It is important that Black people consider all sides of the political spectrum. Right and Left wing politics, Liberal and Conservative politics, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green Party as well as Independent politics should all be analyzed in order to develop the best solutions and strategies to benefit and uplift the Diaspora.
J.C. Watts, former Republican Senator from Oklahoma’s predominantly White 4th district, espouses one paradigm of Black politics in the 21st century. In his book What Color is a Conservative?, Watts distinguishes himself as not only a crafty politician, but a Black republican with a backbone, something that is rarely found among Black Republicans of today.
He makes it clear through lengthy narratives describing his childhood and family life that he is immensely proud to be a conservative and contributes his conservative values to his father, reiterating this several times throughout the book.
If you are a Black person who is traditionally anti-Republican and/or pro-Democrat, don’t allow your partisanship to close your mind to J.C. Watts’ conservative style.
You may be surprised to learn how much you and this Black republican have in common in terms of values. In addition, although Watts has remained loyal to the Republican party, he demonstrates through his writings that he is far more proud to represent conservative values than to be a Republican; values that most Black families would be proud to instill in their children.
Reading What Color is a Conservative? probably won’t change anybody’s opinion of the Republican party. However, Watts certainly does a good job explaining how a Black man can call himself a Republican and still look at himself proudly in the mirror everyday.