Appearing on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade And Friends,” Lieutenant Colonel Allen West said that with the Republican wave in the 2014 midterms, the “identity age” of politics was over.
Host Brian Kilmeade quoted South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the first African-American Senator elected in the South since Reconstruction, who said on Fox, “We’ve got to stop looking at people like me and say, ‘Well, you know, he doesn’t act black enough.'”
“Absolutely,” agreed West, noting that Charles Barkley said something similar. “…There is a schism going on in the black community, and I think it is about one simple thing: we all need to be focused on education, opportunity, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance. And we need to stop with this thing that, ‘You talk funny, you’re acting this way, you’re not like the rest of us.”
He continued, saying “There’s no litmus test to being black. The only litmus test is the simple fact that I have two black parents… so we’ve got to stop all this internal litmus testing. And you saw the Democrats try to exploit that with all those incredibly bad fliers…” (RELATED: WSJ’s Jason Riley: Obama White House ‘Obsessed’ With ‘Racial Slights’)
“If there’s one thing I hope we can glean away from this 2014 midterm election: the identity politics era is over. No more of this ‘war on women,’ no more of this targeted fliers to the black community to fear-monger, intimidate, and coerce. Let’s just talk about good policy. Let’s talk about getting this country back on track, restoring our economy, restoring our energy security, and our national security. That should be it.”