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Black History Month, celebrated every year throughout the month of February, was born as a way to remember important events and personalities in the history of the African-American community.
This article seeks to honor the too-often neglected achievements of some conservative and libertarian-minded black Americans.
Thomas Sowell is a distinguished economist and social theorist at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is one of the most respected voices against affirmative action laws. Not only has he excelled in his academic career, but he has also been a great disseminator of the ideas of freedom, highlighting his collaborations with Milton Friedman and his appearances on television programs such as William F. Buckley Jr., where he has been able to explain to millions of viewers the economic theories of the Chicago School in a clear and convincing way. Some of his books are indispensable academic references such as Basic Economics, Knowledge and Decisions, and Race and Culture, among other publications.
Clarence Thomas is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and has been one of its most conservative, if not the most conservative, member. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Thomas was appointed by Ronald Reagan as a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was nominated in 1991 by then-President George H.W. Bush and confirmed in one of the most contentious Senate votes of the 1990s. During his nearly 30 years on the court Thomas has consistently upheld conservative principles in his decisions.
Wilt Chamberlain, who died in 1999, is the basketball player with the most NBA all-time records, with more than 70. He is the only one to have scored 100 points in a single game and to have averaged 40 or 50 points in a season. He also won 7 times the title of top scorer, 11 times the title of top rebounder, 9 times the title of top field goal percentage, and in one season he was the leader in assists. In 1968, in an interview for the Los Angeles Sentinel, he said: “I hope I can score half as many points in the black community for Mr. Nixon as I have been able to score in basketball”, convinced by the “black capitalism initiative” proposed by Republican Richard Nixon.
Tim Scott is the junior Senator from South Carolina, filled a vacancy in 2013 and has won two re-elections in one of the most conservative states in the country. Scott, who also served two years as a representative, was the first African-American elected to the Senate in the U.S. South since the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s. Scott holds conservative positions on issues such as taxes, the size of the state, foreign policy and judicial nominations. He has also been a fierce critic of the racial problems facing the country and was one of the drafters of the Republican proposal for police reform in June of last year, following the death of George Floyd.
Considered one of the best college soccer players of all time, Herschel Walker is one of the sports celebrities most actively involved with the Republican Party. His public endorsements include his participation in the 2020 Republican National Convention, where he spoke in favor of Donald Trump.
Isaiah Washington, the actor who played Dr. Preston Burke on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and now turned writer and producer, is one of the most active black artists tweeting against leftist ideas and in favor of Donald Trump.
This famous NFL player initially supported Obama and the Democratic Party, but changed his mind to the point of calling Donald Trump the “first black president” of the United States. He advocates a Republican “black awakening”, electorally speaking, and is part of the group “Black Voices for Trump”, of whom he also said he was the president who had done the most for blacks since Lincoln”.
The great activist and intellectual who fought fervently against slavery was a great friend of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, and a loyal GOP member for the rest of his life. Douglas, who early in his life was a skeptic about the Constitution, ended up being one of its greatest defenders, referring to it as a “glorious document of liberty.” Although there is much debate about what positions Douglas would take today, it is undeniable that during his lifetime he defended several of the classic liberal principles: life, liberty and property.
Karl Malone, the legendary Utah Jazz player known as “The Mailman” for his scoring ability, speed and playmaking, has publicly supported the Republican cause on several occasions. He helped George W. Bush for his re-election in 2004, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association, defending the second amendment.
Hiram Rhodes Revels
Hiram was the first black senator to be elected in U.S. history, elected in 1870 from the state of Mississippi during the post-Civil War period known as “Reconstruction.” Revels was a member of the Republican Party, which had the support of the vast majority of the newly freed slaves and the free African-American population living in the North. Although he served in the Senate for only one year, the election of Rhodes Revels was a crucial step in the advancement of civil rights in the United States.
The first African-American senator elected after Reconstruction, also the first elected by popular vote. Prior to becoming a senator, he served in the Army during World War II and received the bronze medal for his actions in Italy. He represented the state of Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979 during his years in Congress. Brooks, who died in 2015, described himself as a moderate Republican, more akin to the “Rockefeller wing” of the party, in favor of a free market economy but more liberal on social issues.
Rapper Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, known as Lil Wayne, made public in a tweet before the election that he valued everything positive about the reforms made on criminal matters by Donald Trump. He had already stated in 2016 about Black Lives Matter that he did not feel attached to the movement at all and that, just because he was black, he did not think one should support them. “If you do, you’re out of your mind,” he said. He added that his status as a “rich black man who has white fans is proof that blacks are indeed valued in America.” After serving several prison terms, detoxing from drugs and devoting himself to Bible study in prison, he was pardoned by Donald Trump on January 19, 2021, on his last day as president.