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Black conservatism is a very lucrative business. It takes few resources to begin one's hustle. There are boosters who will back your play. The risks are minimal. Their public is eager to be grifted--is there no easier scam than taking money from the willing? And the skills that one needs to be successful in the black conservative con game are minimal. It is a real quota, and an internalized projection of what conservatives say "affirmative action" policies produce in the workplace: skin color, a hostility towards African-Americans, and a heartbeat are all that one needs to be a successful black conservative media darling. Ability is welcome but secondary and coincidental to one's skin color.
All that is required to be a successful black conservative in the Fox News Tea Party GOP mold is to be a professional contrarian who stands against any position taken by the "civil rights establishment", a willingness to degrade black Americans for the pleasure of white racists, and to have little or no self-respect. The more self-hating and contemptible a black conservative's position on a given political issue, the higher the bounty and pay.
Larry Elder, Pastor Manning, and Jesse Lee Peterson must be cashing some fat checks for supporting the murder of Trayon Martin by George Zimmerman. The level of self-loathing necessary for a black person to support the equivalent of Emmett Till's murder in post-civil rights America is beyond my ability to comprehend. In all, racism is a mania that poisons white folks in America. Unfortunately, the mania that is white racism poisons the minds of none too few black people as well.
In all, George Zimmerman aspired and earned his honorary whiteness for shooting a black teenager in an act of fantasy wish fulfillment for his boosters among the White Right.
I have to wonder if the black conservatives who defend him are jealous that they have not earned their honorary whiteness through a similar deed?
It is easy to lambaste and lampoon the ugly caricature of black respectability embodied by the rogues gallery of Tea Party GOP black conservatives that is populated by the likes of Larry Elder, Pastor Manning, and Jesse Lee Peterson.
I would like us to do the more difficult task. Being reflective and contemplative, let's try to answer these questions.
Which of them is the most contemptible and way?
Are they self-hating negroes or are these three possessed of a sense of pathological narcissism, such that they have no sense of linked fate to other people of color?
Is the brand of "black conservatism" exemplified by Larry Elder, Pastor Manning, and Jesse Lee Peterson indigenous to Black Politics or is it something imported from outside the community?
Here are today's three featured exhibits in the Tea Party GOP black conservative human zoo. Watch and approach them at your peril. They bite.