CSPAN: Conservative Blacks and Leadership

I just finished watching a conference on CSPAN sponsored by Jesse Lee Peterson’s BOND and the Heritage Foundation. The panel included: Mychal Massie of Project 21, Gloria Jackson of the Booker T Washington Speaker’s Network, Roy and Niger Innis of CORE and Moderator, Jesse Lee Peterson. I believe the title of the conference was Responding to the Call–The New Vanguard.

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release….

Has the establishment black leadership become irrelevant? Conservative black Americans say “yes,” and they’re calling for the reinstitution of principled black leadership in the tradition of Booker T. Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Organizations such as the NAACP, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH, and the Congressional Black Caucus have utterly failed to provide moral leadership in the black community and have become the tools for extremist political agendas.

In response, BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny) and The Heritage Foundation are co-sponsoring an historic conference – Responding To The Call: The New Black Vanguard Conference – to address this crisis and the spiraling moral and physical decline taking place within America’s inner cities.

Conference participants will also address ways to counter the liberals’ attack on distinguished and accomplished black Americans such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Justice Clarence Thomas. Audience members will be able to participate in a Question and Answer session at the conclusion of the program.

Here are some of the main points that I took away from the conference…

  • Black conservatives are not a very cohesive group, unlike their liberal counterparts.
  • The current brand of liberalism expounded by the Democratic party is a clear and present danger to the Black community.
  • Excellence and character are the traits that Blacks no longer value, but are the values that allowed them to survive slavery, Jim crow and its cousin segregation.
  • Black paranoia and white guilt are understood by liberal blacks and have been used against blacks and whites to enrich the black leadership.
  • The reason the black community is in crisis today has to do with the acceptance of the liberal message dependence on the government.
  • After a revolution, things always go haywire. All authority and values are challenged. Good and bad.
  • It is the post-revolutionary period, that we are now in, where we can once again see which values served us well and embrace them again.
  • Blacks are in this current mode due to psychohistorical traumas. Whites were traumatized by racism as well.
  • Poverty programs gave monies to the kids.
  • Bad kids were rewarded with government funded programs.
  • The father was unable to compete with government monetarily and thus lost the role of authority.
  • This allowed the Black leadership to step in as the authority figure.
  • No man needs a leader.
  • Liberalism compromised the Black church.
  • Liberalism made God irrelevant in the Black community.
  • Liberalism demoralized the Man in the family.
  • These positions made the Black community easy pickings for Liberals and race pimps to exploit.
  • Blacks are in positions of power in major cities throughout the country and the people of those cities are still not prospering.
  • Black officials are not being held responsible for their lack of productivity.
  • Whites and racism are being blamed for the Black official’s inability to manage those cities into prosperity.
  • Blacks are naturally conservative.
  • They are overwhelmingly anti-homosexual marriage, abortion, and pro-vouchers.
  • Gloria Jackson said she became a conservative once she lined her faith up with her politics.
  • The Black church could cure most social ills in the community if it taught self-control.
  • The is an absence of respect for authority in the Black community.
  • The is a perception that criminal behavior is sheik in the Black community.
  • We shouldn’t believe in racial profiling. We should believe in criminal profiling.
  • The highest good is self-initiative and meritocracy.
  • Always do what’s right and honorable.
  • Advice to conservatives–white and black: Tell the truth and don’t take the criticism personally.
  • The democrats have a political monopoly in the black community and once that is broken, the Democratic party will go the way of the wind.

I know this was done in stream of consciousness, but I hope my notes somewhat convey the essence of the conference. I am hopeful that as we enlighten the black community to the opportunities of conservatism we will see a true revolution of the spirit in America. These are indeed exciting times.

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