A cat named Reginald Bohannan is on a parallel track to my Old School Movement. We should know each other:
Reginald Bohannon: Well, for one, 90-95% of blacks vote for the Democratic Party and my mom was -- and still is -- active with the Democratic Party in Lexington, North Carolina. If I..came out and told her that I was a Republican, she would...get (called names) and so would I -- Uncle Tom, sell-out, Oreo and things of that nature.
So, once I did find out that I was conservative ...I didn't want the name calling and I hadn't gotten up the courage to come out of the closet at that time. Once I learned more about conservatism and educated myself through talk radio, columns, and books, that gave me the courage to say, "Yes, I am conservative and I do vote for Republicans."
John Hawkins: Over the years, I've seen a lot of polling data and I think that at least a third of black Americans should probably be voting Republican based on their views. Would you agree with that estimate? Do you think it's high, low?
Reginald Bohannon: I think it's much higher because blacks by and large are conservative, but what happens is that we automatically jump to the Democratic Party...without even determining whether we are conservative or liberal. That's what I did. I basically went with the Democratic Party because that's who my mom is with.
The majority of blacks are conservative, but they're not aware of it. When I talk to people who are running for office or blacks in general, I tell them that I'm not necessarily trying to get them to change into Republicans, I just want them to see who they really are.
Theres a lot of disambiguation that needs to happen as far as I'm concerned, but I think he's basically right. We're pushing the same boulder up the hill. Neo Neo has an interesting take, vis a vis 'change of life':
As you all no doubt know, "coming out" is a phrase that previously had been used primarily to describe the experience of gays who'd been hiding their sexual identities for fear of discrimination and recrimination, and who finally decide they can no longer live the secret life. They tell the truth, and let the chips fall where they may; sometimes they fall hard and painfully.
Before my own change experience, I would not have believed in any possible comparison to the experience of gays; I actually might even have considered it preposterous if someone had asserted discrimination from liberals because of "turning" in a conservative--or a neocon--direction.
Sounds like the Baldwin Edict again. ..you have to decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you...