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How Far Does #BlackLivesMatter Go? How Far Should It Go?

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
"Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say - the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

“Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say – the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) –Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) asks how far should the #BlackLivesMatter sentiment extend for the sake of improving the conditions African-Americans face in the United States in 2015. He uses this “Starting Point” commentary at the beginning of the show to challenge the audience and the GTTP (Get To The Point) Panel on how the activist-led movement is going in the days ahead and how widespread this hashtag-driven agenda will extend as a movement in the coming months and years ahead for equality for Blacks in America.
Catch this “Starting Point” commentary from the July 31 edition of “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Could 2016 Be The Year For Black Conservatives? (March 13, 2015)

In Video on April 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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Renowned surgeon Dr. Ben Carson explores a presidential bid for the 2016 White House.

 

NEW YORK CITY (March 13, 2015):

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has announced that he is formally exploring a run for president in 2016. But what chance do Carson and other black conservatives have in taking the White House? And what will the Right need to do to attract black voters?
Originally aired on March 13, 2015.

 

You can view the segment from the HuffPost Live interview by clicking HERE or by clicking the picture above.

Affirmative Action: The Fiscally-Conservative Choice and An Inconvenient Truth

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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There’s a choice conservatives must make on Affirmative Action, one affecting the next 100 years: theoretic principles or pragmatic success

 

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

“Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action and the University of Michigan’s admissions process – especially as it is being viewed (again) as more of a political statement from a partisan-leaning court than a legal analysis from our highest court – I feel free to speak politically about this controversial legal decision.

 

“I know that this statement (and, thus, this reality) drives many hardcore conservatives nuts. Me saying this statement will elicit more calls that I am a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) or a “spy for the Democrats” that “race-baits”. I’m sure that this admission concerning Affirmative Action will not necessarily help my cache within Republican circles or my bottom line as a political commentator.

 

“That said, I care more about this nation and our future than I do about labels and popularity. So, therefore, here it goes…

 

“Fellow conservatives: whether you choose to admit it or not, affirmative action is the more conservative solution of the two in today’s America when choosing between an avenue for opportunity or a continuation of the economic implosion of our nation.

 

“Education is the gateway to the American Dream for the individual. Education is the weapon of choice in today’s geopolitical environment, one where wars are fought through technology, international trade, and economic pressures before the first bullet is fired. Whether it is through altruistic vision or self-serving patriotism, it is imperative that talents from all corners of our nation are discovered, embraced, and utilized immediately. With the rising costs of higher education and the increased obstacles in place due to the Great Recession, avenues of opportunity are vital to strengthen America to its peak ability at such a critical moment of history… Further, as a conservative, the choice goes past national sovereignty from a geopolitical perspective. America will not survive as a nanny-state country where a growing number of its residents are depending on government for financial support, whether that includes struggling families or businesses alike…If my conservative brethren want to reduce the cost of government and increase the role of the individual in the success of our communities as a whole (e.g., the “smaller government, bigger people” approach I have been noting) while regaining our esteem and prowess internationally, Affirmative Action cannot be hacked away at. It’s a simple choice: “pay” for the inconvenience of Affirmative Action for another 25-35 years (in the shadows of 100 years of Jim Crow policies that followed up the centuries-long institution of slavery) or risk paying for (literally) the devolving of America by way of the growth of the permanent underclass – a combination of economic, healthcare, and community realities often cemented by race.”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com:

http://globalgrind.com/2014/04/24/affirmative-action-the-fiscally-conservative-choice-an-inconvenient-truth-by-lenny-mcallister-blog/

 

 

Elephants in the Room Missing THE Elephant in the Room

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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Until Black Republicans are more visible in standing up with and for Black America, political rhetoric will never influence the political realities within Black America.

 

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (April 3, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

“It was never my intention to get involved in this “controversy” – this latest go-’round between Black America and its oft-disgarded stepchildren, Black conservatives.

 

“The responses from many Black Republicans and conservatives (including friends, colleagues, and those that I respect) in digital print and interviews, along with the feedback from other friends and family within Black America and throughout the nation, just made it that much harder to sidestep – especially since no one seems to want to address what is truly the turbulent current underneath the river’s reflection of this matter.

