I have heard a lot of people on Social Media, make the claims that The Black Conservative Summit is a racist thing. They see it as having a separate event for Blacks (which the event is open for EVERYONE of EVER RACE to attend if the so choose) is racist in itself. Amazingly it’s not the Left that is making such claims this time around, it’s coming from the Right. I would like to be the first one to step up and tell people just how wrong that assumption is!
I hate to break it to you folks, but Conservative Blacks are going to have to step up, come out of the closet, and show themselves to win this war within the Black Community. It’s going to take Blacks working within their communities and in the trenches to change our community from within.
This Summit is being put on by one of the people we work with within our network Eric M. Wallace and the Freedom’s Journal Institute. They have 16 confirmed speakers, Star Parker, Wayne Perryman, Ken Blackwell, and Harry R. Jackson, Jr. to name a few.
The BCS will feature leading Black Conservative and Christian Leaders from across the Country to address issues. It’s time for the church, pro-family organizations, and concerned citizens to come together, to draw strength and learn from each other, and to coordinate responses. Consequently, we believe that at no other time in American history has the fight to uphold our nation’s founding principles required our undivided attention. Again, the theme of our summit is “Defending The Natural Family: R.I.S.E. to Rebuild the foundation of Black America”.
Racism or racist ideology has nothing to do with this summit. This summit is a place where we as Black Conservatives can exchange ideas on how to better work within our communities, become a better “Conservative Bridge” from our Community to the Conservative Movement, then go on to educate ALL others in the area of reaching out as well. I hate to sound insensitive, BUT, it’s going to take Black people to educate other Black people at this point in time. The Republican Party waited too late (claiming that they didn’t have a race issue) to reach out to the Minority Communities to try to change things. Face it folks, they dropped the ball! Do you really think that the Black Democrat base is going to listen to White people, especially White Republicans (who the Democrats have taught and ingrained that White people are the enemy, Republicans, the Tea Party, and Conservatives are all rich, White, and racists, and that the rich White Republicans are the one’s keeping them down) at this point in time??? HELL NO! They barely tolerate us Black Conservatives as it is, but… that’s the key phrase “THEY DO TOLERATE US”!
The leg up that we have as Black Conservatives is:
We still have a foot in the door. We are still BLACK (regardless of the racial slurs that the Left throws at us), most of us were “born Democrat”, so we have an idea of what it takes to change from being a Democrat to a Republican being a minority (and it’s not an easy step as some may think), most of us have family members that are Democrat that we still have contact with and connections to so we are around our own community everyday; and (the big one) we are still able to tap into our own community and work within our own community to make a change for the better, because we know how to speak to our own community without having doors closed in our faces and coming off arrogant and at times flat-out racist (which seems to be a big problem for the pigmently challenged these days, lol!)!
The Republican Party throws us Black Conservatives into the limelight when “they” choose too, when they feel it’s appropriate, or when they feel guilty as they have not done a great job of reaching out to the Black Community (or the Hispanic Community for that matter). Regardless of whether we are in the limelight or not, we are still here working to make a change and create a better Nation within our own community! You can not say it’s alright for the Republican Party to “show-boat” their minorities when they choose too, but then turn around and play the Race Card screaming “Racist”, when Black Conservatives try to work together, and exchange ideas under the label of Black Conservatives with the hand we as Black Conservatives have been dealt! You can’t have it both ways!
Now, I ask you: Are you going to be team players and let us Black Conservatives do what we need to do to make the change you say you want, or are you going to play into the Lefts way of thinking and start playing your race cards calling everything out as racist?
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The 14th Amendment turns 145 years old today, it was first adopted by congress on July 9th, 1868, and declared ratified on July 28th, 1868. The 14th amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, especially the freed slaves. Section 1 states:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The 14th Amendment is one of the most cited amendments in litigation even today. There is often one forgotten fact or should I state, neglected to mention fact about the 14th amendment is that it was spearheaded and driven by Republicans, notably Rep. John Bingham of Ohio. The republican’s sole purpose was to protect blacks and ensure their properties and right to life, liberty, and their fair due process was ensured by the law of the land. The equal protection clause was written to protect those freed slaves that had no fair due process or legal rights in states with black codes. States with black codes, mainly southern states, blacks could not sue, bear witness, provide evidence, and received server penalties and punishments than whites under the same laws. The equal protection clause demanded that the states enforce the same laws with equal treatment. The framers for the 14th amendment also ensured that the states were subject to the Bills of Rights.
The key clauses to the 14th Amendment are:
- State and federal citizenship for all persons regardless of race both born or naturalized in the United States was reaffirmed.
- No state would be allowed to abridge the “privileges and immunities” of citizens.
- No person was allowed to be deprived of life, liberty,or property without “due process of law.”
- No person could be denied “equal protection of the laws.”
The fourteenth amendment is a ‘reconstruction amendment’, meaning it is one of the 2 other amendments that were adopted after the civil war. All three of the reconstruction amendments, the 13th, 14th, and 15th, eradicated discrimination in some form, be it race, color, sex, creed, to be used as a form to block a U.S. citizen enjoying the same rights as any other citizen. The 13th abolished slavery, the 14th gave Due process, and the 15th granted the right to vote (with the exception to women, which was the 19th amendment). While the 14th Amendment did not provide the freedom that the Republicans wanted, because the true civil rights, especially in states that found ways to continue to use black codes to discriminate did not occur until the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was signed into law, the 14th amendment laid the foundation and some like Constitutional Scholar Garrett Epps, considers the 14th Amendment on of the most important Amendment to the Unite States Constitution.
Some notable legal cases citing the 14th Amendment are:
- Pleassy v. Ferguson 1896
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka 1954
- Bolling v. Sharpe 1954
- Mcdonald v. Chicago (cited 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendment).
For further readings on equal rights and the 14th amendment I suggest these links: