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Opinion: Black conservative leaders talk guns, civil rights and the GOP

(Back row, from left): Nicholas Johnson, Ken Blackwell, Richard Ivory, the Rev. Dean Nelson, Wayne Dupree, and Garland Hunt. (Front row): Sonnie Johnson, Regina Roundtree (ctbrac.org)
(Back row, from left): Nicholas Johnson, Ken Blackwell, Richard Ivory, the Rev. Dean Nelson, Wayne Dupree, and Garland Hunt. (Front row): Sonnie Johnson, Regina Roundtree (ctbrac.org)
Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

When Sonnie Johnson broke into her spoken word poem, “A Moment of Clarity,” about her journey from the projects in Richmond, Va. — the daughter of a biological mother addicted to crack and an alcoholic father — to her job today as a tea party activist and founder of the website Change the Game, it was clear this was a different kind of conservative panel.

We are dying,” she cried out.

“Whether we kill our babies in the womb
Or follow drugs to the tomb
Or lay unemployed in our mother’s living room.
Whether we pull triggers and kill our own reflection
Or use the haves and have nots in our selection.
Or destroy the lives of others due to our own depression.”

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