Why the Name?

So why did I choose the name Black By Color Only? On October 16, 1995 (my 27th birthday), a historical event took place known as "The Million Man March", led by the so-called minister Louis Farrakhan. The black community, for the most part, was moved with pride at the event. I, however, was unimpressed at the event, being that I like being an individual who doesn't like to cater to the collective thought of a race of individuals. Anyway, some time afterwards, I read an editorial in the local paper praising the recent event, so I decided to respond and give my point of view of the MMM. A few days later, my article appeared in the editorial and, a few more days later, a couple of people responded. One of them lamented that I said I was black--apparently by color only. It was then that I was struck by inspiration. What if I had some kind of program or forum, or whatever, titled Black By Color Only? That would be--how should I say it--cool! It has taken a while, but the inspiration has now materialized into this blog. Hopefully, in the future, it could materialize into something bigger.

Just to let you know a little about me:

I am a firm believer in the Bible and the deity of Jesus Christ.

Although I don't consider myself Republican or Democrat, I tend to favor a conservative point of view.

I believe this country should be run according to our Constitution.

I favor the Fair Tax in which the current tax code (and the IRS) will be eliminated and replaced by a consumer based tax.

I don't vote in favor of my wallet but in favor of morals and principles.

Just because I'm black doesn't mean I hold to the point of view of mainstream black America.

I believe racism is as big a problem in the black community as it is in the white community, and maybe more so.

The above statements get me in trouble with my fellow black "bruthas" who believe I should think like them. They proceed to call me a white lover, an Uncle Tom, and a sellout. Hey, when you throw a brick into a pack of dogs, the one you hit is the one that yelps the loudest.

I hope that you will get something meaningful from this blog. If you want to get even more about what I believe in, tune in to blogtalkradio.com/blackbycoloronly to hear my online radio program. I hope you have a good time visiting and I hope to see you on the rebound.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Religion-Right Wing or Left Wing

When one talks of politics in this country, we often think of two political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans. For years many of us have debated the purposes of these parties; which one is for the people and which one isn't.

Democrats (who are supported by liberal-run news stations such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and the like) are deemed by many to be compassionate towards the people. The group of people we know as liberals are the main base of the Democrat Party. The liberals, we are told, are more progressive, passionate, and tolerant. They understand science, love the environment, and want to move on from old-fashioned ideas that keep us from progressing forward like we should.

On the other hand, the Republicans, whose base are the conservatives, are viewed in a different light. These are the old-fashioned folks who want to "force" their non-progressive principles on the rest of us. We are told these people hate the environment, despise real science, love the rich and greedy, and would rather see us all die from starvation, nasty water, and polluted air, rather than progress forward into a "greener" future. Furthermore, we are told the source of these atrocities are those on the "religious right".

What exactly does the term "religious right" mean? The conservatives are immensely criticized because they have support from the likes of Pat Robertson and John Hagee. These men and the people who share their views supposedly hate America and the freedoms it stands for. This is all because of the "religious right".

So, what is religion, anyway? In short, it is a belief in a supernatural authority that affects our way of living, whether that belief is in one God (true Christianity), or several gods (paganism). Christianity itself isn't a true religion, but is deemed one because it is a belief system that is centered around the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and in this country, there are a lot of people who consider themselves "Christians". A lot of times we use the term religion to refer to people who believe in God or Jesus Christ. However, Buddhism is a religion; Hinduism=religion; Islam, Shintoism, Taoism, Transcendental Meditation, Bahai, secular humanism-all religions. By the way, secular humanism--which is a man-centered faith with the belief of evolution at its core--was declared a religion in the 1961 Supreme Court case Torasco v Watkins.

So, where am I going with this? Here we go:

Both the Republicans and Democrats are chock full of church-going people (translation: religious folks). When Barack Obama (who is a liberal Democrat, by the way) was running for election, one of his biggest support bases was the black church. Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, etc., voted en masse for the man who also declared himself to be a Christian, along with members of the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims). The members of all these organizations claim to be religious, by the way, and they are the one's responsible for Mr. Obama's election, in my opinion. Yes, religious folks voted for Barack Obama. People like Yolanda Adams, Bebe and Cece Winans, Shirley Caesar, T. D. Jakes, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, and Deitrich Haddon all voted for Obama. Would you consider these people to be religious? However, have you ever heard of the "religious left"? Go to any black church and ask the people who they voted for and you will get a unanimous "Barack Obama!" from 99% of the folks.

The liberals talk as if the only party that supports religion is the Republican Party. However, there are probably more religious folks on the side of the Democrats than there are on the side of the Republicans. So, I guess you can say the Democrats are being run by the "religious left".

Finally, you know how your doctor tells you to eat a well-balanced diet and get some exercise so you can be healthy? Well, stop eating the junk that is ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, and CNN who give only a liberal slant to the news and watch Fox News which gives you a well-balanced world-view. Moreover, exercise your mind and do some research instead of getting all your information from the boob tube.

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