Black, Millennial, Female and… Conservative

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Jul 13, 2017

Antonia Okafor, a young, single, black woman, recently discovered that's she's a racist, sexist, misogynist. How in the world did this happen? None other than Antonia Okafor explains.

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Politically incorrect gun fact: Every day the number of female gun owners is growing—especially in urban areas.

  • The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that female firearm ownership has jumped to 23% in 2011, up from 13% in 2005.View Source
  • Research from Harvard and Northeastern has shown that, of gun owners who only own handguns, 43% are women and nearly a quarter of those women live in urban areas.View Source
  • WATCH: Antonia Okafor on gun rights for women.View Source

An ABC News poll found that millennial women were equally as concerned about gun rights as they were about abortion and equal pay.

  • In a recent ABC News poll, among millennial women (aged 18 to 35), gun rights scored 11% on issues women care about—equal with abortion and equal pay.View Source
  • The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that female firearm ownership has jumped to 23% in 2011, up from 13% in 2005.View Source
  • WATCH: Antonia Okafor on gun rights for women.View Source

Despite the Left’s efforts to demonize guns, positive views of gun ownership among African-Americans nearly doubled from 2013-2015.

  • A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that 54% of African-Americans now have a positive view of gun ownership, up from 29% in 2013.View Source
  • Related Reading: “Negroes and The Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms” – Nicholas JohnsonView Source
  • WATCH: Antonia Okafor on gun rights.View Source

Guns are an important means of self-defense against injustice—perhaps no group proving that more in U.S. history than African-Americans.

  • During the Chicago race riots of 1919, African Americans used guns individually and in groups to defend themselves against mobs.View Source
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, though an advocate of nonviolent resistance, applied for a concealed carry permit after his house was bombed in 1956. It was denied by the state of Alabama, so his supporters guarded his house instead.View Source
  • Related Reading: “Negroes and The Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms” – Nicholas JohnsonView Source
  • WATCH: Antonia Okafor on gun rights.View Source

If Democrats are so pro-minority, why are African-Americans doing poorly in the cities run by Democrats for decades? 

  • Detroit has had no Republican mayors since 1962, while Chicago has had no Republicans in 86 years. Since 1917, New York has had fifteen different mayors, and nine were Democrats. But as the Baltimore Sun’s Richard Franz says of the nation’s big Democrat-run cities, they have “some of the worst metrics,” including high murder and crime rates and massive financial problems.View Source
  • Chicago and New York are at the bottom of a recent fiscal strength ranking. In New York, per capita debt is greater than other large cities sampled in the U.S.View Source
  • New York’s per capita debt increased by 96.3 percent between 2000 and 2014.View Source
  • Related reading: “When Black Voters Exited Left” – The AtlanticView Source
  • WATCH: Antonia Okafor on racial inequality in America.View Source

Does abortion empower women—or men? It allows men to have consequence-free sex and blame women if they choose to have the child.

  • Law Professor Richard Stith on how abortion actually empowers men: “For the first time in history, the father and the doctor and the health-insurance actuary can point a finger at her as the person who allowed an inconvenient human being to come into the world...By granting to the pregnant woman an unrestrained choice over who will be born, we make her alone to blame for how she exercises her power.”View Source
  • Around, 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. every year.View Source
  • Related Reading: “Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women” – Angela Lanfranchi, Ian Gentles, Elizabeth Ring-CassidyView Source

About 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. every year.

  • Around, 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. every year.View Source
  • If the current rate remains stable, by age 45 about 1 in 3 women will have an abortion.View Source
  • Related Reading: “Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women” – Angela Lanfranchi, Ian Gentles, Elizabeth Ring-CassidyView Source

I recently discovered something startling about myself. It turns out that I’m a racist, sexist, misogynist. This came as quite a shock to me. How did this happen? As a person of color, a single woman with a graduate degree who grew up poor in a home without a father, I had a clear political path to follow.

And I followed it.

I voted for Barack Obama…twice. After all, we share the same skin color. His father was from Africa. Mine was, too! What other reasons did I need?

I was inspired to see a black man rise to the highest office in the land. I believed his ascent would herald a new beginning, a new era of racial healing and harmony. We would finally have that frank discussion about race that everyone always talks about.

I was also inspired by his wife. I was thrilled to see such a strong, opinionated black woman take the national stage. But then something happened… actually, several somethings.

I realized there was a big contradiction in my own life. I considered myself a free-thinker, but I was thinking exactly what I was supposed to. I decided to start asking questions. I belonged to several campus feminist groups. I was even teaching feminism to inner-city girls. Part of that teaching involved making the case for abortion. These girls needed to know that they had the right to make decisions about their own bodies. Surely, I thought, that’s empowerment. But one day I asked myself: Isn’t it men who benefit most from consequence-free sex? Doesn’t that give them even more power over women? And, of course, abortion certainly doesn’t empower the women it prevents from ever being born.

When I began to ask my other feminist friends how they reconciled these issues, they just got angry. I was called anti-woman. Even by progressive men! “But I’m not anti-woman,” I thought. “I am a woman!” I just don’t want to be a weak one. I want to be strong – like Michelle.

At about the same time, while I was a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, the UT Austin Department of African Diaspora Studies released a statement in which they said, and I quote, “African Americans are disproportionately affected by the saturation of our society by firearms … We demand that firearms be banned in all spaces occupied by black people on our campus.”

Wait a second, I thought. Why would you want to ban firearms only in black areas? Doesn’t that mean that you either think black people are more dangerous than other people, or less worthy of protection? These questions did not endear me to my progressive friends. I was called a race traitor…even by white people. But I’m not anti-black. I am black. I just want to be safe – like Barack.

I realized I didn’t have a good answer; I only had more questions – like, why were blacks doing so poorly in cities that had been run by Democrats for decades? Was it racism and sexism that was holding people back, or was it something else?

The more questions I asked, the less popular I became. But here’s the funny thing: I started to feel better about myself. I decided that the very definition of empowerment required me to take responsibility for my own life. I wasn’t going to be anyone’s victim. Which meant I had to protect myself. So, I bought a gun. I started to advocate for gun rights. That cost me more friends. I joined the pro-life movement and walked in The March for Life. More friends...gone.

Then, I crossed the line. I voted Republican – the party that views me as an empowered individual, able to shape my own destiny; not as a member of a victim group.

And that’s how I became a racist, sexist, misogynist.

I’m Antonia Okafor for Prager University.

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