Republican Allen West Says He’s Harriet Tubman, Leading Blacks Off the Democratic Plantation

20 Aug

by Antoine Scroggins, Your Black World 

So, let me get this straight. Allen West, a Republican, member of the Black Caucus, and Congressman–in which 82% of his district is white–refers to  himself as “the modern-day Harriet Tubman?”

Well, that’s exactly what he said during an appearance on Fox news, “The O’Reilly Factor.”

As West was being interviewed by the show’s host, Laura Ingraham, he vehemently expressed his disdain for the Democratic party by accusing them of “taking black votes for granted” and their inability to address the “high unemployment rates in the black community.” He also compared Democratic leaders to the “21st Century plantation.”

That’s when Congressman West compared himself to African-American abolitionist and Underground Railroad guide, Harriet Tubman.

“So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from the plantation into a sense of sensibility,” he stated.

Representative West was far from done with his tirade of vilifying black leaders. He also took the opportunity to take shots at Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, and Al sharpton, referring to them as “plantation bosses.”

Considering the nature of his comments, it’s apparent why West would consider himself the second coming of someone like Tubman. You have a black politician on an allegedly “racist” show, being interviewed by a white woman–not only explaining to her how black leaders are basically worthless–but how you plan to rescue the poor black masses from the tyranny of the likes of Jesse, Sharpton, and Waters by disguising yourself as Harriet Tubman?


Antoine Scroggins is a Staff Writer for


30 Responses to “Republican Allen West Says He’s Harriet Tubman, Leading Blacks Off the Democratic Plantation”

  1. Garry Bonnemere August 20, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    He can go ahead without me!!

  2. Rita Mosley August 20, 2011 at 2:49 am #


  3. WizardG August 20, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    Politicians are selfish and deceptive beasts. People who trust today’s politicians are truly retarded. More than that, politicians are managed by corporate wealth and the special interests of the elite who own those corporations. A black republican is an oxymoron because the republican party is overloaded with the most racist whites in the country. What kind of blacks join forces with the same people who would drop bombs on black families, bomb black towns, murder black leaders, shoot blacks in the streets, bomb black churches, deny blacks jobs, housing, education, economic equality and social parity?
    Politicians are thugs and criminals driven by their own greed and personal desires. What black person is so naive as to vote for these fake right leaning democratic party politicians? Government is supposed to be for the people but the politicians that control government sells our rights and wealth to the highest bidders and are causing our government to go completely bankrupt and lose it’s ability to serve us.

    What’s more those racist whites know full well that without a government blacks have no support whatsoever and we are fair game to their vile and evil attacks and blatant discrimination and prejudices. The things they are covertly and overtly doing across the African diaspora is what they can hardly wait to do to us. The most incredulous revelation is that some of the most ignorant and well educated blacks here are helping to orchestrate their own demise!

    • Leroy Avery Jr August 20, 2011 at 10:27 am #

      Black people are the highest consumers in america if we had leaders who were for us this would not happen. Boycotting companies always get their attention. Sad to say we have no leadership, just like america has know leader, thats why we are in this mess. Obama is a politician thats all, if you think he cares about black people you need to stop using crack.

  4. Leroy Avery Jr August 20, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Wrong, Jackson, Sharpton, Waters, and others have used black people, they need us to be victims, if you are not a victim and stand up you are a racist. Allen Wst is correct to point out that black people are being put on a 21st century plantation where we need the government for everything, food, money, heathcare, so when the government wants your land what can you say? they own you. Ms. Waters is asking black people to go after a president who openly does nothing for us. He really does not want to be around us that is easy to see. Obama wants to give 20 to 30 million illegals amnesty, why? with black unemployment though the roof, how would this help us? you due the math.

    • HENDERWAY March 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Hey Leroy, I hope you’re not an English teacher. Unlike that coon Allen West, you sound very uneducated. Do you live in that same district that old color struck West lives in? I REALLY get a laugh out of poor blacks who think being a republican really gets you anywhere. It’s the Republicans who want to keep us blacks poor and unemployed. Look at your presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He wants to take the little that the poor have. Wake up my brother.

  5. Anonymous August 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I can’t believe that we have a Black person in congres who declare that he is the trying to help the Black Race, when he want help his own brother. He is from a District who is mostly white, and here he in in Washington trying to help the Black Race. Boy dose this stint.
    Mr. West need to go back to his own state and help the Blacks in his State.

