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Time Is Running Out for Conservatives

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The late Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. gives his all to get a point across to the audience at the State Sunday School and Baptist Congress in 1977. (AP)

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Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 06:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

This observation won't help me win friends and influence people, at least not in my conservative circles. But like my granddaddy, M. L. King, Sr., used to say when he got riled up, “hold my mule. I'm about to shout right now.”

The thing is, I'm not about to do church shouting, but I would like to shout from the rooftops: We’re running out of time to find a more diverse slate of candidates for 2016.

Where are all of the women? African Americans? Hispanics?

With some notable exceptions — Gov. Susana Martinez and Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to name a few — we are doomed to repeat the same lesson over and over. If we trot out the same team election after election we will get the exact same results.

During the last election cycle, I literally begged conservatives to address women's issues. Genuine healthcare awareness was at the top of that list. These issues got the cold shoulder in the platform lineup.

Of course women are also concerned about national security, the economy, and moral turpitude as long as the dialogue includes women's voices.

Then, there is the Africa-American community to consider. We are Americans too, and want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. We are not asking for more entitlements, just a seat at the boardroom table, as well as a place at the secret meetings that most people don't know about.

As an African-American woman, I can't help but wonder how the conservative roundtables of America seem to keep forgetting about women and minorities? Oh, I know we are making progress, and African-American leaders are beginning to be heard, but I pray that this is not a case of too little too late. When we look at the early “2016 hopeful lists” we see few women and fewer minorities in the top 10 or even top 20. It seems like we keep beating our heads against the same walls hoping for a different result. Nope, the bruises to our heads and hearts still hurt.

I believe I should close now, and go back to reading my Bible rather than raging about politics, because after all, humans play politics and God is in the business of saving souls. Tune in again next time, and hopefully I'll write something to inspire rather than embarrass you.

Meanwhile, hold my mule.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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This observation won't help me win friends and influence people, at least not in my conservative circles. But like my granddaddy, M. L. King, Sr., used to say when he got riled up, “hold my mule. I'm about to shout right now.”
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