Me: Who do is Runaway Slave aimed at? Who is your target audience?
CL: The entire psyche of the American people is our target audience. We wanted to make the point that Black people have been used as a test case for over 60 years with a design that will be played out on the rest of the American people. We want people to see how Black people have been used and are being used. (Herman Cain and CL ->)
Me: How old is the Black Conservative movement?
CL: The Black Conservative movement is as old as the Civil War, when Blacks were emancipated. The first Black people in Congress were elected in the late 1860s and early 1870s and all of them were Conservatives and were Republicans. They were Conservative in the sense that there was a new awakening among Black people that they did have an investment in this country and also a promissory note that they should cash which the Constitution had given to them.
When we look at the Progressive Liberals/Democrats who have perpetuated a fraud on Black folks for over 60 years by convincing them that the word “Conservative” is something alien to them and the Republican party is something against them. And it proves how out of touch most Black people are with their history.
Me: What would you say is the size of the Black Conservative movement today?
CL: The movement is much larger and prominent than people think. The reason it’s not even larger is that most Black people do not want to go through the trauma and disenfranchisement from our own people when we make it known how we feel about politics and the American free market system.
Me: Why do you think Republicans are seen as racist?
CL: The lie has come from the Progressive Left. They’ve been successful by and large through the Black pulpit. Over the last 50 years, they have co-opted the Black preacher by having them preach a gospel, in many circles called Black Liberation Theology, that says if Jesus Christ doesn’t alleviate the social pain that Black or poor folks feel, then what good is the religion. They have pushed forth the idea that Democrats are the champions of the poor and downtrodden and those who are Black. In doing so, they have won the hearts of Black people, especially in the 1960s when a Democrat president signed the Civil Rights Act. But what Black people fail to recognize is that the Civil Rights bill would not have been there if it wasn’t for Republicans in the House and the Senate.
Me: Looking at the Republican Party, the Southern Strategy seems to woven into the fabric of who they are today. There’s no sense of “welcome” or outreach effort from the party, as if they have just written off the Black vote. Considering the level of race-tinged rhetoric from the Tea Party, at what point does the Republican Party have to look inward in terms of how they approach Black people?
CL: Why should they reach out to Black folks? Why can’t they see for themselves what the best thing is for their pocketbooks, for their families, and America? Why do Black folks have to be led around and told this is what’s best for you. That’s almost insulting.
Black people can read for themselves that the first Black Senators, the first Black Congressmen, the first Black people who legally governed in this country were all Republicans. That it was white Democrats who stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama with George Wallace trying to keep Black folks out of it. That is was white Democrats who stood in front of Little Rock and a Republican president, Eisenhower, had to send in the National Guard so that the Little Rock 9 could go to school. How come Black people can’t discover for themselves that it was Democrats that created the Ku Klux Klan?
Republicans have always reached out to Black folks. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. The first Black Democrat Senator, Carol Moseley Braun, was elected until the late 1980s. The second was Barack Obama. I have traveled across the country, even helped form the first Tea Party in Tel Aviv. I have never met a person who is racist in the Tea Party. The idea that the Tea Party is a bunch of racists is the biggest lie that has even been told. Why? Because racists don’t mind being called racists, but Tea Partiers do.
Me: Why is there not more of a Black presence at the Republican Convention?
CL: I came from a family who came from the plantation. One thing about the plantation is the same for the Democrat Party: whenever you look at the Democrat Party, you see a whole field of Black folks.
When you look into states where Black folks were free, you didn’t see very many of them. Why? Because not very many had the courage of the runaway slave. It took a lot of courage to say to the master “I don’t want your clothing, I don’t want your housing, I don’t want your food, I don’t want your handouts. I’m going to get my own.” And when free Black people come back to the plantation, they are vilified. The ones who are still trapped in that system will actually go back and tell their white masters that we’re hanging around trying to tell them that they can be free. Why? So they can enslave us again.
Me: Then why aren’t there more Black voices in Mitt Romney’s inner circle?
CL: That doesn’t matter. My grandfather told me that he didn’t go through all that he went through so that I could be Black. He went through all that he went through so that I could be free. Let me tell you something, the one thing that holds Black people back is that we live our lives trying to be Black. We’d be much better served living our lives trying to be free.
This is what I have seen: in the inner circles of Democrats, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be included in their inner circles. But those two men, who have delivered more votes to the Democratic Party than perhaps any other two men alive, but they have been treated like prostitutes: only trotted out when Democrats want to use them. They have never been offered an ambassadorship or a cabinet post. So let’s ask the Democrat party that question.
In the Republican Party’s 150 year history, Black folks have always been in the inner circle: from Frederick Douglass to Alan West to J.C. Watts to Herman Cain to now. We’ve had three Black chairmen of the Republican convention, the Democrats have never had one. If Mitt Romney does or doesn’t, that’s on him, but historically, Republicans have.
Me: Part of your journey was prompted by your faith coming into conflict with your politics. How do you see your faith meshing with your politics these days?
CL: The reason the Democratic Party left me is because they started going in directions my God tells me we should not go. When I consider the fact that I am against abortion, when I consider the fact that I am against gay marriage, the Republican Party platform stands against those things. So my faith meshes perfectly. The platform of the Democratic Party is all for those things, so my question to the so-called Black Democrats who call themselves Christian is how does your faith mesh up with your politics?