  6. JB August 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Hey people, West is right about one thing. Yes the democrats does take our votes for granted. However, Jessee Jackson during the sixties stood up when other blacks stood on the sideline. Do not forget that. The Republicans also play on poor whites in the south as well who vote against their best interests. So recognize the whole game. Question, if giving the rich a tax cut is a good thing, how many jobs were created during the Bush era. What about the housing industry scam that created this downward spiral in the economy. Now everything is being blamed on President Obama. Lets not be blinded and shallow minded, the lobbyist are the ones who are running things. Most bills are written by lobbyist who in turn pass it on to a congressman that presents to the body of congress. Do your homework. Check out Claud Anderson “Powernomics” Good Day

    • Sean Louis August 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      When Bush left office the unemployment rate was 5.7% It is now 9.7%. The housing market crush was multi-pronged. The Community Reinvestment Act forced banks to give loans to unfit applicants that had zero chance of paying it back. It’s funny how Democrats enact the Community Reinvestment Act and when the housing market crashes they “kill the messenger” buy going after the banks, but do nothing at all to the politicians that forced the banks hand. Now the Obama justice department is going after banks for not following the Community Reinvestment Act, making fertile ground for another housing bubble…

  7. Anonymous August 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    peolpe have allways taken advantage of black people.elders died so we could vote there probably turning over in their get a person who has hue in white house who dosent show any love 4 us hes the tiger woods of the house

  8. Junior August 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Look who’s talking about leading Black people off the Plantation, West is the biggest House Negro ever. We all know the Republicans hate people of Color, the only thing Black people can do for a Republican is give them your vote then go stick your head in the sand until they come back for you in four years.

  9. Ms Sheila August 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    This Allen West, is ou fo hson political gain, he is just like that guy who got on the platform with McCain and said “something about go after him Senator, during the election. and what about the other black repulican was his name Steele? where is he now. Dont yall see. it’s all about divide and conquer, separate them just like during slavery, since Mr West is talkin about plantations. anything the Tea Partiers and Republicans can do to get us to not support President Obama they will do it, and just like some of these post I’ve read it’s working, Now I my not saying I agree with every thing President Obama does, but I damn sure don’t want another Republican in office, because to me President Obama is doing all he can, for ALL. I don’t understand the thinking of our people, when Clinton was in office doing the EXACT thing that President Obama is doing, we couldn’t praise him enough, Hell’ we even made him an honorary black man. LOL. now we have a real black man in office, and all we do is rake him over hot coals. wha’s it goin be my people. either we are going to support him or we are not.

  10. George Boston Rhynes August 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    We have always had these reverse patriots, and christians among us but not of us! We can see by his 82% White District what he must say and do in order to keep his money coming in. Therefore, please don’t be too hard on this spot with reverse right knowledge as seen within his mind; of old black mental misunderstanding and miseducation. So please, listen to him, keep your eyes on him, watch him, feel him, taste his self hatred of himself and kin and smell the invisible venom that is more deadly than a rattlesnake if inhaled into the heart, mind, and soul. Therefore, always be aware of these most honorable reverse patriots and believer in the god of their creation. Peace, love and understanding to all men and women. We are not who we claim to be; but who we prove ourselves to be over a given period of time. God Bless everybody including those that work in reverse of what his Jesus and others that traveled that Holy Line of Holy Divine! “GEORGE BOSTON RHYNES” or bostongbr on You Tube.

  11. Anonymous August 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    This nigga is ignorant. I call him a nigga because he’s no different from a black who keeps the slaves in check for his massah (82% of his district is white). Is his job to look after his constituents or his race? I’m sure they didn’t elect him to bring about a revolution for blacks as he suggests, but rather subjugation.

  12. barbara August 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    It really don’t matter if you are a republican or democrate. I see in many blacks that have obtained a good job, title, and money, they just get the big head of wanting to belong to the white race. I have seen many that are in the middle class sector that will not set at the same table with a low income person. This man speaking for his family will never speak for me, because he’s white with a dark tan.

  13. JanetL August 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Mr. West has earned the name “House Negro” because that who he is, than k you Mr. West.

    Barbara apparently you haven’t been around many Blacks who are Middle Class, with a Blessed Job, Blessed Title etc. because if you had been you would know that those who are Christian as in any race treat our fellowman and women the way we want to be treated. Stop painting the Black Race with a Broad Brush, there are many who love the community and want nothing but the best. Many of us have that type of experience.

    If you are in a good church you should be connecting to folk with big hearts, minds and loving their fellowman.