 

“Ironically, in the ongoing conversation about Black voters, political advocacy, Black conservatives and the Republican Party, no one seems to want to discuss the true elephant in the room.

 

“When Black America sees more Black conservatives take chances for Black people today – just as Black leaders did during the Civil Rights Movement and at other times in our nation’s proud history – then Black America will take a chance on us.”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com and Roland Martin Reports

 

http://globalgrind.com/2014/04/03/elephants-in-the-room-missing-the-elephant-in-the-room-by-lenny-mcallister/

http://rolandmartinreports.com/blog/2014/04/elephants-in-the-room-missing-the-elephant-in-the-room-by-lenny-mcallister/2/

 

WATCH: McAllister Talks Obama, Trayvon, Zimmerman on Sun News Network

In Video on July 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm
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“For example, when Black college graduates are twice as likely to be (un)employed as their White counterparts (consistent with Black double unemployment rates since the 1970s), it’s clear…we still have work to do.”

TORONTO (July 21, 2013) – (Courtesy Sun News Network) Republican Strategist Lenny McAllister explains the racial implication of Obama’s speech on race in America.

Click HERE to watch the segment on the Sun News Network website or click on the picture above.

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WATCH: McAllister Talks “Black Tea” With Hill, HuffPost Live

In Video on June 11, 2013 at 9:52 am
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“Black Tea Party Member Says Malcolm X Was First Black Tea Partyer”
Catch the Wednesday segment on HuffPost Live hosted by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill with Katrina Pierson, Kevin J. Dotson, Lenny McAllister, and Niger Innis.

NEW YORK CITY (June 5, 2013) – (Courtesy HuffPost Live) A new documentary features the stories of African Americans who have chosen to affiliate with the Tea Party. What influences race, identity, membership and the nuances of political choice in the twenty-first century’s “post-racial” America?

Originally aired on June 5, 2013

 

Hosted by: Marc Lamont Hill

Guests:

Kevin J. Dotson @kevin_j_dotson (New York , NY) Director of ‘Black Tea: The New Civil Right’

Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (New York , NY) Republican Strategist and Author

Katrina Pierson @KatrinaPierson (Dallas, TX) Conservative Republican

Niger Innis @3568NI (Washington, DC) National Spokesman for Congress of Racial Equality; Chief Strategist for TheTeaParty.Net

Click HERE to watch the show on HuffPost Live or click the picture above.

 

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McAllister Featured in Sunday Article in The Philadelphia Tribune

In Articles on May 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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Ellison: “Does the GOP really want its Black Republicans to succeed?”
McAllister: “Without political activism that includes more relationships with Black America where they are right now instead of preaching sessions that hark back to 1863 or the mid-20th century, the clear answer is two-fold: yes…and no…”

PHILADELPHIA (May 26, 2013) –  Lenny McAllister, the “Working Man’s Conservative”, Republican strategist and pundit, and former congressional candidate (Illinois-2nd), was quoted in the Sunday edition of The Philadelphia Tribune by Sirius-XM Radio host and Tribune Washington correspondent Charles D. Ellison as part of an article on Black outreach and effectiveness within the Republican Party.

The full interview (unedited) can be found below:

Charles D. Ellison: “Is there a trend of GOP only picking Black GOP candidates that have heavy religious views? And, in this case and others, why does it seem as if the Black GOP candidates that are most times picked by the party during primaries/conventions are the least competitive?

“Does the GOP really want its Black Republicans to succeed?”

Lenny McAllister: “Everything seems to be swinging further to the right when it comes to Republican and conservative candidates: right-wing positions on Roe v. Wade, on foreign policy, on domestic matters, and on legislative approach. It would only be consistent that the types of candidates that the engaged portions of the Republican voting base support are those that lean in this direction in all capacities, including religious activism.

