Herman Cain caught a great of flak for his comment on the campaign trail that he "had left the Democratic plantation," but he's not the only one saying it now. Indeed, the good Reverend has now joined the ranks of a number of black closet conservatives who are speaking out against big government, which is what they perceive to be the new plantation. There is a growing list of blacks finding the courage to speak out. One notable is K. Carl Smith, who is the head of the Frederick Douglass Republicans and subscribes to the "four life-affirming values of Douglass: respect for life, respect for the Constitution, belief in limited government and individual responsibility."
The film itself has a gritty, urban, edgy feel to it, at times contrasted with scenes of rolling hills and pastoral images of a beautiful America. The main theme of the documentary is not new: the enslavement of black society by a big socialist government. People like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are described in interviews as "race-hustlers"or "poverty pimps" because while they claim to represent the best interests of black America, they are profiting from the continued degraded status of blacks.
On his journey across America, Bryant met and talked with author and pundit Star Parker. Parker authored Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It. She shares her compelling personal story from welfare to entrepreneurship in her book. She explains that "what broke down in black America is just a picture of what's breaking down in the rest of society. Not only has the government enslaved the poor, but now we're looking at the extension of Obama's government into all communities and that includes businesses." She adds, "A burgeoning lower class of people dependent on the government will likely continue voting for the party that keeps the handouts coming!" Thus we have the stunning statistic that 95% of black Americans voted for Barack Obama in 2008! This time, with black unemployment now at 14% up from 13% and no obvious helpful sign from Obama, it should be interesting to see the tally this time.
Given all this, why such a monolithic turnout from the black community for the Democratic Party, especially when history tells us that it was the Democrats that supported the Klu Klux Klan in the early 20th Century. It is well known that Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Booker T Washington were all Republicans. And Republicans were in control of both houses of Congress when the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed, which granted freedom, citizenship, voting rights and due process to blacks. Later, Republican President Eisenhower signed into law the 1957 civil rights act, which set in motion the civil rights commission in the Justice Department. It's important to note that it was a Republican senator, Everett Dirksen who blocked a Democratic filibuster against the 1964 civil rights legislation that allowed equality of opportunity in education and employment. You'd have to think that blacks suffer from historical amnesia and they're paying for it.
One of the questions Runaway Slave attempts to answer is how has black America been improved by all these handouts? Part of the problem seems to be the controlled decimation of the black family perpetuated by the requirement that to receive that entitlement check, there must not be a father in the home. You get married....you lose your welfare check. Deneen Borelli, in her new book, Blacklash, says, "it's all in the message from the career black politicians who promote big government solutions that result in stagnation and government dependence." The better way, Borelli suggests, is to "quit blaming everyone else and take responsibility for your life. The Constitution does not guarantee you success, but it does guarantee you the opportunity for success."
The Way I See It....the new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal this week is utterly ludicrous. It shows that support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among black people stands at an incredible zero percent! Nada, Zilch! But it order for the poll to be accurate, one would have to assume that there are indeed "zero" African-Americans that stand with Romney. And while the folks at the Wall St. Journal certainly aren't obligated to justify their findings, they would likely have a hard time doing so to the sea of African-Americans who took to Twitter to express their support for Romney after feeling as if they were being ignored -- or better yet, as if they don't exist at all.
---------Well...watch out Barack and Michelle...here come the un-closeted Black Conservatives!!!
Thus the #BlackConservativesForMittRomney hashtag was born. Here are a few of the best:
- Renee Rankine - I'm a young black, female conservative....oh, and I exist.
- Trish Williams - Hey WSJ, I probably ignored your call but I'm black and voting for Romney. Mark it down, yo.
- B. Harper - I am a proud black conservative...racist remarks wont stop us. Lies about Romney wont stop us!
- Wayne Dupree - WSJ created a fake poll saying that Romney wasn't supported by blacks. ...well today...we punched them in the eye!
- Ken Harbin - This movement is real and we are taking our country back!
- Stephanie Rubach - I stand with Romney because Obama's big government is bankrupting AMERICA!
- Savannah Savvy - A poll says 0% of Afro-American voters support Romney. Heh. We are the 0 Percent!