The Making of a Black Conservative

4063440452?profile=originalIt was the mid 1950's. Around 9 years old and the eldest of five, I along with my parents were extremely excited as we wooed and awed over our new home; new appliances and everything. Our family moved from a leaky roof, pot belly wood stove row house in the ghetto of east Baltimore to a brand new government highrise. Apartment 6B was our new home in the 11story building of all black residents.

Little did I realize that living in the projects and other life experiences would lead to my becoming a black conservative, a Christian and a Tea Party activist.

In a short time, I witnessed the building becoming an 11 story dangerous violent ghetto. Without the pride of ownership or earning their way, only a hand full of residents kept their apartments nice. We kids learned to play hand ball in the square on our floor because Mom thought the playground was too risky. Stairwells became dark bathrooms and dens of iniquity; broken elevators due to vandalism.

And yet, I constantly heard that everything was the white man’s fault. At 9, I sarcastically said, “How can we stop mean white people from sneaking in here at night urinating in the stairwells and breaking wine bottles?”

Dad was among a few blacks who broke the color barrier into the Baltimore Fire Dept. I vividly remember Dad's outrage about our rent being raised, “Seventy-two dollars a month. They're crazy. We're movin'!” Sadly, my cousins on my mom's side who lived in single mom households remained on welfare. With the exception of one who worked his way through college, my cousins lived wasted lives, serial out-of-wedlock births, substance abuse, AIDS, jail and entitlement mindsets. Several died young. Thus, the bad taste in my mouth for cradle to grave welfare and absentee fathers.

Dad winning Fire Fighter of the Year two times despite working under unfair and humiliating circumstances taught me about trusting and trying to do things God's way, character, hard work, not whining and the greatness of America. Dad progressed from laborer to Doctor of Theology. Dad eventually won the respect of white racist firefighters who hated him when he first arrived at Engine 6.

4063819020?profile=originalOur family's move out of Baltimore City to a black suburban community meant I would be bused to newly integrated Brooklyn Park Jr, Sr High School in Linthicum, Maryland. I still remember that first day when our two school buses with black students from neighboring Pumphery arrived. With the fear of the seventh grade, an inherited stutter and the sea of 1400 white faces, I was terrified.

My white art teacher, Mr Gomer, recognized my art talents which ultimately lead to scholarships from several white politicians, opportunities from white businessmen and a successful career as a graphic designer; advertising agencies and a major market TV station.

Drafted in the U.S. Army for two years, I learned that good and bad people come in all colors. Sharing the same skin color does not make someone your friend or a brother.

My gift of seeing beyond an invisible wall of race to see people as individuals rather than monolithic members of a race has been a source of great criticism all of my life.

Thus, when Obama came out as a presidential candidate, I logically listened to his vision for our great nation. When Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around, I knew his vision was wrong for my country. I passionately campaigned against him.

Apparently, I missed the point of 96% of black voters. Obama should have my support because we are both black. His agenda is irrelevant.

Obama is simply another Democrat pushing the same insulting bigotry of lowered expectations, class envy and cradle to grave government entitlements which have devastated the black community for decades. I joined the Tea Party because Obama's implementation of his extreme liberal socialist/progressive agenda; his vowed fundamental transformation of America must be stopped.

I have traveled on 12 national bus tours, participating in over 400 tea party rallies. The extraordinary people I met are the salt of the earth. A white Texas couple proudly introduced me to two black babies they adopted from Africa. A terminally ill white fan in Michigan wanted to meet me before she died.

Democrat's and mainstream media branding the Tea Party racist is the height of racism, irresponsibility and evil. These patriotic Americans are simply saying no to the left's hostile takeover of their country.

I became a born-gain Christian in my twenties. I grew weary of my meaningless life of drugs, sex and partying. I asked God to help and He did. My faith keeps me strong, confident and focused in my quest to restore my beloved America to it's former exceptional glory.

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Chairman:
Conservative Campaign Committee
LloydMarcus.com

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  • Dear Lloyd,

    I too am from Baltimore, black, a Tea Party member, conservative and came to my conclusions the same way.  If Liberal Policies worked, then Baltimore would look like Beverly Hills (where I have also lived) by now.

    My parents taught us that, "If you have a problem, The white man didn't do it to you and, the government is not going to fix it." "you are."  This took me to the top of my field. Nobody could stop me and nobody really wanted to. Just the time saved from looking for evil white people directed to success will take one most of the way too success.

    What most blacks confuse for racism is actually "classicism." If I have a high ticket mortgage and a guy moves next door and puts a junk car on bricks on his front lawn, won't cut his grass, and has three dogs running loose and crapping on my lawn. We are going to have a problem, and I don't care if he's purple. smile!

      I've seen small homes in poor black communities that are maintained in stellar conditions, beautiful lawns, clean alleys, and a pride of ownership, and thus low crime, even in Baltimore. Thus, it is the mindset of the individuals in a given community that must take care of what one has, build value, and then move to the next level and do it again. The ghettos are thus, an opportunity to that community. All people should view it that way regardless of color. and seize it to create value for themselves.  Capitol Hill Washington D.C. in the 1970s did it.

    I'm glad to hear of another Baltimore success story Marcus.                           M

      

  • Mr. Marcus, as a fellow American and Brother in the LORD Jesus Christ, Thank you !!

  • I just got off the government close down of a little girls business and see your post. We could bet that this little girl is a "born again" Christian! There was no report that her products made anyone sick but she was told she needed her own kitchen? The evil powers that be want to stifle all our young with their regulations, removing rights as they do! I am thinking and have been for sometime that it is about control! We know there is such a thing as the Spirit of Control and we see this in many radical groups that vote our Marxist supporters into office!

    Thanks for the story and God bless. It is sad that all Americans cannot see it. We know we will not see it on Liberal/Marxist supporting commentary! Good post and real for all of us. Brother Virgil

  • God bless you Marcus, thanks for sharing your great story.

  • Good for you Mr.Marcus. Keep the faith and keep up your good works. God Bless.

  • Another great article Lloyd, thank you again.    Interesting, to see things from your view point, and to realize ,what a smart little Boy you must have been.     It had to have been hard, for your Father, and yet the "content of his character" was finally acknowledged.    Rewards in life do not come easily, or quickly, and we all witness Peers, and Family Members, Friends who have strayed off the Path, and paid dearly.     We are Americans. Period.     If you love this Nation, and Respect her, then all the other stuff is just Fluff.  God gave us a gift when He sent you to help us.

  • Thank you Lloyd Marcus for telling the truth.  Most of the American people are not racist, we do not care what color you are, what sexual preference you are, what nationality you are.  The American people supported MLK and believe he should be considered a saint for is peaceful actions.  The race wars ended in the 60's it is this president that has put us back in time with his racism.

  • "Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American" Thanks Lloyd... That actually choked me up a bit... God Bless you in both your causes as a conservative and a Christian. For both of these endeavors I do call you a brother.

  • Marcus thanks for the insight into your travels. I also found that there are good and bad people ,regardless of skin color, while i served in the military. I had several close friends who were black and each one held the same attitude about N____s! They had been called Uncle toms and accused of being white people lovers. so no, the race card is played by both sides and all colors. If your a good person, then we can be friends, if not then keep moving!

  • I am proud to have a Brother with a different mother as a fellow conservative. It takes a lot of courage to to take a stand against 96% of those who voted for Obama. You have my utmost respect and admiration Lloyd!

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