Not only does the African American history include a legacy of struggle against social injustices, but also deeply rooted in her quest for equality has been the conservative principles upon which this nation was founded. Distinctive to this heritage, is the black Church, which serves as the core of the Black community, and is the center for social, political, cultural and economic activity. Freedom’s Journal magazine’s underlying purpose includes the assertion of traditional standards of moral integrity and character particular to the tenets of our past, to better shape both ours, and our nation’s future.
Black conservatism: Black conservatism is based on African-American traditions, values, and experiences (both political and cultural), which place God at the center of African-American life. As a political philosophy, it is preoccupied with conserving and mainstreaming African- American culture into the political fabric of American society and beyond. Conservatives hold to a set of core values and principles that are foundational to our political philosophy. They have been dubbed the R¬∑I¬∑S¬∑E principles:
Individual Liberty and Fidelity
Strong Family Values
Adapted by Eric M. Wallace, from the L¬∑I¬∑F¬∑T principles with permission of Dennis LaComb, executive director of the United Republican Fund of Illinois; and acknowledgement of the principles of Conservatism by Fred Thompson.