January 19, 2005

nemo me impune lacessit

Translation of Barbra Boxer's entire line of questioning of Dr. Condoleezza Rice yesterday:

"Who do you think you are? denying your racial heritage and being a conservative Republican and wanting to serve in a white man's White House?"

Uh, yeah, Barbra. It was that obvious. I have never understood why so many black Americans (and I once read of a prominent black actress going to Africa and when asked what her ethnicity was, she replied, "African-American." The African looked at her and said, "No, you are an American with black skin. I'm African." She rethought her word choice.) have imposed the expectation of all blacks having to be a Democrat? If a black American chooses to be conservative in their politics and even (gasp!) call themselves a Republican, they are treated as a traitor to the black community (and by the way, I personally believe in one race- the human race, with varying ethnicities) and have their integrity and intelligence insulted (as was done by Barbra Boxer to Dr. Rice).

La Shawn Barber is a perfect example from the blogosphere. She is intelligent, graceful, strong, well-written and well-read. She is a Christian who has allowed her belief in God to shape her worldview rather than her culture, her peers, or her detractors. I have been reading her since about March of 2004 and have seen her attacked repeatedly for not buying into the "expected politics" of her black peers. She isn't a parrot of a white party. She uses her own mind, logic and rhetoric, influenced only by her faith to express her opinions. She isn't the only one, either.

Juliette of Baldilocks is another example of a conservative black woman. She hasn't "sold out to the Man" and hasn't compromised her integrity. She has proudly served her country in the United States Army, not some conspiritorial institution created to keep black people down. Her experiences and the opportunities she sought while in the military have lent themselves as a seasoning to her profound faith and shaping of her character into outstanding integrity, and service to the people of this country.

So, talk on Barbra Boxer. There are plenty of conservative black people out there who will continue to speak out for their fellow American citizens, promoting and encouraging thoughtful and respectful dialogue that will bring about the excellence of all peoples only at the expense of their own sweat and self-denial for the betterment of themselves and their neighbor, not at the expense of their neighbor.

P.S. Good for you, Dr. Rice. I was so proud that you didn't allow the malicious intent of Senator Boxer's questioning to rattle you, but rather reminded her to keep the dialogue away from false accusations and personal agendas.

Posted by Rae at January 19, 2005 10:14 AM

Something I didn't add on my own disseration on this subject.

But lets compare these two women, Senator Boxer, and Dr. soon-to-be-Secretary Rice.

Boxer comes off as a overly dramatic, back-biting loon.
Rice comes off as professional, elloquent and, as you say above, graceful.

I hope the American people see this distinction as well.

Posted by: Jeremy at January 19, 2005 11:29 AM

Well put Rae. Although very popular in her home base, and among her factions, Boxer is an embarrassment for this Kalifornian

Posted by: Greg at January 19, 2005 02:19 PM

Thanks for posting this! I absolutely love Dr. Rice and I thought she handled the pressure incredibly. Like you, I am just amazed that the most pressure comes from another black woman!

By the way, another incredible contribution to the blogosphere by a black conservative can be found at Pajama Hadin. He's very intelligent and just amazing to read.

Posted by: texasbug at January 19, 2005 04:54 PM

Thanks, Rae. No good deed goes unpunished, of course, and what I say is not popular with certain people. But I can take it. As long as I rely on my Lord and Savior and not my own efforts, I can't go wrong. :)

Posted by: LB at January 19, 2005 08:33 PM

I echo your comments about La Shawn Barber. She's awesome...one of my daily blog visits, (as are you!)

Posted by: Cindy Swanson at January 20, 2005 07:42 AM

Jeremy- yes, eloquent and articulate.

Greg- I have wondered at her popularity with her constituents.

Texasbug- thanks for the link :D

LB- Amen, sister. I agree completely. I also think that it takes the denial of self in order to be a vessel of goodness for God.

Cindy- me, too:D And thank you so much :D

Posted by: Rae at January 20, 2005 09:37 AM

I understand and somewhat agree with your post. The 'treason' Boxer was trying to point out is one, in many minds have passed. Black is more than race; it's a political party, mindset if you may.

Posted by: thedarkestnoir at January 21, 2005 02:22 PM

Barbra Boxer is one of the best senators that we have. She is not my senator but would love to have her as ours any day. I am very proud of Boxer, she rocks.

Posted by: Pam at April 13, 2005 04:12 PM
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