What’s The Problem Supposed To Be With A Black Republican Helping The Homeless?
Sometimes, even in today’s polarized political environment, the petty vindictiveness of Republican hating liberals can be surprising. For example, take what’s being done to Dome Village, a homeless shelter in LA…wait, more accurately…look at why Dome Village is going to have to change locations. From an email/press release* received by RWN, which was written by Ted Hayes from Dome Village:
“American blacks who are affiliated with the Republican Party are vigorously vilified by Democrats, especially black Democrats. Uncle Tom, sell-out, Oreo — the list of slurs is long.
But it is not only insults. I am the founder and director of a unique, progressive homeless facility in downtown Los Angeles, known as the Dome Village. Yet the 35 men, women and children and their pets who call the Dome Village home are being “evicted” from privately owned property after 12-and-a-half years — apparently on account of my political beliefs and activities. You see, though I am a leading homeless activist, I am also a conservative Republican and a strong supporter of President Bush.
Here’s how the situation played out. Recently, I was invited to address a local Republican Women’s Club; my landlord read an article in the local paper reporting on the event. Soon after, I received a notice raising the Dome Village rent from $2,500 a month to $18,330. Shocked, I inquired as to the seriousness of the change and the property owner blurted out that the cause of our “eviction” was “because you are Republican.” He said that as a Democrat, he was tired of helping me and the Dome Village. In other words, let the homeless be damned.
And people think the Democrats are the party of compassion and tolerance. Private property should be protected, of course, and I have no intention of causing any trouble for this property owner as we part ways. Whatever he does with his valuable land — it is only a few blocks from the Staples Center — is no concern of mine, and I will not go to court.
Still, I cannot help but be saddened by the whole business. When I founded the Dome Village 12 years ago, we had an understanding that he could ask for his property back at any time for any reason, and I would say “absolutely” without hesitation. Still, his reason was prejudice against Republicans.
We see this across the country. Michael Steele, the lieutenant governor of Maryland and a Republican candidate for the Senate, has been crudely denigrated on racial grounds. A prominent leftist Web site, for instance, depicted him as “Sambo,” among other aspersions. When Condoleezza Rice was nominated as Secretary of State, she faced similar treatment: editorial cartoons depicting her as a racial caricature, personalities calling her “Aunt Jemima” on liberal talk radio, and so forth. Clarence Thomas, Ward Connerly, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell and other black conservatives regularly face similar smears.
These conservatives are attacked not because of the validity or judicious consideration of their views but because those views are supposedly heterodox for American blacks. Yet it is my opinion that many black people in the U.S. are politically and philosophically conservative — and many are in fact actually closeted Republicans, fearful of persecution by friends, business associates, society clubs, school mates and even churches.
It is time for American blacks to have a conversation about the phenomenon of Democrats persecuting black Republicans. Why is this happening? What is it that the Democrats don’t want black folks to understand about Republicans? What is it that the Democrats don’t want black folks to know about Democrats? And how is it that we have come to this point — after having endured so much — where we have ourselves curtailed the freedom of political expression through the threat of retaliatory consequences?”
It’s worth noting that Hayes is absolutely right that the property owner should be able to raise the rent if he so desires. That’s capitalism.
But the, “why,” of the whole thing is just mindblowing. Here we have a property owner who just could not stand the idea of a black Republican helping the homeless. Why, who does this Ted Hayes think he is? Doesn’t he understand that black men are not allowed to have their own opinions about politics? That instead, black men are only allowed to be liberals and do what they’re told, think what they’re told, and vote as they’re told by liberals?
This whole thing is ridiculous and if this guy wants to kick 35 homeless people out on the street because he despises Republicans so much, well, so be it.
Hopefully someone else in the LA area will step up to help out…and Dome Village needs it. After reading this email and finding similar articles (but not this exact wording*) anywhere else, I called Dome Village to verify. I spoke to a John Ren there and he said yes, they are being kicked out because Ted Hayes is a Republican (although the owners deny that) and they have no idea where they’re going to go yet. So, if there is anyone out there who wants to help out the homeless — and a Republican who’s getting the shaft because of his politics — why not contact Dome Village and see what you can do?
* Apparently, this came from the WSJ.