(June 18, 2021) Although I don’t know of an effective black commentator who would support Confederate Memory, protection of Confederate memorials can be advanced by blacks who have criticisms of Black Lives Matter, Slavery Reparations, Affirmative Action, Critical Race Theory, and Identity Politics.
One example is twenty-five-year-old Coleman Hughes of the Manhattan Institute. After graduating from Newark Academy in 2014 as one of 114 Presidential Scholars nationwide, he next graduated from Columbia University. Forbes magazine identifies him as one of thirty people under age thirty that might become prominent American leaders. You can get acquainted with his work at the “Coleman Hughes” YouTube channel. I particularly recommend his April 8, 2021, interview with Desi-Rae Campbell who has her own “Just Thinking Out Loud with Desi-Rae” YouTube program.
Be advised, however, that Desi-Rae’s Jamaican accent sometimes left me confused about what she is saying, but Coleman expresses himself clearly and thought provokingly. Nonetheless, Desi-Rae is no dummy. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Bard College and has authored a book on crypto currencies. Consider watching “Why I Don’t Like Black Lives Matter” on her YouTube channel.
Desi-Rae is also a young black adult, but she grew up in Jamaica where nearly all the residents are black. After moving to America at age seventeen she was surprised that native-born blacks are obsessed with the legacy of slavery. By contrast, being black in Jamacia was just normal and did not confer any special victimhood privilege as American blacks regard as a virtual entitlement. Even though 42% of the African Slave trade was with the Caribbean and only 4% was with the United States, Jamaicans just don’t think much about slavery and its legacy.
Additionally, islanders refer to mixed race Jamaicans merely as mixed. There’s no obsession concerning what races are mixed. Moreover, islanders with one white parent and one black parent gain no advantage by identifying with one race or the other. Coleman contrasts that with the arbitrary decision among similarly mixed-race Americans, such a Barak Obama, to identify as black. Desi-Rae says that would not happen in Jamaica. If born on the island, Barak would merely refer to himself as mixed because he would gain no advantage by identifying as black.
At one point during the interview Coleman is ruminating on the concept of White Privilege and concludes by asking Desi-Rae, “What do you think of the notion of White Privilege?” to which she responds, “I think it is a farce. . .”
As a young black man, Coleman might be a great college campus speaker capable of criticizing Critical Race Theory and similar dogmas presently gaining momentum in academia. I am aware of one alumni group that engaged another Manhattan Institute member to deliver a speech about the delusions of diversity obsession. That same group might wish to inquire at the institute about Coleman’s availability. While I don’t know what he might say about Confederate Memory and related issues, he can provide compelling criticisms of the divisive racial dogmas sweeping academia and the country at large.
Consider watching his Manhattan Institute video “The Parent-Led Challenge to Critical Race Theory.” It is available on YouTube as well as the Manhattan Institute website.