by Stacy Swimp
Last month, Congressmen Allen West hosted a historic Black Conservative Forum in order to “discuss how to articulate and take the message of black conservatism back to our communities”, per the retired Army Colonel.
He referenced conservative principles such as limited government, fiscal responsibility, sovereignty, equality of opportunity, achievement, the free market system, values, education, family, and security.
“The conservative voice in the Black community remains mostly unacknowledged by politicians and the public alike,” West said. “While the conservative Black voice has always existed, it is more important than ever that it be recognized and encouraged.”
Among those on the multi ethnic, bi-partisan panel, were Congressman Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (chairman, Congressional Black Caucus, D-Mo.); Rev. Cleon Bryant (pastor, LA and founder of “Runaway Slave”); KCarl Smith (Frederick Douglass Republicans); Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and numerous other national leaders. The panel was moderated by Star Parker, founder and president of C.U.R.E., the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and nationally syndicated columnist.
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