As Michael Steele continues to show his disgust for the Republican Party that he now heads, one may wonder (and many do) if there is such a public person as an American black conservative—in whichever order of modifiers that you so choose. When “journalist” D. L. Hughley told Steele that the National Republican Convention “literally looked like Nazi Germany,” and Steele acquiesced to the charge, one might wonder if Steele is fit to lead the party. I watched parts of the convention, and I missed the National Socialist similarities. Messianic hopes and mob mentality euphoria were to be found at a diffferent party.
Of course, what Hughley meant was that the convention was overwhelmingly white, though not as proportionately white as Republican Party activists—and perhaps not even as white as Republicans’ voter support. For Hughley, such means that the G.O.P. is not friendly to blacks. If by being friendly to blacks, he means the sort of racial socialist policies currently in vogue with the Democrats, then he is certainly correct. If he means, however, that the Republican establishment isolates blacks, then he is delusional. In this age of endless brown resentment and white guilt, the G.O.P. has swallowed the multiculturalist diversity doctrine to the extent that it does not impede (or impede much) Republicans’ commitment to true liberalism. Liberals (real liberals) stress that all men are individuals and should be treated as such. Therefore, most Republicans still scoff at racial preferences, affirmative action, and group based rights. Besides such matters, Republicans, like all “white people,” cannot wait to showcase their three black acquaintances as the nicest, most hard working people that they know. Having a minority friend has become, for Republicans as for Democrats, a mark of enlightened social status, as Sailer repeatedly mentions and Stuff White People Like repeatedly mocks.
The sad truth is that American blacks have been co-opted as useful idiots by the Left. Marxists always attempt to entice another oppressed group into their revolution, and W.E.B. DuBois and his ilk have achieved a faithful mass of support for the Left in the American black community. Culturally and religiously, folks like the Obamas remain rare birds, but politically, most blacks have fully bought into the Gramcian Marxist world view that the white (sometimes Jewish) capitalist establishment—a.k.a. “The Man”—conspires to keep browner denizens in perpetual ignorance, poverty, and moral squalor. The vast majority of blacks vote for Democrats because they believe that socialist proposals will help them overcome these nefarious machinations. Leftist “empowerment” will lead them to the promised land. Republicans cannot win blacks’ votes without convincing them that such policies do not work and that they cause much turmoil among the folks that they ostensibly are trying to help.
Unfortunately, there are few black American intellectuals today who follow in the tradition of Frederick Douglas and Booker T. Washington. They do, however, exist. Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and Deroy Murdock come to mind as defenders of traditional American liberalism. I have now discovered a woman to complement the group—Elizabeth Wright. I am surprised that I have never heard of her before, but you can visit her Issues & Views site to read her thoughts. She does not hesitate to tackle racial taboos, either, lambasting the double standards that exist in society and in law, as in her Free Speech for Whom? section. Who else besides certain A.C.L.U. Jews would have such a commitment to liberalism as to defend white nationalists’ trademark rights?
Did you know that the terms “Black Power,” “Black Supremacy,” and “La Raza” (The Race) are all trademarks that have long been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office? Even the Black Panther Party’s slogan “Burn, Baby, Burn” (which still evokes the threat of rioting and mayhem), had no problem winning official trademark recognition.
And then there’s “African Pride,” “Black Pride,” “Chippewa Pride,” “Cuban Pride,” “Indian Pride,” “Jewish Pride,” “Red Pride,” and lots more—all aimed at acknowledging a race or ethnicity. And all terms approved by the U.S. government.
As [r]eported by American Renaissance and Free Republic, when Justin Moritz, a former law enforcement officer, applied to trademark the phrase “White Pride Country Wide,” he was rejected in no uncertain terms. Registration of the words was not only denied, but the phrase was ruled “offensive” and “immoral.” More succinctly, the trademark office claimed, “... the proposed mark consists of or comprises immoral or scandalous matter.”
Incredulous, Moritz’s next step was to appeal the decision and give trademark officials a chance to reconsider his request. He first did some homework and accumulated a list of all the trademarks given to terms that acknowledge pride of race or national origin. He came up with over three dozen relevant terms or slogans, many referencing people of color, which objectively could be deemed close relatives to “White Pride Country Wide.” All to no avail. Rejection of his registration was upheld, and to add to his vexation, his $1,300 trademark application fee was deemed non-refundable.
Wright goes on to say that no organization on the Left or the Right, including the A.C.L.U., will take the case. What are principles, equality under the law, and free expression, after all, if they can be used by ugly racists?
Perhaps, modern Americans would feel better in a statist regime with an official racial ideology—since that is the society that we are currently now developing. Hughley may have been onto something when he remarked about National Socialism, though he had the wrong target.