Of course, many of you will recognize the title of this missive from the western movie featuring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. Many of y’all may have the famous tune to the movie going through your heads right now.
Some may ask, “Hey Chairman West, why are you not addressing the current legislative session?” I think I made my points very clear last week in our press conference, and Jill Glover did a stellar job in her Friday Legislative Priorities report. I think the Texas Republican majority legislature is well aware of how bad and ugly it could get for them, politically, if they do not pass the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities. Then again, I guess making Eid-al-Fitr — a celebration of a Muslim army victory — a Texas state holiday is more important.
But, I digress.
We need to have a serious analysis of this issue of race in America. This is because the progressive socialist left is using the tactics of Marxism to divide us not by economic class, but, rather, racial composition. Is it any wonder that this faux organization with the trendy title “Black Lives Matter” was founded by two avowed Marxist Black women? Lucky them, they now own several multi-million dollar properties. I ain’t got that. Oh, by the way, when any leftist or BLM advocate approaches you shouting “Black Lives Matter,” calmly look them in the eye and respond, “which Black lives?”
This is where we start our commentary on race in America. The progressive socialist left has done a fabulous job of redefining who is a “good” Black person in America. This is not debatable and follows a line of history.
We all think that W.E.B. Du Bois founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He did not. The founding members of the NAACP were white progressives: Mary White Ovington, Henry Moskowitz, William English Walling, and Oswald Garrison Villard. DuBois became the face and figurehead of the organization. And, if you didn’t know, DuBois was a socialist who became an avowed communist. In the end, he renounced his American citizenship. In essence, history is repeating itself with BLM, founded and financed by white leftists, along with stuck on stupid corporations, with two Black female Marxists as its leaders.
For the progressive socialist left, these are the “good” Blacks, those who embrace their ideological agenda, to the detriment of their own people. We now have these new overseers on the left’s 21st-century economic plantation who are responsible to keep Blacks as victims, for the purpose of harvesting votes. These so-called accepted “intellectual” Blacks curry favor with their leftist masters — aka the Congressional Black Caucus — in order to maintain their position as the “good” Black people, selling out their own for their version of 30 pieces of silver.
Then there are the “bad” Blacks, and I think you know where I am going. As articulated by Joe Biden, “if you don’t vote for me, you ain’t Black.” Yes, consider that in opposition to his description of a “good Black,” Barack Hussein Obama as “good looking, clean, and articulate.” US Senator Tim Scott asserted that America was not a racist country . . . Oops, “bad” Negro! Scott was pummeled by the left as “Uncle Tim” and “Oreo.” And, guess what? The “good” Blacks of the progressive socialist left ganged up on Sen. Scott as well. If you are a Black that has escaped the leftist plantation and display any competency to think as an individual, you are “bad.”
That began long ago with one of the greatest orators and educators this nation has ever produced: Booker T. Washington, the father of Black conservatism. And, just recently, we saw the white progressives of the cancel culture attack and tear down the statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY, and deface the monument to the first Black soldiers to wear the American uniform, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Yes, they were “bad” Blacks: Douglass for being a Republican, and the former slaves of the 54th for wearing the uniform of their country.
If you have not seen the documentary “Uncle Tom” you should, because it lucidly evidences the despicable denigration and disparaging of the “bad” Blacks, namely, conservative Republicans.
And, that leads to the “ugly,” the Democrat Party.
I find it unconscionable that a political Party, with a long-running history of racism, would be so bold as to castigate anyone as racist. Any dummy knows it was the Democrat Party that did not support the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. The Party of lynching? Democrats. The Party of segregation? Democrats. The Party of Jim Crow? Democrats. The Party of poll taxes, literacy tests, and Black voter suppression? Democrats. The Party that founded the Ku Klux Klan and supported a white supremacist named Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood? Democrats. The Party that advocates for the murder of unborn Black babies to the tune of 20 million aborted since 1973? Democrats. The Party holding the record for the longest filibuster in US Senate history, against the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Democrats. The Party that decimated the traditional nuclear two-parent Black family, (which BLM does not support, by the way)? Democrats. The Party that does not support school choice? Democrats. The Party that advances the soft bigotry of low expectations, believing Blacks are too stupid to get a picture ID to vote? Democrats.
So, why are we sitting around and allowing the “ugly,” the Democrats, to define the narrative on race in America? That is like having a wolf in charge of security for a flock of sheep.
That is exactly what the left wants.
The “good” Blacks are the sheep, a few are rams. The “bad” Blacks are the guard dogs. And, the Democrats are the “ugly” wolves. The wolves hate the guard dogs and the sheep are ambivalent to the guard dogs who seek to protect them.
We are facing one of the most dangerous existential threats this country has faced since the Civil War. Yet, as Santayana said, “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The battle lines are the same: the Democrats once championed physical bondage, chains; today they champion the shackles and enslavement by means of economic bondage.
My parents raised me to be a victor and slave to no one. Just like my dad, a WW II soldier, I am a guard dog. A guardian of this Republic who will not allow the purveyors of systemic racism to destroy my country.
The American Black community must ask itself this question: in the eyes of the white progressive socialist left, am I what they define as a “good” Negro or a “bad” one, defending individual liberty, freedom, and sovereignty?
Heck yeah, I am proud to be a “bad” one!
Steadfast and Loyal,
LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)