Far-left progressives hate conservative minorities. We all know this. If you happen to be black, Hispanic, Asian, or anything else that isn’t white, and you happen to be right-leaning, you can rest assured that you will elicit all kinds of vitriol from certain individuals on the left. Those of us who have been outspoken about our politics as conservatives, libertarians or a little bit of both have experienced it on several occasions.
As a black conservatarian, I’ve been called every ridiculous and intellectually lazy name in the book. I’ve even been told that I’m similar to Jews who supported Hitler in Nazi Germany. But here’s my question: So what? Is it necessary to constantly harp on this point to the detriment of other points, or could we be missing issues that are more critical?
Turning Point USA’s Rob Smith, a black gay man who is a conservative, recently wrote a piece for Breitbart News titled “The Left Is at War with Conservative Minorities on Campus.” In the piece, he explains how leftist students reacted when he gave a recent speech at a university:
“Last week while speaking at a Turning Point USA chapter in Illinois, my photo was used in a flyer designed by campus leftists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under text that said: ‘NOW HIRING CONSERVATIVE MINORITIES,’ the poster said that because I’m a black conservative, I ‘lack dignity, shame, and charisma.’ It also implied that my thoughts and motivations were for sale to the highest bidder, a constant (and dreadfully boring) critique of black conservatives.”
Smith also points out how the left views anyone who criticizes the “prevailing victimhood orthodoxy of the left” is seen as a “white supremacist” or “grifter for hire.”
Then, Smith points out that he’s not the only conservative minority who gets hate from the left. He refers to activist Kathy Zhu who has been called a white supremacist despite being Asian. Of course, Zhu might not be the best example to use given the fact that she previously said the “typical black man” is racist and that we don’t have brains or know how to act “respectful.” But despite her past comments, it’s clear that she doesn’t spend her weekends burning crosses in a white hood.
Smith also makes some other valid points. He argues that the left doesn’t care about equality or minorities; they are more concerned with pushing progressivism. “Instead, they seek to silence, shame, and bully us for not promoting their agenda in the way they see fit,” he writes.
The article makes many of the points that we hear from many minorities on the right. It’s a common refrain; the hard left bullies us and calls us Uncle Toms/Sellouts/Coons. You hear it from black conservatives in seemingly every video, article, or podcast episode in which they are featured.
And you know what? Smith, along with the rest, is 100% right. It’s worth acknowledging that most on the left do not engage in this type of behavior. But it seems to be prevalent in far-left strongholds like certain college campuses and social media.
But as I indicated earlier, this is not what’s important in the grand scheme of things. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with addressing these things, but if we wish to affect change, there are other issues that deserve more of our attention, the most important of which is that most minorities support Democrats while rejecting the right, despite the ruinous impact progressive policies have had on minority communities.
Instead of spending so much time complaining about the childish antics of far-left progressives, right-leaning minorities would do better to discuss how the Republican Party can reach minority voters. Instead, the goal should be to understand and address the real reasons why minorities support the Democratic Party.
Here’s a hint: It’s not about victimhood, free stuff, or race-baiting.
I know it’s a cliché term now, but the right needs to have an honest conversation about why minorities typically support leftist politicians. Instead of relying on the tired old talking points claiming that blacks vote for Democrats because they are brainwashed mental slaves on some ridiculous fictional plantation, it would be more beneficial to everyone involved to examine the true reality: Minorities don’t vote for the supposedly conservative party because that particular party has not demonstrated that they want their votes. The Republican Party has failed to speak with minority voters in person as they do with white voters in rural and suburban areas.
As conservatives, we have failed to make the right more appealing to voters who have a little more melanin in their skin. We have relied on a hackneyed, outdated strategy that has done more to repel minority voters than attract them. It’s time for something new. These are the issues right-leaning minorities must focus on more than anything else. Complaining about the hard left isn’t moving the needle, is it? Let’s abandon the usual talking points and craft a message for American minorities that they can embrace.
I’m not the only one who has written on this matter. RedState’s own Martin Knight wrote an entire series explaining his ideas on how conservatives can widen the movement’s tent and attract more voters to conservatism. In fact, there are plenty of minority conservatives whose views you may not have heard because their voices have not yet been elevated by the conservative establishment. But as time goes on, some are pushing for change on the right. But the question remains: Is the conservative movement truly ready to start trying something new?
How do you think conservatives can reach minorities? Let me know in the comments below!
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