African Americans and right-wing politics

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‘The Loudest Silence Ever Heard’: Black Conservatives in the Media
By Lionel McPherson, the Friar, August–September 1992. The contemporary interest in black conservatives began in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan, and continued, 12 years later, through George Bush's administration. With the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, the subject reached heights unmatched since the rise of Booker T. Washington early this century.
Uncovering the Black Conservative Movement (extracts)
By Justin Roberts, from Uncovering the Right on Campus, 1997. While polls show that black Americans are consistently more liberal than white Americans, black conservatives are often highlighted as spokespeople for Black America.
The second rise of Black conservatism
By Mumia Abu-Jamal, 19 December 1998. How Reconstruction conservativism is renewed today. Voices now that echo the expressions of the white elite, in black-face. The poor, not the ruling elite, are held responsible for their poverty, and their poorness is a kind of defect of character, or worse, a kind of sin.
Civil Rights or Silver Rights?
By Manning Marable, 4 January 2000. Booker T. Washington proposed a strategy for black advancement within capitalism. Don't agitate for civil rights, for white corporations and the Republican Party were black people's best friends. He called for building black capitalism, forging a close partnership between wealthy and powerful whites with the aspiring black entrepreneurial middle class. Today, many of the most articulate spokespersons within the black community regarding issues of social justice are gravitating toward this approach.