“Sadly, at this point, being a moderate Republican is akin to being a political Benedict Arnold. Being a Black Republican that supports policies such as Affirmative Action – those that reflect the growing disparities between Blacks and other Americans and seek to address it accordingly to optimize America’s talents in all communities – is seen as being un-American and race-baiting. Any Black man or woman that has a pulse on the destruction and hopelessness within urban America, yet believes that the continued approach of disengagement, chastisement, and philosophical theology is the way to get more Blacks to vote conservative, are accessories to political murder. They cement into place the very liberal policies that they believe hamper Black people throughout America with their shallowness or callousness. Not all are like this, but some argue that many of them are. Without political activism that includes more relationships with Black America where they are right now instead of preaching sessions that hark back to 1863 or the mid-20th century, the clear answer is two-fold: yes, the GOP wants its African-American candidates to succeed – those that reflect the current right-wing swing and continued divisiveness and detachment within our nation, but no: the GOP does not want its Black candidates – those that articulate the need for change within the Republican Party, the legislative bodies of the nation, and the racial and socioeconomic imbalance within our society – to succeed.”

 

The interview and story are found in the print version of The Philadelphia Tribune on Sunday later in the week.

McAllister will be a featured panelist in the Rose Dialogue Series debate, “Gun Control or Out of Control?” on June 5 in New York City. The series is hosted by the Riverdale Y in the Bronx.

 

Lenny will appear opposite Michael Skolnik, GlobalGrind.com administrator and political director for hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. The discussion will be led by Fox News Contributor Sally Kohn.

Tickets for this exciting night of dialogue are $18.  Reservations can be made at www.RiverdaleY.org

PREVIEW: “Black Tea: The New Civil Right” Trailer

In Video on May 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm
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“The Tea Party Movement is supposed to be a movement about hope…flexibility (of small government solutions)…grassroots (leadership)…a resolution…”

 

NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (May 2, 2013) – (Courtesy Kevin Dotson / Katy Jordan) “The Tea Party Movement is supposed to be a movement about hope…flexibility (of small government solutions)…grassroots (leadership)…a resolution…”

 

Coming in the fall of 2013, “Black Tea: The New Civil Right” (www.blackteadocumentary.com) chronicles the perspectives and journeys of Black conservatives during the uprising of the Tea Party Movement since 2009.

 

Catch Lenny McAllister and others in this trailer for the much-anticipated documentary by clicking the picture above or clicking the link HERE

 

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McAllister Addresses Conference for Inaugural MCAPP Event in Indiana

In Speeches on April 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm
“…are we promoting our political positions as conservatives to minorities in America because we love these communities and because we love America – or are we parading ourselves as Black and minority conservatives because it makes us the flavor of the month in the eyes of the national media?”

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 13, 2013) — Lenny McAllister at the first annual conference held by the Minority Coalition for Alternatives to Public Policy (MCAPP), held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Below are his written remarks:

The theme today for MCAPP (the Minority Coalition for Alternatives in Public Policy) is “Truth – Empowerment – Choice.”

We know that one of our goals politically is to bring the message of political choice to more minority voters. We know that we want to be successful at this mission and, moreso, we believe that it is of utmost importance that we must be successful at this mission. America cannot grow into its fullest potential if we continue to leave behind scores of young talents and countless amounts of human capital – undeveloped thought leaders and uncultivated innovators that we let wither on the vine due to our civic and political failures.

We know that we want to facilitate empowerment for our communities, especially many of our minority communities that are hurting, detached, disillusioned, and left behind in the ashes of the aftermath of what some call progress. We know that we cannot empower the United States of America to overcome national debt, civic divisiveness, and political corruption and mistrust until we empower more people to overcome the personal recessions we face during the Great Recession. If more minorities are not empowered through access to a stronger economy or better schools, we know that our advocacy for personal accountability and empowerment is nothing more than a message faulting a slew of go-cart racers for their inability to win in the Indianapolis 500.

This gets us to Truth.

If we are going to bring the joy of personal empowerment and the freedom of empowering political choice, we have to begin speaking truth – amongst ourselves as conservatives, amongst ourselves as minorities, and amongst ourselves as hurting Americans.

