Black politician wonders why Democrats championed civil rights | Comment
RICHMOND, Va. – The definition of seduction is “gently or innocently charming: winning, engaging”.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears is all of that, but she’s also tough and has convictions on issues she believes should be important to Virginians and the nation.
As President Joe Biden commemorated “Slave Remembrance Day,” Sears told me in an interview, “If you want to live in the past, go ahead, don’t drag me around with you.” On election night last November, she drew cheers from her supporters when she noted how much everything had changed since the start of the civil rights movement: “We (meaning people of color ) have water fountains. We had a black president elected twice…”
The former Marine and Jamaican immigrant (she says her father arrived in America with $1.75 in his pocket) is now the second most powerful office holder in the state and the first female lieutenant governor. Sears can charm if necessary, but his boldness in discussing controversial topics reveals a backbone other Republicans should emulate.
I ask Sears why the media seems to ignore or misrepresent black conservatives like her and why so many black people continue to vote for Democrats. “For (the Democrats) to keep winning,” she says, “they have to get 80 to 90 percent of the black vote. That’s why they’re so full of hate when conservatives like me, or libertarians, don’t think like them. … We don’t really care. Slaves did not die in the fields to be beholden to the Democratic Party. They wanted their freedom…for their families to be reunited…and for their children to have a good education.
Sears said she was mystified by how “the Democratic Party has become synonymous with black people. (the Democrats) were the ones holding us back. Then there’s this other thing that’s going on with black women not having their babies. And they call me a white supremacist for saying we want more black babies. Democrats have to make up their minds.
Sears said she believes Donald Trump won more non-white votes in 2020 than in 2016 because he created jobs for minorities and “black entrepreneurship grew to about 400% of what ‘it was”. She also notes Trump’s dedication of a funding stream to historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “He’s forgiven $360 million in debt they owed from the days of (Hurricane) Katrina.”
I ask him questions about what some call “Christian nationalism”. Sears, who is candid about his Christian faith, replies, “I think what we have to be careful of as Christians is that no one is on the throne but Christ. … We know that God can use anyone. He even used a donkey to talk to Balaam (an Old Testament story) to tell him he was taking the wrong path. So if he can use a jerk, he can use anyone.
How would she measure success? “What the world considers a success, I don’t do. I have come to believe it as the Lord defines it. Have you been obedient? She recalls the biblical stories that seemed to define failure back when “they killed the prophets. … All he wants to know is did you obey me?
Yet she is amazed at her own accomplishments. “Winsome wasn’t born here,” she said. “It’s not her country, it’s not her culture, and yet here she is – second in command in the former confederation capital. The KKK must be turning in their graves.
Only in Virginia… and America.