barbara-howard_web.jpgYou would think how fantastic it is that a black woman in Utah was not only elected mayor of a city in that state but also could just possibly be its next congressional representative.

Then she was chosen as one of the speakers at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

You would think that several, if not all, of the black media would be celebrating, as they normally do for these kinds of firsts. But the only black press I see about Mia

Love is a put-down, negative and demeaning.  Par for the course from black liberals about black conservatives.

But we black Republicans press on, in spite of the negativity, the cursing, the name-calling, even the physical and verbal assaults.  All because we exercise our right to vote as we see fit, a hard-fought right dipped in the blood of innocents. 

What our liberal brothers and sisters seem to forget is that heroes died for our right to vote, not for our right to vote for the Democratic Party, the very party which prevented us from voting in the first place.

Naysayers ignored

Mia Love is a beautiful black woman of Haitian immigrant parentage.  Born in Brooklyn and raised in Connecticut as a Catholic, she fell in love with a Mormon who was on a mission, married him and moved to Utah. 

A working mother of three, she later became a Mormon. Evidently she paid no attention to the rumors of racism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Love later was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, a town of 18,000 in a state whose population is less than 1 percent African American.  It seems she ignored some other racist rumors and white Republican Mormons, those so-called racists, according to Democrats,  elected her to run their town and now it seems they will elect her to help run the country.

So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why she endorsed and is campaigning hard for Mitt Romney. She has ignored all the naysayers up to now. Why not continue?

That is what more and more black Republicans are doing — ignoring those horrible, evil, nasty names other blacks are calling us and voting our values, our consciences and our faith.

Black bourgeoisie

I was once asked by Michael Eric Dyson on his radio show, “Why should blacks join the Republican Party?” Of course, he wasn’t satisfied with my answer and commented that I never even answered the question.

So, regardless of what reasons or answers we black Republicans give, nothing is quite good enough for those who consider us “traitors to our race” and use other pejoratives to describe us that can’t be printed.

But, finally, more and more black Republicans are “coming out” and standing tall for our right to be. And, let’s be clear about something:  Nobody tells us which party we must belong to or for whom we must vote.

In fact, we find it very confusing how people, especially the black bourgeoisie, those who claim Christianity as their life map, can serve a political party which conveniently has moved so far away from moral principles that they take God out of every aspect of their politics.

Yet they want to disparage us as traitors.  What audacity!  What hypocrisy! 

What arrogance!

Meanwhile, warriors such as Mia Love fight daily for their families, their faith and their country.

God bless Mia Love.

Her speech at the RNC was exhilarating. Her courage is contagious, this is a beautiful black Christian Republican woman, wife, mother and mayor.  We shall soon call her congresswoman — from the white state of Utah.

So, haters, hate on.  You never know when you entertain angels.

Barbara Howard is a political consultant, radio host and commentator and motivational speaker. She is Florida State chairwoman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Trade & Travel goodwill ambassador to Kenya.

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