Conservative columnist, pundit, and cultural commentator Kathy Barnette is an African-American woman who is tired of people assuming her politics based solely on her race.
In a recent appearance she accosted liberals for pretending that they want the black community to speak out on “their issues,” when the moment a black person says something that doesn’t fit in the liberal orthodoxy they are attacked as “anti-black,” or even as a “token” of the right.
If you’re not certain of what she means simply do a Google search of popular African-American conservatives to see the kind of hate they receive on social media. (Here are a few names to look up – Candace Owens, Tim Scott, Allen West, Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, Diamond and Silk, David Clarke, Clarence Thomas, Mia Love, Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ben Carson, Ken Blackwell, Ward Connerly, Niger Innis, Carol Swain, Amy Holmes, Antonia Okafor, Armstrong Williams, Deneen Borelli, Larry Elder, and there are many, many more.) The hatred of these conservatives, from the left, is disturbing and it is hypocritical. These people are hated by liberals simply because they are black and they disagree with liberal policies.
Kathy Barnette eloquently explained the problem during a recent appearance on Fox & Friends:
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She later wrote an op-ed that went deeper into the issue.
Yes, I’m black. But no, I’m not a Democrat.
When I tell people this, it elicits a lot of confusion and anger. First and foremost, it’s seen as a betrayal to the black community. I lost almost all of my black friends during the 2016 election campaign.
Take it from me, there’s no room for independent thought in much of the black community. Black conservatives are seen as unicorns and the backlash we get from the “more tolerant” liberal community is often swift and cruel. We’re often deemed not black enough.
When she was first lady in 2014, Michelle Obama said on TV One, a predominately black television channel: “It’s not about the person on that ballot – it’s about you. And for most of the people we’re talking to, a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on regardless of who said what or did this, that shouldn’t even come into the equation.”
Meaning that if you’re black, you must vote Democratic. Don’t ask questions. Just fall in line and do what you’re told. To me, this is offensive. My vote is worth fighting over.
But it reminded me that not all overseers on slave plantations were white. There were black overseers as well. They were called drivers and their job was the same as the white overseer – to keep black folks in line.
We have black overseers among us today. They don’t care about the very real and systematic problems that are plaguing the black community. Democrats benefit when they can keep blacks voting as a block. Democrats benefit when they can keep blacks moving based on emotions instead of logic.
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