- - Sunday, July 26, 2020

I got a bad taste in my mouth as I read Raynard Jackson’s op-ed, “Are Blacks welcomed in the conservative movement?” (Web, July 22). Mr. Jackson asks, “Am I the only one who has noticed that our congressional leadership has yet to call any ‘real’ Black conservatives to seek their guidance as to how to navigate this thorny issue of race?” By asking this, Mr. Jackson is dismissing as not “real” Adam West, Justice Clarence Thomas, Vice Adm. Jerome Edwards, Candace Owens and Brandon Tatum (the co-founders of the Blexit movement), Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Ben Carson and myriad other Black conservatives who are popping up all over the place using media outlets to make a difference. These individuals are all Black conservatives with a voice.

Priscilla Schirer, renowned Bible teacher and actor, said, “The adjective you use in front of your name defines you.” She did not want “Black” to be her defining adjective. She said, “I am a Christian woman who happens to be Black.”

I wonder what would happen if Mr. Jackson saw himself not as a “real” Black conservative, but just as a conservative man who happens to be Black. If the main colors he saw instead were red, white and blue, would he then have a voice in the conversation about all the “thorny issues” facing Americans today?


Vienna, Va.

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