August 27, 2013

THE HILL: Conservative blacks irritated with liberal flavor of march anniversary.

Black conservatives are rankled by the liberal flavor of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

They contend the left is appropriating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory and willfully understating the degree of progress the United States has made in overcoming the egregious racial injustices that characterized an earlier era.

They also argue Americans aren’t hearing the right message from leaders — mainly Democratic and liberal — who will celebrate the anniversary from the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday.

Mia Love, the Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is black and was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She contends that modern-day civil rights activists, in league with the Democratic Party, de-incentivize personal responsibility and economic independence.

Hard to argue with that. I hope she runs for Congress again. Plus:

Talk show host and self-described “constitutional conservative” David Webb is disdainful of those black civil rights who, in his view, exacerbate racial grievances and capitalize upon them.

“What we’ve seen is people who’ve refused to advance,” he said. “It’s 2013, not the 1960s, but they are still having the 1960s argument. These are the CBC [Congressional Black Caucus], the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all these other civil-rights profiteers.”

Webb added: “Their stock-in trade is … issues that keep them in positions where they need to be, whether it’s for money, power or some combination.”

Hard to argue with that, too. Plus, Herman Cain on Obama: “There were expectations that he would set the proper tone for race relations in this country. He has not done so. The things that he has been outspoken about have simply created more friction.”

Hard to argue with that, as well. And nice to see The Hill covering this, instead of just pretending that conservative blacks don’t exist.