    Unfortunately, that’s the kind of critizsim that others who are Bigots love hearing from the Black Community. When you think negative of your brother and sisters, stop count to 10 say a prayer, and speak positive.

    We must learn to work together and let the negatives go.

  14. sukumu August 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I spent my whole life in the civil, human right and anti-aparhtied struggle, and there was always someone like Allen West around. They used the same rant the liberal media pick our leader, well o k Mr West you have fox news to help you become the
    Harriet Tubman that you want to be let see how well that work, any day now you should be leading us of the democrat plantation, to the dixie-can/ republican plantation
    where you can be the plantation boss. All you have to do is get david duke premission. You remember the guy that said if michael steele was still party chair in four years he would take 80% of the white and leave, would you have stayed in
    repub/dixie-can or went with the white suprimist david duke. The irony is that you would question Maxine Waters Jessie Jackson et’al but you never question david duke. For those of you looking for pres Oboma to find jobs they are oversees, about the demo’s taking our vote for granted they have suported every bill that was important to us sence the sixties, the repub/dixie-can have oppose every one. Some of you want to follow his goat smelling ass to the dixie-can plantation good BY.

  15. Sean Louis August 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Welfare, food stamps, free housing, and other government programs are designed to keep lower class individuals (black and white) in the pockets of Democrats; voting in bloc, not for ideas or principles, but for payments from the government. The ghettos and trailer parks of America are the new plantation. Today it’s idle hands and voting instead of manual labor that these slave owners demand…

    • JanetL August 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      It’s a shame that many are not aware that there are significantly more “Whites” on welfare than blacks.

      The Black community contrary to your belief it seems is not about that. Yes, there are some as in other races who are not fortunate and have not been blessed at the level of others, but rather than kick them while they are down ty reaching out and trying to help your fellowman pull him/her up

      You see I as many came from a Christian background and continue to be a Strong Christian today and I pride myself on giving back, and helping those who are less fortunate in this life. Christians, that’s what real Christians do, Our Conduct, Our Charcter and our Conversation is an apt description of who we are and what we stand for 24/7 in every walk of life. No exceptions.

      Scripture says the poor will always be with us. So since Jesus said that I believe him. So we are tasked with lending a helping hand to them rather than finding ways to kick them while they are down. You never know until you try

      Be Blessed!

      • Sean Louis August 21, 2011 at 12:16 am #

        First, I said both blacks and whites are on the modern day plantation.
        Second, A far greater percentage of blacks take government hand-outs than any other racial group in America. This is a fact.
        Third, How long can you “help” someone instead of “kicking them while they are down” when they are multi-generational welfare recipients? There comes a time when you have to get kicked out of the nest and fend for yourself…

  16. Sean Louis August 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Welfare, food stamps, free housing, and other government programs are designed to keep lower class individuals (black and white) in the pockets of Democrats; voting in bloc, not for ideas or principles, but for payments from the government. The ghettos and trailer parks of America are the new plantation. Today it’s idle hands and voting instead of manual labor that these slave owners demand.

  17. Ruth Roman Lynch August 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    My name is Ruth Lynch, 1st Vice Chair of the Broward Democratic Party, the largest Democratic Party in the State of Florida. I live in Lauderhill, FL, Congressman Alcee Hastings district. I normally don’t write anything in the comment section, but I am appalled that Allen West has the audicity to use Harriett Tubman’s name in the same sentence as his. His main problem is, he reads his own press and believes it. The worst thing that can ever happen to any black person who does not who he is, is POWER or better yet perceived power. As Democrats here in Broward, we have to find someone who is sane and can unseat him. The best thing that can happen to Florida is that we lead him out of Congress and back to his home in Plantation, FL. What do you expect from a Black man who lives in a city called Plantation. I rest my case.

    • JanetL August 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm #


      Well said. It’s great to see an active member of any party speak on this matter. West has earned his new title, by his own doing as a member of the House, it’s now “House Negro”

      • Sean Louis August 21, 2011 at 12:05 am #

        So only black Democrats can use black hero’s from the past in comparison? What about when Jesse Jackson compares himself to Dr. MLK or lies about his participation at the assassination. Of When Charlie Wrangle compared himself to John Henry. No one cared then, because they’re liberals.

