Clemson University's Stone Washington writes at College Fix:
As a conservative black college student, I've had my fair share of arguments, accusation and insults. But I refuse to back down. Here's why.
I've learned from my father, Professor Ellis Washington, that we are free to choose our own path, one that can and should diverge from the Democrat Party -- the perceived norm for Black people.
My father taught me how the Left has a dark history of despising the combination of "Black" and "conservative," which shatters their warped paradigm of how all Blacks owe allegiance to the Democrat Party, envisioning themselves as the party that freed Blacks from slavery and condemned racism (they didn't, it was the Republicans).
"In a sense," Washington continues, "I have freed my mind from the invisible chains of servitude to a party I owe nothing to, yet a party that demands my allegiance."