With the overwhelming majority of black Americans supportive of leftist causes and candidates, it is increasingly difficult for conservatives within that community to openly express their views. Prominent blacks such as former presidential candidate Herman Cain have endured harsh criticism and unfounded accusations from members of their own race for merely embracing anything other than the prevailing ideology.
When a black Republican makes a legitimately controversial statement, however, the response is even more acrimonious.
Joshua Black, a GOP candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, recently witnessed this phenomenon firsthand after a one-word post on the social media site Twitter.
In response to a user who believes Barack Obama is guilty of treason and should be hanged for his crimes, Black simply wrote, “Agreed.”
This resulted in major backlash not only from leftists but some in the GOP. Fellow Republican House candidate Chris Latvala, for example, took to his Twitter account to trash Black.
“I know you are crazy but good heavens,” the prospective representative from a neighboring district shot back. He went on to describe Black as “an embarrassment.”
Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott also responded, calling Black’s statements “outrageous.”
Black, however, did not back down from his position. In fact, he responded with additional tweets and a lengthy explanation on Facebook.
— Joshua Black 2014 (@JoshuaBlack2014) January 20, 2014
“I make no apologies for saying that the President is not above the People,” he wrote. “If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he.”
The post included a number of incidents Black believes were treasonous, including the fact that Obama “droned [Anwar] Al-Awaki [sic] on ‘suspicion of terrorism’ – not proof – and later killed his 15-year-old son for nothing more than being his son.”
He has repeatedly refused to drop out of the race or back away from his statement, despite the fact that he was reportedly visited by Secret Service agents shortly after posting his original comments.
–B. Christopher Agee
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