Showing posts with label black conservatives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label black conservatives. Show all posts

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pastor Darrell Scott considering run for congress

WARNING: This is not a joke, pastor and sycophant (that's a nice way of saying a** kisser), Darrell Scott is considering running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Scott's only political experience is sucking up to Trump that doesn't seem to have hurt Ben Carson too much in a Trump administration. George L. Cook III African American Reports.

One of Donald Trump’s favorite pastors is laying the groundwork for a potential congressional run in Ohio—and he wants to do it on an exclusively pro-Trump platform.

For months, Darrell Scott, a 58-year-old, Cleveland-area pastor and alumnus of Trump’s presidential transition team, has been mulling a primary challenge to Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) in the upcoming midterms. Recently, however, he has made more serious strides, rather than merely toying with the idea.

Scott says he still texts with Steve Bannon, Trump’s former top strategist, about a potential run, and that Fox News host Sean Hannity, whom he calls his good “buddy,” has shown an interest in him running. The pastor said he had a private, two-hour meeting with Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s one-time campaign manager, last week to discuss his political ambitions. He’s talked to members of the RNC and the Ohio GOP to take their temperature on his possible candidacy. Scott has also been attempting to line up potential donors and high-profile endorsers should he decide to challenge Joyce, whom he calls “anti-Trump” and “Do Nothin’ Dave.”

Scott told The Daily Beast that he already has the support of several members of President Trump’s family, and that his “main motivation” to run would be that “the president needs more support in Congress.” In fact, if he were to win election, he said he would stop serving in Congress once Trump left his office too.

Read more: Trump’s Favorite Pastor Wants to Run for Congress to Help Purge ‘Backstabbing’ Republicans

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Why black conservatives are hypocritical when it comes to hurtful words.

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmericanReports.Com

Black conservatives will defend their sides use of derogatory words/language toward African Americans by saying that those are only words and we shouldn't give them power. Then why do they get upset when called a coon or Uncle Tom? Hear more of my thoughts on this in the video below.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

If Trump picks a black VP candidate who should it be?

By George L. Cook III EMAIL

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has handed off the job of searching for a vetting vice presidential candidates to Ben Carson. Now since Carson is leading the search it's highly unlikely that a black candidate will be chosen, but we now live in a world where Trump is the respective Republican nominee so anything is possible.

In wondering who Carson might look at and vet I came up with a short list (very short list) of respective candidates. Let's take a look at them.

Ben Carson: Highly unlikely as he has reportedly stated his does not want to be VP. He would also have trouble staying awake during meetings and would probably be a better fit as Surgeon General.

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott Would be a great pick, intelligent, well spoken, understands the issues, and has the gift to be able to articulate his ideas to the masses. He will not be picked though because of all the aforementioned reasons. He also just has too much dignity to serve with Trump.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell: Probably over qualified for the job, but would make a great VP. He would have an excellent grasp of foreign policy and military issues. His work and statements since leaving a life of public service should give him some distance from Bush 43. Problem is he is a man of extreme honor and dignity and would never serve under Trump. The second issue is that his wife wouldn't let him serve under a Donald Trump. I can hear her saying, "You had better not!"

Utah Rep. Mia Love: Supposedly a rising star in the GOP but she lacks any real experience, but this is the party that put Sarah Palin on a presidential ticket. But then again she would kill two birds with one stone. She is both black and female.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Very qualified, has the two birds with one stone thing going, but the association and fierce loyalty to Bush 43 would be an issue.

Herman Cain: No qualifications at all. He just here because he's African American and I didn't want the list to be too short.

So who do you think the pick will be from this list or could there be someone I didn't mention?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Armstrong Williams slyly plays the race card during rant at National Action Network

During a National Action Network panel conservative radio host Armstrong Williams took a shot at Bill and Hillary Clinton during a political rant. Yes, the same Williams man who is Ben Carson's business manager, a radio talk show host, a radio mogul, and a guy who was paid $241,000 by President George Bush's education department to promote No Child left Behind on air. (Thought we forgot that last one didn't you?).

