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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.

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I am no expert on this issue; these are simply some of my thoughts and observations on party outreach.

I, for one, am proud of the RNC and RPV’s attempts of late to integrate real outreach into our party. Better late than never! However, I fear that leadership believes that appointing a few “outreach directors”, or having a diverse speaking lineup at the various conferences and conventions will suddenly fix all of the issues the party has had with minorities for so many years – It has not and it will not. Truthfully, having a diverse speaking lineup and appointing all kinds of “outreach directors” is great, but it is nowhere near a game plan for being competitive with minorities again.

What also needs to be done is the hard work, beginning on the local level. As a party, we must begin showing up at community meetings and NAACP meetings; start attending any and all events in the predominately black communities – In other words, putting your actions where your mouth is, while proving to minorities that we actually do care about them and actually do care about expanding and having them in our party.

We also need to cut out the loose lips around the fringes that are so quick to just assume and state that minorities vote Democrat because they want a “freebie” or a “handout”. When things like this are said, it just contributes to the view that Republicans think minority voters are dumb, can’t think for themselves, and just vote to get their “benefits”. The voices saying this crap will never be a part of diversifying the GOP, just discouraging it and turning off minority voters. Seriously, cut it out.

Now there is a very fine line we all must walk of pandering vs. outreach. Do we want to win their votes just to get elected, or are we actually concerned about adding some flavor to the party? I for one want to add some flavor and diversity to the party, but, that will only come about with the hard work! We must not only put in this work, but we must be sincere in our so doing! It is very easy to tell the sincere apart from the insincere.

Obama and the Democrats won the black vote by over 90% in 2012. That tidal wave of support will not change overnight, but we must begin the hard work right now, so that maybe, just maybe, in the coming years, we will win more than just single digit percentages of the hearts and minds of minorities in our Cities, in Virginia, and in America, and convince them that we are sincere about outreach.

Let’s get to work!

For Pete Snyder

Posted: May 6, 2013 by Coby Dillard in Virginia Politics
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When I first heard Pete Snyder was running for lieutenant governor, I thought, “so, the guy who just blew RPV’s Victory operation is now gonna offer himself up as a candidate. If this isn’t the best example of the Peter Principle, I’m not sure what is.”

Not long thereafter, he invited me to lunch. We talked about the things that are important to me: rights restoration, education, and how to reach out to minority voters. It was a good discussion, and I left wanting to know more about him; wanting to see if the “big ideas” were really there, or if that was just another catchy slogan that would soon be forgotten.

Virginia’s lieutenant governor has a relatively recent, important, and somewhat unofficial role: serving as the Commonwealth’s Chief Jobs Creation Officer. The LG’s supposed to help attract businesses to the state, and keep those that are already here. It would help, then, if the person who fills Bill Bolling’s shoes has some ideas on how to do that-and probably more importantly, the experience of having done it.

Pete Snyder has that. His story, by now, is somewhat known: launched one of the first social media companies in the nation, grew it into a successful business. Fast forward to today, when you’ll find Pete already working to bring businesses to Virginia, even in the midst of his campaign; he’s actively working to bring Berretta USA to Virginia, following Maryland’s decision to strengthen their gun laws.  That he’s willing to take on this task, regardless of victory or defeat in Richmond, says a lot to me about his character.

In talking with Pete about education, you begin to see some of his big ideas: wanting to get rid of teacher tenure, cutting back on school administration, and aggressively helping to turn around failing schools. On rights restoration, he believes as I do: that non-violent felons should be able to show themselves as productive citizens and be given their right to vote back. As far as his thoughts on minority outreach, he says he’s willing to go to areas where Republicans traditionally don’t, and to engage in the discussions Republicans traditionally don’t. Having found nothing in his record to indicate otherwise, I take him at his word.

Pete Snyder-as his signs say-is different. He’s not a politician in the sense of having been elected to something before. He doesn’t have the record of having to make hard decisions in the political world.

I like that about him. He brings a new energy to a party of, well, old guys. When we look at where those with experience have gotten us-and that’s not just the Democrats!-maybe it is time for something different, for someone to come shake things up, for someone who doesn’t know what “business as usual” is and therefore, isn’t tied to it.

Pete Snyder is that guy. And I look forward to supporting him at the convention in Richmond.

Mr. President Barack Obama,

 

As the leader of the free world I’m sure you are a very busy man, so I will try and make this brief.

 

I am a young mother of six beautiful children.  I am a Pro-Life wife, a devout Catholic, and an Army veteran.  I know you have very little respect for the opinions or values of pro-lifers like myself, and I’m sure that what I have to say will not move you in any way whatsoever towards the plight of the unborn.  However, since we still have free speech in America, I cannot stand by and say nothing.

