Do You Know the Difference between “Real” Black Republicans and Sellouts?

One of my favorite movies of all-time is “Deep Cover,” starring Laurence Fishburne. The movie debuted in 1992. Fishburne plays Russell Stevens Jr., an undercover Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent. During his initial interview with the DEA, Fishburne’s character was asked: “So, Officer Stevens, tell me, do you know the difference between a Black man and a n–ger?”

Fishburne’s reply was epic: “The n–ger’s the one that would even answer that question.”

Likewise, I have a similar question for Black Republicans: Do you know the difference between the “real” Black Republicans, the ones who rightfully called out President Trump on his statements about Charlottesville, and the sellouts?

The sellouts are the ones who tried to justify Trump’s tepid response.

I am stunned and thoroughly embarrassed by Black Republicans, who have actually tried to justify and explain away Trump’s statements about Charlottesville. It’s hard enough being Black and Republican under the best of circumstances, but when you have fools spewing all manner of ignorance in the media in hope of “massa” patting them on the head and saying “good boy,” it makes it much more difficult to get Blacks engaged in our party.

Bill Douglas and Anita Kumar, from the McClatchy news service, wrote an interesting piece on this issue.

I rarely call people out by name, but with the issue of Charlottesville being so serious, I am compelled to do so. I am intentionally not giving background information on these embarrassing characters; you can google them on your own.

Ward Connerly, Paris Dennard, Tracy Winbush, Glen McCall, Mark Burns, Darrell Scott and Bruce LeVell were just a few of the so-called Trump surrogates that made outrageous statements. They should not only have their Black cards revoked permanently they should also hand over their Republican cards, as well.

In the McClatchy article, Connerly said that, “President Trump suffers from a style that many Americans are turned off by. People should give him a chance.”

What the hell does that have to do with what the president said? Absolutely nothing.

Dennard continues to spew White House talking points like, “The president said very strongly…that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred.” Dennard chose to ignore the president’s tone and “violence on many sides, on many sides” rhetoric.

In a statement about the protests and violence in Charlottesville, Va., Winbush, the president of the Ohio Black Republicans Association said that, “If our media had not promoted the scheduled White supremacist rally, it is our belief the violent activities would not have risen to the level it did and we would not be having this discussion.”

Now, juxtapose those buffoonish comments with the statements made by Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas), and Representative Mia Love (R-Utah)

In an interview with VICE News, Scott said, “I’m not going to defend the indefensible…[Trump’s] comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happened. There’s no question about that.”

During an interview on CNN, Congressman Hurd said, “I don’t think anybody should be looking at getting props from a grand dragon of the KKK as any kind of sign of success.”

Congressman Love tweeted, “The violence & hatred in Charlottesville is repulsive. This is not who we are as a nation. We must be united against this bigotry.”

Compare the comments from Connerly, Dennard and Winbush with the statement from my friends in the Jewish community. There is not one Jewish Republican, who has remotely tried to justify the president’s comments about Charlottesville, nor has any Jewish person attempted to blame the liberal media; nor has any Jewish person blamed Trump’s comments on his lack of political experience.

They have all, without exception, been of the same mind: that the president needs to be more clear about his total repudiation of the White nationalists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites that rallied in Charlottesville. Period!

The Republican Jewish Coalition is a very influential group and they made a very blunt, powerful statement directed at President Trump. Their statement said in part, “We join with our political and religious brethren in calling upon President Trump to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and antisemitism.”

So, let me get this straight, you have prominent Blacks and Jews, with impeccable integrity and unquestioned party credentials, denouncing Trump, a sitting president, but then you have some no-name, Black sycophants making excuses for the same commander-in-chief.

You have all four joint chiefs of staffs denouncing the president, but these weak Blacks volunteered to go to the media to support this president. They were not asked by the White House to do this. They have been well trained to do “massa’s” bidding unprompted.

I hope you are beginning to see the picture.

Isn’t it amazing that neither the president nor his staff have reached out to the only three Black Republican members of Congress?

In the immortal words of my homeboy from St. Louis, Michael McDonald of the famed Doobie Brothers: “But what a fool believes, he sees/No wise man has the power to reason away/What seems to be/Is always better than nothing.”

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  1. Charles Beard says:

    Mr. Jackson,

    Your thinking on this subject appears to be skewed by your emotional tie to the situation. I am white and none of the people of color (whatever the color) with whom I work show any prejudice to me at all, nor do they show any special deference to me simply because I am white. So, perhaps, my viewpoint comes from a non-emotional, and perhaps, clearer view of the situation. I do not believe that it comes from a cloistered, sheltered life. I have lived as a poor man and man of means, and I have lived alongside racists of all races. With that background stated, here is my piece of the conversation.
    No one on the conservative side, and especially not our President, has stated anything other than disdain for bigotry and racism. It hurts to see those who are in the Republican party, whatever the race, slam someone whose statements are so clear. It is simply fodder for those in the other party who are socialist and race-baiting and hold their hands out for other people’s money. If they can make a simple statement of hatred for all bad, into a statement of support for racism, then the doublespeak in the book 1984 has taken hold of our society. You can feel that the President should have spoken against the racists, and I believe that you and almost Americans agree, and the President did that, forcefully and eloquently. However, if you feel that he should speak badly of evil ONLY when it is perpetrated by one side and ignore the hatred, vileness and anti-American sentiments and VIOLENT actions of the other side against Americans who were peacefully protesting (albeit in support of something I abhor), then your sentiments could not be more wrong-headed, nor less American in spirit. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights does not exist to protect speech with which everyone agrees. The right of peaceful protest is not just for those beside which you would stand. Violence against those acting in a constitutionally-protected, lawful, protest is as un-American as is violence against someone because of that person’s race, color, creed….
    You as a lawyer, and someone who reads this magazine, should know that. You only state that you are a Republican. From your involvement with this magazine, I presume you to also be a conservative; perhaps, that is wrong. As a conservative, I beg you to reconsider your point of view and quit calling “Uncle Tom” those who disagree with you. It is the worst kind of argument, the ad hominem. It betrays your intelligence (that you are lawyer, convinces me that you have intelligence to speak to this subject more clearly) and shows a lack of wisdom betrayed by emotion.

    In God’s Love,

    Charles Beard

    1. Did you forget when trump was sued for not renting to black Americans?
      TRump said he would pay for the legal fees for the people in his rallies, made fun of a disabled reporter saying “you gotta see this guy”.
      trump is an embarassment. republicans have lowered their standards with the clown trump.

      1. P Kraft says:

        We voted for his policies, not his personality. The fact is, there was plenty of bigotry and hatred to go around in Charlottesville. Including the bused-in liberal activists with BLM tshirts, carrying weapons like frozen soda cans. We are being steered into a civil war, race war for the purposes of those who will benefit by the destruction of this government and this nation.WAKE UP, AMERICA!

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