  18. D.a.g August 21, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    This darling of the Tea Party invokes memories of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. You see, West is not Uncle Tom; however, he is fulfilling the archetype of Sambo! Contrary to popular belief, it was Sambo, appearing as just another servile chattel slave, who was a catalyst of betrayal to the many aspirations of enslaved African in these United States to break the bonds of
    enslavement. Sambo appeared to be representing a way forward; however, in reality Sambo (Congressman Allen West) was an agent of “Massa” (The Tea Party).

  19. Annie Ford August 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Mr.West reminds me of the carpetbagger days when the black man was always the sidekick riding in the buggie when black people needed persuading..That”s who Harriet Tubman was hiding us from also.He needs to read further.I am Black and a lot of us want this to be his last term in office.

  20. Sean Louis August 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    It is sad that if you are black you have to fit into a certain stereotype. If you are not “ghetto” then your a sell out. If you are not a Democrat then you are an “Uncle Tom.” Like Chris Rock said, “if you are black then you get more respect coming out of prison than college.” Why is that?

  21. doverdavis August 22, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    Anonymous, please don’t say N_ _ _ a. Just say N-word, thank you.

    Sometime ago, I said there are two types of Black leaders: The thinker prophet and The thinker Revolutionary. Allen West is neither. It is true that our leaders need to evolve into the 21st century because the physical signs of Racism have been replaced with invisible Psychological and furtive methods. But, the real problem Black people face today is not Racism; it’s social domination. Racism is a type of discrimination. Discrimination is a method of social control used by, wannabe, dominant groups like the Tea Party.

    But as far as Allen West is concerned, he should not be making these types of comments about Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al and Maxine Waters. They have walked the walk and made history. They continued the legacy passed on to them by Harriet Tubman and others. Whereas Mr. West, another West, has not.

    Dover Davis Jr.

  22. Loretta August 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I’m supposted to follow him why?? I have not heard the Republicans say anything positive about black folks! Bachman made that comment about slave children being better off than children being raised under Brack Obama. I have not heard anything about how if I vote for a Republican things will be better in the black community. We talk about how the President has not done anything to help us, let’s think about how they will treat us. The tea party wants things to return to the way they were in the 50’s! What does that tell you!

  23. Errick August 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Well, I guess it is true that there is nothing new under the sun. When I was in college I had the opportunity to participate in an oratory regarding the “Talented Tenth”. Based on what I studied West is essentially stoking the fires of the the debate between W.E.B DuBouis and Booker T. Washington. Then again during the sixties in the form of Dr. King and Malcolm X. Unless you study these points in history you will forget about the fact that when these stalwart men of black history were debating, they really did not like each other much. DuBouis and Washington could, at best be described as enemies after initially being friends, and with King and Malcolm it was the opposite, they started out on opposite ideological and social lines until Malcolm’s pilgrimage to Mecca.

    The bigger issue in this is that the reason for the dislike that these men held towards one another was based on their strident differences in beliefs. I think that until someone at least as prominent as West speaks out against him, he will be the lightening rod that he appears and his statements will always make the rounds on blogs such as this. He needs to have a neutralizing force which he doesn’t seem to have at this point I cannot wait to hear Al Sharpton weigh in on this subject on his newly gained bully pulpit through MNBC. I would also like to ask where are Tavis and West on this particular Congressman, or is there not enough press to address his statements? Or is Obama the ONLY politician they are worried about holding to a certain standard?

    I must also say that because I have studied this issue in one form or another for the past 25 years, I have always come down on the side of the more liberal proponent. Despite the fact that I tend to be quite conservative in many of my beliefs, I am always hesitant to link those beliefs with a person rather than a system; meaning that no matter who the candidate or spokesman for any particular issue may be if the policy is bad I cannot support it.

    The fact that I understand West’s conservative nature, because he is a former military man, (even if I liked him) I could never support him because he is on board with too many bad policies. This also works with Michael Steele, whom I, think is a decent guy that has good intentions, (though misguided), I cannot support him because of the bad policies that he supports. The only Republican I have had thoughts of supporting in an election in recent years was Colin Powell, and that was for two primary reasons. The first is that he openly declares that he is a moderate and secondly he talked about how certain long-held Republican policies needed to be changed.

    I think that when West speaks,, more than anything else he shows that he is out of touch with the public in general. He has made MANY statements that have caused him trouble such as the Wasserman-Shulz email, Comments regarding Sheila Jackson-Lee, and his feelings regarding Obama supporters diluting the gene pool. These statement not only show that he is out of touch, but also that he does not care what we think about his points of view. He strikes me as someone who knows his target audience and more times than not hits his bulls-eye.

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