Is Crystal Wright really Conservative?
A new essay by radio host Mo’Kelly takes aim at Crystal Wright, the self-proclaimed “Conservative Black Chick.” In his piece, Mo’Kelly claims Wright—who has been making the rounds in Right-Wing media—may not be all that Conservative at all, but is merely using her status as a “triple minority: woman, black and a Republican” to line her pocketbook.

The essay, which first debunks the myth that Black folks vote for Democrats on the basis of some sort of allegiance to the ‘60s rather than the GOP’s very blatant refusal to engage in issues important to African-Americans, takes Wright to task for her “political schizophrenia” (she allegedly voted for President Obama and supported Democratic candidates until at least 2010) and her over the top rhetoric.

Mo’Kelly writes:

Congratulations Republicans, you’ve been duped. She’s not a “Black Republican.” Here’s why… Can you really call yourself “Conservative Black Chick” with matching website when it’s widely known you voted for Barack Obama to become president in 2008? In fact, she acknowledged as much at a small, private Georgetown University reunion mixer we both attended in 2009. Are you really the standard-bearer and flag-waiver of conservative principles given that reality? When and where did this epiphany take place? 2009? 2010?

Or possibly, never at all. But wait…there’s more.

Can you really go from being a lifelong Democrat to true-believer, far-right Conservative Republican inside of ONE midterm election cycle? ONE? This is the same woman who pledged:

$500.00 for Democrat Bill Nelson for Senate on June 30, 2008

$250.00 for Democrat Kendrick Meek for Senate on June 30, 2010.

(As verified by CampaignMoney.com. All requests for comment to Crystal Wright have been ignored thus far.)

Not only that, Wright was part of a lobby group for Meek under the auspices of subsidizing home medical equipment. Wright not only vehemently voted Democrat but also put her money behind it. That would be the same Kendrick Meek that political portal Ontheissues.org lists as a “hard-core liberal.”

It wasn’t until July 31, 2010 that Wright financially supported ANY Republican candidate.

Conservative Black Chick? Black, yes…Chick…yes…Conservative?

Um…not so much.

If we turn around and check the tote board, Wright was voting for Democratic candidates like Obama as late as November 2008 and Kendrick Meek as late as November 2010. How very “conservative” of her.

Her byline should read “Conservative…since sometime last year or so…maybe.

He surmises:

Evidently somewhere along the way, Wright realized that she could not be a “star” on the Left, espousing her “political ideals” and switched to the Right (at least publicly). It was on October 4, 2010 that http://conservativeblackchick.com was born. She founded it ONE month before voting for Kendrick Meek in the Florida senate election, three months after donating to his campaign. That’s saying nothing about her many editorials lambasting Democrats in 2009 as part of the FrumForum.

In discussing Wright’s allegiance to the GOP and her offensive rhetoric (she famously tweeted that Trayvon Martin’s family should “move one from this manufactured race war. Or get on w/writing your books”), Mo’Kelly got me thinking. I wonder how many seemingly diehard, Black Right-Wingers (uh, hello Jessie Lee Peterson), are merely embracing these views to be famous. After all, it’s easier to be the lone Black Republican speaking “truth” to Democratic power, than being one of many Black Democrats towing the party line.

What a way to set yourself apart, right?

Wright has denied Mo’Kelly’s claims, tweeting that she’s been a registered Republican since 2002, and is only under attack because her political views do not align with most African Americans.

Whether or not Wright underwent a true conversion and became a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative because she truly believes in GOP principles is hard to ascertain. But one thing is clear: her presence on the Right is doing very little to recruit more African Americans to join the Grand Old Party, and nearly everything to drive them away.

Read Mo’Kelly’s entire essay here.

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