The Silent Voice of the African American Conservative

Exclusive commentary by Kimberly McKinley

Jan 31, 2003

I am a thirty-two year old, middle class, African-American female. Why is the assumption that I should be a card carrying, Bill Clinton voting democrat? I registered as a republican in 1990 and since then I have voted for George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole and George W. Bush. My role models include Condoleeza Rice, J.C. Watts, Clarence Thomas, and Colin Powell. I listen daily to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and I want Armstrong Williams and Walter Williams to have daily radio shows. I believe in results oriented education, lower taxes and a strong national defense.

I am sure I am not alone in my conservative beliefs, but sometimes the liberal media makes me feel that I am. I have spent the last twelve years hiding my conservative views from liberal whites and blacks, mostly because they feel that I am selling out my race. Liberals like Joe Lieberman feel that I should be thankful to the democrats for all they have done for me; affirmative action, welfare, "the right to choose", and higher taxes. Gee, thanks. I wonder how I am selling out my race. I believe that if our schools were held to a higher standard all children would have the scores and grades to compete equally for an Ivy league education or a job on Wall Street. I don’t see Welfare helping any of our nation’s disadvantaged by making them dependent on government handouts. I believe in the right for the innocent to live and for the guilty to die. I don’t believe that the producers of this nation should unconditionally support the non-producers. I think we deserve more.

African Americans do not fit into one liberal democratic mold. We are like all other Americans with diverse beliefs, goals and aspirations. Unfortunately and possibly for nefarious reasons the democrats and the media push individuals like Jackson and Sharpton, and their liberal rantings, as the only role models for African-Americans. It is time for African-Americans to demand that all of our voices are heard. We should no longer allow the assumption to exist that an entire group of people think, believe and vote as a group. It is time for our voices to be heard.

Kimberly McKinley is a married mother of a one-year old daughter. She lives and works in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. To contact Kimberly, send your comments to .