According to the popular African American magazine Ebony, the six black Republican women running for Congress apparently aren’t black enough to qualify for what was supposed to be a “definitive” list of all black women running for office this election season.
“Meet the 18 Black Women Running for a Seat in Congress,” the title of the list published earlier this month by magazine Ebony reads.
“This midterm election is one to watch with all 435 seats in the U.S. House up for grabs. Meet the 18 Black women vying for a congressional seat,” the piece begins, before listing 18 black political candidates, all of whom happen to be Democrats.
On a smaller stage, but equally as powerful, the U.S. House of Representatives has 18 Black women on the ballot who seek to push America forward. Meet the 18 Black women vying for a congressional seat! https://t.co/MFCCs3VbPS
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) October 24, 2018
According to The Daily Caller, the list neglected to mention California Republican candidate Aja Smith, Florida Republican candidate Virginia Fuller, Maryland Republican candidate Liz Matory, New York Republican candidate Jineea Butler and Utah Republican incumbent Rep. Mia Love , and Charlotte Bergmann running for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District.
Why were they excluded? Many suspect it’s because of the disturbing belief among some that blacks who associate with the Republican Party are “coons” and “Uncle Toms.” It’s a sentiment former House Republican Conference chair J.C. Watts of Oklahoma knows plenty about.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice, Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, or yours truly — we have all been labeled expedients, Uncle Toms, oreos, sell-outs, traitors to our race, and other equally uncomplimentary characterizations,” he wrote in his 2002 book, “What Color Is A Conservative?”
“Most of all, however, critics of black conservatives say we’ve forgotten where we came from. I may forget a federal budget number or, God forbid, to set the alarm clock for my weekly 6 a.m. flight to Washington, but I know exactly where I came from. I know because every decision I make every day is based on the values and lessons I learned growing up on the poor side of the tracks in a dusty little Oklahoma town that most people have never heard of and nobody can spell right the first time.”
While this frustration with being disrespected for being a conservative minority has been breeding for decades, only now has it begun to be exposed to light, thanks in part to efforts by firebrand conservative activists such as Candace Owens.
Though she herself isn’t a politician, Owens has made a name for herself as a proud black conservativeand supporter of President Donald Trump — one who refuses to be disrespected and silenced with derogatory terms like “Uncle Tom” and coon”:
So sick of these dummy-democrats who think because they snap their necks like hood rats, they are somehow blacker than educated black conservatives.
If you’re tough, and about that life— debate me on camera. The Uncle Tom and Coon label has expired. Time to prove yourselves.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) July 11, 2018
It’s perhaps because of the likes of Owen — more of whom emerge every single day — that Ebony appears to be facing an unprecedented amount of backlash for its discriminatory post.
Wow, just wow. Who would have thought that @EBONYMag
Would be biased and racist towards black conservative Republican women running for Congress #Walkaway#BoycottEbonyMagazine#StopTheBiashttps://t.co/r6ctySp9fv
— Sig Mann (@sigman45acp) October 27, 2018
Because they’re racists…
— Daryl Oberacker (@doberacker) October 27, 2018
YO E- BONE- EYE How’d You Miss These…..RACISTS Are You?
Black GOP women for Congress:
Mia Love for reelection Utah’
Aja Smith for CA’s 41st Dist.
Virginia Fuller for FL’s 5th Dist
Liz Matory for MD’s 2nd Dist
Jineea Butler for NYs 13thl Dist.
Charlotte Bergmann for TN’s 9th Dis
— CaptainAmerica (@202america) October 27, 2018
@EBONYMag is racist.
— MakingPiPs (@makepips365) October 27, 2018
— Shrek™ ???????????? (@shreksshrek) October 27, 2018
Why ignore Black Republican women?We MUST have a seat at both tables. You do a disservice to the Black community. So disappointed in Ebony. Didn’t realize you were an arm of the Democratic party. You are on the wrong side of history. This movement will continue & win. #WalkAway
— MDPhDforTrump (@venevite1) October 27, 2018