One of my favorite Black conservatives is Michael D. Cobb Bowen, or Cobb for short, who blogs over at the blog Cobb. In reading through the comments section of a post on Black Republicans over at the Black Professors blog, I found this comment of his:
If there’s a quick way to summarize the difference between the orientations of Liberalism and Conservatism that each party seeks to represent it would be this:
Liberals try to use the power of the State to insulate against the dysfunctions of family and community. Conservatives try to use the power of family and community to insulate against the dysfunctions of the State. Most everything follows from that.
From a black perspective, I think the salient choice is determined by a thoughtful consideration of what your family and community situation is. I think there can be no clearer illustration of this difference in black than the paths of Malcolm X and MLK, keeping specifically in mind that Malcolm X’ split from the Nation of Islam was a direct result of his discovery that Elijah Muhammad was the baby daddy of EIGHT illegitimate children.
Malcolm X did not support Affirmative Action. He was a religious conservative. This is the big open secret few black Democrats ever debate or consider.