In one of the most powerful speeches of the week so far, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron leaned on his skin color not to make excuses for his race, to rage against long-ago grievances, or to dream up new and inventive ways to find oppression in America. No, he used it only to make a point to Joe Biden: Despite what the Democratic Party might believe, not all black people think the same way.
“My values were shaped by my faith and by my parents,” Cameron said. “I worked at their small coffee shop meeting people from all walks of life, and I realized something: no matter who we are, everyone needs a cup of coffee. That lesson stuck with me because despite our differences, we all want the same things: for our children to have more opportunities than we did, to feel the dignity of work, and to believe that if you play by the rules, you can make a good life for yourself and your family.”
Cameron slammed Biden as representing a move backwards for America, and he criticized him for a blatantly racist statement he made on a radio show in May.
“So the question is, will we chose the path that gives us the best chance to meet those universal desires? Or will we go backward to a time where people were treated like political commodities who can’t be trusted to think for themselves. I think often about my ancestors who struggled for freedom, and as I think of those giants and their broad shoulders, I also think about Joe Biden, who says, ‘If you aren’t voting for me, you ain’t black;’ who argued that Republicans would put us back in chains; who says there is no diversity of thought in the black community,” Cameron said.
“Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am black,” he continued. “We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own and you can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin. Joe Biden is a backwards thinker in a world that is craving forward-looking leadership. There is not wisdom in his record or plan, just a trail of discredited ideas and offensive statements. Joe Biden would destroy jobs, raise our taxes, and throw away the lives of countless unborn children.”
This would have been a powerfully effective speech from anyone, but we imagine it hit just a bit harder because of Cameron’s skin color. We wish we could put such notions behind us, but as long as the left continues to pile all black people into the same basket, it will remain an issue when fierce black conservatives and independent thinkers push back on these categories.
David Cameron – you, sir, may have quite the future in the Republican Party.