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And I think the question is problematic in the first place.The question assumes that all black people think alike, talk alike and vote alike. A lawyer for the Republican Party, Carlyle is living proof that not all black people vote alike–but it’s indisputable that Carlyle, along with a number of high profile black Republicans like former presidential hopeful Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is in the minority in the African American community.This is the mark of mourning adopted by those in the services who have to wear uniform, but hardly a fitting way of outwardly showing respect to the memory of those who have been called away from us, and whose loss we deplore.A short time since, a lady appeared in a new ruby satin dress, with a band of crape around her arm.Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential nominee in 1964, voted against the landmark Civil Rights Act passed that year, and Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 presidential campaign with a now-infamous “states’ rights” speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi—the town in which three civil rights workers were murdered 16 years earlier.In short, as authors Hanes Walton and Robert Smith argue in , the GOP had become a party whose conservatism seems to make it “virtually impossible for blacks, given their history and condition,” to accept.In his 2008 book , law professor Christopher Alan Bracey charts the history of black conservative thought from the 18th century to the present day, locating its origins in two forces that have motivated conservatives for generations: love of God and country.Specifically, he links black conservative thought to Christian evangelism and a strong faith in God’s plan, as well as the pursuit of “American exceptionalism,” a concept rooted in the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville and that has grown into a national mythology.
With the advent of the civil rights movement, black conservatives were pushed even further to the margins, but for those who did retain their affiliation with the Republican Party, their political philosophy was generally defined by either a strong social conservatism, or a strong opposition to government interventions in black life–or both.
Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute and the National Negro Business League, promoting black economic success and greater inclusion in American society was the goal, and the way to achieve those ends was through respectability, proper deportment (including a deference to authority) and strict adherence to an ethical, temperate and productive lifestyle. Du Bois repudiated Washington’s accommodationism and called for “persistent agitation [as] the way to liberty.” The majority of African Americans followed Du Bois’ lead, shifting to the political left through the decades that followed.
Washington in particular saw black economic advancement as a more secure path to greater social integration than the pursuit of political and legal rights for blacks, which was the hallmark of the Northern liberal agenda. But certain tenets of black conservative thought, such as a belief in hard work, self-reliance and personal responsibility, continued to hold appeal.
During times of health and happiness, it is perhaps rather trying to be asked to turn our thoughts into doleful channels; but sooner or later in our lives the sad times comes, for "Who breathes must suffer, and who thinks must mourn," and we have perforce to to turn our minds to the inevitable and share "the common lot of man." In times of mourning it seems doubly hard to arouse ourselves, and allow the question of what to wear? We do not advise people to rush into black for every slight bereavement, nor, on the other hand, to show the utter disregard some do on the death of their relations, and only acknowledge the departure of those near and dear to them, by a band of crepe round the arm.
Custom decrees, if even inclination does not prompt us, to show in some outward degree our respect for the dead by wearing the usual black.
The majority adhere in this respect to the customs their parents have followed; but the advanced few are those who air such sentiments, talk of the "mourning of the heart, not mere outward woe," and not wearing what is really mourning, go into society on the plea, "Oh!