In 2012 Mitt Romney garnered 17 percent of the minority vote, while unemployment was at a staggering 14.4 percent. Today the minority unemployment rate is 12.2 percent, not better off than we were 2 years ago. Why do we continue to keep voting for a party that does nothing for us, but keep us happy in debt and regulation.Why should minorities vote the Republican ticket this year? Simply put, the Democratic Party has done nothing but enslave the minority community with big government promises and bigger government lies.Malcom X spoke about this issue in plain terms back in 1964:“The Democrats have been in Washington D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They’ve been down there four years, and they’re — all other legislation they wanted to bring up they brought it up and gotten it out of the way, and now they bring up you. And now, they bring up you. You put them first, and they put you last, ’cause you’re a chump, a political chump.”“Anytime you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that Party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you’re dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that Party, you’re not only a chump, but you’re a traitor to your race.”What would Malcolm X say about today’s 95 percent black vote? Did the Democratic Party keep its promises to push education reform and encourage job creation? Absolutely not. With failing schools in low income minority neighborhoods, without giving parents a choice to take their children out of those failing schools, and into better ones. The Democratic Party has failed to bring down the jobless rate in the minority community, and have pushed minimum wage earnings as a way of life.It’s time that minorities take a different path, instead of continuing to go down the road of broken dreams and promises.
The VBC announces these legislative goals for Virginia :
Restoration of rights for prisoners – make it automatic for those convicted of non-violent crimes to have their rights automatically restored
Education reform – performance based funding, the approval of additional charter schools
Creation of free enterprise zones – businesses won’t be required to pay certain taxes (BPOL) or implement certain regulations for ten years if they move into economically disadvantaged areas around the state; tax credits and guaranteed loans for individuals who wish to start businesses in those areas (democratization of capitalism)
Criminal justice reform – creation of special family courts across the state, like the one in Richmond, to handle the most difficult issues and cases (non-payment of child support, custody issues, etc.) in more sensitive ways; expand job training services, as well as educational opportunities, for prisoners ‘
Additional reform of state welfare programs – expand and require job training for recipients, provide/require nutritional and financial literacy classes for recipients, pro-rate payments for recipients who are working
- Virginia Black Conservatives
Today The Virginia Black Conservatives Forum is pleased to announce our new executive team as well as our Board of Directors. They are as follows:
Chairman and Founder – Coby Dillard
President and Director of Operations – Terrence Boulden
Vice President – Carl Tate
Executive Director – Eric Wray II
Board of Directors:
The VBC will also be adding Patrick Murphy as the Director of Special Projects, which will include social media and other marketing projects.
Our new team looks forward to promoting and expanding conservative values. We will do this through promotion, education, and recruitment, in communities where conservative ideals are not prevalent.
As the VBCcontinues to grow and expand across Virginia we ask for your support and encourage your suggestions.
Virginia Black Conservatives
From Coby Dillard
You probably picked this up from my picture, but I am a black man – or an African American, if you prefer. It’s a distinction I wear with pride, as I am at once usual and different, known and unknown.
What makes me different is that, according to some of my friends, I’m “safe.” I don’t drink or do drugs. I haven’t been to jail, save for a brief stop for a traffic violation. I don’t have multiple kids by multiple women. The stereotypes that society would apply to me don’t fit.
Along with that, I’ve made a conscious decision to stand up for my community when I feel we – yes, we – are wronged in some way, as well as to call attention to wrongs that are largely self-inflicted.
Whether those stereotypes apply to me, I am still subject to them and to unwritten rules. One of those principles, placed in my psyche at an early age, is respect for authority, especially when it comes in the uniform of a police officer. As black men, from our youth we are taught to not question the police or confront them in any way that would cause trouble, or give that perception.
This duality – wanting to see my community do and receive better, while carrying an awareness of the stereotypes and situations that make that goal difficult – isn’t unique to me. Talk to any black man, and you’d get the same sense of inner conflict.
As I watch the events in Ferguson, Mo., surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, the internal conflict flares anew.
I get the outrage that surrounds police shootings, especially ones where the victim’s guilt or innocence is determined quickly and subjectively. But we have to be honest with ourselves. If initial reports prove true, Brown lacked a basic sense of respect; one that requires a level-headedness and awareness of the unfortunate realities of being black in America.
That’s if, however, the reports are true.
If not, and a young black man was killed needlessly by a police officer, that’s a matter for investigation and prosecution.
What it isn’t, however, is an excuse for anyone to react violently, to vent frustrations on the property of others. That’s a purely emotional response, one that prevents or diminishes the effectiveness of those who seek to right a grievous wrong.
I can only hope that from this tragedy comes change. I pray that we will teach our sons – of any color – the basic tenets of respect, not just for others, but for self. I pray that as we reintroduce respect, it’ll spread to others in our circles, our communities, our cities.
Tonight the world mourns the loss of comedic genius Robin Williams of an apparent suicide. Williams suffered, unknown to most of the public, from depression and bipolar disorder. The stresses of this world got to be too much for him. How terribly, terribly sad.
Depression is a real disease. Many people cannot help the fact that they’re afflicted with it. The symptoms of depression can be treated but often the fight lasts for a lifetime. Unfortunately too few do recognize this and because of embarrassment refuse to seek out much needed help and support.
