Yesterday Glenn Beck devoted his Fox television show to black conservatives. Some of our friends were there, notably Clifton and Maria. Beck had surgery just a week before and was still in a lot of pain, so he changed the format for this one show. Beck normally divides the audience on either side of him and then walks among the members of the audience, talking to many at random. For this show, he remained seated in front of the audience to deal with the pain. For that reason, our friends did not get any chance to comment or speak. Beck, however, told the audience he wanted them all to come back for a future show.
The show was nevertheless inspirational. There was a mayor of a town who said he didn't want to be thought of as "a black mayor," but merely a mayor. A young man, perhaps of college age, talked about American Exceptionalism and opportunity and less government (he sounded just like me!). I never thought I would see the day -- but I am so glad I did.
Several others spoke on similar themes. These Americans were sincere about a post-racial society, of wanting to get beyond race as either a crutch or a weapon. One young woman complained about all of the forms (for employment, for school admissions, etc) that ask applicants to describe their race. She thought that question should be removed.
It was very comforting to see a whole room full of black conservatives, some of them sounding like fire-breathers (like me). Perhaps the growing black conservative movement will someday reach critical mass and have a significant part in propelling this nation back towards its founding principles. God bless them all!
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