Conservatism has essentially been drawn as a cranky old white man grasping hold of his money, his guns and his cross. While the face of the Republican Party has been polarized as that of white America, the truth is that the GOP is more diverse than meets the eye. Numerous Latino and Cuban refugees tend to vote conservative after fleeing socialist and communist governments, and Chinese and other Asian groups find conservative values of hard work and family to align with their worldview and religious beliefs as well. In fact, there are pockets of Jewish voters who are anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage, as we’ve seen recently in the Supreme Court hearings on marriage. But the one group that predominantly votes for the Democratic Party is the African American community, and unless Hillary comes out with a truly horrific racial scandal, a group that actually conflicts valueswise with the DNC will again overwhelmingly vote against its own interests and hurt its communities, nationwide.
Currently, the one group not benefiting under Barack Obama comprises black people. Whether we are talking about violent crime, economics, unemployment, schools or general sociology, the African American community has suffered worse under Obama than any other social group. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, March’s unemployment among African Americans is nearly double (10 percent) over the average white person (4.9 percent) and three times as high as that of Asian citizens (3.1 percent). Inner-city schools have seen a decline in test performance, and violent crime against black members of the community has caused more racially inspired marches and protests than at any time in recent memory.
While many on the Left argue institutional racism as a major factor, it is the Republican Party that argues the lack of two-parent households within urban black neighborhoods as the root cause of crime and a failing school system. Depending on the study a person reads, anywhere from 65 percent to 72 percent of black children will grow up in single-parent homes, with most of the single parents being the moms and not the fathers. This is a statistic even President Obama has addressed as a major influence in a lack of progress. Yet many of the solutions being created deal more with a Big Brother government, and not creating a society where black men see staying as their primary goal in raising a family. The social welfare state has replaced “Dad” and is supporting mom. This political philosophy has been supported by many civil rights leaders, including Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other voices and talking heads, but has this rhetoric and political philosophy actually helped the black community?
The answer is simply no. And while there are many black conservatives like Larry Elder and Thomas Sowell trying to change the black community’s perception of antagonists (cops and white people), there might be only one man who can actually articulate to the African American community that now is the time for true hope and change, and that Obama is not that. His name is Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon from Baltimore who preaches self-determination, personal responsibility and Christian values that the 1960s civil rights leaders did in the days of Martin Luther King.
He came on the scene a few years ago by saying at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, in front of President Obama, that “You know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is, in a way — it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.” From that day on, he became a person of interest and a target for liberals who rely on the black vote.
Carson has painted himself as a new face of conservatism, and the everyman with a David complex over the Goliaths of the world, stating, “Somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies.” Now with his official announcement that he’s running for the 2016 GOP spot, he has the forum and support to be that David in a world of Goliath Sharptons. And for the sake of the black community he must win this battle, or expect the same old problems in a community that has suffered enough.