Black and Right: The Bold New Voice of Black Conservatives in America

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Black conservatism is no oxymoron. Recent polls have indicated that an increasing number of black Americans identified themselves as conservatives, favoring smaller government, lower taxes, tougher crime laws, welfare reform, and personal initiative. While applauding the moral and legal victories of the Civil Rights Movement, the conservative spokespeople in this dynamic new collection reject the claims of inequities and what they consider to be the self-serving agenda of the present civil rights establishment. National leaders such as Justice Clarence Thomas and former Representative Gary Franks and writers such as Shelby Steele and Glenn Loury appear either as contributors or as subjects in this volume. They emphasize the grassroots aspects of black conservatism with a reliance on common sense and common humanity.

The strength of the black conservative voice lies in the growth of its numbers and social influence. As more African-Americans shift to the right and embrace conservative ideology, they are signalling what may be one of the most politically significant trends in American public life as the 20th century draws to a close. This provocative collection of essays shatters the myth that black Americans are uniformly left of center and that conservatism is an ideology with a white face. Unique in its personal and political portrait of black conservatives in America, this book shows the remarkable diversity of ideas from one of the most talked-about political movements to emerge in recent years.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of essays by and about black conservatives, in sections on personal experience, politics, racism, morals, and America. Subjects include the role of black conservative leaders in the 1990s, educational development in the black community, the black family and parental licensure, and black conservative perspectives on abortion and homosexuality. An appendix lists media and organizational resources for the study of black conservatism. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953423
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

STAN FARYNA is Director of Research of the New Coalition for Economic and Social Change, a Chicago-based think tank, and a research associate of The David Institute, a social research group in California.

BRAD STETSON is Director of Studies at The David Institute and lecturer in Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

JOSEPH G. CONTI is a Research Associate at The David Institute and a Lecturer in philosophy at Kansas Community College.

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Table of Contents



Perspectives on Personal Experience

No Room at the Inn: The Loneliness of the Black Conservative by Clarence Thomas

Notes of a Non-Native Son: The Third Vision by Robert A. George

You Look Like A Democrat by Kathleen M. Bravo

Young, Black, and Republican by Stuart De Veaux

What "Black Conservative" Means to Me by Lee Walker

Perspectives on Politics

Two Visions of Black Leadership by Brian W. Jones

Black Convervatives: The Undercounted by Willie and Gwen Richardson

No Need for a Government Handout by Telly Lovelace

Educational Devlopment in the Black Community by Mazhar Ali Awan

The Prescription of Black Conservatives by Gary Franks

Perspectives on Racism

Are You Really a Racist? A Commonsense Quiz by Joseph G. Conti and Brad Stetson

My Experience with the California Civil Rights Initiative by Errol Smith

Race Confab: An Exercise in Futility by Jesse Peterson

Racial Rage: The Response to Jesse Peterson by Marivic Francis

Are America's Juries Race-Obsessed? by Deroy Murdock

Perspectives on Morals

The Moral Vacuum in Black American Must Be Filled by Joseph Brown

The Black Family and Parental Licensure by Diann Ellen Cameron

A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback by Steven Craft

Family Values vs. Homosexual Rights: Tradition Collides with an Elite Social Tide by Joseph E. Broadus

A Black Conservative Looks at Abortion by Peter Kirsanow

Is This the Work of God? Reflections on the Black Church by Jesse Peterson

Black Diamonds: Discovering the Lessons of Freedom in Black Conservative Thought by Stan Faryna

Perspectives on America

A Conversation with Shelby Steele by Joseph G. Contiand Brad Stetson

An Interview with Ezola Foster by Joseph G. Conti

"The Sage of South-Central": An Interview with Larry Elder by Brad Stetson

Appendix: Media and Organizational Resources for the Study of Black Conservatism


About the Editors and Contributors


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