Welcome to Virginia Black Conservatives…also known as VBC. I’d like to take a moment to explain the purpose of this blog, and what I hope to accomplish with it.
During my work on the McDonnell campaign, I was fortunate to have met several other conservative African Americans. Some identified as Republicans, while others claimed no party identification. All, though, held strongly conservative views-either socially, fiscally, or in another policy area. Working with them was one of my many highlights of the campaign. Since the campaign, we’ve all gone back to our separate lives and forums; staying involved locally, but waiting for the next elections to come together again.
Along with this, the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV), its elected members and its candidates, have relied on these same black conservatives to spearhead their outreach efforts into our communities across Virginia. On their behalf we’ve attached our lives, fortunes, and honor to their plans and policies as the link between RPV and our people, expecting no reward except the commitment to our issues that is clearly expressed during campaign season. That commitment, more often than not, goes unfulfilled.
VBC exists to connect black conservatives across Virginia for discussions and analysis of the political issues of the day. It’s my hope that, in time, the VBC community will demonstrate a political power among Virginia’s conservative circles that we cannot display individually. No longer will Virginia’s black conservative community remain in political limbo, waiting to be mobilized during the next election and pushed aside afterwards.
How will VBC accomplish these goals?
Not only will VBC offer commentary from leaders in Virginia’s black conservative community (read: I won’t be the only one writing here!), but we will offer coverage of the Commonwealth’s political happenings. VBC will sponsor events-both online and off-that will allow our conservative voices to speak louder than the stereotypes that are made about them.
Lastly, VBC will hold RPV’s leaders and elected officials accountable for the commitments they make to our communities. We expect that the promises made in the heat of an election season will not be put on the back burner once the election’s won. Through its commentary, VBC will work to ensure this does not happen.
So that’s why we’re here. It’s an ambitious agenda, and here’s how you can help accomplish it:
First, join our community by subscribing to VBC’s RSS feed. You can also follow us on Twitter at @vablkconserv. Also, join in our discussions by leaving your comments. VBC welcomes, and will engage in, respectful dialogue with everyone-even those who differ politically.
Second, if you’d like to contribute commentary to VBC, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for supporting our efforts at VBC, and again, welcome!