wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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Mad as hell, and rightfully so

There are conservative blacks out there, and some of them are serious dogs of war. People seem to have assumed that blacks were the sole political property of the Democratic Party, just as they assume that all evangelical Christians are 0wnz3d by the Republicans. What they ignore is the long history of social conservatism in black America, and the fact that not so long ago in historical terms, the shoe was on the other foot: blacks voted in overwhelming numbers for the party of Abraham Lincoln. Which explains why ALL of your segregationist politicians were Democrats and why ex-Klan Kleagle Robert Byrd is a Democrat.

Times are changing. Prominent blacks like Bill Cosby and Carl Eller are calling the black "leadership" to account for the long decades spent kowtowing to the Democratic Party and its welfare state policies, and a lot of less prominent blacks in the middle class are starting to think that maybe they ought to find some other variable to stick into the political and social equation.

And that's a good thing. I don't care so much whether blacks vote Republican or Democrat, but I do think it's a bad thing that the long debate between WEB DuBois and Booker T. Washington (continued by Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in the 1960s) has been dormant for so long. It's good to see that people are starting to talk about it again, and maybe they'll come up with some new positions and perspectives on the debate.
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