Black Conservatives and Black Progressives Both Operate on the Wrong Frequencies

Black progressives and black conservatives have one thing in common: a desire for social equity based fundamentally on Christian values of fairness. It’s too bad, because for the past 50 years, that platform hasn’t worked, unless you were the offspring of the black bourgeois anyway. Also, America wasn’t founded on Christian values, nor does its economic system work on those principles. For us to succeed in this system, we need to re-calibrate our frequencies. Time for a different scripture?

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Black Conservatives and Black Progressives Both Operate on the Wrong Frequencies

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    “Black progressives and black conservatives have one thing in common: a desire for social equity based fundamentally on Christian values of fairness.” I assume Alton is referring to a desire to improve social and economic equality for Blacks, which has been woefully lacking for a long time. I think that is a laudable goal. I think some progress has been made in that area, although we have a long way to go. It’s a good thing that Christian values have motivated this desire, because obviously capitalism, and an appeal to fair play (because there is still so much racist hatred directed against Blacks) aren’t going to be motivating.

    So what “scripture” to use? Should Blacks pursue capitalism as their social salvation? Many other immigrant and minority groups use that approach, as do some Blacks, and through hard work, many of them seem to make a living, which is the base of what people need. Beyond that, having the respect of other people usually depends on earning it. One thing that would help would be to build up Black families and communities in order to reduce the crime that causes so many to be fearful of Blacks.

    I realize that hundreds of years of slavery, poverty, prejudice and racism have played a big part in what goes on today, and that it won’t be solved in 20 minutes. However, greater efforts need to be made by individuals in all communities of all races to help. Ultimately, however, individuals need to take responsibility for their behavior and stop being violent, stop committing crimes, start taking care of their families, getting educated, starting businesses, getting jobs, building up their communities. None of this is easy, so it takes determination, perseverance, and sacrifice.

    To their credit, many Blacks are indeed doing these things. I see evidence of this every day. However, more need to follow that example.

    In a way, simply being moral and responsible will go a long way to improve things. I think that is the essence of Christian values.

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