Hat tip- Vicki Simmons
“If you’re a black Conservative today who supports the Republican Party and its racist Right Wing agenda, I ask what say you? What say you to the dead? What say you to the ghosts of the millions brought to our shores enslaved and in chains?
If you’re a black Conservative/Republican today, what say you to the ghosts of the thousands lynched, whose spirits haunt the killing fields of the Old South and who’s blood consecrated the soil and stained red the roots of trees? What say you to these dead black Conservative/Republican?
If you’re a black Conservative/Republican today, what say you to the ghosts of those who were beaten and many times killed so you could exercise your right to vote, and love and marry the person of your choice whatever their color or sexual orientation?
If you’re a black Conservative/Republican today, what say you to the ghosts of Frederick Douglas, Ida Wells Barnett, Mary McCloud Bethune, Roy Wilkins, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Fannie Lou Hamer?
If you’re a black Conservative/Republican today, what say you to the ghosts of President Abraham Lincoln, Senator Charles Sumner, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Branch Rickey?
If you are a black Conservative/Republican today, what say you to the ghosts of Medgar Evers, President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Senators Robert & Edward Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Baines Johnson? What say you to these honored dead black Conservative/Republican but most importantly what do you say to yourself? How can you possibly justify to yourself, let alone to others, your support of that party, people, and policies now dedicated to denying you those equal rights & equal opportunities that these ghosts dedicated their lives to acquire on your behalf?
How can you support those who seek to deny you the right to vote, who sanction modern day lynchings in the form of stand your ground laws, who seek to re enslave you by tying you down with the shackles of poverty, and who demonizes the first President of the United States who not only looks like you but can also relate to you in a way no president ever has and no president ever could because no other president could possibly know what it was to walk in your shoes?
Have you no shame, no decency black Conservative/Republican? Have you no honor, no self respect for surely you can have none of these things if you allow yourselves to be used, exploited, and tokenized by those who use you as Eve used a fig leaf in a futile attempt to conceal their naked bigotry? Look in the mirror black Conservative/Republican and ask yourself if you consider yourself to be a person or a prop?
Ask yourself and only yourself if you have value; not a value that is assigned to you by others but a value that is yours to determine for yourself and only yourself; your inherent value as a living, breathing, human being who is entitled without question or justification to those same rights and freedoms to which all human beings are equally entitled, regardless of their race, their color, their gender, their religion, and their sexual orientation?
Your life has meaning; it has value, and you cheapen that meaning and you reduce the value of your life by casting your lot with those who’s policies & practices deem you to be less than a full human being. So again black Conservative/Republican look in the mirror and ask yourself “Does my life have meaning? Does it have value and if so why do I minimize one and reduce the other by supporting those who think that I as an African American count for less than my fellow human beings not because of the content of my character but because of the color of my skin?”