Remember when we brought you the story about San Antonio’s new Mayor Ivy Taylor? I’ve yet to see her celebrated in many news outlets, especially black media outlets. But that’s consistent with the disrespect levied against black conservatives who swim against the tide in opposition to the expectations of the liberal left. Senator Tim Scott — y’all know about the denigrating statements made about him. Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first black female member of Congress — any major profiles of her and her achievements as a mayor? Or Rep. Will Hurd, Congressman from Texas — how much have we heard of his story?
Well, Tuesday in Kentucky history was made. First of all, the Bluegrass State elected only its second Republican governor in 40 years, Matt Bevin. And may I add that Governor-Elect Bevin spent four years active duty service in the U.S. Army as an Artillery officer — Go Redlegs!
But there was an even BIGGER story coming out of Kentucky Tuesday night. And it’s enough to make liberal heads everywhere explode.
As reported by National Review Online:
Matt Bevin’s 53 percent to 44 percent victory tonight marks only the second time in 48 years that Republicans have won the Kentucky governor’s race. But Republicans also made history in another way. Bevin’s lieutenant governor running-mate, Jenean Hampton, is now the first African American elected to statewide office ever in the state’s history.
Both Bevin and Hampton are Tea Party activists who have never held elective office. Hampton’s path certainly represents triumph over adversity. Born in Detroit, the 57-year-old Hampton and her three sisters were raised by a single mom who lacked a high school education and couldn’t afford a television or a car. But Hampton was determined to better herself. She graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and worked for five years in the automobile industry to pay off her college loans. She then joined the Air Force, retiring as a Captain. She earned an MBA from the University of Rochester, moved to Kentucky and became a plant manager in a corrugated packaging plant. Then she lost her job in 2012.
She used her free time to start a career in politics and becoming active in the Tea Party. She ran a losing race for state representative in 2014 but won an early endorsement from Senator Rand Paul. She was tapped by Bevin to be his running-mate earlier this year.
I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Governor-Elect Bevin and Lt. Governor-Elect Jenean Hampton. Lt.Gov Hampton’s story is not that different from a very good friend of mine’s, former Florida Lt.Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who was originally from Barbados and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, going on to become a Naval officer and retiring as a Lt.Cmdr.
This goes to further prove constitutional conservative principles are not the playground of old white males, and the oft-disparaged conservative grassroots movement called the Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already) has nothing to do with racism. That’s just another lie promulgated by the liberal left and its media accomplices. Lt.Gov Hampton has a story indicative of the triumph of the indomitable American spirit. She knows how to rise above. Funny, she shares a background similar to Dr. Ben Carson’s — but then again, that ain’t really black, comes the retort from the progressive left and the minions they dispatch out of the leftist black community.
Hey, here’s a black life that mattered, achieved and triumphed. Shouldn’t Jenean Hampton be celebrated and elevated all over the country? Isn’t she — just like Condi Rice, Jennifer Carroll, Ivy Taylor, Mia Love and Judge Janice Rogers Brown — a premier example of success and a role model, not just for young black girls, but for all?
I challenge Essence magazine to do a cover story on exceptional black conservative women. I challenge Ebony magazine to feature and profile these exceptional women and what they’ve achieved — and to stop relegating them to the dark corners because of some insidious ideological bent. It’s time the black community realize the fundamental principles that enable us to stand against the most horrific conditions — advanced and supported by the Democrat party — are faith, family, education, economic entrepreneurship and empowerment, self-reliance, and service to our nation. Those are inconsistent with the doctrines of the progressive socialist left, which has turned the black urban community into modern-day plantations where the new crop to be harvested are votes and electoral patronage.
And so why do we allow the new 21st-century massas like George Soros to fund some protest movement inconsistent with black community values — and many blindly follow? When did his Black Lives Matter (BLM) group go to Detroit and talk about education? Where was BLM during the charter school march in Brooklyn? Where was BLM after a terrifying weekend in Chicago where some 15 lost their lives — black lives? When was the last time BLM stood outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the black community and said, stop the genocide of black babies?
Slowly but surely the times are a changing, even as the mainstream media refuses to cover it. Congratulations to the newly-elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, U.S. Air Force veteran Jenean Hampton. May God bless you and keep you. You already know that to whom much is given, much is required.