Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

My Column in "The Black Republican" Magazine

An SFGate column of mine originally titled "African-American Figures Break from the Pack" is featured in the latest edition of The Black Republican, the magazine of the National Black Republican Association (NBRA.info). The magazine is available online (PDF file) and my column starts on page 35.

This is only The Black Republican's second edition and I'm proud to have been an early contributor to this admirable publication. Not to mention being in the company of black conservative writers such as Thomas Sowell, La Shawn Barber, Shelby Steele, Larry Elder, Walter Williams and Star Parker. There's also a very good article in the magazine by liberal-to-moderate Juan Williams, whose book, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America, was the subject of my own column.

NBRA chairman and Black Republican executive editor and publisher Frances Rice, who is also a retired lawyer and a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, pens several articles herself, mostly directed at trying to correct the record when it comes to the relationship between African-Americans and the Democrat and Republican Parties. In short, the black community's overriding fealty towards the Democrat Party has little to no basis in historical fact.

The one thing all who contributed to this magazine, black or white, have in common is a desire to see the African-American community thrive and the belief that only by shaking off the shackles of misguided liberal policies and an internal culture of self-destruction can this be achieved.

Here's hoping The Black Republican will help lead the way.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

Black Republican ? That is a rare individual or is it ? I wish the magazine well .

Monday, April 16, 2007 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

Congratulations, and it sounds like an interesting group. I have long wondered why so many minorities seem to side with the party that filibustered the civil rights act, has a former Klansmen in congress, and continues to promote policies that prevent minorities from living the American dream (success with hard work).

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:43:00 AM  
Blogger zombie said...

One of the underlying problems is the identification of financial success or middle-class comfort as being a "white" value -- that any black person who embraces the American dream is somehow rejecting blackness and embracing whiteness. I do believe that the meme-manipulators in academia stress this as a way to keep the black population in a state of permanent dissatisfaction, and thus ever-ready to be called upon as participants in the putative "revolution."

And I think it's no accident that middle-class values are mocked and defined as a betrayal. Post-Marxist philosophers understand that a contented society will never embrace radical change or a socialist revolution; so it becomes de rigeuer to promulgate philosophies that they know will bring misery and resentment to the black community.

We need to counter that by endlessly hammering on the idea that middle-classness and material comfort are not the exclusive bailiwick of white people, or the "white man's game," that it is and has been for a long time open to anyone of any race.

Part of the lie is that many in the black community seem to believe that one must reject black culture if one abandons black welfare dependence or the grey-market economy. That the middle-class black must perforce embrace whitebread mainstream culture. Which of course is an absurdity. All sorts of "minorities" in America maintain most aspects of their culture while still climbing the financial ladder (no need to list them here). The Black community needs to be taught that it is possible to retain "blackness" (if that is what they desire) as they become indepedent and successful. (But sadly, to many people these days, "blackness" consists of "gangsta" culture and "thug life." And to escape from the ghetto is to be a traitor.)

The civil rights movement, in retrospect, was just the first step.

And it is very, very strangely ironic how the Democratic Party kept the black man down in the era between the 1860s and the 1950s, as the party of Jim Crow and racism; and how the same Democratic party continues to keep the black man down from the 1980s up to today in a completely different manner (by encouraging dependence and racial resentment).

Same oppressor, different motivations.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Trey G said...

I have another term for Black republicans "Pro ball player"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:18:00 PM  

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