Durham News: Opinion

July 29, 2014

Terry McCann: Why do you call me a sellout?

I am a registered Republican, a conservative and I am black! As a black Republican I am a minority within a minority being chastised for living my life the way that Dr. King dreamed – being judged by the content of my character and not by the color of my skin.

I am married to a lovely woman, and we have been blessed with two wonderful children.

We raise them in the fear of the Lord our God. I go to work (two jobs) every day to provide for them the things they need and some of the things they want.

Our country is not perfect but we believe that if we work hard there is nothing we cannot do. My wife and I love our children but we first know that they belong to God and, hence, believe in the sanctity of life.

My children do well in public school, but I believe in school choice. Don’t you?

If you agree with me thus far, then why do you call me a sellout?

I am a registered Republican, a conservative and I am black! As a black Republican I am a minority within a minority being chastised for living my life the way that Dr. King dreamed – being judged by the content of my character and not by the color of my skin.

Racism still exists and probably always will but we as black Americans do King’s legacy an injustice when 90 percent of the black community votes with the Democratic Party most often – and not even fully knowing the party’s platform.

After the Civil War, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. It was the Democrats that started the Black Codes, the Jim Crow laws and the infamous Ku Klux Klan and efforts to thwart the end of segregation. Yet without thinking, nine out of 10 blacks will vote for the Democratic candidate.

What happened black America? What happened black Durham residents? Why do you allow the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People to tell you whom to vote for?

No party is perfect, but the lies of the Democratic party have hurt both America and particularly black America with is emphasis on social programs that denigrate the importance of the father in the home and devaluing working hard to achieve the American dream and encouraging abortion. Republican efforts to provide vouchers and increase charter schools have been seen by black “leaders” as an attempt to defund education and perpetuate white flight. Why deny the opportunity for our children to experience what our predecessors desired but most often did not receive.

Malcolm X said that “there were two kinds of slaves. There was the house negro and the field negro. The house negro lived in the house, with master. They dressed pretty good. They ate good, ’cause they ate his food, what he left.”

My fellow black brothers and sisters – are you the modern-day house negro? If you accept what the Democratic Party “feeds” you without understanding the ramifications of it then you still live in slavery even though you are off the plantation.

Black America must wake up and understand that we are a great people and dependent of no one. The Republican Party is not perfect but take it from me the Republican Party and its platform is the BEST route to economic prosperity for our great nation.

If I am a sellout for not being reliant upon “the Man,” and voting for the candidate of my choice versus the candidate that my black “leaders” dictate, then I fear the evolution of our country and black America.

Terry McCann is a math teacher in the Durham Public Schools, and member of the Durham County GOP and Black Republican Committee.

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