Mychal Massie is the former chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. He is a nationally recognized political activist, pundit and columnist. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and talk-radio programmingMore ↓Less ↑
Reasonable minds are often perplexed as to why many blacks are bitter and angry at society in general and conservatives specifically. I’ve discussed the fact that many blacks harbor these feelings, but it was a former NBA superstar who pulled the curtain back on this reality and allowed the light of truth to shine on it.
I was watching a sports anthology on basketball recently. A segment of the program focused on the “Fab Five of Michigan,” the enormously talented group of freshmen basketball players who took Michigan’s basketball program to storied heights beginning in 1991.
One of the freshmen players unwittingly summed up why many blacks are bitter and harbor resentment. I don’t remember whether it was Jimmy King or Ray Jackson – but the player, speaking about the Duke University men’s basketball team, said that he hated Duke because of what they represented, but he particularly hated Grant Hill. He saw Hill as “a sellout and Uncle Tom.”
The Michigan player said that Hill’s father, the former Dallas Cowboys’ superstar running back and Yale graduate, had “played pro-football and his mother had gone to [Wellesley] College with Hillary Clinton. They were well-spoken and successful.”
The player, who himself went on to achieve stardom, fame and fortune, hated Grant Hill in part because of the success and public stature of his parents and because, as he saw it, Hill wasn’t black enough.
The player was angry and bitter because his own father had abandoned him, his mother had to work hard and he had had a difficult life growing up. He was bitter because he was the beneficiary of bad decisions others had made that ultimately affected him.
Think for a moment about the emotional fragmentation of that young man’s psyche because of his bitterness – directed at someone who didn’t even know he existed. Imagine for a moment the lies and fallacious myths that young man had grown up hearing that fomented bitterness toward someone who was the beneficiary of familial lessons of propriety and a two-parent home.
This young man isn’t an isolated example. I not long ago had a woman tell me that, as a young teenager, she came to resent and hate white people because of two sit-coms about white families that had taken in black children. She became bitter because, in her mind, the white families were portrayed as the savior of blacks. She felt this way even though, as she freely admitted, she had never been the subject of racial hostilities at the hands of whites. Thankfully, today she no longer harbors said feelings.
The majority of whites are completely unaware of the depth of distortion and myth dispersed on a daily basis against them in neighborhoods that are predominantly black.
Many blacks are still engaged in a struggle that ended decades ago. They are still fighting to overcome. This explains their attachment to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. It explains how a Neanderthal hate-group like the New Black Panther Party can arise. It also explains why they embrace the Obamas and scorn Justice Thomas and Rep. Allen West.
White people are ignorant of the code language that permeates the black psyche and that portrays itself in various anti-social behavioral patterns. Blacks attach their support to other blacks who example a behavior that this code-speak gives off like animal pheromones. Blacks persuaded of this mindset have become masters of exercising this to their advantage.
It is also why they so viciously attack and insult those who do not portray this code-speak. This is why no one should be surprised nor believe it a matter of voter fraud that there were precincts in Philadelphia that voted 100 percent for Obama.
I would bet a box of Altadis Behike cigars that 95 percent of the number of blacks who voted for Obama cannot name one policy that explains their support. That’s because the color of his skin and his code-speak (which receive infused credibility because of his wife) trump character and good governance.
This is something whites – and white so-called conservatives specifically – will never be able to overcome until they approach these people with the truth and not apologies. The strength of the truth must be allowed to stand on its own, absent of vapid, guilt-ridden apologies.
Just as any predator has the ability to spot weakness and turn it against its prey, so too it is with blacks. Whether or not people are offended by the truth should be the least of the concerns. That is why I have been advocating for years the need for unapologetic, fearless conservatives to broadcast programming on urban airwaves.
The voice must not be one that begins the truth with apology. It must be as bold and forthright as the gangster who never apologizes before shooting you. We need to invade urban environs with the boldness of the truth and be prepared to debate the issues as they arise.
This won’t win over all of the minds, but I guarantee that it will win over some. But, just as important, it will begin a dialogue of competing mindsets – which will begin to shatter the myths and distortions.