Dear Ludmya “Mia” Love,

Let me start by offering sincere congratulations for securing the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. representative seat in Utah’s fourth district. We’re not that far removed from Shirley Chisholm’s historic run in 1968, so it’s commendable when black women attain prominent political positions. You’re quite familiar with demolishing racial and gender-specific boundaries. Winning a council seat and marking a place in the books, as the first Haitian-American woman elected in Utah County, is a triumphant feat. Black women are uplifting those achievements in love. You are stimulating black kiddos to educate themselves about politics just as Gabrielle Douglas is empowering them to tumble into greatness. That’s admirable.

I am writing this letter as a black woman, journalist, and scholar who examines the impact of media on other black women.

I have been invested in politics since the 2000 presidential election, when I was booted from a sixth-grade government class for calling President George W. Bush a bastard. So in full disclosure, I’ll admit that I’m the most liberal of liberals. But even with that bias, I was compelled to watch the Republican National Convention. I was astounded when I learned that a charismatic Haitian-American woman would be delivering a prime-time speech at the RNC.

A few moments later, I was transfixed. You commanded that room with a zealous speech that rallied the Republican troops against the commander-in-chief. It was a sight to behold. I recognized the significance of the moment. You were representing the pinnacle of the American Dream with statements like this:

“Let me tell you about the America I know. My parents immigrated to this country with $10 in their pockets and the hope that the America they heard about really did exist. The America I know is grounded in the determination found in patriots and pioneers. It’s found in the Olympic athletes and every child who looks at the impossible and says, ‘I can do that.’ That’s the America I know …. Mr. President, I’m here to tell you the American people are awake and we’re not buying what you’re selling in 2012. This is the America we know because we built it.”

Your fellow conservatives offered a rousing standing ovation. I did not. I realized that like Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, and other black Republicans, you are being used to divide and conquer African Americans. You are not the first and will not be the last. For that, I’m disappointed.

Sister, we are the hope of the slave. Black Americans, stripped of the humanities of their basic rights, were forced to provide the foundation for these United States. We battled and died in the war to be recognized as equals. So seeing you standing on a national platform and ripping a black man and his political policies to shreds in an attempt to gain favor in a party that is attempting to limit the African-American vote, oppress women’s rights, and demolish Medicare is painful.

This is more than a difference of political opinion. You are of Haitian descent, so our origins are different, but our struggles are the same. As black women, we have been oppressed and manipulated for decades. You are in a position to make a difference as First Lady Michelle Obama has done in her reign. Don’t lose that in an attempt to appease. Don’t be a pawn. It isn’t too late to assert independence in a sea of group think.

Sincerely,

A Disappointed Black Woman

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  • Pema

    How did this article turn into a discussion about black immigrants versus American born blacks? Herman Cain, Condeleza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Booker T. Washington (who probably would have been a Republican) are all American. Get over it, not all black people are Democrats and not all black people think alike. It seems to me that a lot of black people shout this collectivist thinking but our communities are a mess (and it’s always someone else’s fault). What does that tell you?

    I do not agree with many of her positions but I am open to hearing different points of view. We need more diversity in our discourse.

  • Old TImer

    Its no wonder people stopped giving a ^%#^$ about black people and their “plight.” All of these racist comments goodness! This site is just an echo chamber of racism, and misandry. Don’t you dare disagree with us or we’ll thumb you down and petition TPTB to ban you, we can’t have our questions about men actually getting answered by men you know! Black republicans know their history (see Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party) minus the black charlatans looking to capitalize on the re-writing of it. There was no switching sides Lincolns republicans are the same as Frederick Douglas Republicans are the same as MLK republicans, are the same Allen West/Mia Love republicans. People like Al Sharpton, Toure (who is married to a white woman 0.o, negates Mia Loves EVIL interracial marriage eh idiot who mentioned that above me) Jesse Jackson, and Obama himself don’t give a rats @$$ about you, they are filthy rich and you are in the SAME DAMN situation as your parents and grand parents before you voting for these people still high unemployment, poverty and violence. How many more terms does Obama need before its no longer Bush’s fault? The only wealthy blacks in this country are either republicans or charlatans cashing in on blacks WILLINGLY remaining stupid.The statute of limitations on being simply ignorant has run out, weese can reads now! Get a business degree, drop your AF AM studies classes, burn the Che Guevera t-shirts, put the weed down, pull your pants up, stop supporting rap music made by these “black face,” “hit that bitch with a bottle,” “wassup shawty” folks, buy gold coins instead of teeth, and quit blaming everything on some some secret government conspiracy against blacks. The conspiracy was to set the spark in motion, getting blacks to hate each other for the most absurd often humorous reasons possible, keep them voting democrat, keep them in a bubble (the hood), convince them there is nothing outside the bubble they’d be interested in and keep them dependent on the government (what happens when there is no government Katrina survivors out there?). That so called conspiracy was long ended as it was no longer needed and was insanely successful. It was so damned successful blacks voted for a guy TWICE by 90% margins despite being in the shi^%$^est economic situation across the board. You were bamboozled, DUPED, and USED! Hell if you compare the employment rate and black on black violence rates, SLAVERY was better for blacks that the Obama administration. Lyndon Johnson said it best, “we’ll have them niggers voting democrat for the next 200 years.” Republicans and Mitt Romney don’t/didn’t seek out your vote because you booed the man before he even opened his mouth at the his NAACP olive branch speech. But you cheered Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton, and Harry Reid openly mocking you?? What does your boss look like, not your manager, the person who owns the freaking building, the person who wrote you a check for $50,000 to open that building? Does he look like Mitt Romney or a man with a perm, tattoos, baggy saggy pants and smells like dope? Blacks are well on their way to being the second most irrelevant group of people on Earth, next to the native American (at least the ones on government assistance) I hear the ones that denied government handouts are doing pretty well what with their real estate, land, tourism industry, and casinos… all tribe owned meanwhile in the hood…

  • I didn’t appreciate comparing her influence to that of Michelle Obama. Michelle is the First Lady and her role is very different than that of an elected official. Mia will have her own platform rather than stand next to a man who has his own. Im not saying there’s anything wrong with being the First Lady, and Mrs. Obama is a damn good one. I just don’t think the comparison was fit.

  • Guest

    “…you are being used to divide and conquer African Americans…”

    How
    do you know this? Maybe Mia actually believes what she’s saying.
    Maybe some of us agree with her. We don’t owe each other anything.