While attacks on the Clintons are nothing new for conservatives he does something that conservative claim only black race baiting activist do. Watch the video below and see if you can catch it. ( Article continues after the video.)

Did you catch what Williams said there?

He slyly made a racial argument against the Clintons by reminding everyone of what Bill Clinton said in South Carolina during the 2008 Democratic Primary. Basically Williams said that black voters shouldn't support Hillary Clinton because Bill Clinton made comments many thought to be negative about a black guy, President Obama. He was trying to pander to the audience before him. It didn't work, but he tried.

Aren't conservatives supposed to be better than that?

George Cook EMAIL

Thursday, March 31, 2016

African American Staffers Departing Republican National Committee

The Republican National Committee's Director of African American outreach is leaving the organization.

Kristal Quarker-Hartsfield is the highest ranking African American at the Republican National Committee and is responsible for strategy around the African American vote. NBCBLK has learned that Quarker-Hartsfield's official last day at the RNC will be April 1.

This marks the second big departure at the Republican National Committee in the last few weeks. NBCBLK first reported the departure of Orlando Watson, the Republican National Committee's Communications Director of Black Media, who left on March 4th.

That there has been a mass exodus of Black staff from the RNC is undeniable. Quarker-Hartsfield and Watson are two of four top African American staffers to leave the RNC over the past year. Raffi Williams, the former RNC Deputy Press Secretary and the son of FOX News political analyst Juan Williams left the RNC last year for a job in media. Another African American RNC staffer Tara Wall, who was a strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and worked for the RNC as a senior strategist for media and engagement, left in late 2015. The sole remaining top level African American staffer would appear to be Lucas Boyce. Boyce was hired to replace Wall and is listed as the RNC's Senior Strategist for Media and Engagement on their website.

Read more: Yet Another Top African American Staffer Departs RNC

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dr. Ben Carson: A Legacy Lost

After watching Dr. Ben Carson endorse Donald Trump, it got me to thinking about Carson's legacy and how I think he has squandered it. Listen to my opinion below. George L. Cook III

Dr. Ben Carson: A Legacy LostAfter watching Dr. Ben Carson endorse Donald Trump, it got me to thinking about Carson's legacy and how I think he has squandered it. Listen to my opinion...

Posted by George L. Cook III on Friday, March 11, 2016

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Republicans release video reaching out to African Americans

It's now March of 2016 and the GOP being the GOP waited until February 29, the LAST day of Black History Month to release a video showing focusing on African Americans. What's very interesting is the video titled We Are The GOP, was released after the Donald Trump/David Duke/KKK controversy. Gee, wonder if there's a connection there? Watch the video below.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ben Carson does horribly in New Hampshire Primary

Republican primary candidate, Ben Carson wasn't expected to do well in the New Hampshire primary because he didn't spend time there, had little to no organization, or ground game and as expected, he did horribly.

Among major Republican candidates, he came in last beating only former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore who many don't even know is running. Although a historic number of New Hampshire voters turned out, Carson received less than 3% of the vote. (I'm being nice because at the time of this writing it was closer to 2%)

Earlier today Dr. Carson discussed being willing to run with Donald Trumps as his VP choice. Seeing as that is now unlikely, he should be looking to end his campaign and get that conservative talk show that he has coming on Fox News or conservative talk radio.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up

Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his campaign.

Salaries are being significantly reduced. Carson’s traveling entourage will shrink to only a handful of advisers. And instead of flying on private jets, Carson may soon return to commercial flights.

Read more: Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up

Friday, December 11, 2015

Ben Carson's campaign in crisis

CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson reports that Ben Carson's presidential campaign is in crisis as the GOP candidate's polls slip.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson's "Gifted Hands" memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him.

To King-Baker, Carson's "up-by-your bootstraps" life story makes him a genuine celebrity worth emulating in the African-American community. But she's also a Pompano Beach Democrat watching Carson rise in the Republican presidential polls.

