Kansas City , MO
A new conservative group will become official in January and it’s called the “Hood Conservatives”. It is a refreshing new take on getting into the core of Americas inner cities and promoting conservative principles to individuals.
They have identified 5 issues they feel can help to not only strengthenn the urban core, but as a way to also build a realationship with the black community.
From the Hood Conservative website:
Founder of Hood Cons, their nickname, Cecilia S. Johnson has, always been one to step away from the crowd. In April of 2008, she read an article titled “Why I’m A Black Republican” in a nationally published Black magazine and her life has never been the same!
She became heavily involved in her local political scene and has now decided to step out on her own. In September 2012, she came up with the idea of Hood Conservatives. Initially a joke, she soon realized that there was a need for a different perspective on minority outreach on the conservative side and has decided to be that voice.
Aside from being the (beautiful) face of Hood Cons, she is a community activist, natural hair guru and stylist, entrepreneur, fashionista and fights to remain the top diva of the GOP.
The Hood Con Plan:
We have identified 5 issues in which we can not only help strengthen the urban core, but also build a relationship with the black community. Below is listed all five issues and how each will play a big part in the overall picture.
Gun Education and Training – Gun education and training will be our wedge issue. This is an issue that we have failed to capitalize on as conservatives. We need to frame this debate and there’s no better place to do that than the inner where violence/crime rates are the highest. Those living in the inner city are desperate for ways to lower crime rates and we, as conservatives, always hold the argument that gun education and training can lower crime rates, so why not take this message to the hood? Why are we not putting in work where it’s needed the most? By going into the inner city showing them that this is what we believe in and how it can benefit them and their families, you are building the much needed relationship and bridging a gap between two worlds.
Entrepreneurship – If there’s anything proven to improve one’s personal economic situation as well as the economic status of their community, it’s entrepreneurship. We all know the history of entrepreneurship in the black community (Black Wall Street for example) but it seems as if that is forgotten history, There are a large number of black businesses closing their doors every year and that number continues to increase. A lot of that has to do with a lack of entrepreneurship training, money management, marketing and proper, realistic planning. I live in the community that harbors the ONLY black owned grocery store in the REGION. That’s a sad fact considering Black Wall Street boosted 30 black owned grocery stores. Clearly there’s something wrong with this picture.
Education – Perhaps the biggest part of our plan, education is the heart of HC. We realize that in order for the black community to succeed, education truly is key. While there is something for everybody, our education services are aimed more so at the youth. These kids are suffering greatly. They are in schools that are unaccredited, they can’t find jobs, and most of all they have no hope. Imagine looking around and seeing what they see every day. It’s enough to make even the most optimist lose faith. These kids are greatly undereducated and are told they only have 3 options: sports, music or drugs but HC seeks to change that.
Financial Independence – According to recent reports, the average net worth of an African American family is $4,955. What is for white people? $110,729. That is an astounding gap. As an African American from the inner city, I can attest that you are not taught the proper skills for money management, financial planning, etc. Nobody sits you down and has a real, honest conversation with you about money therefore you misuse and abuse it and wonder why you’re always broke. If you’re not taught the skills, how can you use them?
Rebuilding/Strengthening of the Family Structure – This is by far the hardest issue that HC will have to face in order to improve our urban areas. Realistically, there’s only so much that HC can do pertaining to this issue. HOW does one fix a broken home? 73% of black babies are born out of wedlock. That number was 5.3% in 1960. Only 30% of black couples are married, less than half the rate of 1960. The breakdown of the family structure has destroyed the black community. It was the domino that was the first to fall leaving everything else to follow.