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How Race Will Shape the Election: A Black Conservative’s View

College Conservative writers Kevin Reagan and Atarah Golden discussed race, politics, and the upcoming election in a recent article. Golden mentioned the confusion–and anger–she regularly receives from liberals who don’t believe she can be both conservative and black:

Golden: I know what the polls are showing, and I know that there are some blacks who have said outright, “I’m not voting for him again; it was a mistake.” But there are still a lot of blacks who say they will vote for him again. And you’d think individuals like Allen West and Herman Cain would help blacks realize the error in their ways, but that isn’t the case at all. They, too, are called “Uncle Toms” and quickly dismissed. The media has done an excellent job distorting their image and what they represent. Many blacks have told me, “You’re on the wrong side; Republicans are only for rich and white people.” And they get this from NBC and CNN. Just the other day, Rep. Jim Moran told CNN host Martin Bashir that Allen West does not represent blacks because he opposes what President Obama represents. To us it’s absurd and disgusting, but people actually buy this, and it works.

Reagan: And that is why it is all the more important that voices like yours are heard!

Golden: Yes, people are made to believe that you aren’t authentically black if you do not support the Democrat Party.

Reagan: …or that you are somehow “self-hating.” (jokingly) Do you hate yourself?

Golden: Haha. Actually, just the other day on The Last Civil Right Facebook page, a black woman told me that I “loathe myself” because Obama has set the bar so high that I now feel inadequate and that I have to aim higher. I was blown away. I mean, I was absolutely floored. (laughing) I’ve received a lot of insults, but I think that one tops it.

Read the full article here.

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