Are Black Republicans Extinct? Hollywood Says No!
In the 21st century, bigotry is still alive and well ,as proven by the notion that there are no “real black republicans.” I was having a conversation with a fellow speaker at a pro-life event I spoke at on yesterday and we were discussing how so many people assume that because we’re black, we must be democrats . . . like there is no such thing as black republicans.
I have never aligned myself with any political party, because they all hold values that I agree and disagree with. I personally think it’s more important to vote your values than to vote because you give allegiance to a particular party.
Making matters worse, I was appalled as I read an article late last night where Hollywood actress, Stacey Dash (you may remember her from the teen movie Clueless), was verbally attacked and even threatned because she endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Here’s the article where she spoke of being a black republican. Her Twitter page ignited with insults, and people wrote some very trashy and rude comments toward her because of her views.
Is Stacey Dash the Only Black Republican in Hollywood?!
Absolutely not! You might be surprised to know that rappers 50 Cent and LL Cool J, comedian Sheryl Underwood and actor James Earl Jones are just some of Hollywood’s finest who have supported the Republican party. (I can’t call them black republicans technically, because I don’t know where they stand today). But Stacey is not alone.
One of the uglier comments posted on Dash’s Twitter page hinted that Dash should be doubly ashamed to consider herself a black republican because she was both “black and female”—like Stacey Dash didn’t realize that!
This is all so preposterous to me! Assuming that all blacks are democrats is a very immature way to approach politics. Lest we forget Abraham Lincoln, by which the Emancipation Proclamation was carried out, was Republican!
Where I Stand
This post would literally be hundreds of pages long if I tried to address every reason why most blacks are democrats. Again, my place is not, nor ever will never be, to tell people (black, white or purple or green) how to vote. Vote your values! I say. I just think it’s absurd to assume that there are no black republicans, or that black republicans are somehow “sellouts” or misguided. There are some incredibly smart, compassionate black republicans (Colin Powell comes to mind) that are highly esteemed among both parties alike.
I say we stop the judging. Stop the bigotry. Stop the unfounded assumptions. And people please, stop hating on others of a different political party!
As for Stacey Dash and any other “black republicans” out there, stay true to who you are and never allow other’s expectations of you to deter you from what you believe is right.
Have you heard similar stories of what happened to Stacey Dash or other black republicans? Please comment and share!