(NNPA)—Last week, Joyce Jones, a columnist for BET.com wrote an article titled, “The Loneliness of the Black Republican: What attracts young African-Americans to the GOP?” Although the article was off-base on so many points—No I won’t waste my time listing them here—it got me reflecting on this younger generation of Black Republicans.
Undoubtedly, young Blacks are attracted to the GOP brand more than older Blacks. If Jones could have tapped into that phenomenon, it could have been an enlightening article. But, not surprisingly, her column ended up being your typical Black Republican-bashing.
How would she know “it’s not easy to be a young, Black Republican?” She talks about conservatism, but fails to define the term. She refers to “rising stars,” but fails to define who identify those stars or what makes them rising stars.
As for Black Republicans being lonely, a deeper explanation is in order. Many Black Republicans who are of the millennial demographic have made a conscious decision to self-isolate. Translation: They can’t possible go behind the Democratic stranglehold on Blacks and not expect to be isolated. Millennials are generally defined as those born between 1980-2000.