Diary of a Mad Black ConservativeBy Darvio Morrow
March 23, 2009
"Token." "Sell-out." "Uncle Tom." "House Negro." If you are an African-American conservative, you know these phrases all too well. If you are black and conservative (or even moderate), people question your "blackness." For those who do not know what "blackness" means, it is essentially the Afro-centric, "say it loud, I`m black and I`m proud" philosophy that many in the African American community embrace.
The Left and the media have told us that being an African-American conservative is a repudiation and “sell out” of our race, and many people have concluded that authentically conservative and authentically black are incompatible. The attacks are often vicious, from caricatures of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dressed as a "mammy" to pictures of RNC Chairman Michael Steele superimposed with big, red lips and white gloves with the phrase "Sambo Goes to the Big House" written above his head. Members of the crowd at the Maryland senate debate in 2006 even allegedly threw Oreo cookies at Steele. The gesture was meant to convey that Steele is black on the outside but white on the inside.
As damaging as the attacks on black conservatives are from the Left, however, they can be even worse from the Right.