YOU ARE NOT ALONE: My Message to Black Conservatives (in light of Gianno Caldwell’s new book)


Words so rare yet so common; so unheard but the repetitive rehearsing of this nothing-less reverb echoes throughout the derelict time of eternity’s sons and daughters. It shows up in many forms and has no color. If misused, misheard or misdirected it alters souls forever; often without warning and absent of mercy. These four words, you are not alone, mean both everything and nothing at all.

It is with this perspective and from this place that my assertion is founded. I am a black male born and raised on the west side of Chicago and here is the controversy: I am a CONSERVATIVE. I grew up this way. I often thought that I was the only one. However, this year I began to reawaken my political senses. As I met hundreds of others both online and in-person who were also black and conservative.

This was proven to me in my discovery of Gianno Caldwell and his soon coming book, TAKEN FOR GRANTED

How Conservatism Can Win Back the Americans That Liberalism Failed.

He is a Fox News political analyst and in this book, he tackles some of our communities’ toughest challenges with timely insight from his own life: the story of how conservative values helped a kid from the South Side of Chicago find a life of opportunity. According to his website, he saw firsthand how lawmakers from both parties have failed African American voters on issues like poverty, welfare, and education. But as someone who beat the odds growing up under a fear-based mentality that limits what people can achieve, Caldwell believes there’s another way of which he describes in his coming book. He details a hopeful vision for a nation no longer beholden to identity politics and self-limitations.

Movements such as Blexit are gaining momentum as many black Americans are doing research and learning for themselves. It is comforting to know that I, you, we are not alone. I share the following sentiments of Elbert L. Guillory (Senator 24th District of Louisiana) as it concerns liberalism: at the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans, but the left is only concerned with one thing—control and they disguise this control as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps these programs aren’t designed to lift Black Americans out of poverty. They were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the Black community.

The idea that Blacks, or anyone for that matter, need the government to get ahead in life is despicable and even more important this idea is a failure. Our communities are just as poor as they have always been our schools continue to fail children our prisons are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers who control us by making us dependent on them. Sometimes I wonder if the word “freedom” is tossed around so freely in our society that it has become a cliché.

The idea of freedom is complex and it’s all-encompassing. It’s the idea that the economy must remain free of government persuasion. It’s the idea that the press must operate without government intrusion and it’s the Idea that emails and phone records of American citizens should remain free from government search and seizure. It’s the idea that parents must be the decision-makers in regards to their children’s education, not some government bureaucrat but most important the individual must be free to pursue his or her own happiness free from government dependence and free from government control because to be truly free is to be reliant on no one other than the Author of our destiny.

I am excited about this new book and what it means to the resurfacing Black conservative movement. It is a championing cry and an informative declaration for all the many who may secretly be covert conservatives. You are not alone. We don’t have to be silent anymore!

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