The Life of a Young Black Conservative

July 8, 2009 – From The Glenn Beck Newsletter

Last week Glenn got a call from a very impressive young man named Jerome Hudson, who told Glenn he had written an op-ed during the 2008 election on being a black conservative. He sent it in and it's fantastic. Enjoy!

While attending a black fraternity party, I recently learned it’s a bad idea to profess one’s affinity for Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.   

Worse, according to current polls, it appears I may be the only black 22 year old in America who will be voting for Sen. John McCain.   

It’s not that I was unaware that being a black conservative Republican puts me in the ultimate “minority.”   After all, Shelby Steele’s classic article “ The Loneliness of the Black Conservative” has become an article of faith that I’ve all but committed to memory.    

But I guess I had made the mistake of buying into all that liberal yammering about being “open minded” and supporting “diversity” that I’d deluded myself into believing that a civil, discussion about the herd-like ideological mentality of so many of my contemporaries suffer from was possible.   

Boy, was I wrong.  Big time!   

My official “Negro” card got stripped away.  I instantly lost my “blackness.”  And now, consequently, I now am greeted with this: “Hey, y’all, here comes The Black Republican.”    

And that’s when I think to myself, Hmmm…so this is how it feels to be an "Uncle Tom."   

Still, being labeled “The Black Republican” is undoubtedly a promotion from: "Hey, why are you dressed so nice?  You got a job interview or something?"  Or, worse, “Man, why are you talking like that?  You sound white?  Who do you think you are?  A conservative Kanye West?”
But my path to ideological emancipation began where all the most important things always begin—with my father and mother.  Growing up, my Army drill sergeant father was a firm believer in tough love.  My parents instilled in us Christian values.  But I believe that first part—having an involved mother and father—was critical.  With 70% of all black babies being born out-of-wedlock, it’s no wonder black poverty remains entrenched, welfare has become a way of life, and that many of my fellow young black male counterparts choose gangsta life over college.    

But it wasn’t until college that I realized I had been ensnared in what John McWhorter calls the “Cult of Victimology.”  One of my professor’s pointed me toward a world of literature I’d never been introduced to:  Thomas Sowell, John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Star Parker, Angela McGlowan, Larry Elder, Walter Williams—they obliterated the Leftist foolishness that floods my community.   

It was then that my eyes were opened to the truth, a truth that my father was willing to give his life for, a truth that hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have paid the ultimate price to pass on to future generations.  And that truth is this: America remains the greatest country that God gave to man.  

So imagine me, a member of various organizations that largely consist of young black Americans, most of whom are womb to the tomb Democrats and liberals, speaking openly about the many opportunities and blessings we enjoy in our great nation and refuting Michelle Obama’s supposition that America is a “downright mean place..” 

Can you say… suicide?   

"So Jerome,” the partygoers asked, “you’re REALLY a Republican?!" 


Of course I’m a Republican!  And your great grandparents were too!

Yes, I’m a member of the Anti-Slavery Party, the party responsible for: the 13th (abolished slavery), 14th (gave former slaves full citizenship rights), the 15th Amendment (gave slaves voting rights), the Civil Rights Act of 1871(protecting southern blacks from the Ku Klux Klan), the Reconstruction Acts, and the 1866, 1875, 1957, 1960, and 1964 Civil Rights Acts.

And no, my brothers and sisters, yesterday’s southern Democrats are NOT today’s Republicans!  If so, former Klansman, Sen. Robert Byrd—the highest ranking senate Democrat and President Pro-Tempore of the Senate—apparently didn’t get the memo and forgot to switch parties.

But it’s more than just the history.  I’m proud to stand for self-empowerment, personal responsibility, strong family values, small government, low taxes, free markets, a strong military, and individual achievement etc.

And don’t even get me started on which side stands up for the precious 1.4 million unborn children (32% of whom are black), who will be casualties in the war inside the womb.  When I see these so-called “black leaders” bashing conservatives for “racist policies,” I wonder how they justify cheering on the political team who proudly defends the annihilation of 13 million black children since 1973. 

And conservatives don’t care about black people?    I don’t think so!

No, I think I’ll ride with the team who says enough with the welfare cancer that has destroyed people’s innate desire to achieve.  Yes, I’ll ride with the folks who respect me enough to consider me their equal and not insult me with Affirmative Action racism.  Yeah, I’ll ride with the gang who would rather create effective policies than emotional “feel good” symbolism that robs individuals of their desire to aspire.

So while it may take a little getting used to walking into college parties where I’m known as “The Black Republican,” I now realize I am a newly inducted member of a rich tradition of ideologically emancipated black conservatives.  And guess what? I’m more than cool with that.   I’m proud, actually.

“The conservative Kanye West”? 


Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Jerome Hudson is a sophomore at Tallahassee Community College with plans to transfer to Florida A&M University in the fall.

6 Responses to “The Life of a Young Black Conservative”

  1. This was great.  You know what he says here is true, it IS the ultimate social suicide for a black person to be conservative.  I believe there are a lot of black conservatives out there, but they would never admit it for fear of social ostrization.  Funny…having a baby out of wedlock, ok…living like a criminal in the “gangsta” world, ok…abortion, no problem…but stand up for values?  You traiterous, Uncle Tom, honky lovah!

  2. The Left is a social construct the enemy uses to promote self destruction and corrosion from within the creation of God.  Politically correct fascism (for our own good) government care and social justice fascism (for our own good)  Any more of that kind of good and the black community will cease to exist and the white community is now idolizing the gangsta’ so the white youth are traveling right down the same road.

    The trouble is our kids face the struggles the nation faces but they face them 10-15 years earlier.  Today we are facing immorality in our leadership.  Today, that means they are facing fascist programmers in school.  10-15 years from now, the programmers will have state authority to re-program any citizen who steps out of line or questions the state’s authority.

    The free people will be the ignorant criminals and without some educated action to pre-empt it, the law abiding will be huddling in their corrals like the sheep and cattle they become.

  3. Which is why this nation brought the world out of the Dark Ages.  So-called “Progressives” think their ideas are “new” or “intellectual”.  They aren’t, they are just the same old tyrannical ideas wrapped in new packaging destined to fail.Seriously, success and well being can only come from Liberty.  So-called “intellectuals” are literally too stupid to understand this.  When people live according to God’s laws (laws of liberty), the people prosper.  When people live according to their own thinking, usually thinking they know better, tyranny and misery rule.Those that reject God, also reject the light and knowledge the Holy Spirit wants to give them.  Christ taught that the freedom to choose was the only way to learn and understand.  The freedom to give was the only way to nourish charity, the desire and freedom to improve, brought blessings and prosperity.  The need for stable families made for stable societies. etc.  The Godless intellectual never wants to understand the connection.  They, on the one hand, decry a loving God laying out commandments and laws, yet on the other hand, think themselves so smart so as to dictate to the “small minded” how to live.There were “liberals” and “progressives” at the time of Rome, Greece, throughout history.  They all thought they knew better, yet every single time they assumed power, society became miserable, stagnant, slothful, indifferent to others, and great nations would fall.  Each one thought they new better than the ones previous.  The same method and pattern is used, breed envy, encourage covetousness, encourage immorality, minimize chastity, minimize the family unit, minimize the individual over the “collective” or populace, say what;s wrong is right and what’s right is wrong.  Make people believe they are entitled to things they should be working hard themselves for.  etc. etc.Liberalism and progressivism is the oldest political movement in history.  The difference is it is always repackaged in new deceptively pretty wrapping paper and sold as new to each new generation.  The ideas of individual free choice with only basic rules of law has always been a God originated idea.

  4. Time to back up and start at the last point of respect for the Constitution.  Name the God we worship in an amendment so we no longer tolerate Satanic worship and bloodlust in religions never intended to live in peace and prosperity.

  5. You have to clean house and restore the country to the Constitution as it is now.  Introducing new amendments is worthless.  The existing Constitution is being ignored now.  What makes you think anything new would be paid attention to?  What needs to be done is specify that what is not stated in the Constitution, the Feds can’t do.  Clarification is necessary, so there’s no possible way to “sleaze-bag” through so-called loop-holes or the meaning of “is” is debated.  Things Judges, citizens and politicians can see and understand with blatant obviousness.The Constitution was written under the intent of that what is written gives power to the government, what isn’t written they have no authority for.  Unfortunately, people have turned it on its head stating its only what the government can’t do citing the Bill of Rights.  The Bill of Rights is confusion, and the founders stated that.  They should have added the language that the government has no authority except what is written here.  Something that simple would have solved a great many issues in history.

  6. Congress is supposed to be the enforcer of the Constitution.  The President is supposed to be the enforcer of the Constitution.  The Supreme Court is supposed to be the enforcer of the Constitution.  Every member of government who takes an oath of office swears allegiance to defend the Constitution from the President to the beat cop or the foot soldier.  If the three top branches of government aren’t doing that much and aren’t requiring the same of the rest, then we are essentially, sunk.  Generally, the Constitution isn’t worth the paper its written on unless we the people enforce its tenets.  A revolution is an ugly and expensive thing.  Its only redeeming quality is if the end justifies the means.  The only justification for revolution is liberty, free will, self reliance.  Everything else, history proves ends up in tyranny.  Unfortunately, the only people who have the will and time to monitor such things in our culture are the politicians and lawyers who argue the laws.  That is, until the comfort levels are reduced to the breaking point for the average taxpayer/voter.

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