 

For the first time in our history, a sitting president addressed Planned Parenthood.  I understand why you support an organization that makes its profit off of the murder of innocent babies.  They send you great sums of money for campaigns.  I am very disturbed by your “God Bless You” statement to them however.  God would never bless an organization that has been responsible for millions of deaths since Roe V. Wade.  You call yourself a Christian man, but support the wholesale slaughter of the weakest among us. I was dismayed by your statement to Planned Parenthood in 2008 stating that if your daughters became pregnant before they were ready, that you would view your grandchild as “punishment”.  I became pregnant at 18 years old.  I was a scared Private still in Advanced Individual Training.  I was 19 when my daughter was born, and not once has my father called her punishment.  I have had 5 more children since then, and again no one in my family has called them punishment.

 

I noticed that you did not mention Kermit Gosnell in your speech, but he has carried out the very thing you supported while a Senator.  The Born Alive Infant Protection Act that would have protected the baby born alive from an abortion, you voted down, because it was the will of the mother that she wanted her baby dead.  I did not hear you give accolades to him, or others like him.  The horror of the Gosnell trial is happening many times over in this country, and yet you support an organization that recently admitted that it does not normally take measures to help a baby who survived an abortion attempt.

 

You have demonized those of us that believe a little baby has the RIGHT to see the light of day, the right to life, that punishing the baby is not the answer, and then tell us that we need to find common ground when it comes to abortion.  Mr. President, there is NO COMMON GROUND!!!  Your healthcare law will impugn the rights of the religious all over this country, and you have given us no respect to our faiths and beliefs.  Abortion is not healthcare!

 

You have supported an organization whose founder, Margaret Sanger, was an avowed racist and eugenicist.  An organization whose very focus was the depopulation of Black, Hispanic, poor, or disabled communities.  As the leader of our great nation you should want to help those mothers who feel driven to have an abortion, by telling them that they have help.  That there should be hope for their little baby, not death and destruction.

 

“If there is even one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try!”  Those were your words Mr. President when addressing gun violence.  Why do you berate and belittle those that feel the same way about the unborn?

 

You say God Bless You to them, but I hate to believe you mean that.  Jesus said, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such.” (Matthew 19:14).  That should be our guidance, not the blood money from abortions!  I will pray for you Mr. President, that your heart will be softened to the cries of the unborn, and that you will have compassion for the torn lives of their parents.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Danielle Denise Hollars

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Photo courtesy of Reuters/ Yuri Gripas

 

“It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back … for blacks to be back in the back of the bus … for women to be back in the kitchen … for immigrants to be back on their side of the border,”

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/obama-attends-easter-service-pastor-accuses-conservative-christians-of-racism-in-sermon-92986/#GB1Jicd8Zf25Ecqb.99 

These caustic words were spoken by Reverend Luis León (I cringe to even repeat that title for him), of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington D.C., and he is nothing short of a disgrace to the men of the cloth.  This church which is known as the ‘church of the presidents’, was apparently turned into a one man pep rally for the president and the first family.  He took the holiest day of the Christian calendar,  Easter Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, to condemn republicans and the “religious right”.  He pandered to Obama once again, and of course Obama sat there and listened to it.  Why?  Because that’s what he and his wife believe, so of course they didn’t get up and leave.  Then again, to show their respect for the Easter season, the White House did release a statement celebrating Cesar Chavez before sending out an Easter proclamation.

By the way, where is the left’s outrage?  I’m sure if that same man said something along the lines of, “Christians should come back to where God wants us, and decry the horrors of abortion, and defend life” there would be mass hysteria on the left.  Oh that’s right, because it was against Christians and the “right”, there will be once again, crickets chirping…

Mr. León, Easter Sunday is NOT the day of partisan politics.  It is NOT the day to get up on a high horse and spout your bitter rancor all over the place.  It is NOT the day for kissing the president’s behind.  You have the duty to lead your flock, and you have led them astray, including the Obama children.  Easter Sunday is the day to give glory to God, and you sir, failed miserably in that mission.

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The Virginia Black Conservative Forum is proud to endorse Senator Mark Obenshain as our next Attorney General.
Mark’s approachability and willingness to listen, while successfully passing conservative and smart bills, is one of his greatest traits.  In the recent General Assembly session, he has not done things 100% in line with what we would like; we disagree with his vote on the restoration of rights bill. However, when asked about it, Mark explained his vote without shying away from his positions, and was open to hearing our opinion on the matter. Even in disagreement, we admire his candor.
Obenshain also took on tough fights this year in voting against the transportation tax hike, and standing up to the Republicans who voted for this. He passed a bill protecting our 2nd Amendment rights by forbidding newspapers from publicizing the names of concealed carry permit holders. We acknowledge Mark Obenshain as an effective legislator who stands firm in his conservative convictions and works his hardest to advance our cause.

