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- Publication Date: July 7, 2014
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Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama: A Psyhcographic Study of Black Conservatives Kindle Edition
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That being said, I was disappointed and a little embarrassed by how poorly Watson's report was written. I don't know what happened with the editing but the piece is filled with grammatical errors, run-on sentences, terrible punctuation, confusing formatting, and an all-around incoherent stream-of-consciousness flow. It's like a transcript of a speech that was never edited to be properly read as literature. And don't even get me started about the nearly total lack of factual/historical citations and references to data collected in the study Watson's report is based on. I know not everyone can write like Dinesh D'Souza, but from an intellectual standpoint the conservative community was done a real injustice by the low quality of Watson's writing. The word "psychographic" was even misspelled in the title, for God's sake.
I sincerely hope Watson has the savvy to hire an editor and a graphic designer for her next book. Hell, I'm a design student, I would do the cover for her next book for free if it meant not repeating what happened with this report's cover. An 8th grader could have done better than this cover. Image is a HUGE deal to millennials, and judging by how many of my Starbucks-sipping social media-obsessed college-age hipster peers are running over to the camp of Bernie Sanders, the conservative movement needs to up their image game lest they lose the interest of an enormous source of voter support.
I'm giving this work a higher rating because of my loyalty to the conservative movement, but if I were to be ABSOLUTELY objective on the success of Watson's report, I would have rated it a 2/5 or a 3/5.
“Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama: A Psychographic Study of Black Conservatives,” by Karen Watson, requires about an hour and a half commitment to the reader, but it’s time well spent for solitary or group reading. It reads more like a lengthy journal entry, fleshed out with ‘mini’ details of selected key historical events, widely regarded as significant to black Americans.
The makeshift timeline of events leading up to the election of President Barack Obama, is sparse in content, but does help to strengthen the “Study,” helping the close reader to recognize that such moments are more often than not, the ‘catalysts’ from which two perspectives would emerge within the black community: The Jesse Jackson-Al Sharpton worldview and the “truer” vision of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose political leanings have long been interpreted as conservative, sharing the same values found within a segment of society held in great disdain by men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
The author enlists the aid of others, mostly friends and acquaintances, who weigh in on many of the issues addressed in the book, such as the myths generated about black conservatives that have come out of both the black and white community. She provides examples suggesting that black conservatives –in many cases – are more conservative than their ‘white’ counterparts. There’s also commentary on the pattern of behaviors than tend to surface within civil rights groups, when faced with the prospect of having to deal with a ‘black’ conservative, and how the both white and black liberals promote and foster such behavior. The point being that such behavior becomes a part of the conditioning that blocks any attempt to introduce alternative points of view on subjects that for them can never change, because of the line that places them on one side, and the white ‘non’-liberal on the other.
Additional thoughts on the societal contributions made by black conservatives in the military, in the workplace, and as entrepreneurs; their hearing and answering the humanitarian call in communities of color, or for more pressing matters like “Hurricane Katrina” show that the state of Conservative Black America is in fact, growing, thriving and finding its place in America today.
Black conservatives will tell you that people who call them, “Uncle Tom” and “housenigger,” don’t know their history, but when asked by the author whether such labels hurt, an attorney – a black American, and a conservative, confessed, “They do.”
I would recommend this book as useful for those wanting to have a place to start a dialogue – regardless of political affiliation or color. It brings to the table just enough information for people who dig deeper if they want to know more.
My hope would be that the author would revisit this book sometime in the future. There’s so much more here than meets the eye.