I was reading through blogs last week and several linked to this story from the New York Times about a wave of Black Republicans running for Congress in 2010. Some, like Colonel Allen West, I knew because of great blog coverage, most of course had never crossed my radar.
Now I'm a big believer in merit over skin color or other chromosomes as the deciding factor in a political candidate, but I did flash to just a moment of thinking how awesome it would be if 34 freshman Congressman, all black, were to suddenly burst on the scene.
It would be the end of the Democratic Party, and a huge step towards racial reconciliation. Imagine what would happen if being Black didn't mean that you faced intense pressure to support Democrats. Imagine what would happen if Republicans were forced to deal with "black" issues because they actually had a chance at winning black votes. Without a monolithic black vote in the urban areas, Democrats would never win a national election and they'd be hard pressed to win even 40 Senators in their current incarnation.
The Republicans aren't going to do it on their own. This isn't a matter of race, it's a matter of power. Democrats "own" the black vote. They OWN it. They see it as their by right. And they'll say and do anything, from spreading lies about Republican politicians to destroying any black conservative who dares to speak out. But thirty four black conservatives, all in Congress? It would signal an end to the divide and conquer policies of political hacks like Sara Howard and her hateful flyers.
Now - 32 black Republican Congressman is a pipe dream. They need one first, having not had one since J.C. Watts retired. But even that one needs a start. A base. Millions of black men and women vote for Republicans each election, even if tens of millions vote for Democrats. Those millions need strong voices, and so when I read the article, I figured I'd look around for a PAC to donate to that supported black conservatives.
Before I even typed a search into Google, one popped up in front of me. Move On Up, the social network for black conservatives that is based here in St Louis, just started a PAC. As in, they just started it this week. Call it serendipity, or call it blind luck, but the email appeared at just the right time, and so I gave $100 to the PAC, with the hope that they spend the money wisely and help at least a few of those 32 across the finish line in November.
The announcement is here at the website. You can give money through Paypal, as I did. But let me caution you. This funding vehicle isn't for white people. I don't mean they'll turn the money away, but understand this PAC is about black conservatives empowering black conservatives, not asking white people for a handout.
I gave because I don't think racial grievances can be healed until black people are well represented in both parties, and I see this as a valid vehicle to do so. From the announcement.
In politics, numbers and money are the grease that gets the squeaky wheels (your cause) attention, not any past loyalties. We have a clear choice. We can either continue to complain and keep experiencing neglect during and after the campaign season, or, we can begin right now to build a grassroots organization that has hundreds of thousands of members that will advance our agenda due to its sheer size and influence.
And because this is a PAC - let me be clear - I'm not associated with this PAC in any fashion. I'm not associated with any PAC, or any formal structure, or any political organization, in any fashion, with the lone exception of volunteering for various Tea Party events.
I am simply, the Editor.