AMAC Action – by David Robinson
On September 13th-15th, members of the AMAC Action team attended the Conservative Minority Conference hosted By Our America in Dallas, Texas. Our America’s goal is to engage and campaign in the ethnic minority communities to promote constitutional conservatism.
In recent years, we have seen a continuous battle of what seems to be an “Us vs. Them” mentality, but what made the Conservative Minority Conference unique was its focus on what unites us. I know some may be thinking that a “minority conference” seems counterintuitive, but by recognizing differences while also sharing the same ideology, highlights the “Us.”
As many can imagine, being a conservative who happens to be a minority opens the door to plenty of hate from the Left. Notable political figures such as Larry Elder, United Senator Tim Scott (SC), and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas can attest. In fact, “Uncle Tim” was trending on Twitter after Senator Scott delivered the rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress back in April of this year.
During the conference, many gathered from around the nation to remind and encourage each other what America is about and how we can help keep it from destruction. One of the main themes throughout the conference was the Left’s obsession with having a false sense of “identity” and how we can overcome the narrative. The dictionary describes Identity as “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is,” and although our outward appearance is a part of who we are, it does not define who we are, which the Left wants us to believe.
In a breakout session with Kenny Xu, an author and President of Color Us United, he said something profound: “obsession with equity blinds us.” He continued by highlighting the political climate in which we are coerced into believing that individual outcomes are determined by others around them. The Left is intentional about using “buzz words” such as “equity” because they know that it pulls at the heartstrings of certain demographics throughout the country.
Will Coggin, the managing director of the American Security Institute, reminded us that “weak leadership invites aggression.” In its context, he was referring to policy on China, but I believe the quote resonated with many of us in a different way. It ignited a fire in all of us to address the Left’s unhealthy obsession with race and gender. And that is why conferences like these are significant when it comes to building key partnerships within the conservative movement.
They are not for us to focus on our division, but to galvanize and strategize on how we can use what makes us unique, so we may be successful in defeating the “aggression” that could occur if we allow ourselves to become “weak” on issues such as “identity.”