The lost moral authority of conservatism

Intellectual Conservative
by Winkfield F. Twyman, Jr.

09/07/06

When conservatives fought the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Housing act of 1968, conservatism lost its moral authority in Black America. Conservatism became stigmatized. African-Americans were not a liberal people in their folkways but liberals stood on the right side of history. And so black teachers like Ms. Walker, Ms. Taylor and countless others downplayed and dissociated themselves from conservative thoughts. At first blush, the stigma of conservative thought made sense. Conservatives opposed commonsense civil rights. Liberals stood on the side of expanding opportunity. And radicals in Black America got more air time than everyday folks. Being a Malcolm X or a Black Panther brought status and prestige at the end of the 1960s. 'Negro Conservatives' like George Schuyler and black college presidents appeared to be on the losing side of the cultural war. The stigma of conservative thought created a moral vacuum...

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