With more and more Black people joining the Candace Owens’ lead Conservative movement “BLEXIT — We Free”. Where do Black people stand and what do We stand to gain from TRUMP 2020? Since 1948, historically, Black people have voted for Democratic Party and our White counterparts have been split but increasingly Republican. This draws the question, when and why did Black people increase their support for Democrats?
Simplistic in nature, the answer? Survival. Former Democrat & President Harry Truman made a push in Congress for new civil rights measures including a federal ban on lynching, voter protections, and strengthening existing civil rights laws. From 1936 to today, no Republican presidential candidate has garnered more than 40% of the black vote. The trend continued following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, solidifying a Democratic dominance which today remains in the 80th to 100th percentile.
Surely the first obligation of a political thinker is to understand the nature of man.
With that being said, you could make a number of key assumptions about the black vote and the advancement of the Democratic Party. So, why does Candace Owens feel so strongly disrespected by the Democratic party? She describes the relationship as a “blind allegiance”. Candace Owens met at the White House for Turning Point USA’s 2019 Black Leadership Summit earlier last month.
“I want to really take a serious moment to talk about something that pulled at my heartstrings this morning and almost brought me to tears,” Owens said.
“I was reading a story about Tyshawn Lee, a name that people won’t be familiar with because it’s not a name that’s spread across the nation instantly,” Owens said, continuing:
Tyshawn Lee was a 9-year-old boy living in Chicago. He left his grandmother’s house because he wanted to go play basketball in the park. He was playing basketball by himself in the park. Tyshawn Lee was approached by an adult man who came up to him playfully and grabbed the ball and began playing with him and then eventually this older adult man lured him away from the park with the promise that he would take him to the store and buy him whatever he wanted. So, he followed this adult man into an alleyway and he was instantly, Tyshawn Lee at 9-years-old, shot point-blank and murdered. It was gang-related. They were after his father so this was a gang hit to go after this young boy. Disaster. An absolute sad, sad disaster that brought tears to my eyes because he was only in the fourth grade. Unbeknownst to most of the world, this story happened, and the reason that we don’t know about it, the reason that there was no wall-to-wall coverage and national sensation about this story by the people who claim to care about the senseless ending of black lives, is simply because it didn’t fit the media narrative. That’s it. He was killed by another black man. So it didn’t fit the media narrative to be outraged by this story.
“Black on black crimes is something that our media tells us that we’re not allowed to talk about,” Owens continued. “Over 93 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other black people, but we are not supposed to be outraged and we are not told to remember the names of those victims.”
She added, “If we start to focus on that area, something that is causing real harm and devastation to our communities, we might uncover the truth. The truth is that this is all by Democrat design. Our inner cities are all by Democrat design.”
Owens went on to state that Democrats have made black people believe that the conditions of inner cities are “normal.”
We have been made to believe that the conditions in our cities are normal. We’re supposed to turn a blind eye to the corruption, to the crime, to the gangs, and instead focus on what our media deems of more importance. We’re instead told we should be focusing on white people. We’re supposed to be reactive and angry and fearful about white supremacy when, in fact, it is liberal supremacy that is harming our communities. I say this all the time: You show me a neighborhood where their are liberal policies that reign supreme and I will show you a neighborhood where black Americans are struggling in this country. For decades, we have been disrespected by the Democrats. We have empowered their party, lined the pockets of their politicians, and we have gotten positively nothing in return for our blind allegiance and faithfulness.
“Democrats have looked at us in the face and they have sold us worthlessness,” Owens continued. “They have told us that we cannot, that we need more government assistance, more handouts. We handed them power and in return, they further diminished our sense of pride.” She continued:
We allowed their governments to victimize us through the expansion of welfare policies, we allowed them most importantly to remove the fathers from our homes, removing the backbones of our families. The Democrats knew without stable households our children would pursue that paternity elsewhere. They knew that our children would run to the streets. They knew that our youth would grow up and begin to mirror themselves after rappers and basketball players rather than men of high intellect and morals and more attainable goals. … They knew exactly what they were doing. They were resetting our goals. But what they didn’t know, what they could have never predicted, was that we might wake up to it one day.
Too many times have we seen poverty limit the avenues in which Black people can take on the road to success. Some may argue these are choices, some may argue these are circumstances. The question is how do we see conservatism benefiting the black community. A community that has been political slaves for the past 70 years. Ultimately, when does dependence become bondage?
A man cannot be economically free, or even economically efficient, if he is enslaved politically, conversely, man’s political freedom is illusory if he is dependent for his economic needs on the State.
—Barry Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative
The author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss, explains it in simplest form.
“Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.”
In the city of St. Paul; Minnesota’s capitol. There has been an alarming rise in homicides this year, specifically on the city’s East Side. With four since Halloween, totalling to 28 in 2019. Making it the deadliest since 1992 with one month to go in the year. Traditionally, Minnesota has been a blue state with a heavy liberal metro-area. Mayor Melvin Carter has suggested public safety forums. “Too many in our community continue to come face to face with gun violence,” he said, adding that the community meetings provide a “path forward.” Kassim Busuri, a city council candidate, seems to differ. Pointing out that he has been pushing to get a Group Violence Intervention program funded for months. Noting that the lack of opportunities has been the cause of the recent crime wave. In response, Carter said the causes of concentrated poverty and crime are “both long term and complex,” adding that “any one-dimensional approach requires alarmingly simple thinking.”
Being a member of the black community, it makes you think. What do we honestly have to lose by embracing conservatism and depolying political leverage?
Only a philosophy that takes into account the essential differences between men, and, accordingly makes provision for developing the different potentialities of each man can claim to be in accord with Nature.
— Barry Goldwater
As Black Americans we are faced with the very real reality that government, local or federal, may not be able to fund essential programs in our inner cities. Throughout history, Conservatism has shown us that the community is capable of empowering leaders and providing a framework to spread the message of economic empowerment and self-responsibility. Keying in on every individuals’ potential to be the best possible version of themselves as a whole and not just a person’s material well-being. America is the greatest country in the World, why not strive for our citizens to be the best human-beings possible? Ecomonically and spiritually.
In closing, President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for cutting certain programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) which have directly affected the black community. At the same time, President Trump has lowered the Black American unemployment rate to its lowest in history. Traditionally, America has performed best when Conservative values have been honored and preserved. The United States is a consumer-based economy, cutting welfare programs drives capable individuals to meaningful employment, taxes accrue and spending fuels the economy. Businesses win, citizens win, the government wins.
So in the words of President Trump, ‘What do you have to lose?’