Recognizing Conservative Black Female Role Models

It takes courage to stand up for what you believe, to speak truth, to communicate principles so persuasively that others will come to realize the importance of your mission.
Today, we have many professional black women who have achieved a level of respect to be able to confidently serve as role models for young women – all young women. These are names you will recognize easily – Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State; Harris Faulkner, Fox News anchor; and Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr’s niece, who encourages families to “live prosperously to their full potential.”  
Understanding and demonstrating leadership, speaking out beyond your sphere of influence, standing solidly on the principles of freedom and personal responsibility is a hallmark of other conservative Black women in history who chose to speak
out, when it was even more difficult than it is today.
Federal Judge Janice Rogers Brown was criticized for a speech at the University of Chicago in 2000 when she said, “where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates, and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies.” She knew she would be criticized, and she said it anyway. Judge Brown sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. She was appointed in 2005 – two years after her nomination. She stood strong under political scrutiny for two years before being confirmed.
Famous black author Zora Neale Hurston was referred to, in the 1930s as “America’s favorite Black conservative.” She spoke up for personal responsibility and limited government, in a time when women, and particularly black women, were not inclined to do so.  “If I say a whole system must be upset for me to win, I am saying that I cannot sit in the
game, and that safer rules must be made to give me a chance. I repudiate that. If others are in there, deal me a hand and let me see what I can make of it,” – Zora Neale Hurston.
During Women’s History Month, I salute these Black women, yesterday and today, who had the courage to engage in public discussion and stand strong to their ideals.

Joni Inman
Jefferson County

Pat on the Back

Police officers perform a difficult - sometimes thankless – job, so I want to say a very enthusiastic “THANK YOU” to the brave men and women dedicated to the safety of our neighborhoods, and I encourage folks throughout the Denver Metro area to do the same.
Our local police officers and agencies are often subjected to unwarranted criticism based on high-profile incidents that have occurred nationally, and that’s just unfortunate. I firmly believe that most people support police officers and the great work they do every day, but do not make their voices heard.
Let’s change that. Let’s get involved as neighbors, advocates and community leaders, to partner with our police departments to make our communities as safe as possible. Get to know the officers on the street and to let them know we truly appreciate what they do for us.

Pastor Del Phillips, House Worship Center
Colorado Black Leadership
Senator Rhonda Fields

America Has Woken Up

I just finished reading the Letter to the Editor written by Antonius, regarding Reparations (DUS February 2017). It’s a nice gesture to have “America Pay Up” but not in this lifetime. There are way too many reasons why this won’t happen, Government for one. For being an African American, one must go back to the slave trade days. It wasn’t any of us living, nor being in shackles, it was the ancestors, NOT US.
If the Government was told to pay today on
reparations, there would be quite a few stipulations from them. For example, one must have DNA completed, and show that one must be 75 percent African, and from what tribe. Then there might be how long one must have been here in America. Well if you’re here, and you’re African American, then you are of mixed race.
I hate to say it, but like many of who have had a DNA completed, less than 30 percent of my blood is from African descendent. The rest is from other parts of the world, just like many – people of color, better than African American. Oh, I am not saying I don’t have African Blood in me, but what about the rest? So that would knock 99 percent of us out of the Reparation back-pay. People who actually come here from Africa, and become citizens are literally African American. Heck! Just stand side by side with one who came from that area, face features aren’t even alike or skin color. There is movement wanting to take this African American title from Black folks who aren’t truly African because it doesn’t make sense to many; especially to people who have completed their DNA. I am not going to erase any of my bloodline to choose just one. Just what makes people think they can receive reparations when we can’t even get a
fair-equal pay?
The Government couldn’t even agree to give out mules and an acre. So what makes you think they would give us reparations? I wouldn’t want it. “America has woken up.”

Stephanie Wilson