Jerome Hudson: The Life of a Young Black Conservative


July 8, 2009

Last week Glenn Beck got a call from a very impressive young man named Jerome Hudson, who told Glenn he had written an op-ed during the 2008 election on being a black conservative. He sent it in and it’s fantastic. Enjoy!

While attending a black fraternity party, I recently learned it’s a bad idea to profess one’s affinity for Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.   

Worse, according to current polls, it appears I may be the only black 22 year old in America who will be voting for Sen. John McCain.   

It’s not that I was unaware that being a black conservative Republican puts me in the ultimate “minority.”   After all, Shelby Steele’s classic article “ The Loneliness of the Black Conservative” has become an article of faith that I’ve all but committed to memory.    

But I guess I had made the mistake of buying into all that liberal yammering about being “open minded” and supporting “diversity” that I’d deluded myself into believing that a civil, discussion about the herd-like ideological mentality of so many of my contemporaries suffer from was possible.   

Boy, was I wrong.  Big time!   

My official “Negro” card got stripped away.  I instantly lost my “blackness.”  And now, consequently, I now am greeted with this: “Hey, y’all, here comes The Black Republican.”    

And that’s when I think to myself, Hmmm…so this is how it feels to be an “Uncle Tom.”   

Still, being labeled “The Black Republican” is undoubtedly a promotion from: “Hey, why are you dressed so nice?  You got a job interview or something?”  Or, worse, “Man, why are you talking like that?  You sound white?  Who do you think you are?  A conservative Kanye West?”

But my path to ideological emancipation began where all the most important things always begin—with my father and mother.  Growing up, my Army drill sergeant father was a firm believer in tough love.  My parents instilled in us Christian values.  But I believe that first part—having an involved mother and father—was critical.  With 70% of all black babies being born out-of-wedlock, it’s no wonder black poverty remains entrenched, welfare has become a way of life, and that many of my fellow young black male counterparts choose gangsta life over college.     But it wasn’t until college that I realized I had been ensnared in what John McWhorter calls the “Cult of Victimology.”  One of my professor’s pointed me toward a world of literature I’d never been introduced to:  Thomas Sowell, John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Star Parker, Angela McGlowan, Larry Elder, Walter Williams—they obliterated the Leftist foolishness that floods my community.    

It was then that my eyes were opened to the truth, a truth that my father was willing to give his life for, a truth that hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have paid the ultimate price to pass on to future generations.  And that truth is this: America remains the greatest country that God gave to man.   

So imagine me, a member of various organizations that largely consist of young black Americans, most of whom are womb to the tomb Democrats and liberals, speaking openly about the many opportunities and blessings we enjoy in our great nation and refuting Michelle Obama’s supposition that America is a “downright mean place..”  

Can you say…..social suicide?    

“So Jerome,” the partygoers asked, “you’re REALLY a Republican?!”  

Duh!  

Of course I’m a Republican!  And your great grandparents were too!

 

 

Yes, I’m a member of the Anti-Slavery Party, the party responsible for: the 13th (abolished slavery), 14th (gave former slaves full citizenship rights), the 15th Amendment (gave slaves voting rights), the Civil Rights Act of 1871(protecting southern blacks from the Ku Klux Klan), the Reconstruction Acts, and the 1866, 1875, 1957, 1960, and 1964 Civil Rights Acts.And no, my brothers and sisters, yesterday’s southern Democrats are NOT today’s Republicans!  If so, former Klansman, Sen. Robert Byrd—the highest ranking senate Democrat and President Pro-Tempore of the Senate—apparently didn’t get the memo and forgot to switch parties. 

But it’s more than just the history.  I’m proud to stand for self-empowerment, personal responsibility, strong family values, small government, low taxes, free markets, a strong military, and individual achievement etc. 

And don’t even get me started on which side stands up for the precious 1.4 million unborn children (32% of whom are black), who will be casualties in the war inside the womb.  When I see these so-called “black leaders” bashing conservatives for “racist policies,” I wonder how they justify cheering on the political team who proudly defends the annihilation of 13 million black children since 1973.  

And conservatives don’t care about black people?    I don’t think so!

No, I think I’ll ride with the team who says enough with the welfare cancer that has destroyed people’s innate desire to achieve.  Yes, I’ll ride with the folks who respect me enough to consider me their equal and not insult me with Affirmative Action racism.  Yeah, I’ll ride with the gang who would rather create effective policies than emotional “feel good” symbolism that robs individuals of their desire to aspire. 

So while it may take a little getting used to walking into college parties where I’m known as “The Black Republican,” I now realize I am a newly inducted member of a rich tradition of ideologically emancipated black conservatives.  And guess what? I’m more than cool with that.   I’m proud, actually.

“The conservative Kanye West”?  

Hmmm….

Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Jerome Hudson is a sophomore at Tallahassee Community College with plans to transfer to Florida A&M University in the fall.

 

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12 thoughts on “Jerome Hudson: The Life of a Young Black Conservative

  1. Awesome. Love, love, love what you say and what you stand for in America. When I look around at the few Tea Parties that I have attended, I only see a few faces of color but am so excited when I do. I have shed tears about some of the same things, ie keeping blacks on welfare and never giving them the incentive to go out and change things for themselves. I’ve always thought that this was terrible. If they need help w/ childcare, school, etc. let’s help them get on the road to independence.
    More power to you. Make your folks proud. What a great start!!!!

