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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Prejudice Against (Conservative) Blacks

Tip of the hat to Jeff @ Protein Wisdom

Read the whole thing at OpinionJournal.com:

Prejudice
Black Republicans should be able to live without fear.

BY TED HAYES
Monday, January 2, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST
[...]
I am the founder and director of a unique, progressive homeless facility in downtown Los Angeles, known as the Dome Village. Yet the 35 men, women and children and their pets who call the Dome Village home are being "evicted" from privately owned property after 12 1/2 years--apparently on account of my political beliefs and activities. You see, though I am a leading homeless activist, I am also a conservative Republican and a strong supporter of President Bush.

Here's how the situation played out. Recently, I was invited to address a local Republican Women's Club; my landlord read an article in the local paper reporting on the event. Soon after, I received a notice raising the Dome Village rent from $2,500 a month to $18,330. Shocked, I inquired as to the seriousness of the change, and the property owner blurted out that the cause of our "eviction" was "because you are Republican." He said that as a Democrat, he was tired of helping me and the Dome Village. In other words, let the homeless be damned.

And people think the Democrats are the party of compassion and tolerance.
[...]
It is time for American blacks to have a conversation about the phenomenon of Democrats persecuting black Republicans. Why is this happening? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to understand about Republicans? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to know about Democrats? And how is it that we have come to this point--after having endured so much--where we have ourselves curtailed the freedom of political expression through the threat of retaliatory consequences?

What a great point... why endure such a struggle to be able to express oneself politically, only to be told by the black leadership ("hustlers, bigots, and crooks" in the eyes of Oliver Willis) that you must sign up to their policy positions or you're not black? Is that the liberty and freedom that Americans sought in the 1960s?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler