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McKee: First Black President ‘Wearing Thin’ With African-Americans

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

This interesting article came across my desk this week. Another prospective . . . FYI

By Todd Beamon

President Barack Obama is losing favor among many African-Americans because “the fact that you have a first black president is kind of wearing thin,” consultant Clarence V. McKee told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

“They’re realizing that because he’s got a black skin, that doesn’t do anything to help the green color of their money in their pockets,” McKee, a lawyer, government relations consultant, and president of McKee Communications Inc. in Coral Gables, Fla., said. “Blacks are realizing that the Messiah or ‘black Jesus,’ as David Axelrod called him — does not have necessarily a halo over his head to help them economically.

“You’ve got a 14 percent black unemployment rate, 12 percent Hispanic unemployment rate. If you get into the kids and the young people, it’s up to 50 percent. Net worth of blacks and the middle class is being destroyed, black business people being hurt.

“So the fact that you have a first black president is kind of wearing thin because it’s not so much that he was the first black president, the fact is that he’s black and a liberal. A black conservative gets clobbered by the black liberal establishment. Whether it’s Herman Cain, Condi Rice — and so it’s not that he’s just black, he’s a black liberal. We have a lot of opposition to that from the NAACP, who are trying to prop him up.”

McKee said Republicans should focus on issues and themes: “As George W. Bush had said, ‘the soft bigotry of low expectations.’ Nixon and Reagan all had a theme, whether it be family or whether it be neighborhood revitalization. Republicans — in the last eight, nine months — I haven’t heard a thing like that. They’ve got to key in on issues.”

While Mitt Romney has hired Tara Wall — a former journalist, Republican National Committee senior adviser, George W. Bush appointee to handle outreach to African-Americans — “You’ve got to let people know you care about them,” McKee said.

He cited an example from the Mississippi primaries in March: “Charles Evers, the brother of the slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was so upset at how the Republican candidates did not pay any attention to the black vote that the last that I heard, he was going to resign from the Mississippi Republican Executive Committee.

“You cannot come in four weeks before a key election, say, ‘Blacks: Vote for me,’ when you haven’t been there in the last five to six years. So you’ve got to go in and show that you care about people. You have to ask for their vote and then have issues that relate to them.

“That’s the key thing, that they actually show an interest. But if you totally ignore people, they say, Why should we?”

The GOP must court African-American voters, McKee said.

“If the present situation continues — and by 2042 or 2050, the Census Bureau says we’re going to have a majority-minority country — and if the Republican Party continues to be a basically white party, and the Democratic Party continues to be a brown-and-black and female party, you’re getting very close to the old post-South Africa apartheid-type of black party, white party [system] — and that’s not good.

“You’re going to have a growing racialization of a political process. That’s not helpful for anybody.

“So the Republican Party has to get out and get black and brown votes. The Democratic Party, if it wants to survive, is going to have to get some white folks and white males — otherwise, you’re going to have these two parties drifting further and further apart. The growing racialization of the parties.”

But this wooing must be strategic, McKee said: “Generally speaking, if you look at the Southern primaries recently, the Republican black vote was no more than 3 percent . . . but in Alabama, Mississippi, you have the highest black populations — we were only getting 2 percent of the black vote.

“That shows that the Republican Party has a lot to do to get the black vote — and not just the black vote, black independents, and black Republicans.

“Don’t even try to go after the masses of black votes. If you look at the key elections when Republicans took the White House — Reagan, Reagan-Bush, George W., and Bush 41 — consistently, there was about 8½ to 11 percent black vote. Consistently. And about 31 percent Hispanic vote.

“Now, in this upcoming election, Republicans are going to have to get that lousy 4 to 5 percent vote they got up to 8 or 9 or 10 percent — and the Hispanic vote up to 30 percent.”

And, echoing former presidential candidate Cain, McKee said both parties are taking advantage of African-Americans.

“Blacks are the only voter group in this country that go to the political poker table,” McKee said, referring to elections. “And the dealer deals the cards. And what do the blacks do? ‘Here’s my hope card’ — therefore you know where they’re going to vote. Irish, women, Hispanics, you don’t know where they’re going. That’s why everyone is going for them.

“So the Republicans say: Why should I waste my money when they’re not going to vote for me anyway? I can put more resources elsewhere — and that’s what a lot of Republicans think. Democrats say, We don’t have to worry about those folks. They’re going to vote for us anyway.”

Citing such rising black Republicans as Fla. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Rep. Timothy Eugene “Tim” Scott in South Carolina, Fla. Rep. Allen B. West and Utah Mayor Mia Love — who is challenging longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson — McKee sees a bigger role for African-Americans in the GOP’s future. He said: “What the problem is, if you look at television and you look at the newspapers, who do you see? Black democrats. The [Congressional] Black Caucus, the NAACP — all of these groups.

“The only voice that blacks are hearing, politically, are from black Democrats who now have a vested interest in the Democratic Party establishment. So they get black people’s votes and white liberal money to stay in office forever. They’re almost like federal judges: It’s a lifetime appointment, until you start getting some more conservative blacks running against them.

“But the Republican Party has to support Republican candidates. Interesting [as] this is, you don’t see any black-elected officials being elected by white democratic constituencies . . . We haven’t promoted ourselves enough.

“We have to groom candidates, so Allen’s a good example. And you know why he’s good? Because the black caucus and the liberals attack him constantly. They’re scared to death of black conservatives.”

McKee acknowledged that blacks are often criticized because they are Republican. He said, “I’m used to it. I know that.” This creates a “silent black majority,” he added.

“In New York City one time, somebody saw me on CSPAN . . . and he said, ‘I don’t agree with you, brother, but you really made some good points.’ I’m talking about a silent black majority. They’re not going to tell everybody, I’m voting for a Republican.

“But we just want them to go into the booth — whether they’re Democrat, independent or what — and vote. They’re not going to tell anybody. That’s why some of these exit polls are skewed; they’re kind of wrong.

“But they have to preach the message. It will resonate quietly.”

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McKee: Growing Army of Black Pro-Lifers Targets Abortion

Friday, June 15th, 2012

By Clarence V. McKee

Article originally posted in NEWSMAX on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Clarence V. McKee’s Perspective: There is a major war going on. Not the one in Afghanistan — the one here to stop the number one killer of blacks — abortion.

On one side the well-funded Goliath army of pro-abortion advocates — Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and scores of others. On the other, the small but growing army of black pro-life organizations.

The black pro-life movement is making its voice heard in black communities. For example, the Radiance Foundation’s “Black Children Are an Endangered Species” and TooManyAborted.com campaigns inform black women of the perils of being captured by the “abortion army.”

They have gotten the opposition’s attention. What’s the message?

Black pro-life groups estimate that, since Roe v. Wade, abortion has killed between 13-15 million black infants — more than all other causes of black deaths combined.

Rev. Johnny Hunter of The Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) said: “We’re losing our people at the rate of 1,452 a day. That’s just pure genocide.” Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has said: “Abortion is genocide . . . black Americans are being exterminated by the genocidal acts of abortion.”

The issue came to a boil during the recent debate on House Bill 3541 the “Prenatal Discrimination Act” (“PRENDA”) sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). In its final form, the measure would have banned gender-based abortions.

It is not generally known, however, that Franks’ original language also banned abortions based on race or color. It also had a different title: “The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011” named after women’s rights and anti-slavery advocate Susan B. Anthony and former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglas.

The abortion lobby launched a massive assault claiming the bill was an attempt to limit abortion access for women of color and their right to privacy in violation of Roe v. Wade; undermined the doctor-patient privilege; and, exacerbated healthcare disparities of women of color.

In typical “Neville Chamberlain” appeasement fashion, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee agreed to delete the Anthony-Douglas reference. Although the bill passed, all 13 Democrats — including the six black Members — still voted against it.

As final action on the bill approached — and notwithstanding Franks’ earlier statement that “nearly half of all black babies are aborted” — Republican leaders caved again and entered into a “Dred Scott” type compromise to remove the racial components, leaving only the gender-based ban.

One could argue that they sold out Franks, the Black pro-life movement and babies of color!

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters “Americans find abortions based on gender pretty repulsive . . . That’s why it’s being brought to the floor.”

My question for the Speaker: ….?

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“MLK was fair and compassionate with Rustin: Christian compassion does not mean endorsing sin,” says Dr. Alveda King

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things, (better than Utopia) will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Mr. Rustin resigned. He was a brilliant strategist and was hired by Uncle M. L. not because he was gay, but because he was a capable strategist. He also was not fired, he chose to resign. My uncle was not a bigot, and he didn’t judge people for the color of their skin nor their sexual orientation. Neither do I. As compassionate Christians who won’t be forced to sit on the back of the bus as far as our spiritual commitments are concerned, we can be compassionate without endorsing sin.

As to the relationship between Mrs. Coretta Scott King and the homosexual lobby, Mrs. King was a very compassionate woman. She and I shared conversations regarding misplaced compassion. When her daughter, my cousin Elder Bernice King marched in favor of traditional marriage a few years ago, the homosexual lobby demanded that Mrs. King publicly rebuke her daughter for her stance. Mrs. King did not rebuke her daughter. The issue here is compassion, and how to show compassion in the face of controversy.

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama, known by many as the first “Black” President of the United States of America, also became the first Black President to endorse homosexual marriage. This startling decision came as no surprise to some who already knew him as the “most abortion minded president in the history of America.” A few days after President Obama’s announcement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also endorsed homosexual marriage.

Amid the controversy of these seemingly contemporary 21st century policies, the question repeatedly arises: How can we show compassion to those who believe that homosexuality and abortion are civil rights? My now deceased and beloved Aunt Coretta Scott King supported both the homosexual agenda and the abortion agenda. She even accepted the 1966 Planned Parenthood “Maggie” award in her husband’s stead. Uncle M. L. was prolife. Aunt Coretta was the first to ask me the compassion question in the mid-1980’s. Many have since posed the compassion question to me.

As one who is unabashedly unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I must admit that when the question first came to me, I sought for a humanly wise response. I struggled and groped in my finite mind for something my Daddy A. D. King might say; or my uncle M. L. King, or my Granddaddy King. At first, I didn’t even remember their sermons, just thought about what their answers might be from a civil rights perspective. After all, I knew that they all preached the Bible, and like David, did their best to obey God in spite of their human frailties. I knew that they were pro-life and believed in procreative marriage. After all, I’m the one who coined the now popular slogan: “I have a dream, it’s in my genes.”

I wanted to express to the world that my great-grandfather, Dr. A. D. Williams, a Baptist preacher was an original NAACP founder. I wanted to express that my Granddaddy, also a Baptist preacher, was an early NAACP leader. Following in their footsteps, my Daddy A. D. King and Uncle M. L. King founded the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in the Name of Jesus.

Thank goodness my good friend Day Gardner helped me to get back on track quickly. In a joint press release from the African American prolife community regarding President Obama’s decision, Day wrote: “The NAACP was founded by Blacks who had an understanding and strong faith in God. They were people – pastors and congregations who knew that the Bible, God’s final Word – was very clear on the immorality and wages of homosexuality and abortion. It is appalling that this one time super hero ‘civil rights’ organization supports the breakdown of traditional marriage and the ruthless killing of our unborn children as a civil right. In its decision to please the world, the NAACP has turned its back on the things of GOD and in doing so it has become irrelevant. We must encourage those who know the truth to speak out – to stand firmly on the solid rock – to not look to the right or to the left. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Our lives began to end the day we become silent about things that matter.””

Day’s thoughts lead me to the answer to the compassion question. How can we show compassion for people who want to legitimize sin? If we love them, shouldn’t we try not to hurt their feelings by pointing out that things like abortion and homosexuality are against the Word of God? No matter how many new Bible translations that people come up with, God’s Word isn’t going to change.

My answer came not from what would Daddy do, or Uncle M. L. do, or Granddaddy do? The answer will always be “what would Jesus do?” Living on the edge of a 21st century Babylon with the stench of Sodom and Gomorrah stinging our nostrils, we need to know that the question is relevant and the answer is imperative. Not only what would Jesus do, but what did Jesus do when confronted with sinners? Jesus extended compassion in the form of “ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Right now the anti-procreative marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free. To the contrary, it is the Word of God on these and all human issues that sets people free. As Christians, we must have the compassion of Jesus Christ and tell the truth and shame the devil. We must not allow false compassion to force truth to take a seat on the back of the bus.

As a young woman, sitting in the pews of the congregations of my elders, I must admit that I questioned God and the Bible, seeking inconsistencies in the Word. I wanted to enjoy sin, and was looking for loopholes. My Daddy and Uncle M. L. had similar experiences before they were “transformed” by God’s light and love through Jesus Christ.

I guess the best example of the transformation or born again experiences in my family would be my Uncle M. L.’s conversion testimony which came to him in 1956. As was previously stated, Uncle M. L. belongs to a long line of preachers, and during his early years, he depended on the faith of his fathers. Then, in 1956, King experienced his first personal encounter with God.

On page 59 of BEARING THE CROSS (Garrow), there is an account of the experience. At around midnight on Jan. 27, 1956, at the height of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. Uncle M. L. was discouraged by death threats, exhaustion, and the heavy burdens of organizing the community. He also feared for his wife and babies. He was praying at his kitchen table, “It seemed at that moment,” he later told an interviewer, “that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, ‘Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you….’ I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on.”

The link between Christian faith and the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement was genuine and indistinguishable, in that you could not have one without the other. It was the vision and reality of Christian love that strengthened the Christian warriors. Uncle M. L. had a love for all humanity, that one race of people created by God. Agape love is not easily attained, but Uncle M. L., my Daddy A. D., Daddy King, our hold family legacy has always embraced Agape. God is Love. The Bible teaches us to walk in love, even as my Uncle M. L. was taught. The Bible was Martin Luther King Jr.’s best textbook, always.

Not long after his conversion, Uncle M. L. wrote the following to a youth seeking advice:

From 1950’s Ebony Advice Column

QUESTION: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?

MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. … You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

Question: About two years ago, I was going with a young lady who became pregnant. I refused to marry her. As a result, I was directly responsible for a crime. It was not until a month later that I realized the awful thing I had done. I begged her to forgive me, to come back, but she has not answered my letters. The thing stays on my mind. What can I do? I have prayed for forgiveness.

MLK: You have made a mistake. … One can never rectify a mistake until he admits that a mistake has been made. Now that you have prayed for forgiveness and acknowledged your mistake, you must turn your vision to the future. … Now that you have repented, don’t concentrate on what you failed to do in the past, but what you are determined to do in the future.

Uncle M. L. showed the compassion and love of Jesus in his letter to this youth. He didn’t help the young man embrace a position contrary to God’s Word, rather he extended God’s loving compassion in his response. We have a sure example of this type of compassion from Jesus Himself:

In the case of “the woman caught in the act,” Jesus said to her accusers: “Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone.” As one by one her accusers dropped their stones, and walked away, Jesus wrote in the dirt. He then asked Mary Magdalene, “woman, where are your accusers?” She realized that her accusers had dispersed. Then, Jesus spoke the startling words of liberation to the woman who would become his first female disciple. “Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.”

Yes friends, Jesus acknowledged the woman’s sins, and he still loved her. He set her free, not just from those who would stone her, but from the behavior that bound her. Loving someone who is bound by sin, dismissing their sanctimonious judges and then setting the captives free by showing them a way out of sin is the answer to the compassion question. Show compassion by showing people the liberty and love of This Same Jesus Christ: yesterday, today and forever.

To do this, we must be transparent, admit to and repent of our own sins first, and then be the examples traveling the road of repentance and redemption. There is love, mercy, compassion and grace in what we have to offer. We just have to be bold enough and strong enough to love.

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African American Leaders Decry NAACP Endorsement of Homosexual Agenda, Say Issue also Linked to Abortion

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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“Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda,” said Dr. Alveda C. King, founder of King for America and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.

In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free,” King added.

“Many Black people are realizing just how far off the mark the NAACP is with regard to the real issues and the most important problems facing the black community,” said Dr. Day Gardner, founder of the National Black Prolife Union. “The NAACP organization was founded by blacks who had an understanding and strong faith in God. They were people—pastors and congregations who knew that the Bible—which is God’s final word—was indeed very clear on the immorality and wages of homosexuality and abortion. It is appalling that this one time super hero ‘civil rights’ organization supports the breakdown of traditional marriage and the ruthless killing of our unborn children–as a civil right,” Gardner said. “In its decision to please the world, the NAACP has turned its back on the things of GOD, therefore, we must encourage those who know the truth to speak out–to stand firmly on the solid rock—to not look to the right or to the left. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” said Gardner.

Pastor Stephen Broden, Pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX said, The black community is suffering from soaring unemployment, an extraordinarily high rate of abortions, a high school drop out rate among black teenagers that is breathtaking, an exploding rate of single parent households and the decimation of black families–yet, the NAACP is making statements about same sex marriage. The NAACP has proven again to be an irrelevant organization as it relates to issues of survival for the black community.

King, Gardner and Broden are all authors in a new book LIFE AT ALL COSTS which addresses issues such as abortion and homosexuality. Other authors of the book write compelling articles on the subject:

“The homosexual community is demanding that their lifestyle be legitimized and viewed by society as a lifestyle that is right. We are subjected to the distasteful alignment of homosexuality with the “Civil Rights Movement and with the argument that gay rights should be guaranteed under the Constitution. These two issues are incompatible.” Rev. Clenard Childress, www.blackgenocide.org.

“My community seems to have more churches than any other community in America, described as “most religious,” but by their vote support the most anti-Christian agenda in the history of this nation, including the abortion and homosexual agenda.” Elder Levon Yuille, Pastor of The Bible Church, Ypsilanti, MI and founder of The National Black Prolife Congress.

Agreeing with Dr. Alveda King, the leaders further express concerns that the abortion agenda and the homosexual agenda are aligned.

“As a person who values human life, I feel very troubled that the youngest of our communities are not guaranteed the opportunity to have their day in the sun. As I speak to churches over half the states in America and abroad, I have seen people weep as they are confronted with the horrors of this holocaust. Still, the destruction continues.” Dr. Johnny Hunter, National Director of LEARN.

The issue of gay or homosexual marriage has divided the black community, with many religious leaders opposing it. In California, exit polls showed about 70 percent of blacks opposed same-sex marriage in 2008.

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