On December 12 in Lansing, Michigan, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a conservative political organization, was engaged in a counter-protest against union workers who were demonstrating against the passage of Right to Work legislation in Michigan. AFP hired Clint Tarver, a black hot dog vendor, to provide food for their participants inside their tent set up outside of the state capitol building.
Despite the peaceful nature of AFP’s counter-protest, several union members cut down their large tent with knives and box cutters. Mr. Tarver was inside the tent when it collapsed and approximately $400 worth of his hot dog stand equipment was damaged. The union protesters who cut the tent down further damaged Mr. Tarver’s remaining hot dog stand equipment while hurling racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “n*****.”
To me, the saddest part of this twisted ordeal is my complete lack of surprise that this happened. As a black, female conservative who posts political videos to Youtube, I have received comments from people calling me an “Oreo”, stating that I hate the color of my skin and that I am an “idiot” for voting for a party that “hates black people.” It is completely acceptable to the Left – especially to black progressives on the Left – to use racist, abusive language to punish any blacks who dare to embrace conservative ideology.
Who can forget Touré from MSNBC stating that Herman Cain’s candidacy in the 2012 Republican presidential race was a display of “constant minstrelsy”? Or Condoleezza Rice, the United States’ first black Secretary of State, being depicted by a syndicated cartoonist, Ted Rall, as former President Bush’s “house nigga”?
We can all imagine the instantaneous, apoplectic outrage if these denigrating insults were ever used against black progressive politicians or voters. In fact, the Left makes up imaginary racist “code words” that Republicans and Fox News supposedly use, such as Chris “thrill up my leg” Matthews asserting that stating that Obama is from Chicago is racist – even though Obama is from Chicago. Where are Touré and Chris Matthews when black conservatives are verbally attacked and called actual racist names? Nowhere to be found, since they can’t be bothered with acknowledging legitimate racism being employed against blacks who happen to be conservatives.
If you’re black and you committed the blasphemous sin of not voting for “our Lord and Savior” Barack Obama, then, according to black liberals, you are a self-loathing, Oreo, Uncle Tom, skin-bleaching, house n***** sell-out. Vitriolic racist rhetoric is okay as long as it is directed towards black conservatives. Mr. Tarver isn’t a politician and wasn’t even involved in AFP’s counter-protest – he was simply hired to provide AFP with food – but why let the facts get in the way? If a black NFL star quarterback can be accused of being “kinda black” and a “cornball brother” just because he is rumored to possibly be Republican, what’s a couple hundred dollars of destroyed equipment and a few racial epithets thrown at a black hot dog vendor who had the audacity to agree to work for a conservative organization? It’s not like he’s really “one of us” or “down with the cause” anyway. No biggie.
For a political group that claims to be the party of tolerance, the Left sure is intolerant of any blacks who dare to disagree with their views and who self-identify as conservatives. Black liberals especially, most recently Steve Harvey, incessantly peddle the lie that it is our duty to vote for Obama, strictly because we share the same skin color, and to not do so is a betrayal of our racial identity.
Imagine U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice being depicted as a “house nigga.” Imagine Obama’s presidency being described as “constant minstrelsy.” Unimaginable, right? The racist terminology used against black conservatives would be unthinkable in any other context.
Why is it okay to call a black conservative a n*****? For the same reason Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were traded to the white race – because to the Left, black conservatives aren’t really black, we aren’t “black black.” At least, that’s the narrative pushed by the Left and the vast majority of blacks, over 90% whom vote for Democrats.
But if you ask me, despite the number of times I have been called this, I am not a tasty cookie (“Oreo”). And the last thing I would ever do is give up on my ideals (“sell out”). However, I am a black conservative, and to many, the aforementioned terms are interchangeable.