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  2. Friends and Patriots,
    Keep speaking up! Remember, “if they hate me, they will hate you”…Jesus Christ.
    You know what’s right! You don’t have to know everything, you don’t have to give an interview…just stand up for truth….go to a tea-party…fear not.
    More are with you than against you.

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  3. I thought that this was such a wonderful piece that I sent it
    to my brothers, my daughters and my friends. My intent was to allow them to read and understand in words and detail that said it much better than I could have, why I am a conservative. My brother and one of my daughters did not take well to me passing this along. I was accused of distributing hate. and was told that the person who wrote the piece was a KKK member and that I was his dupe for passing it on. Obama fans do take kindly to dissent. Especially, black Obama fans. Primarily, there were two things that drove me from the Democrat party, Carter and
    too much government. Jerome, keep expressing Your self.
    As one of the commenter’s said, you might have a future
    in politics.

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  4. Jerome Hudson,

    Your article has inspired me and my close friends. I have some big ideas and I would love if you could e-mail me or contact me as soon as possible.

    My phone # is 305-542-4730 and my e-mail is danny.vega@gmail.com. I’m just an Ivy League educated, straight, Latino male and I’m about to start a blog/movement and your Op Ed inspired me.

    If you can, call or e-mail me so I can share my ideas with you. Either way, keep shining the light brother.

    Danny Vega

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  5. Jerome, I was riding around my town (Tallahassee) running errands when I heard you on Glenn Beck. I was so excited to hear you express your views, your journey.

    I would love to know if you have a facebook address – don’t worry, I just began receiving social security, am happily married and have a fantastic little grandchild – I just loved hearing you be so honest and true. Penny

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  6. There still is hope for the future of this great nation that God has protected and blessed in the past because the people of this great nation gave God the honor and glory. You are so right about your parents and their part in what you have become so far. Now it is up to you to do something with it. Your parents must be proud of you and the way you have turned out so far. We all need to pass on to our children and grandchildren these values.

    You hang in there and go all the way. Look up Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana too. He, like Sarah Palin, is cleaning up the corruption. And if you do get into politics, don’t go the way of so many in the past. They have good intentions but somewhere along the way they lose their morals and values. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the great classic movie, demonstrates this point very well.

    A fellow God-fearing American,
    Debbie

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  7. All the above comments goes twice for me. There still is hope for the future of this great nation that God has protected and blessed in the past because the people of this great nation gave God the honor and glory.

    You’ve got it right. People who depend on the “government” to save them, give them a leg up, or give them what they want will never become strong, responsible people. Affirmative Action and welfare have not really helped people in recent years. It has made them weak, lazy, irresponsible, and nonproductive.

    You are so right about your parents and their part in what you have become so far. Now it is up to you to do something with it. Your parents must be proud of you and the way you have turned out so far. We all need to pass on to our children and grandchildren these values.

    You hang in there and go all the way. Look up Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana too. He, like Sarah Palin, is cleaning up the corruption. And if you do get into politics, don’t go the way of so many in the past. They have good intentions but somewhere along the way they lose their morals and values. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the great classic movie, demonstrates this point very well.

    A fellow God-fearing American,
    Debbie

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  8. What an articulate young man who has the courage to speak up for what he stands for! Surely there are many other young black Americans who feel like he does and haved the same convictions. God bless his parents who instilled in him the Christian values that will carry him through whatever path he choses to pursue.

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  9. Mr Hudson,

    If you can hear me, I wish to say the following you:

    I hope you set your sights on running for office someday! How wonderful to see such courage, integrity, appreciation, pride, principle, and eloquence in a fine young man! The future is wide open to take the lead among young conservatives. Start now, help other like-minded blacks to congregate by the leadership of a strong, young, intelligent man. Unite these common voices so they can be heard! In so doing, you will inspire young Americans of all races. You have a gift in your conviction and ability to communicate. I have no doubt these will serve you well with any endeavor your pursue. Admittedly, I have personal hope that these gifts of yours find their way to serving the greater good of our country too. You’re an inspiring person!

    Best regards,
    Donna

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  10. Dear Jerome: You are what the Republican party needs.
    You’re young, intelligent, and have great insight and values. YOUR WORDS JUST FLOW. I really think you need to contact Sarah Palin and Michael Steel and see if you could partner up in stopping the assault on America. Now! We may already be too far gone to turn things around. We need strong and sure people like yourself just to slow down the damage. Thank you for sharing your op-ed. You have given me hope for our future!

    Sincerely,

    Evelyn

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    • WOW! Jerome you certainly have a good head on your shoulders. I would have rather had you for our president. At least you talk like you have good common sense and know what your talking about. I bet you could say all that you put in your letters without a teleprompter too. I also love the fact that you sounds like you are talking from your heart and with sincere honesty.
      Hey, Jerome….it’s true we need guys like you in Washington. And yes you should talk to Sara Palin…I bet she will be headed to Washington too real soon. Like the rest of us she is fed up! But if you do end up there please don’t let them corrupt you. Stay as honest and sincere as you are. You sound like the real deal.
      Again you are AWESOME! Stay true to your heart and convictions.
      Roger (another Republican)

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