Actor Joseph Phillips gave the speech "Race in America" at PSU College Republicans/Young Conservative of Oregon on Friday October 25th, 2013. Joseph's speech was about how the African American community conducts itself, the hyper sensitivity of anything that could be construed as racism or a racist act. He discussed and gave suggestions as to how Republicans can be more aware of that sensitivity, be more aware of what is going on in the African American community and how to conduct themselves regarding race relations and their needs. He elaborated on the psychology that the African American community has a strong "survival" instinct and is always on guard to what might threaten their survival as a community, and racism or racist acts are perceived as threats to their survival. The same is felt when there are discussions of welfare reform or attempts to reduce waste, fraud or abuse in the different welfare programs. Rather insightful.
You may know Joseph from his regular acting appearances on The Cosby Show and General Hospital and guest appearances on other TV shows, and he has been in several movies. He occasionally travels the US and speaks on college campuses and foundations and has also taught acting workshops. Mr. Phillips had a weekly column "The Way I see It" for 8 years that appeared in over 30 publications across the country and was a regular on a few radio shows. Joseph has also been on several Republican steering committees and boards of directors. He is also a small business owner of Daddy J's WingShack in Encino California. Being a black conservative in hollywood/los angeles is no easy task, but he stays true to his principals and values. Joseph is married and has 3 children.
We thank these two organizations for inviting Joseph to portland to give his speech and insights.
Portland State College Republicans
Young Conservatives of Oregon
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