The New Black Conservative Movement~ Markeece Young
I think the very best part of my job is providing young conservatives a platform on which to voice their opinions. There is no higher honor for me than helping them to share truth.
Hey, I’m Markeece Young. I’m 19 from North Carolina. I was Democrat for pretty much all my life, if you would have told me I would be apart of the “New Black Conservative Movement” a couple years ago would probably laugh at you. A new Gallup Poll shows that 26% of Black voters are Conservative. So why aren’t 26% of Blacks voting for Conservative candidates? Can you imagine if 26% of Blacks voted Conservative? Democrats wouldn’t win locally, statewide or nationally. I believe that the Republican Party and other Conservative groups have basically given up on the Black vote. I know with Blacks voting 95% for Obama, why should we even bother, right? Because the biggest revolutions and political shifts didn’t happen overnight; it took an effort. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. The Black Conservative movement is stronger than ever, but we need support. Contrary to what you might believe, reaching Black voters is an achievable goal.
Just an example: Rick Scott did a lot of minority engagement in Florida and that is actually how he won. The numbers showed that if Scott had not received a substantial amount of Black and Hispanic votes, he would have lost. Rick Scott has been a huge supporter of school choice which allows disadvantaged children to go to good, quality schools. He received nearly triple the amount of votes in 2014 than he received in 2010 from Black voters. It was an increase in votes from 34,000 to 95,000. I always reference this election when people tell me that the Black voters ears are shut or that courting Black voters is a lost cause. Rick Scott wasn’t afraid to visit Black communities and it paid off in his re-election.
Last Saturday, Fox News Contributor and Conservative activist Deneen Borelli led a Black Conservative empowerment program in my home state of North Carolina. Luckily, I was asked to be a panelist at this event. The seats filled quickly. There were a large number of African-Americans, both young and old. People of all different races showed up to this great event of empowerment. I was very nervous, especially since I was sitting on a panel with the Civil Rights legend Clarence Henderson. He was one of the original Civil Rights activists that defied segregation laws in the Greensboro sit-ins during the 1960’s. Although I was extremely anxious, I only received good reviews from the people who attended. There were so many people there who wanted to change things in the Black community for the better.
Black Conservatives across this great country are reaching out to Black communities. I would like to name a few in this article. Deneen Borelli is going across this country empowering the Black community. There are courageous men like Derrick Wilburn and Kevin Jackson to Babette Holder in Illinois, who is changing things there in the Black community. Young, Black Conservative Cecilia Johnson of Missouri created Hood Conservatives, they are dedicated to reaching out those in urban areas. There is also the Fredrick Douglas Foundation and The Black Conservative Fund. To the great and enlightened writings of my friends and young Black Conservatives Josiah McElroy and Antoine Pearson–and let us not forget about the 12-year-old activist from Georgia, CJ Pearson! But we need help. We need people like the GOP to launch serious initiatives and not just show up at Black doors every four years.
We need the GOP and grassroots Conservative groups to help empower the Black community to come out of their allegiance to the Democratic Party. I believe with this new poll coming out, showing nearly a quarter of Black voters being Conservative, it would be a tremendous missed opportunity for Conservative/Republican groups to not tap into a relatively immense untapped potential.
We need to educate and empower the Black community to be more independent. We have to go out there and educate Blacks on the racist past of the Democrat Party and show them how Liberal policies have crippled the Black community. We have to show them how Conservative policies are opening the window of opportunity that the Democratic Party has shut in the Black community for 50 years.
As Conservatives, we spread the message of economic freedom and the values of hard work, so why not take this message to a community that desperately needs it now more than ever? It’s no secret that the Obama administration is crippling Black America greatly. Black unemployment is at very high levels and the youth employment rate is even higher. Many Blacks today believe that their American Dream is being denied and for several people today, it has turned into more of a nightmare. It’s our job to go into these communities and tell people that it’s not Conservative Republicans denying them of their dream its Liberalism and big government. Will you join the New Black Conservative Movement? Will the Republican Establishment join the New Movement? Or will both the Black Community and the Republican Establishment continue with their status quo?