Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Black conservatives are consistently belittled by the Left. Take for example the attack against Senator Tim Scott. Back in January, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, the Reverend William Barber II said in reference to Scott, “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy.”
A liberal blogger (they’re so clever and cute, aren’t they?) once described tea party favorite Herman Cain as a “black garbage pail kid” and a “monkey” propped up to reaffirm white “superiority.”
And there’s always the quick and easy “Uncle Tom” card.
Blogger Conservative Black Chick writes:
Since Dr. Ben Carson uncorked himself as a black conservative during his speech at the White House Prayer breakfast, he’s been called an “Uncle Tom” and mocked by MSNBC Toure as having “intellectual tumors in his mind.” And of course civil rights attorney Leo Terrell, who told Sean Hannity “Carson is monster . . .and should stay in the operating room.”
All the attacks on black conservatives are usually limited to name-calling never about about policy differences. The left relentlessly calls black conservatives crude names to belittle us into silence, tame us into submission and intimidate those of us in the closet from coming out. Message: know thy black place.
Why this rabid hate from the left? Because black conservatives challenge the stereotypical black box liberals have put blacks in. According to liberals, blacks must vote Democrat because of the color of their skin. When was the last time anyone demanded to know why a white person voted Democrat or Republican?
The more black conservatives talk about policies of opportunity, individualism, smaller government and less taxation, the more black Americans start questioning why they are voting for Democrats. They begin asking themselves what have Democrats done for blacks that has been so great?
Indeed, the Left can’t understand and hates the fact that not every black person drinks their Kool-Aid. Black conservatives have a mind, exercise it, and are independent thinkers and not sheep that blindly follow an ideology.
Last month the Wall Street Journal published an interview with Robert L. Woodson Sr. who was described as “a no-nonsense black conservative who heads the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and knows a thing or two about that culture, the nation's inner cities and Mr. (Paul) Ryan." The article is not available on-line, but here are some excerpts from the piece by Jason Riley:
'I know black contractors who have gone out of business because their black workers were not prompt or had negative attitudes. I know black workers who take pride about going to work any hour they feel like it, taking the day off when they feel like it. . . . Many leaders who are black and many white liberals will object to my discussing these things in public. But the decadence in the black community . . . is already in the headlines; the only question is what we should do about it."
Recent remarks from Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin? Nope. That's Jesse Jackson in 1976.
"Paul approached me about a year ago," says Mr. Woodson, sitting recently in his Washington office. "He knows we have groups all across the country that deal with the plight of the poor. He asked me to take him on a listening tour. He said, 'I'd like to learn about the alternatives to what we're already doing, and I know you've been involved in assisting people at the local level.' "
Mr. Woodson agreed but warned that there would be a time commitment. "I said to his staff, 'I don't do drive-bys, so he's got to give me an entire day.' If you're serious, you'll put in the time. And he did. I've taken him now on 12 trips—all to high-crime, drug-infested neighborhoods. And he was not just touched but blown away by what he saw."
Mr. Woodson, who remains fit and energetic at age 76, founded the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise in 1981 after stints at the liberal National Urban League and conservative American Enterprise Institute. He is academically trained but wears his pragmatism on his sleeve. "We go around the country like a Geiger counter, looking at high-crime neighborhoods and asking the questions the poverty industry doesn't.
"If we see that 70% of households are raising children out of wedlock, that means 30% are not. We want to know what the 30% are doing right. How are they raising kids who aren't dropping out of school or on drugs or in jail?
Mr. Woodson says that many poor communities don't need another government program so much as relief from current policies. "For instance, a lot of people coming out of prison have a hard time obtaining occupational licenses," he says. Aspiring barbers, cabdrivers, tree-trimmers, locksmiths and the like, he notes, can face burdensome licensing requirements. Proponents of these rules like to cite public-safety concerns, but the reality is that licensure requirements exist mainly to shut out competition. In many black communities, that translates into fewer jobs and less access to quality goods and services.
To illustrate the difference between his approach to community activism and a liberal's, Mr. Woodson tells me about a pastor in Detroit who wanted to build 50 new homes in a ghetto neighborhood but couldn't find financial backing or insurance. "If he had gone to someone on the left for help, they would have gotten their lawyers to sue the insurance company and the bank for redlining or something. What I did by contrast is arrange a meeting between the insurance executives and the pastor. They saw what he was trying to do, the people in the neighborhood he was employing. They saw someone developing human capital." The insurance company got on board and a bank followed. With financing in place, the homes were built, as was a new restaurant currently run by a man who did 13 years in prison.
"The other thing that annoys me," Mr. Woodson continues, "is that too many Republicans, as [economist] Walter Williams has said, abandon old friends to appease old enemies." In the 1990s after black Congressman J.C. Watts denounced Jesse Jackson as a race hustler, House Speaker Newt Gingrich apologized to Mr. Jackson and invited the reverend to join him at President Clinton's second-term inauguration. "Despite all the help we provided Newt Gingrich, he turned his back on us and invited Jesse Jackson into his booth," says Mr. Woodson. "Conservatives have to stop validating these people."
But Mr. Woodson saves his most passionate disdain for those on the black left who all but abandon the black poor except to exploit them. "Around 70 cents of every dollar designated to relieve poverty goes not to poor people but to people who serve the poor—social workers, counselors, et cetera," he says. "We've created a poverty industry, turned poor people into a commodity. And the race hustlers play a bait-and-switch game where they use the conditions of low-income blacks to justify remedies"—such as racial education preferences—"that only help middle-income blacks."
A majority of black parents always opposed this social engineering and said they wanted better neighborhood schools, "but the civil-rights leadership pushed busing for the poor. Of course, none of their kids were on the bus," says Mr. Woodson. To this day, the left's obsession with the racial composition of a school trumps its concern with whether kids are learning.
Mr. Woodson frowns on attempts to dismiss antisocial black behavior as a product of white racism or a biased criminal justice system. "It's cynical and patronizing, and I'd rather be hated than patronized," he says.
Very insightful, if you’re a conservative or anyone posessing common sense. Just another Uncle Tom, if you’re a lefty.