Demetrius Minor

Demetrius Minor is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network and is co-host of the blogtalkradio show "He Said, She Said" with Project 21 member Stacy Washington. In addition, Demetrius is a blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern, preacher, and columnist for Townhall, Red Alert Politics and Conservative Daily News.

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A focus on freedom for Black History Month

Frederick Douglass portrait

Black History Month is a time where we reflect upon the contributions of iconic African-Americans such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison who were the architects of the abolitionist movement, or Rosa Parks who refused to substitute her dignity and self-respect for blind prejudice, hatred and unjust laws. The rallying cry of “Let Freedom Ring” uttered Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. still echo throughout the chambers of our souls today.

Freedom is the universal gift that benefits every man, woman and child. It is the substantial force that breaks the bondage of oppression and government tyranny. It is the solemn reminder that America is the land where anyone can dream and where dreams can become a reality.

The daunting question we face in 2013 is: “Are we free?” In order to look forward, one must reflect on the accomplishments of the past.

Why Many Blacks Will Not Support Obama’s Re-election Bid

There were tears of joy and happiness among many blacks in Chicago’s Grant Park and nationwide in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the first black President of the United States of America. But four years later, that enthusiasm that was so vivid and contagious has been evaporated by a weak economy and a lack of jobs.

From black unemployment to a decline in household incomes to Obama’s support of gay marriage, blacks are finding fewer and fewer reasons to support the incumbent.

Currently, black unemployment is at 14.3 percent.  The unemployment rate among black youth alone, ages 16-19, is near 40 percent. That’s almost double the 20.9 percent unemployment rate for whites who are in the same age range.

Ignore Partisan Bickering: Gov. Chris Christie’s post-Hurricane Leadership Should Be Applauded

The political winds of the presidential election were believed to have calmed down this week when Hurricane Sandy unleashed her fury upon the East Coast. And while they did for close to 48 hours, the politics of the presidential election quickly began to resurface.

But amidst the partisan bickering and devastating damage of the storm, one normally loud-mouthed politician stood above the fray, buckled down and served the people of his state.

The state of New Jersey experienced tremendous damage and devastation and governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) exemplified true leadership in the most trying days the state has experienced in recent memory.

Study shows blacks experienced regression, not progression, during first Obama term

The 2008 election of Barack Obama as President of the United States was supposed to have elevated America into a post-racial society. There was the hope that black Americans would be granted more opportunities and would progress in their economic and social relations.

Unfortunately, the opposite has occurred as blacks are reporting feeling less free to express themselves, and less empowered.

National Voter Registration Day, and the Predictable Liberal Outcry

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 is being labeled as National Voter Registration Day, so it is to no surprise that both the Obama and Romney campaigns are working diligently to get people registered to vote for the all-important presidential Election Day on November 6. But predictable liberals will cry foul at “voter suppression efforts” by Republicans who merely wish to expel corruption by attempting to enact non-partisan voter ID laws.

The real battle of this presidential election will be decided by the independent voters- those who do not align themselves with either the Democratic or Republican parties and at the beginning of the year, roughly 40 percent of voters considered themselves to be independent. With both campaigns working overtime to persuade this heavy chunk of voters, the Left will use National Voter Registration Day to attempt to convince the public that Republicans want to suppress voters, in particular minorities and young people, by passing voter ID laws.

Paul Ryan Displays His Authenticity In Front of A Jubilant Virginia Audience

On Tuesday evening, my friend Clarissa from my local church and I found ourselves standing in line at the Christopher Newport University Ferguson Center for the Arts to see the GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan visit Newport News, VA and the make the case for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.

I’ve been to plenty of political rallies over the course of my life and I’ve had the privilege to meet several presidential candidates, but I was particularly excited to meet Paul Ryan as I’ve heard from several friends who have seen Paul Ryan live in action describe him as a “regular guy” who can talk simply, but with much wisdom and knowledge. I’ve heard folks describe him as someone who captivates energy and as an individual who can appeal to all generations.

I can confirm that he was genuine, knowledgeable and refreshing as he addressed the crowd, speaking on everything from military budgets, to fiscal reform to American exceptionalism.

