Remembering Terrence

Posted: October 26, 2015 by carltate81 in Uncategorized


Virginia Black Conservative Forum mourns the loss of Terrence Boulden, our President and founder. Without Terrence there would not be a Virginia Black Conservative Forum, an organization dedicated to outreach for the Republican Party and the conservative movement. We remain committed to the vision advanced by Terrence and are grateful for the opportunity he afforded us with this organization. And we’re dedicated to continuing Terence’s work of building a more inclusive and diverse party and conservative movement.

Terence is sorely missed. He represented the very best of us and will continue to serve as an example for us and anyone else who seeks to serve the public.


“Their comments on societal norms may have been acceptable 30 years ago, but they’re damaging and denigrating today. We cannot grow the conservative movement by telling children from non-traditional families that they’re liable to be a danger to themselves and others. We need to embrace real solutions to empower parents, not chastise those who are doing everything they can to lift their children up.”

We ask that our supporters join us in boycotting the blog, as it is damaging our party and it’s brand.

-The Virginia Black Conservatives

Virginia’s Favorite Son Takes A Stand

Posted: October 2, 2015 by carltate81 in Uncategorized



With the exit of two governors, Texan Rick Perry and Badger Scott Walker, the Republican Party presidential nominating contest is down to 15 combatants.

But out of what has been dubbed the “circus” with its reality show ringleader former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore is the sober, substantive choice for voters yearning for a serious alternative. I got acquainted with Governor Gilmore during his 2008 Senate campaign where I seemed to have bumped into him at least a dozen times on the campaign trail. I was thoroughly impressed with the energy and devotion he showed through that fall, crisscrossing the state asking for votes. At the time I was doing outreach work for the state party and the McCain campaign and Gilmore was always ready and willing to lend a hand, recognizing the importance of my efforts to broaden the base of the GOP. He may have come up short back then but earned the admiration and respect of many party leaders, activists and voters.

As a result Gilmore stands as perhaps the only political figure welcomed by both ideological factions with the state GOP. He’s warmly embraced by tea partiers for his refusal to back down on his 1997 campaign promise as Governor to slash the personal property tax, a promise he kept under intense bipartisan pressure once elected. And establishment figures cast their eyes of approval upon him for his deft handling of the state during the early 2000s. He represents a uniting force that has been sorely missed in the party the past few years.
As Governor he was able to steer the aforementioned personal property tax cut, which still stands as one of the largest cuts in Virginia history, through a divided General Assembly. He showed poise in doing so, balancing each of the budgets during his tenure in Richmond through transparency and openness and not through the gimmickry each of his successors employed. That stands in sharp contrast to a President and Congress, eternally locked in partisan gridlock, unable or willing to agree on basic tax and spending legislation.

And Gilmore, in a race of fifteen, stands out for his experience, the sheer number of years he’s devoted to public service.

He’s served folks on the local level as a Commonwealth’s Attorney; eight years at the state level, first serving as Attorney General and then going on to serve as Governor; and then at the federal level as a close advisor to then President George W. Bush in the immediate aftermath of 9-11 and chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gilmore is one of the rare breed of Presidential candidates, he’d be ready on day one if elected.

A week ago I spoke with the former Governor who explained his positive vision for America, similar to the vision he had and was able to implement here in the Commonwealth. He promised to bring tax and regulatory relief to small business owners and the middle class, he promised to be ever vigilant in keeping our country safe from further attacks from without and within, but he also promised to help restore the sense of hope and optimism that seems to be missing from the American political process nowadays. Virginia’s favorite has found his place on the national stage and is taking his stand. We should all do so with him.



Mike May the obvious choice for PWC Commonwealth Attorney

Posted: September 30, 2015 by Terrence J. Boulden in Uncategorized

With his dedication to diversity in Govt and Criminal Justice Reform Mike May is the obvious choice to replace good ol boy Paul Ebert and his 47 year reign in the office.. Times have changed and now we need a change in the Commonwealth attorney’s office



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Memo to Mark Jaworowski

Posted: September 16, 2015 by Coby Dillard in Uncategorized

“The time is right for our side to play the race card for a change, by appealing directly to black male voters and making the case that our policies (school choice and vouchers, strongly reduced flow of low-skilled immigrants, and targeted privatization of social security, etc.) are more beneficial to them than anything the Democrats can offer.”


By way of introduction, since I’ve been in college for a minute: Coby Dillard. African American man (or “black male,” if you must), graduate of a community college and an HBCU, former vice chair of the Republican Party of Norfolk.


Credentials aside, what you’re suggesting is not only dead wrong, but indicative of many of the problems black men-and women, and children-have with our Republican Party.


First, it’s extremely hypocritical of any Republican to suggest that “playing the race card” is a viable political strategy for the Republican Party. You’re essentially suggesting that we act like Democrats in strategy-read that carefully-while decrying the for the use of that strategy. Pause for intellectual honesty: when Democrats make use of the race card, what’s the standard Republican/conservative response?


