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August 22, 2005

Adam Hunter

Today's Boston Globe profiles young Adam Hunter:

Hunter, who as an undergraduate headed Howard's chapter of College Republicans, sees himself as part of a younger generation of African-Americans. He is ready to cast aside traditional loyalties to the Democratic Party and forge his own political identity.

I've got vague memories of coverage of College Republicans out of Howard U, and perhaps Hunter is the same guy (oh yeah), but I think we will be hearing a great deal of similar stories as time goes by. By being the majority party, the GOP is destined to make sense of itself in recognition of its various factions. I continue to hope that the African American contingent grows significantly.

I haven't had nearly as much free time as when I was working my own business, so opportunities to speak on college campuses have been, and I've made no progress. However I will be in Greensboro this fall. I am very curious to know how undergrads would react to me and my message, which is born of the experience I've had with progressive politics.

I would sum up my message thusly, African American collegians are more free than their ancestors to single-mindedly pursue their careers. They are less indebted to the idea that some racial catastrophe would 'set back the race' than any previous generation, and they should take advantage of that fact to make more bold attempts at achieving independent excellence. What African America needs is capital formation and a better sense of networking which is not burdended with false socialist politics. There is a lot more social space out there. Take advantage of it. Work towards internationalism. Discover America. Learn a different language. Understand multiple religious philosophies. Cultivate cultivated friends. Air dirty laundry. Differentiate with respect.

I say, of course, more power to young Mr. Hunter. Oh yeah, and start a blog.

Posted by mbowen at August 22, 2005 09:25 AM

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What I'd prefer to see is collegians like Mr. Hunter directly implementing their ideas to improve socioeconomic conditions in predominantly Black communities. That strategy is bound to be more effective in persuading new party members than a series of slick ad campaigns.

Signing up for tryouts doesn't mean you'll get to play in the game.

Posted by: MIB at August 23, 2005 06:08 AM

You know everybody says that but nobody cares. I mean I heard the exact same sentiment when I was a college student, and the fact of the matter is that we did so as fraternities and sororities. I don't think you can cross in any black fraternity or sorority without doing some community service - but when do you ever hear about that? I did the same thing in NSBE. We used to have knucklehead white students complain that affirmative action students shouldn't be business, medicine, law or technology majors - that they should all be social workers and pay back to their community instead of take high paying jobs. It's all the same idea, which is that no black student deserves to reach high while there are still blacks in poverty or desparation.

I cannot support that idea.

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2005 06:17 AM

I somewhat agree with you. But the republican party is doing nothing to advance limited government, and to keep our national soverignty. So i would say that blacks shold be open to leaving the dems for independent thinking. i didnt vote in teh last election because neither candidate supported my views.

Posted by: shari at August 23, 2005 08:37 PM