We bring a lot of truth in regards to what the Republican Party’s history is. Rand Paul did that just this past week at Howard University. We bring a lot of truth when it comes to the one-off treatment we as minority conservatives get from minority and youth communities throughout America, particularly in the Era of Obama. We bring a lot of truth when it comes to the fiscal numbers, urban violence statistics, and unemployment rates that impact minority communities, particularly those that are under rigid Democratic political control.

We speak a lot of truth at a lot of people already. Yet, it is not enough, as we already know. Speaking truth at people is hardly a model for true success when we fail to truly communicate with people.

What we refuse to do – and what I want to do briefly today – is speak to truth…about the do’s and don’t’s that will enable us to bridge our communities – particularly, our hurting communities in areas where minorities are lagging behind in the pursuit of the American Dream – to a better way of life.

Folks, let me ask a very simple question: are we promoting our political positions as conservatives to minorities in America because we love these communities and because we love America – or are we parading ourselves as Black and minority conservatives because it makes us the flavor of the month in the eyes of the national media?

This is not an attack on any one person in this room. Instead, it is a question that each one of us – including me – must ask every single morning before we open our mouths, tweet our first message, or write our first political blog post of the day.

If we are not on this mission…this mission to bring the conservative message to minority voters as a viable, hope-giving, and life-improving choice that offers a new sense of empowerment and success…if we are not on this mission because you love our communities, then you are truly a traitor to our communities and deserve all of the scorn that you receive from those communities as a Black conservative.

At the same time, if you truly do love our communities – and this love is what drives you to act politically and civically as conservatives – then the only thing that will allow you to strive and have success in our mission past the scorn, name-calling, isolation, and personal threats will be that love of our communities.

Nothing else will do. And that truth must ring true in every message, every tone, and every position that we take as conservatives to the hurting minority communities we engage moving onward from here.

And, out of love of America and for our communities, we must always remember that we are dealing with thousands – in fact, millions – of Americans in pain, folks that have been hurting for years, if not for generations.

Let’s be clear – that is the mission: turning around these realities of pain with a truth that is rooted in love and sprouted with a political choice that will empower them for better lives for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.

For years, we want to talk to people that we call “emotional voters” with facts and figures, only to wonder why they have no connection with us. For the future, it’s time that we talk to those voters with genuine concern and lasting relationships, so that they know we care about them as Americans, not just American voters.

If historical and economic facts and figures are the proverbial roof to keep our communities safe and secure through conservative policies, we must not fail to make the foundation of the building be genuine civic and personal love.

Love speaks in warmth to people that are hurting. Speaking solely with fiery passion or angry tones often only festers the wounds. Speaking in anger about the actions of Democrats during Jim Crow has never made a collection of Black voters forget about Southern Strategy and the Willie Horton and Jeremiah Wright ads. Speaking in anger has never made a person put aside their pain long enough to listen to a new idea or envision a better way of life. Speaking in anger rarely offers the promise of healing that broken people crave. It simply only justifies hurt, not replace it with something more.

We are healers. We are here to replace the pain with prosperity through our principles and subsequent solutions.

Love speaks of vision and direction. It inspires the hopeless to new realities and offers a hand of truth and relationship to those that have been abandoned for years by both parties.

Love facilitates political savvyness. It prompts genuine communication. It forces us to stop talking at people and start speaking with people.

Love is the spark that lights the fire of passion that great political leaders use to illuminate a new path for the disillusioned. It allows us to understand the psyche of pain, the depth of desperation, and the longing for better options that most within our communities face.

And, trust me: they want better options. They want us to succeed.

Therefore, our truth today is: we have to do this better.  Our love for our communities is the only thing that shows our genuine desire to be a positive difference in our communities.  Right now,  that failure to reflect that genuine concern is the flaw that keeps us from connecting with these communities as a viable political option for civic and electoral leadership.

It is imperative that we show enough love for our communities – our people…our fellow Americans. We must begin to engage them and accept them where they are right now. Talking down to the downtrodden only keeps them in the ditch of the side of the road of society. They did not get there overnight, so we have to love them enough to meet them where they are politically right now and be there consistently over time until they get to where we hope they will be – back on the road that pursues the American Dream.

