Last week, I was being targeted on twitter by an anonymous troll. Said troll referred to himself as a SHARP, a slang term that stands for “SkinHead Against Racial Prejudice.” Yet, he was targeting me due to my race. Due to my race, yes, but also due to my political affiliation.
In other words, this was just another Friday morning.
This, sadly, is a common occurrence for me and many other right-leaning people of color. I’ve been called a Nazi (which is ironic, as I am also Jewish), an Uncle Tom, and a traitor, among other inappropriate things. And this is all because I don’t fit the view of the left’s “model minority.”
Why do I, as a minority Republican, not fit the left’s mold? Because I vote based on my fiscal views rather than my social ones. I advocate for equity rather than equality: I want everyone to be able to achieve equality, and not have it handed to them.
My views directly shape the policies I support. I support welfare reform with job training and set-up. I want inner-city children to have the opportunity to receive an education in a school with proper funding, as schools with majority students of color have the least funding, so I support school choice. I want less gang violence and more safety in majority minority communities, so I support not only reform in drug possession laws, but better drug education in schools. I want better and more thorough sex education in schools to lower abortion and STD rates, as Hispanic individuals have the highest STD contraction rates and the highest teen pregnancy rates, followed by African American women.
I advocate for changing struggling communities through capitalism, education, and hard work. This, of course, is somehow counterproductive to the liberal agenda of hand-outs, welfare dependence, Planned Parenthood services, and the constant incarceration of black men–a phenomenon led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband.
My Republicanism is one that works to improve the state of communities that my people are suffering in, not merely maintain them. There’s nothing wrong with being who you are and not compromising on what you think is right for our government. It’s nothing to be bullied for or be ashamed of.
I am so much more than my identity: more than a black woman, more than a Republican. I am a person, a human, and someone who knows what they believe in–and so are you.