New, False Claims of Black Voter Intimidation Sparked by Far Left

Voter ID laws and voter fraud have been a hot topic and intense subject of debate across the country lately. Supporters of voter ID laws are firm believers that it will tackle the issue of voter fraud, which includes but is not limited to dead persons present on registration lists, ballot stuffing, tampering with electronic voting machines, etc. The chorus of opponents of voter ID law have been consistent in vocalizing their opinion that voter ID laws disenfranchise minorities, the elderly, and the youth.

And the opponents of Voter ID laws are now citing a weak example of “voter intimidation” from  the Wisconsin recall election back in June where a black woman claims she was “watched” by white election observers.

The Racial Radicalization of Touré Shows A Lack of Civility Still Remains

The bitter and divisive rhetoric stemming from the Obama campaign has been taken to higher heights as Vice President’s Joe Biden recently made a recent racial comment to African American voters while on the campaign trail. His comments set the stage for MSNBC liberal contributor Touré to whip out his handy “race” card when discussing Romney’s fiery campaign rhetoric.

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden told a largely black audience in Danville, VA that GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Republicans were going to “put y’all in chains.” While Joe Biden is no stranger to making gaffes and controversial statements, this was no slip out of the tongue. This was a deliberate attempt to divide Americans on the false premise of a racial divide instead of focusing on the vital issues affecting the households of American families today.

Left’s Latest Claim: Voter ID Laws will Dampen Youth Vote

The Left’s loud opposition to Voter ID laws has taken a new tack as they now argue that not only the elderly and minorities will be disproportionately affected by photo ID requirements, but now students will be negatively affected by states attempting to enact voter protection laws.

The discussion of the necessity of Voter ID laws is not uncommon these days as the urgency to cease voter fraud is reaching new heights. Many desire to see the election process become fair and accessible to all who desire to cast a vote at the ballot box.

The Most Transparent Administration Needs to Listen to the People

It’s been almost four years since the election victory speech in which Barack Obama proclaimed to a jubilant crowd in Chicago that his candidacy was not about him, but about the people. I wish he would’ve transported that same philosophy into his presidency.

With the gun-walking scandal, millions of Americans out of work and looming healthcare cost increases thanks to Obamacare… the president doesn’t seem to be very accountable to the people. It’s time that Americans were bold in standing up to the president and demand that he listen, as he promised he would.

We’ve seen this administration abolish its promise to have an open and transparent government with the clandestine cover-up of Fast and Furious. We’ve seen $5 trillion dollars added to the federal deficit which brings it to a total of 16 trillion as of today. We’ve witnessed unemployment hovering above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months, despite the fact that we were told by President Obama that his near $1 billion dollar stimulus travesty would bring the unemployment rate below 8 percent. At this point, Obama makes Bush look like an accountant.

Bottom line: It is time for government to listen to the people.

The Left Continues To Ignore Rampant Voter ID Fraud, Says Photo ID Laws Are Racist

With the presidential election almost an eye blink away, it is imperative that the voter finds the process as fair and accessible as possible. Several states have decided to enact the requirement of possessing a photo ID to help prevent the occurrence of voter fraud.

Predictably, many on the Left are vocalizing their opposition to having a photo ID, claiming that the elderly and minorities would not have the resources needed to acquire one, putting them at a distinct disadvantage.

This debate was accelerated to a higher level when Emily Schultheis of Politico opined that young voters and minorities will be grossly affected in swing states with these laws in tact. She points to the fact that roughly 750,000 citizens in Pennsylvania do not have the forms necessary for photo ID acquisition.

How The GOP Can Build An Effective Relationship With The Black Community

The historic election of Barack Obama was indeed an electrifying moment for the United States. The election of the first African-American president was a monumental step in achieving racial equality and harmony. It was truly a sign that America is the land of opportunity and that regardless of race, people can succeed.