For King-Baker and many other African-Americans, the vast majority of whom are Democrats, there are two Carsons: One is a genius doctor and inspirational speaker and writer who talks of limitless horizons; the other is a White House candidate who pushes conservative politics and wishes to "de-emphasize race."

How they reconcile the two may help determine whether Republicans can dent the solid support Democrats have enjoyed in the black community for decades.

Read more: As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Conservatives think more blacks should support for Carson because his life story???


Many conservatives seem confounded by the fact that Ben Carson is not being received warmly by the African American voters. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and like minded ilk seem to think that Carson's great personal narrative should have blacks flocking to him to hear his message. By focusing on his narrative they are overlooking a lot of other issues that black voters have with Carson. Check out my fictional conversation between a black voter and a conservative Carson supporter which may better help to get my message across.

CONSERVATIVE: With his great life story and all I can't see why more blacks are not flocking to Ben Carson.

BLACK VOTER: Yes, he has a great life story but what does that have to do with being president? You know that we can separate the world class neurosurgeon from the horrible candidate?

CONSERVATIVE: What, you can? But doesn't his life story at least require that you as a black person take a good hard look at him and his policies?

BLACK VOTER: Do the dumb things he says about African Americans and his allowing himself to be used to attack President Obama warrant him not even getting my attention?

CONSERVATIVE: But his narrative!

BLACK VOTER: Does his narrative mean that I should ignore his lies about West Point and stabbing someone?

CONSERVATIVE: But he made it, he has such a great life story.

BLACK VOTER: Yes but his tax plan is a complete joke. He says he would base his plan on tithing, really?

CONSERVATIVE: Again, his life story.

BLACK VOTER: So I should ignore the fact that he would do damage to programs like Affirmative Action and financial aid programs that helped HIM get into and through college?

CONSERVATIVE: You are overlooking all he overcame in life.

BLACK VOTER: But I'm not overlooking the fact that he wants to do away with many of the programs that helped own HIS family eat and keep a roof over their heads?

CONSERVATIVE: You are focusing on the wrong thing here. Ignore what comes out of his mouth and just focus on his life story, he became a world class neurosurgeon for God's sake!

BLACK VOTER: That is a great story but what comes out of his mouth says to me that he wants to be the magical negro and have no one else climb the ladder after him.

CONSERVATIVE: Magical Negro?

BLACK VOTER: Ask Clarence Thomas, he'll fill you in on that.

CONSERVATIVE: But he was raised by a single mom and look how successful he is.

BLACK VOTER: Many black children are raised by single parents and go on to be successful. They may not become neurosurgeons but they become Mayors, Congressman, doctors, lawyers, police chiefs, teachers, engineers, military officers, upper management, college deans or presidents, small business owners, and more. Carson's story is not as rare as you would like to think it is.

CONSERVATIVE: Okay, then what about the fact he's black? You guys voted for Obama in droves because he's black.

BLACK VOTER: So why didn't we vote in droves for Jesse Jackson?

CONSERVATIVE: I don't know.

BLACK VOTER: Maybe because we are a lot more pragmatic that you guys give us credit for. Yes, we voted for Obama in big numbers but many also felt that he could actually do the job. Carson has MUCH to show and prove before we reach that point. Also when it comes to black issues Rand Paul seems to be more on point that Carson.


By George L. Cook III, EMAIL

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hey conservatives, black people can deal with more than one issue at a time.

George L. Cook III

Hey conservatives, black people can deal with more than one issue at a time. By George L. Cook III

This post is written about conservatives regardless of race. I have read post by African American conservatives and heard them on radio doing some of the very things mentioned is this post, so don't try to make this a race issue. It's an ideological one.

During the recent debate over whether the Confederate Flag should fly near the South Carolina capital or anywhere on government property conservatives turned to their tried and true method of debate.

They brought up other issues that yes are more important, but that had nothing to with the debate over the Confederate Flag.

Suddenly when confronted with the fact that there was no good reason to fly the flag on government grounds conservatives started to point out black unemployment, black dropout rates and black murder statistics as red herrings.

