Angela West wrote a thoughtful post to her Facebook page, describing the taunts and name-calling that all conservatives of color have to endure — conservatives like Herman Cain, Artur Davis and her husband, the very conservative and outspoken U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.
Her post, titled, “‘Ingrate’ ‘Uncle Tom,’ The Plight of the Black Conservative,’” was prompted by the vile, hateful tweets directed toward a young, black Hollywood actress, and begins as follows:
This week, I happened to hear on the news the revelation that Stacy Dash, an actress whose last film I viewed was “Clueless” , supported Mitt Romney. At first, I did not understand the problem and then it was stated by the radio personality that she had committed the cardinal sin of any African American, she supports Mitt Romney for this presidential election. Gads! What was she thinking? Doesn’t she know that she will reap the vicious vitriol, contempt, and verbal violence heaped upon others such as Daneen Borelli, Thomas Sowell, Tim Scott, Allen West and many others who dare to stray from the Democratic, Liberal agenda?
She then goes on to describe what she and her husband have endured over the years as activist African American conservatives. Quite often, liberals will outwardly express sympathy and understanding as she describes here:
I remember on the night of the primary in Florida, I had the occasion to speak with Eve Samples of the TCPalm, our local newspaper, here in the Treasure Coast. She told me that she felt that my husband’s opponent’s ad depicting him as a boxer with gold teeth ,beating white women and stealing money from Black families was “terrible” and she did not support them.
But then, as soon as her back is turned, those same understanding, sympathetic people go into attack mode:
Her recent contribution to the paper has been to find veterans who want to bash Congressman West’s military career and showcase them. She is joined in this effort by the untiring efforts of the Palm Beach Post. One of the letter writers for the Palm Beach Post even went as far as to suggest that it is unfair that West even mentions his military service since his opponent does not have one!
Mrs. West then explained what led to the title of her post.
Which brings me to the title of this letter to my friends, “Ingrate” “Uncle Tom”, these were the words written on Allen West’s facebook entry by what appears to be a middle aged , Caucasian man. The word “ingrate” implies that West is ungrateful for something that he should be grateful for. “Uncle Tom” is an old word that implies some type of “race traitor”. Then I realized that that is the whole point. This vitriol, the total abandonment of objectivity by the press, the anger and so forth have as their origins a feeling of ownership. The idea that a person of color — in particular a Black American should not tow the Democratic line is totally abhorrent to many liberals.
She closes by asking that the voters of her husband’s congressional district “do their homework, do not rely on the news outlets such as TCPalm and Palm Beach Post for your political thought, they have become a shameless outlets for one train of thought. In order to further the debate and America as a whole, all people must have a say without fear of reprisal.
I found it interesting to compare her words to those of the “enlightened left.” The left, which claims to deride hypocrisy, fails to see the hypocrisy of instructing others that use of such terms as “food stamps” or even “Chicago” is racist, yet call conservatives of color “Uncle Tom” or even “house n****r.”
They have turned the rules of logic upside-down and don’t even realize it.
Mrs. West’s post can be read in its entirety on her Facebook page.
A thanks and a tip of the hat to Tanya Grimsley and Allen West Republic for bringing this very thoughtful and moving post to our attention.
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