Some Conservative Role Models
As a Conservative, I am a supporter of having positive role models being an integral part of our education system. Growing us in NYC in the 1960s, I found JFK and John Glenn and DR. ML King great role models. One of the thing I don't comprehend is why certain individuals become a celebrity or leader among minority groups while others are ignored or demonized.
- May 2016
Qualifications of a Role Model
What makes for a good role model?
- A person that excels at something or accomplished something great
- A person that succeeded in life despite challenges and adversity
- A person that made a positive impact on other people
- A person that is a leader or innovator
- A person that can communicate and move others
Notice that there is no mention of race, or gender or political affiliations.
Some Role Models are Specific to a Group
Besides being a role model for all people, in some cases, a person can be a special role model for a particular group due to their unique experience. For example, a women such as Alice Paul who was a leader in the women's suffrage movement in the 1920s. Dr. ML King in the civil rights movement of the 1960s was a role model for many blacks. Another example is Ronald Reagan in the 1980s who became a Conservative icon due to his successful presidency.
How a Role Model Can Make a Difference?
To a young person, a role model can be a parent, a teacher or a family member or a neighbor. They can influence the behavior and development of that child in both positive or negative ways.
As they grow, those role models are expanded to include political leaders, celebrities, artists and innovators and athletes. They can make a difference in choosing a career or developing a skill or participate in a movement.
Over the years, I have had occasions to speak with some blacks either at work or some social events. It was frustrating for me to strike the right balance. On the one hand, I wanted to help but on the other, I didn't want to seem condescending or over simplifying.
For me, a positive role model will go a long way to improve the lives of young kids growing up in the inner cities. We need more of them.
Dr. Ben Carson
Some Current Black Conservatives
As a Conservative, I am baffled by why some in the black community seems to shun black conservatives even though they have reached tremendous successes. Here are a few of my top picks.
- Thomas Sowell - An economist who is a frequent guest host on the Rush Limbaugh radio show nationwide. He is a conservative thinker and philosopher.
- Clarence Thomas - One of 9 Supreme Court justices appointed by President Reagan.
- Walter Williams - An economics professor and writer who has written for numerous online news sites.
- Dr. Ben Carson - A successful brain surgeon who has ran for President in the 2016 GOP campaign.
- Roy Innis - An American activist and politician. He has been National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
Some Leaders are just not Good Role Models
- Rev. Jesse Jackson
- Rev. Al Sharpton
- Kanye West
- Louis Farrakhan
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome. Blacks have been voting Democratic forever by 90% margins. Yet, there overall economic status has not improved and in some cases have regressed. Whenever a story breaks that contains a racial component, I see the same faces making comments and protests...Who picked these people as de-facto leaders of the black community?
I want to hold people in power accountable. Their actions and words must have consequential positive results. Their personal lives should also reflect their true believes.
President Obama's role model
It is interesting to me that President Obama has named Reagan and JFK as his role models.
I hope many Americans will read the life stories of some of these extraordinary conservatives and learn from their experiences. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I hope more black American teenagers will imitate these role models.
© 2016 Jack Lee