Iraq war vet Rob Smith launches new nonprofit advancing black conservatism

(Video: Fox News)

Decorated Iraq war veteran Rob Smith announced a new venture, The Douglass Society, and how he hopes to use it to elevate conservatism in the black community.

Fox News host Steve Hilton began a recent segment on his show, “The Next Revolution“, by introducing the disparate positions American politicians have taken and their impact on black communities.

“Despite Democrats’ endless virtue signaling on race, their actual policies like defunding the police hurt black Americans,” Hilton said. “While it’s Republican ideas like school choice, strong families and a free market opportunity economy that are the best way to fight racial injustice.”

“The Republicans have not been nearly strong enough in making that argument, and that’s why it’s so great to see our friend, the fantastic Rob Smith, launching a new organization, The Douglass Society, to be the new home for black conservative ideas,” he went on as he introduced the launch video for The Douglass Society.

In the video, founder and president Rob Smith explains:

“A former slave, Fredrick Douglass taught himself to read and became one of the most iconic black figures in American history, and he was a conservative.  The left doesn’t want you to know that.  The left doesn’t want you to know the history of Fredrick Douglass because his black history doesn’t fit the victimhood narrative the left has been selling to black America for generations. I’m not buying what they’re selling anymore. It’s time for a change. It’s time for The Douglass Society.”


When asked where he got the idea for The Douglass Society, Smith explained that he had noticed there was “no pipeline to get young black conservatives involved,” while attending a conservative conference.  

Smith went on to say that there are three main objectives for The Douglass Society.

“First of all, we want to reach out to young, disaffected African-American Democrats, Independents and Conservatives where they are. Now, this generally tends to be more on social media and the internet,” Smith explained because of a lack of participation in mainstream media outlets.

Smith said that’s why he built “this website and this page and specifically on Instagram @douglasssociety…to highlight the amazing black conservatives that are doing things out there in the media. People from Senator Tim Scott (SC), to our great Congressman Byron Donalds (FL), to our other Congressman Burgess Owens (UT), to the myriad of black conservative thought leaders out there.”

“Second of all, I want to highlight the things that these people are doing.”

This, Smith hopes, will eventually lead to their third objective.

“We want to get out into the communities and partner with organizations that are already showing up for African-Americans,” he said.

Smith went on to point out that Republicans simply aren’t doing this work enough unless it is in the weeks leading up to an election.

Organizations that are “already showing up for African-Americans” include organizations like the New Journey PAC, which works to promote candidates with conservative principals in districts representing black citizens, and The Woodson Center, which makes it its mission to “empower community-based leaders to promote solutions that reduce crime and violence, restore families, revitalize underserved communities, and asset in the creation of economic enterprise.”

When asked by Hilton about the sort of response they have received so far, Smith said, “I’m getting an amazing response and you know from the launch video that we just put out to a couple of videos that I put out sort of highlighting Burgess Owens…people are really excited about this…people are sharing this, people are sharing the content and the thing about it is is that there is nothing out there that is reaching out to these people on social media right now.”

Smith also made note of the kinds of content that black Americans are typically exposed to saying, “black Americans are bombarded with leftism from the entertainment we watch, from the media sources we watch, from the entertainers and rappers and athletes and ballplayers and all of that other stuff.”


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