I have known of Kay Cole James for some time. I have NEVER, before,
seen this side of her. I am blown away by this interview in World
I’ve interviewed white conservatives who say civil rights problems are
part of history, but race now is not that big a factor. Is this—white
It certainly is and I’m glad you said it because I was about to. I was
a part of that group that integrated the schools in the South. I had
to go past dogs to go to algebra. I know what that’s like. Overt
racism in America is gone. Thank goodness it is no longer socially
acceptable to be a racist. But covert racism is alive and well. I see
it every day in subtle ways. To be standing in a line at a cosmetic
counter and to be ignored three times while they wait on the person
next to you. One of my very dearest, best, closest friends became
upset because her daughter was dating a black guy. To be involved in a
white church and you’re part of a Bible study and everybody in the
Bible study goes on vacation together but they didn’t invite you.
Holy cow! I mean, WOW.
You feel used?
They’re telling me I was only important and significant to the degree
that I could help them stay in power and advance their agenda. When I
was no longer useful for that effort, I am no longer useful to them. I
believe in self-sufficiency and independence. I believe in principles
like “don’t spend more than you earn.” I believe in limited government
because limited government gives you the most freedom. But I met
recently with young African-American conservative professionals and
said, “I have a newsflash for you: The cavalry is not coming. There is
no one coming to save us. The conservative movement, the evangelical
movement, and the Republican Party don’t care about us anymore.” … I
am no longer useful. I had better change my name to Maria Sanchez and
then maybe I can get some attention. We use people and then spit them
Yes. I'll be referring to this for some time.