Obama has not been the only African-American Democrat to capture the attention of blacks: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charlie Rangel and others have become beacons in the Democratic Party. The GOP has also seen an increase of influence in the black community with the election of U.S. Congressman Allen West (R-FL), Congressman Tim Scott from SC, education and pro-life advocate Star Parker, just to name a few. With these advocates and a few suggestions, the GOP can continue to move forward and establish a good relationship with the black community.

Left-Leaning Study Delivers False Narrative On Voter ID Laws

The issue of having a photo ID present in order to vote has been the center of a plethora of contentious debates across the nation. The idea of having a photo ID on your person in the polling place is to prevent voter fraud. The common sense approach is to make the voting process as smooth and convenient as possible for Americans who wish to partake in their civic duty.

While a photo ID is required to do a variety of things in day-to-day activities, there has been some objection to embracing this initiative during voting procedures.

Texas Gains National Spotlight In Voter ID Law Debate

The debate surrounding laws requiring a photo ID to vote has been quite contentious lately, with Texas as the most recent state to be thrust into the conversation.  Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus within the Texas House of Representatives, traveled to the nation’s Capitol recently to argue against the Voter ID law.

His reasoning was based upon an absurd observation: he claimed that the lack of transportation posed as a serious problem for many individuals. “In West Texas, some people would have a 200-mile round-trip drive to the nearest state office to get a card,” he exclaimed.

NAACP president, Holder insult the intelligence of minorities on Voter ID laws

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous ventured into the absurd Monday, comparing Voter ID laws with Jim Crow laws and his organization’s fight against them with the “Selma and Montgomery times” of the Civil Rights Movement.

I’m sure Jealous invoked this resemblance to create an emotional response to a monumental time in history.

But the accusations of racism reached a higher level of absurdity when embattled Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP, comparing Voter ID laws with “poll taxes.”

Voter ID: Yes, It’s necessary

One of the biggest issues being raised in America right now is the need for Voter ID laws.

As of today, 30 states have enacted laws that require you to show identification when arriving to the polls. Voter ID laws are a no-brainer.

You are required to show identification to do just about anything in your day-today life.

Have you ever purchased alcohol? I’m sure you had to pull out that driver’s license within seconds of putting your adult beverage on the counter. Let’s say you are a college student.

Just How “Presidential” Is Barack Obama?

As President Obama embarks upon his quest for re-election, one must evaluate exactly how “presidential” he has been in his first term. I am going to attempt to compare him to just a few of our nation’s past inhabitants of the Oval Office.

Let’s begin with Lyndon Baines Johnson and a quick glance at The Great Society. Its primary purposes were to implement social reforms that sought to eliminate the captivity of poverty and unchain the shackles of racial injustice. In all actuality, it was a clever political mechanism installed to keep minorities voting Democrat in every election. Liberal supporters argued that this benefited the poor and less fortunate by assisting their needs. But the opposite was true: it made sure the poor and minorities were unable to circumvent their problems, elevate their class status and be productive in the workforce, and ensured that they were enslaved to the dependency of government.

Is The Bill Clinton Hangover Still In Effect?

Despite sharing the same political party as the current president, voters still long for the economic days of the Clinton presidency, according to a new poll.

Former President Bill Clinton is notoriously known for his charm, wit and uncanny ability to insert himself back into the national spotlight. He most recently did this when he referred to Governor Mitt Romney’s business record as “sterling” and suggested that Romney was qualified to run for president.

Reach out & tell Obama what ‘Change (really) is…’

“How is your life different now than it was before President Obama was elected?” “Why are you lending your voice to President Obama’s campaign?” These are just a few of the questions in the Obama campaign’s instructions for its “Change is…” art project that it has assigned to the American people.

This is a great opportunity for young conservatives to make their voices be heard.

Does the NAACP still speak for African-Americans?

Last Saturday, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) officially came out and declared their support for same-sex marriage. According to USA Today, the organization now sees the issue as comparable to civil rights.

Ironically, this stance fails to comport with a large sector of the African-American population.  Roughly 62% of blacks are against same-sex marriage, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in October 2011.  This is not alarming news, as it was clear that blacks are in favor of traditional marriage which was evident in the 2008 passage of Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in the state of California, which African-Americans supported overwhelmingly.