I think the only Black Republican I tolerate is Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And even with him, it’s kind of shaky. I do want to believe in the idea of a Black conservative, though. That is, despite my perception that most self-professed conservatives these days are intellectually lazy, horrifically selfish, and widely delusional, a Black person can believe in the virtues of small government, fiscal responsibility, along with all those other things former President Dubya articulated but failed to actually legislate, I want to not completely write them off as folks who belong on a island for misguided Negroes.
So, when I saw a crotchet-braid wearing Black woman from Utah in the “See, We Mingle With Minorities” portion of the Republican National Convention in August, even though I knew I wouldn’t agree with her on anything, I wanted to say, “Gon’, ma’am.” You know, not to that island for once.
I’ve already changed my mind.
I will say one thing: No matter which way you lean politically, no one ought to be subjected to the sights of aborted fetuses and a KKK hood as the Saratoga Springs mayor and GOP congressional candidate was recently.
Those items along with a photo of herself and her husband were reportedly sent to the Black conservative via mail – undoubtedly an attempt to spook a rising political star that may soon be the first Black woman Republican elected to Congress. Speaking on the matter with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Love acknowledged that she was “disappointed but not surprised” by the package. Love added, “Oh, you know, it’s just to be expected.”
In a separate interview, Love spoke more defiantly: "I want you to know, I want everyone to know I am comfortable in my skin. I'm comfortable and proud of my heritage. I'm proud of who I am. I know where I'm going and I know what we need to do to get this country back in order again. There isn’t anything that anyone can send me that will distract me from that so they can bring it.”
These are somewhat surprising statements from a Black conservative given other figures like Herman Cain and the crust before him, Alan Keyes, speak as if they are forbidden to ever use or acknowledge the lingering existence of racism. Not to say all Black conservatives behave in that fashion, but the more prominent ones certainly do.
Maybe that’s why she’s already fallen in line.
Her local newspaper reported on the matter, and inside the report, read the following: “Love said she believes she's a target because she poses a problem to the policies of the Obama administration. She said the threats are meant to divert her from the issues in the race.”
Now, in her speech at the GOP convention she accused President Obama of dividing the country along the lines of gender and socioeconomic lines. Anyone with working senses ought to know better. Then again, any Black person foolish enough to evade the racial dynamic behind much of the flack Obama gets on the left and right shouldn’t be taken that seriously.
Still, that accusation is daringly dim. Love is a pro-life candidate, so shots of aborted fetuses aren’t exactly altering her stance. As for the “poses a problem to the policies of the Obama administration” part, settle down, not even elected to Congress yet local mayor of a tiny town I just heard of.
Worse, Love has tried to insinuate her opponent, incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) “and his liberal friends” are behind it without any real proof. My sympathy does not runneth over.
If that weren’t enough, Love is now ducking reports that the little story she told of her Haitian parents coming to America with just a dollar (okay, 10 of them) and a dream, and being her “family’s ticket to America” has some holes in it. Say, the heavily anti-immigration Love may be an “anchor baby” which would prove ironic considering she wants to rid the country of people who only behave now the way her parents did then. Instead of tackling the issue head on, Love has opted to blame Matheson for her poor storytelling habits.
I thought they believed in personal responsibility?
No matter, I tried to give another one a chance. Mia Love may offer a few quotes that separate her from select Black Republicans and the stereotypes that haunt them, but she’s not that different at the core: Ready to spew rhetoric rooted in fallacy for a come up no matter how hypocritical it proves to be. I’m disappointed, but not surprised.
To that end, I’ll stick with the fictitious TV character for now. Uncle Phil is far realer than this new pretender.
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The