We have to love them enough to have real relationships with the communities, not just have 90-day long political engagements with communities. We must be present in the communities always, not just parachute into key precincts every September. That means fighting for our communities in April and breaking bread with them during Juneteenth celebrations. That means embracing their mistrust of us whole-heartedly until they see us as brothers and sisters, not sellouts and minstrel shows. That means that we must always avoid the slightest bit of condescension, judgment, and haughtiness when we talk, even when we are met initially with ridicule and contempt.

As minority conservatives working with minority voters, we are clearly in the life-or-death business. The power of life and death – politically, civically, and…in many cases…literally – rests in your tongues. Never forget that, for that is a truth that can lead thousands to political empowerment and choice or continue to keep them at arm’s length from us.

Our task is to foster leadership and widespread prosperity, not continue the divide and maintain the despair.

The truth is: we need to foster relationships out of love for these communities that will outlast the media trends and partisan name-calling. And, to be sure: relationships are not 1-directional or are they 1-dimensional. They are not constructs that allow some to speak down to others about history, economy, or partisanship. Relationships – and notably the ones we must create and maintain to change America for the better in minority communities – are ones that are both mutually beneficial and mutually respectful. Until we are consistently capable of showing the benefits of minorities having ongoing relationships with political conservatives, we will never win the benefit of minority voters’ ongoing support at the ballot box, in the mainstream media, and in the daily discussions in our communities.  If we don’t really show that we care, they will never really accept any amount of facts and figures from us. Without the foundation of civic and personal love, the historical and economic roof of great facts and figures will simply blow around aimlessly in the political winds.

We can – and we will – change this, though, through the leadership of organizations such as MCAPP.

We can do it. We can – and will – get a new truth out there that will empower minorities with a new choice moving onward.

We will do it through talking about our love for new business growth in urban areas and our desire for better schools of all kinds in our neighborhoods instead of wasting time talking about our hatred for public schools, poverty pimps, and the Democratic Plantation.

We will do it through creating and discussing empowering

solutions for the future that will shine on for the next 150 years instead of wasting our time talking about political history from 150 years ago during this age of Instant Gratification.

We will do it through inspiring people to think, not prodding them to anger. We will bring truth to them through advocacy, humility, and persistence in addition to sharing with them facts and figures.

We will stand for them in love even when some other conservatives stand against them out of politics, showing all that our definition of justice and constitutionality is not tainted by partisan whims, but colored by the principle of liberty and justice for us.

We will do it by loving our communities enough to embrace all of the pain they feel, the separation they have endured, and the nervousness they have to step into the unknown – and we will be there for them, even when they falter on their journey to a new political reality and a better civic way of life.

Political love can heal. Political language will only continue to divide. We must be healers, MCAPP, not mere politicians. Our goal is to be historic for the sake of saving lives, not be trendy for the sake of making a way of life for ourselves.

Being visible out of expediency will make us popular and give us a chance to have talks.  Being present in this fight out of love will make us historic and give us a chance for meaningful endeavors based on love, trust, and respect – ones that will turn the course of our communities and our nation with political change, civic advancement, and community empowerment.

But the truth is: there is no chance for true political empowerment or a gateway to new political choices if the truth we offer does not reflect a love for our communities in all that we do.  MCAPP, do we love America and our hurting communities to embrace our love for the communities and use politics as a tool to change lives, or do we simply just love politics and hope that communities change their tune?

I believe that each of us is a leader and healer. Therefore, it is time for us to love our communities through politics and be historic with the change in public policies that so many so desperately need.

Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you today. God Bless your efforts as leaders, God Bless the wonderful state of Indiana, and God Bless the United States of America.

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Join Lenny on the RNC Convention’s Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EST

In Upcoming Appearances on August 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

 

TAMPA, Fl. – Join Lenny on Google Hangout today at 1 p.m. EST for a RNC 2012 discussion with moderator Romney Senior Advisor Tara Wall.

Desk participants include FL Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Rep. Stefani Carter (Texas State House), Former Congressman Artur Davis. Non-desk participant: Georgia Delegate Ashley Bell

Access the hangout by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/gopconvention2012/featured.