I don’t know if the English language is adequate to describe the many ways in which the recent Justice Department decision throwing out voting changes in Kinston, North Carolina offends me – and should offend all blacks. I’m going to take a stab at putting my outrage into words, but will black Americans see it the way I do, or will they give Obama’s team a pass because they’re Democrats and the President is “one of us?”
Archive for October, 2009
I had a moment of sheer despair recently as a result of a response to one of my statements criticizing President Obama. As a committed conservative and Christ-follower who happens to be black, I am a minority within a minority, although the magic of online networking has revealed to me countless others like me, some even more outspoken and courageous.
While it has never been en vogue to be openly conservative and black, it’s been even harder in the past couple of years since Barack Hussein Obama announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States. The prospect and eventual reality of our first black President pushed a people already emotionally attached to the Democratic Party over the edge, and criticism of this polished, eloquent yet inexperienced man about whom America knew so little was and is met with a ferocity not unlike a lioness defending her young.
Now he’s gone and done it. I haven’t agreed with much of anything President Obama has said or done during his first nine months in office, but his decision to forego the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall truly breaks my heart.
He has confirmed, at least to me, that his apologies to the international community for America’s perceived sins, and his refusal to acknowledge America’s unique role in history and modern times as a force for good in the world aren’t just a matter of political calculation but of deeply held conviction.