The one thing you will notice is that these are things that conservatives don’t talk or pretend to care about these issues until there is an incident involving race.

They don’t bring these things up because they care, they bring them up to divert focus from the situation at hand. If they cared, these issues would be part of their platform on a consistent basis.

But what really bugs me is that they seem to think that focusing on one issue somehow means that African Americans can’t focus on other issues in our community.

If they did some actual research, they would learn that there are groups and individuals fighting against many of the ills that face the Black Community. Many of these groups and people get no publicity from liberal or conservative media, but they continue to fight every day to make things better in their communities.

Many issues of employment, education, incarceration, voting rights, and crime are important and being focused on individually. Of course, someone or a group focusing on one of these issues alone doesn’t help with the other issues. Of course, these issues may be more important than a damned flag but maybe that flag was the low-hanging fruit at the moment.

Maybe taking down that flag and claiming a victory can be the momentum changer to drawing attention to other issues and those that are addressing them.

But best believe these issues are being addressed and were being addressed long before conservatives pretended to give a damn. If you want to make the argument that in some situations things could be done better that would be honest but saying that these issues are not is simply being dishonest and telling an outright lie.

George L. Cook III

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ben Carson speech at Iowa Freedom Summit

Dr Ben Carson addressed the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. He spoke on Obamacare, the right to life, economy, foreign policy and more. What he did best was prove that he has no business running for president let alone being president. Carson spoke in generalities and showed little to no substance. He gave the crowd the usual conservative talking points to get cheap applause and nothing more. In the twenty or so minutes ( Yes, twenty minutes of his nasally voice, my ears are still bleeding) are so that he spoke we learned nothing about how he would actually implement any of his ideas. To be fair he never does say talk on the how to part of things. Watch his speech below:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

African Americans don't hate black conservatives.

African Americans don't hate black conservatives.

By George L. Cook III.

If you have watched right wing/ conservative media recently you have been spoon fed the idea that the average African American doesn't like black conservatives. You would get the idea that the black community cast out black conservatives simply because of their beliefs. That's not true at all.

Now while many don't understand how a black person can support this current group of conservatives regardless of their color I have yet to be at any type of social gathering and see someone thrown out because they were republican or conservative. I have heard friends argue and eventually agree to disagree over a few beers.

I think a distinction needs to be made about who we in the black community have issues with. We have issues people who:

* Use the phrase democratic plantation. I mean really?

* Demean their own community and act as if anything "black" is bad.

* Have an issue with the term African American. How much nerve does it take to tell someone what they can call themselves?

* Think that they are better than everyone else just because they are conservative. They are somehow more enlightened.

* Who blame everything on President Obama and help spread misinformation. There are things to criticize our president about without making stuff up.

* Who don't speak out when other conservatives say something racist or very insensitive.

* Allow themselves to be used to make disparaging remarks about President Obama or in support of a conservative ideas that white conservatives can't say without severe blow back.

Now if you are a conservative that does not fall into those categories I don't believe anyone would have an issue with you. If you can articulate your ideas without insulting others and simply make a compelling argument about your views no one would have a problem with you. Quite simply we don't have problems with people who know how to talk respectfully to others.

You see African Americans don't hate black conservatives, they dislike nasty and rude people.

George L. Cook III

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right

By Joshua Dubious

I read this article by someone who was inspired and motivated by the life story of Dr. Ben Carson. I wanted to share the story and the disappointment of a man who once greatly admired Dr. Ben Carson to show how two different groups view a man who could have been a great example to all. George Cook

Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right

[ SOURCE ] The African American neurosurgeon’s story inspired many teen boys, but when he compares America to Nazi Germany, he destroys his own legacy.

