- Posted November 17, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Being black in 2012
Confessions of a Conservative Black Woman.
Last week during the Veterans Day celebrations I went down South to Homestead, Florida where I met up with several hundred other veterans. We were all meeting to take advantage of the free dinner Golden Coral gives to those who served or were serving.
I met an awesome man named David who served in the Army for 22 years and just got back from a 7 day Caribbean cruise. He had every military patch ever made I think on his jean jacket. The American flag patch proudly displayed of course.
After getting my first plate of what proved to be several in a row of heart stopping, cholesterol laden, salt drench deliciousness, I struck up a conversation with a couple of older black woman sitting next to me.
One lady named Trish was retired from working with the church and about 70 years old or so. The second named Cynthia was an active school teacher from South Miami.
We talked about how nice it was that Golden Coral recognized the Vets, food we liked and had a few joked going around.
When the conversation evolved toward the Obama presidential victory I listened to some insight I thought was very accurate and heartfelt.
Cynthia and I talked about the Republican Party and what was going on with them. I was genuinely surprised about what she told me next with Trish chiming in from time to time with a “uh huh” .
I can’t quote her exactly, but I can paraphrase as close as I remember.
Cynthia: “The thing with the Republican Party is that they actually represent many of the things that are very important to the black community, more than the Democratic Party does. We are largely a conservative group of people.”
Me: “So the thing is that you just don’t trust the party, the people that run it?”
Cynthia: “Exactly. I still don’t really agree with gay marriage, my religion is deeply important to me, I am very conservative in my beliefs, but I don’t trust the Republican Party. That really is it. You’re right.”
Me: “Can I ask why? Why don’t you trust the party?”
Cynthia: “There are many reasons. To put it in a nut shell I’d say Republicans need to learn how to become tolerant of others, and more thoughtful with their punishments. They need to show the community they can be trusted by making the playing field even as one example. If I trusted them, I’d vote for the party.”
I was impressed she was so well centered and informed. And she showed me how she really feels. Thought it was very insightful for the Republican Party.