Hopefully a few of those men and women (I'm assuming they're not all male, I could be wrong) will win.
I'm not threatened by that. (Nor is Marcia.) In my extreme immature days (I'd say "immature days" but some readers would yell back, "What makes you think those are in the past?"), I used to mock J.C. Watts. He was the only Black Republican I knew of growing up.
Now he might come back into Congress and I reserve the right, if that happens, to mock his clothes (I remember him favoring a bow tie) and his votes and his statements and his politics, but I wouldn't imply that he wasn't really Black as I did many times before.
If I'm being really honest, that took place in mixed audiences. Some White people seemed to enjoy my tearing down JC Watts.
I'm not joking. It made them feel good.
It makes me embarrassed today.
And writing this and thinking about it, I really do get Ava and C.I. now.
I understood what they were writing about for the last 2 years, about how women need to stop attacking other women to win support from men and to fit in with them. That's the nutshell of it.
But I thought I got what they were saying but right now I really get it.
JC Watts? I disagreed with him. But I really did trash him and doing so let me fit in. I was the 'good Black' to (some of) my White friends in college. My trashing him was something they couldn't do on their own. They worried they'd be called racist. But if I got the ball rolling, it was fine to say things that, looking back, were really racist.
(Again, if you've followed Ava and C.I.'s writing on sexism and politics for the last two years, light bulbs my be going off. They are for me.)
So let me say right here, JC Watts, never met you, but I'm sorry for some of my remarks. I really mean that.
I disagree with him and I'll mock him in many ways. But I sincerely apologize for mocking you for your Blackness or what I saw (and knew was a laugh getter) as your lack of Blackness.
JC's Black and we can (and I still will) explore his commitment to the Black community and more but he's not White and my comments to the past mocking him for that, I apologize for.
It's so easy to want to fit in and to be different from the group in some way (skin color here, but it could be that and/or anything else, gender, hometown, whatever) might mean you have to attack the others from your background to make the group at large happy.
I never really got this until right now.
Back to the point of the 14 candidates.
Good for them. If they all win, great.
I want to see Black Republicans. I want to see Black Communists (who aren't in a political closet). I want to see us in every role and strata. I want us to really break all the bounds and molds and prove that African-Americans are not one thing, we are every thing.
I would hope that even Black Republicans would support the rights we fought for (Civil Rights) but maybe they won't. I don't know. But I do think there's a positive to it in the long run, to Black Republicans, because it does refute stereotypes.
And I do think that, even if they're conservatives, a lot of them would still have common ground with me in terms of rejecting discrimination. They might argue we get to equality a different way (Republicans -- of all races -- seem to think it's an individual ride as opposed to my side's belief in lifting all boats), but I think they would believe in equality.
So good for them for running. I'm not a Republican (and don't have one of the 14 running in my area). So I can't vote for them. But good for them for running and good luck to them on their races.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"