Second-and I’m going to project a bit here-before writing this, did you ask any black men what their concerns were? Whether immigration and social security, and school choice were the most important issues on their radar? If you did, you’d probably find a lot more who are interested in, you know, sentencing disparity for drug offenses, restoration of rights for non-violent felons, and the whole (insert name of last black man killed by police here) issue.


Why? Because those things are tangible; we feel them. We live them. It’s easy to talk about macro-issues and say “yeah, black voters HAVE to be upset about that!” It makes you look foolish, however, when you make assumptions about things that you have approximately zero knowledge of.


And no, growing up in a housing project in Manhattan in the 1960s does not give you credibility to talk about the issues of African Americans in the 2000s. Take that message to Richmond’s Gilpin Court, or Calvert Square in Norfolk, or on campus at Virginia State University in Petersburg, and see how well it resonates. Or take it to Hampton University, where you would at least be heard out and have your misconceptions and assumptions corrected.


I’m spitballing here, but I’m willing to bet my meager salary that there are more black men more concerned about their next encounter with the police than whether they’ll live to fully enjoy Social Security.


As Republicans/conservatives-because those titles don’t necessarily compliment each other-we have a tendency to attempt to tell black voters what they should be upset about; why they should vote for “us.” When was the last time we made a concerted effort to go to the black communities across Virginia and say, “you know, what ARE your concerns? Tell us, because we don’t know”?


My bad, that’s “pandering.” They haven’t voted for us before, so why talk to them now, right?


In that question is the crux of our problem. We don’t talk to; we talk AT. Your article is a great example of that. You’ve succeeded in offering zero solutions to problems that plague black men in the immediate; instead choosing to offer for their consideration more reasons why we should be upset.


We have minds of our own. We’re capable of our own outrage. What do you think #BlackLivesMatter is about?


If there was a commitment that I wish we on the right would make, it would be for a long-term exercise to get to know black voters. To learn what problems we have, hear our ideas for fixing them, and having a genuine discussion about how to (re)build a relationship with them.


Because pretending to care about the black community, while not hearing a damn thing we’re saying, is a transparent enterprise relegated to repetitive failure.



History can be a powerful thing

Posted: July 5, 2015 by Terrence J. Boulden in Uncategorized

Frederick Douglass : The meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro



Why do we ignore Woodrow Wilson?

Posted: July 5, 2015 by Terrence J. Boulden in Editorial/Commentary, National Politics

From Brother Carl Tate posted as an OP-Ed in the News Virginian July 5th 2015

The past few weeks have brought much debate over the historic meaning of the old Confederate battle flag. Surprisingly, most leaders, left and right, have called for the removal of the flag from public places, even from the Capitol grounds of states such as South Carolina and Alabama. A truly remarkable movement seems to be afoot to finally put the ghosts of the Civil War, which ended some 150 years ago, to rest.

The controversy, initially sparked by tragedy, has led to more soul searching, with many questioning whether statues and monuments to Confederate soldiers and political figures should continue to stand. Richmond’s Monument Avenue, with its row of statues to prominent Confederate Generals and figures for example, and even high schools named after figures such as Robert E. Lee, come to mind.


But my nomination for a figure that deserves a second glance has nothing to do with the Confederacy, though. Mine is a much revered figured from history, especially among liberals and Progressives. One who is particularly beloved in this area. His name is Thomas Woodrow Wilson, yes, little Woody.

As the head of Princeton University, Wilson referred to New York City as “Jew York”, discouraged the admission of black (and other minority) students and was a proponent of the eugenics’ movement. What was eugenics? Glad you asked. To believe in eugenics is to be in the scientific perfectibility of mankind through the mating of superior races. I’ll let you guess which race was considered superior a hundred years ago in America and which set of races was considered inferior. And still little Woody, from Staunton, was considered a leading intellect of his time. Thank God for changing times.

When he finally made it to Washington as our nation’s 28th President, he made it a point of erasing every bit of the government’s strides at racial progress. Some progressive, eh?

Woody re-segregated the federal workforce, separating federal workers by race and instituting a policy that had never been officially in place since black workers were first welcomed into the federal workforce. He rebuffed a delegation of black dignitaries visiting the White House, who were there to protest discriminatory policies in the armed forces, by telling them this: “segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.”

Yes, he really said that.

Wilson also hosted famed director D.W. Griffin and held a screening of his racist film “Birth of the Nation”, afterward proclaiming it one of the greatest films of all time, a film mind you known for its depiction of the near rape of white women by ape-like black men in the aftermath of the Civil War. And as to the matter of federal anti-lynching legislation, Wilson did absolutely nothing, allowing the lives of hundreds of thousands of black southerners to be put in jeopardy on his watch.

Wilson was a bigot who stood out even for his time. A man whose racism came clothed in the sophistication of intellectualism and high mindedness. A liberal for his time, a white supremacist for the ages.

The real question, though, is whether the cheese and wine set in the Queen City has the courage to speak this truth. Or whether they’re so enamored with Staunton being the birthplace of a president that they’re willing to overlook the obvious racism and bigotry of little Woody? Time will tell. Indeed, time will most certainly tell.