I’m Ronald Ayers, and I’m
a Black Conservative.
A great many
black folks, and a lot of white folks that I’ve come in contact with have the notion that the drive toward racial, political
and economic freedom for black Americans in this country started with Martin Luther King Jr's. leadership of the civil rights
movement or, the involvement of certain civil rights leaders such a Jesse Jackson, or an Al Sharpton with the Democratic Party.
Actually, it was white Radical Republicans along
with Black Conservatives such as Fredrick Douglas operating in a post civil war America
that were responsible for black men having the right to vote in this country before white women had the right to vote.
were given the vote with the passage of the 15th Amendment in 1870, but were effectively barred from exercising it by the
use of poll taxes and literacy tests. Black folks were finally given full access to the vote in the 1960s with the passage
of the 23rd amendment (abolishing poll taxes) and passage of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. Suffrage for women was just as uneven.
It was granted first in the Wyoming territory in 1869, but it was not until 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment that
all women everywhere in the US won the vote.
such as Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute helped form a
collective conservative consciousness among common black folks that gave our race more of a spiritual affinity with conservative
Republicans than with Democrats.
the majority of African Americans, Black conservatives such as myself generally oppose affirmative action and government minority
business set-aside programs, oppose minimum wage laws , and oppose any increase in social welfare spending. Black conservatives
favor the death penalty, privatization of government services, deregulation of business, and voucher systems for public housing
and for education.
There are reasons more numerous than I can enumerate
here for the separation of black people’s quest for political and economic freedom in America from the Republican party,
to our present day monolithic tethering to the Democrats, and to liberal thinking.
But, if truth be known, black folks are just
as conservative as republicans on some moral issues. In fact, black folks have more in common with conservative republican
philosophy than most of us will admit.
Here’s a little quiz for my black brothers and sisters out there. (White folks ya’ll can take this quiz too. I ain’t
excluding anybody. Word!)
you against affirmative action and reparations?
you want police to be tough on crime?
you support gun control?
you like to see lower taxes?
you think the United States should have a strong military?
you for or against legalized abortion?
you agree that marriage is the union between a man and a woman?