My Radio Interview and Commentary on 'What's a Black Woman Like You Doing Supporting a White Girl Like Sarah Palin?'
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I went to bed after 3:00 this morning and learned last minute that I had an interview at 8:15 a.m. Alaska time, so there wasn't much sleeping going on. I took a 2 hour nap around 3:30 this afternoon because I couldn't keep my eyes open. But I'm up and moving now. Tomorrow morning I head to Homer, Alaska for a couple days.
I spent last night in Anchorage. Today I went to the zoo there, and I look forward to posting some of those pictures, but not now.
I spent much of today trying to figure out where in Alaska a sistuh can get some Black hair care products! Finally, I was able to ask someone who led me to...Wal-Mart, of all places. How simple was that?
Anyway, Jeff Graham, the mayor of Watertown, NY has a daily radio show. He and I are in contact regularly, and he is a big Governor Palin supporter. He had hoped to have me on the air a couple months ago, but wouldn't you know I'd have to come to Alaska to get an interview with New York?! The interview went very well, and you will be able to click below and listen to Part I. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the entire interview, but perhaps that will come later. I still hope to be able to get you the link to yesterday's Eddie Burke Show as well.
Speaking of Eddie Burke, back to yesterday...
I left off yesterday telling you about a question Eddie asked during his program. He asked me what a "Black woman like [me was] doing supporting a white girl like Sarah Palin." I was glad he brought it up, and he said, "We might as well address the elephant in the room." Those who follow this blog have probably read "Get Off the Plantation" before. If not, go to the archives and do so. It's controversial, powerful, and mind-altering--at least that's what I tell myself! What writer doesn't want to think that about her work? LOL!
In any case, time didn't allow us to get as much into the subject as I would have liked, but the point Eddie was making was hey, the people on the far Left want the world to think that conservatives are racists who oppose President Obama simply because he's Black. How does that jive with me? How do I handle being in the minority even among my own? I told him something like, "The nerve of me to actually think for myself. The nerve of me to look at the issues. The nerve of me to love my country and to embrace fiscal responsibility and less government, to love our military and support them while they keep America safe. The nerve of me to want lower taxes. The nerve of me to be an American!" I'm sure those aren't my exact words, but you get the point. If not, let me help you: People who assume I should be a Democrat simply because I'm Black (about 95% of the Black population = Democrats) don't believe I can think for myself. They expect that I don't have a mind that works and values that drive me. They don't trust that I can reason and articulate what I deem best. The truth is that Black people who support Sarah Palin do so because of what she stands for. Those values are not for simply a portion of society. They're for everyone. I don't stand behind Governor Palin for any reason other than what she represents. It's not because she's a woman. It's not because she's a Republican. It's because she's Right--and I don't mean Right as opposed to Left. I mean Right as opposed to wrong. All Americans benefit from what she is fighting for: less government; low taxes; energy independence; a strong military defense; the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness--common sense. Common sense doesn't come in colors. It transcends color. We are who we are. I don't apologize for being who I am, and Sarah shouldn't have to apologize for being who she is. Isn't that what America is all about? The greater good. The tie that binds. Out of many, one. America, the greatest country God ever gave man, deserves the greatest leader. Sarah Palin is that leader.
Eddie and I then talked about the fact that the vast majority of Black people are conservatives at heart. He brought up the abortion issue. Because of the rich spiritual heritage of Blacks, most are pro-life. (And more need to be, because abortion is wiping out the Black population in astounding numbers.) We are a race of people who have always cried out that God is our source. Well, if God is our source, then the government cannot also be our source. The faith that we hold so dear dictates that we resist an agenda to hide, nay, remove God from the very fabric of our culture. And that is precisely the far Left agenda. So why are we intent on voting for people who do not serve our deepest held beliefs? Why are we selling out our values for a voter registration card steeped in nonsensical tradition?
I resist that tradition--or any tradition--that tells the world that I am so weak and shallow that I will abandon the very principles I've built my life upon so that some other candidate can build his kingdom. I embrace, however, a public servant who stands for the principles that I know make sense: an America where all things are possible by faith and personal responsibility, a government that keeps its hand off my hard-earned money and keeps its nose out of my health care, a free market system that will allow me to make a life for myself and my family, and a future that produces growth and prosperity because someone took the time to look beyond today when making social and economic decisions.
So to use Eddie Burke's phraseology, this Black woman is very proud to support a white girl like Sarah Palin. She's an American. I'm an American. We're headed in the same direction. So we might as well walk together. I hope you'll join us.
Here's part of the interview with Mayor Graham.