On Inspiration

Posted: March 18, 2013 by Coby Dillard in Editorial/Commentary, Virginia Politics

This morning, I was on the John Fredericks Show, where I had an opportunity to talk about the Stimpson “misstatement” (think that’s what I’m going to call it from now on).

The reality of that whole episode is that I can’t really fault her for her answer. Yes, she can-and should-do better. Unfortunately, though-and I said this on air-what she said is probably no different from what any of our other Republican candidates would say. We try so hard to look at everyone the same, and while that’s a good thing, it’s completely impossible to run a campaign that way. That requires coalition building, which requires….inspiration.

So, a thought experiment. I’d like for all our candidates to answer the same question that was posed to Susan. In its unedited entirety, here it is:

Republicans in VA are getting annihilated in key urban centers of the state… Hampton Newport news Richmond, Portsmouth, what would your message be to the African American community if you went to… let’s say… your campaigning in urban areas… how would you be able to inspire Blacks to vote for (insert candidate’s name here)?

Because what we really should take from the events of last week is that our messaging is horrible. So, in the (relative) safety of a conservative blog, let’s work on that messaging. I’m not doing this as a gimmick, but because if we’re going to win-which is different from not losing-we have to have this message together. The process of refining it should’ve happened long before this point, but it’s not too late to start now.

An open invitation to our statewide candidates-yes, all of them-is extended to answer. Any responses will be posted, unedited.

While party loyalty may require shunning candidates running outside of what the party supports, in no way does it require its members from actively blocking – or attempting to block – those who wish to stand up and offer themselves as candidates for public service.

If that’s what partisanship requires, none of us should want any part of it

My op-ed in the Virginian Pilot is a very, very nuanced look at whether LG Bolling should run for governor as an independent.

As Carl said in his column, our party is heading in a very strange-and largely unfortunate-direction; it remains to be seen whether that new direction is going to bring us success at the voting booth. A Bolling/Cuccinelli fight, either at a convention or in a primary, would’ve have settled our future. Yeah, it would’ve been ugly, but that’s what we need right now. We need to be ripped apart, so we can come together stronger.

I don’t know if Bolling can win as an independent, but far be it for me-or anyone-to tell someone they shouldn’t run for office just because they may pose a threat to someone within my party. That Bolling would be a good governor is not the question; away from the guise of partisanship, most would agree with that statement. If he feels a run would be good for him and Virginia, he should jump in.

That is not, however, an endorsement for Bill Bolling to be governor. Since, for better or worse, the guise of partisanship is inescapable, that needs to be made clear. As much as I talk about RPV these days, I’m sure there’s some who will make the case to drum me out over this. If you feel so compelled, bring your A game; this isn’t the Matt Geary/Bill Janis race. where actual endorsements were handed out.

Bolling will have to win me over to his side if he runs, just like Cuccinelli will have to convince me to stay on his. Hurts to say this, but as I write this, I’m not 100% sure that’s gonna happen.

I suppose we’ll find out next week how this ends.

a message from Bishop Jackson

Posted: May 18, 2012 by Terrence J. Boulden in Uncategorized, Virginia Politics

More Than Just a Voting Block

Posted: February 14, 2011 by Terrence J. Boulden in Editorial/Commentary, National Politics, Virginia Politics

I wanted to take a few minutes to address something that I heard the other day from a liberal friend of mine. He told me “Republicans only care about black people during election years.” He couldn’t be more wrong, especially here at the local level. I reminded him that Supervisors John Cook and Pat Herrity have been two constant supporters of the African-American Coalition at FCRC established by Anthony Bedell last year from day one.

It is true that last year one campaign in particular said to me in an almost offensive manner, “we need a list of black churches, there are a lot of votes there.” But I have found that kind of attitude is an exception, not the rule. In contrast, both Cook and Herrity have asked me how they help me make our tent bigger. They recognize that it’s not about their respective districts, it’s about our party as a whole. It’s about reaching out and spreading conservatism to those who have not been exposed to it before.

Given their steadfast support of me and my outreach efforts, I will be working hard to ensure that Herrity and Cook get reelected this year and will encourage my fellow black conservatives to do the same. We need more Republicans in office who support the expansion of our party, and are willing to treat African-Americans not merely as a voting block but as participants in the conservative movement.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has approached me to ask how he can help our coalition expand and I am looking forward working together with him soon on some ideas.

This election cycle, I will be working hard for those candidates that are willing to look at the big picture and recognize that expanding our party is a necessity. These candidates are doing the right thing – they’re not just looking at black voters as just black voters. And that makes all the difference.