I was one of those folks who refused to seek help. For years I suffered in silence and in pain. I nearly allowed my life to overwhelm me. And I came to a point where I felt I had no choice but to seek out the help I needed. And once I did my doctor put my mind at ease. He explained to me exactly what depression is and how I can successfully treat it. He encouraged me to put certain events in my in perspective and let me know his door was always open if I ever needed someone to confide in and talk to. He also explained to me about the genetic predisposition most folks have toward depression and other mental health problems. He explained that my depression wasn’t my fault and that some people need an extra bit of help in life
The problem is that too many folks don’t take the steps that I did. Too often we have people in our lives who frown upon seeking help and advice for mental issues. For instance as someone who attends church on a regular basis I’ve witnessed many occasions where mental health issues are chalked up to spiritual deficiencies. Many in the church believe the sadness and despair that grips those who suffer from depression can be cured through prayer. And it’s simply not true – prayer can help but medical attention is needed, just as it is when a parishioner suffers from diabetes or cancer. God has provided doctors, counselors and therapists to help soothe His followers and His followers need to take advantage of those who are out there.
As an African-American I’m also keenly aware of the stigma many blacks attach to mental health issues. Often African-Americans will refuse to seek help for their mental health problems and issues. We’re taught to suck it up and just deal with the problems. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves or our families by “airing” dirty laundry, even if we’re just talking to our doctor or a counselor. And as a result too many of us are allowing the stress of mental diseases to eat us up inside.
Mental illness and depression affects all of us. Many, like me once, are suffering in silence, afraid to speak up. In too many cases people are taking their lives because they feel they have no other choice. Each death is a needless loss. Be mindful of those folks, be sensitive to their feelings, never make light of this serious problem. Robin Williams untimely death, along with those of Freddie Prince and Don Cornelius, shows us that this silent disease can strike anyone, that it knows no race, creed, or social status.
Tragedy has struck the black community once again. Yet another black mother is left mourning the loss of yet another black son. And yet again hoodlums (and many who know better) are taking the loss as an opportunity to rob, loot and steal. Michael Brown and his family deserve better.
Rioting is never the answer to these tragedies. Clearly our community and our nation has still to learn, process and absorb the lessons of Dr. King, who taught us that the only way to conquer hate is through love and that violence only leads to more violence. King not only talked the talk, but walked the walk, as he implored black supporters not to riot, even when his own home, with his wife and newborn baby inside, was bombed by domestic terrorists.
Want proof? Look at the legacies of the 1960s themselves, as that era fades into America’s collective memory, the devastation of the riots that hit every major black city still linger on. The cities of Newark, Detroit and Washington, DC never fully recovered from the damages wrought by looters some forty-five years ago. Those cities, once beacons of black accomplishment, began their long, sad descent after our people nearly destroyed them. And that’s the saddest part of all this, we’re destroying our own neighborhoods, we’re looting our own businesses, we’re setting our own selves back.
Our community suffers from double digit unemployment, our schools are failing, more of our young men are in prison than in college and we’re out there rioting. That is not who we are or what we are. Black folks, we’re better than this and we know it.
And so, yes I too am angry about what appears to be yet another senseless death of a young African-American man, and yes I am pissed off about the racism America can’t seem to shake, but black America has got to wake up. We’ve got to put an end to the foolishness and ignorance. We’re a people who endured 300 years of slavery and state sanctioned discrimination and somehow we survived and thrived. We need to pull from that inner strength when these events occur.
Imagine the anger felt when a young black boy was severely beaten and lynched for the “crime” of looking at a white woman. And even though many could have argued the death of Emmett Till should have been answered with more violence and death, our people and our community answered the hate and anger with prayers and love; we waited on the justice system even though we knew it was a farce at the time; we mounted peaceful protests and let the actions of those on the other side speak for themselves.
That’s how Brown’s death should have been answered. Imagine what would happen today if we employed the same tactics of those in the civil rights’ movement, just imagine the reaction. Instead, too often, we choose to act like fools and common hood rats, scurrying about for our next victims. Dr. King would be embarrassed.
This month there will be many statements issued, many articles written, many books published in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard M. Nixon from the Presidency. There will the typical attacks on Nixon’s character, retrospectives on the man and his career, most asking the question of how and why a man who achieved his greatest dream in life would throw it all away. And there will even be those who come out of the woodwork to defend the disgraced ex-President.
Most people who know me know I sympathize with the latter group, a staunch defender of the man from Yorba Linda and the great work he accomplished in spite of having his career in elected office cut short. But I think most commentators will get it wrong. They know the history and the facts for the most part, but forty years after the Nixon resignation and twenty years after his death they still fail to grasp the man.
You see the real story of Watergate is that of a profoundly insecure man succumbing to the pressures around; who, despite outward appearances, was never sure of his true value and worth to his friends, family, party and nation. Nixon was a deeply troubled man who nonetheless, through sheer force of will, powered himself to the greatest heights in American politics. He used his demons to drive and motivate himself. And they in turn eventually overwhelmed him.
Yes, Nixon gave into his baser impulses, he succumbed to his weaknesses. He was petty, vindictive, mean and spiteful and he paid the ultimate price. But that doesn’t make him evil or wicked or any of the over the top descriptions he’s earned from the mainstream press and historians. Richard Nixon was just so very human. Like all of us he had flaws, but he did great things for his country and there’s nothing more admirable than that. We’ve all fallen woefully short in our lives; we’ve all given in to our darker sides at some points in our lives.
But the lesson the Nixon story teaches us is to never allow our shortcomings to bury us, never allow them to snuff out our drive and our passion. Life will only defeat you if you allow it. And Nixon NEVER allowed it. We’ve all suffered setbacks, some worse than others. But, as Nixon stated in his final address from the White House, none of them are meant to be endings, rather they’re meant to be new beginnings. Every setback is merely an opportunity to come back.
This troubled man aspired to be the greatest peacemaker in American history. That more than anything was the legacy he sought and yearned for the most. And it is my hope that in death President Nixon found the peace that always seemed to have eluded him in life.