Leaving the plantation becomes a stampede

Caption: Lucy Gichuhi: Nobody’s victim

Candace Owens and Kanye West have set “liberal” heads exploding. The activist and the rapper have become the figureheads of a long and growing movement of black voters in the U.S. “abandoning the Democrat plantation”.

Especially since the Trump election, a largely ignored group of black voices have argued that “liberals” treat blacks in the U.S. like pets, while often pursuing policies that directly harm blacks. But when Kanye tweeted approval of “Red-Pilled Black” conservative commentator Owens, he set off what Owens calls an “ideological civil war”.

The response of the left has been telling: Kanye is attacked relentlessly, often in explicit racial pejoratives like “Coon”, “Uncle Tom” and “Uncle Ruckus”. As Gavin McInnes observed, the reaction of the left to dissenting blacks is to simply shout at them like erring pets: “No! Bad dog!”

There is also a small, quiet voice of disenchantment with the left’s identity politics growing in Australia. Quote:

Deluded Labor is still fighting yesterday?s battles

Lucy ?Gichuhi?s…journey from a cowherd on the slopes of Mount Kenya to ?entering as the first black African-born representative in the Australian Senate is a reminder that the fair go is still there for anyone prepared to take it. End of quote.

Labor has abandoned the working-class in their pursuit of mean-spirited, tribalist identity politics. Quote:

ALP presidential candidate Wayne Swan seems to believe…that one?s suburb was one?s destiny. It is an exercise in socio-spatial voodoo economics; if the spirits cast an evil spell on your suburb, you?re stuffed. End of quote.

Naturally, Swan’s prescription is big government and big taxation. Quote:

The government should invest in skills formation and human capital, which roughly translates into programs that keep bureaucrats busy and the jobless unemployed. Swan?s postcode theory has been augmented by a new concept: inclusive prosperity. It relies on the im?probable assumption that the more government redistributes wealth, the faster the economy grows. End of quote.

Lucy Gichuhi carries the classical liberal conviction that your colour, sex or birthplace do not cement your place in the political spectrum. Quote:

Gichuhi entered the Senate as a Family First member. Across summer she decided to join the Liberal Party, linking up with a growing group in the partyroom who are Liberals by conviction, not by tribe. End of quote.

In particular, she rejects the honeyed poison of welfare. Quote:

?I remember the first time we found welfare money in our bank account shortly after our arrival in Australia,? she told the Senate. ?We were terrified because we were not used to receiving money for nothing from strangers. All I knew was that the only time you get money is when you work for it. I said to my husband, ?We will have to return it.? I could choose to be a victim and receive a handout for a long time, or I could choose the more challenging but empowering road and find a job and learn how to balance work and family life.? End of quote.

Caption: Pauline Hanson welcomes Lucy Gichuhi on her first day as an Australian senator

In the U.S., activists like Owens, motivational coach Brandon Tatum, rapper Eric July, media figures Diamond and Silk, and the Hotep movement, are rejecting the ?liberal? assumption that blacks are inseparably wedded to the political left. They argue that identity politics and leftism have been inimical to black people. The Hotep Nation website states that they are ?opposed to the Democratic party?, although not necessarily Republican. The Hotep movement, they argue, ?align[s] much more closely with Conservatives than they do Liberals?. They stress the classical liberal virtues of ?self-empowerment and self-accountability. Independence?.

The left in Australia has tended to dismiss black crime, even rejecting the very reality of the African crime wave terrorising Melbourne. Even when they are grudgingly forced to recognise the obvious, the left has excused it, based on their assumptions of black disadvantage. Lucy Gichuhi rejects the sense of victimhood inculcated by leftist identity politics. Quote:

Race, gender or sexual preference do not determine your destiny in this country; you do. ?My father taught us to aim for the sun so we may land on the moon? End of quote.