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David Clarke: "I'm Black, I'm supposed to be a liberal."

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David Clarke's latest statement takes on his critics, specifically the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Milwaukee County Executive. 

Most (MJS) stories make it a point to refer to me as the "conservative sheriff" and point out that "he is supported by Republicans but runs as a Democrat," so as to chip away at cross-over support. Public safety transcends partisan politics. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, liberals, conservatives, males, females, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians and faiths of all denominations can agree on one thing. They want a sheriff who stands on the side of law-abiding people, will protect them from the criminal element, and supports their right to defend themselves.
Franzen’s stereotyping on what it means to be a black conservative shows how narrow minded he is. It shows a total lack of understanding about black history or the black experience. He implies that I can only be one of two things in life, either a conservative or a free-spending liberal. In his world I can only be one or the other. I am more diverse than that intellectually and personally and won’t be placed onto a one-dimensional plane by the MJS.
Being a black conservative has little to do with political affiliation, nor is it membership in a club or political party. Franzen and his leftist cabal at MJS only see black conservatism in terms of economics. I see it as much more. It is a cultural mindset of self-determination, self-awareness, self-actualization and self-motivation. A conservative black’s overriding interest is in extending individual liberty and freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence. Franzen forgets the long history in which freedom was denied to my ancestors, and that my parents grew up in an era when Jim Crow laws and discrimination were acceptable government policy.
Yes, Ernie, I am sensitive to threats to liberty and freedom in ways that you will never understand.

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