Dr. Ben Carson was in the news again this week, this time for comparing America to Nazi Germany. But his story is, for many African American men, a deeper tragedy—in ways that others may not know. 
For me, I "met" Dr. Carson in my 10th grade year. There had been a scuffle at school; well, a scuffle after football practice is more precise. First words, then shoves, were exchanged, and finally, testosterone thick in the air, a few blows were thrown. Both my combatant and I claimed that the other was at fault. And we were both suspended from school. 
My mother was dismayed, thinking that my college prospects had flown out the window with the first punch. In addition to a range of more severe punishments—no driver's license this year!?—she marched me into our den and handed me a worn, dog-eared book:Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, by Ben Carson, M.D. I was not to leave the room, except for food, bathroom, and sleep, until I finished this book.
A smiling, wise-looking Black man with a stethoscope around his neck stared out from the cover. I disliked him at first; our introduction had not been voluntary, and he seemed like the type of guy who would frown on me getting suspended. But I cracked open the book, and it didn't take long for my opinion to change. 
Here was a kid, young Carson, growing up in inner city Detroit with an absent father and mom who was facing all sorts of problems. But she still instilled in him the values that allowed him to thrive, and thrive this young man did, all the way to Johns Hopkins, where he became the chief of neurosurgery. 
I was floored by his story. And l found out later that thousands of other young Black boys were floored right along with me, provoked by thousands of concerned, caring moms who handed them the same book. I can't say that Carson's narrative was life-changing—it was something short of that—but it did become embedded in the back of my mind, a device to pull from at low moments. "Well, Dr. Ben Carson did it, so perhaps so can I."
Skip roughly 15 years later. I was at the National Prayer Breakfast in early 2013, and heard Carson's speech there, where he lambasted “political correctness” and progressive policies. It was an unfortunate speech, but not because it was a conservative speech; it was unfortunate because of the occasion. 
This prayer breakfast, which I had attended for years, is intended to be a haven of bipartisan civility for members of Congress and the president in a year otherwise filled with discord. Carson's disjointed ramblings about health savings accounts and the national debt might be fine at a Tea Party rally, but slotted between prayerful invocations and benedictions, they were caustic, awkward at best. Many in the room, Republican and Democrat, quietly agreed, and decided that future years should not feature such partisan speakers. 
But the Tea Party smelled an opening, and in Carson they had found their guy.  The brief limelight created by his prayer breakfast speech elevated him to the level of pundit, and the fringes of the Republican Party begged him for more red meat. I held my breath when I heard that Carson was speaking at the Values Voter summit last year, praying that he would focus more on the personal responsibility, family-oriented conservative message that had so much power for him, and for those of us who admired him. But, playing to his audience, Dr. Carson took things in a different direction.
”I have to tell you Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that’s happened in this nation since slavery," Carson, a Black man who should know better, told summit attendees. “It was never about healthcare," he said,  "it was about control."
This comparison wasn't a spasm, an aberration. This past week, at another gathering of conservative leaders, Carson declared that we are now living in a "Gestapo age," and that America has become "very much like Nazi Germany," because political correctness abounds. 
This, of course, is pure ignorance, as any Black or Jewish person with the most basic knowledge of history will tell you. The problem is not that Carson has become a prominent Black conservative. There are many conservatives who don't foolishly equate 21st century America with the Nazi genocide that murdered six million Jews.  There are many conservatives who see a marked difference between the personhood-destroying impact of the Atlantic slave trade and the forced possession of Black bodies, and a piece of legislation, Obamacare, about which there is admittedly much disagreement.  
The problem is that, when exposed to the political limelight, Carson's “gifted hands” have become careless, callous. And that's a huge problem for former admirers like me.  Before our eyes, he is trading in the lasting significance of his impact on the world for whatever small reward is offered to him by CPAC, Fox News, or whatever Tea Party figure applauds him next. And we—the Carson boys, who met him years ago in our low moments and who he helped in ways small or large—can only watch in horror. For us, Dr. Ben Carson's story has become an American tragedy. We can only pray that he reclaims his narrative in a way that still will offer others hope.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson speech at 2014 CPAC Convention

Here is video of the entire speech by Dr. Ben Carson at the 2014 CPAC Convention. Presented without comment because my grandma taught me that if you can't say anything nice keep your mouth shut.