sell-out. It doesn't matter what you say, you're reasons count for nothing. No, you've been defined to be wrong, and therefore you are. After-all, you're close-minded.

Now to finish-off this rant with a little bit of positivity ...

I'm extremely pleased to see that these independent thinkers are helping to break the strangle-hold that's been upon the black community for decades. The internet is dissolving one of the community's principal stumbling blocks: the inability for its dissenters to congregate and discuss these critical issues in a way that is accessible to the rest of the community. Their mouths have been virtually forced shut for the last 40 years, but it's finally coming to an end.

And, I'm happy about it.