Black Conservative Writer and Blogger Dies in Brooklyn

Samuel Newhouse, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 2, 2011

A conservative writer and editor who lived in seclusion and said her work was dedicated against “notions of victimization and collective entitlement prevalent in the black community” recently died in Brooklyn.

Doris Elizabeth Wright, who wrote under the name Elizabeth D. Wright, died on Aug 11 at the Calvary Hospice in Bay Ridge at 74. The cause of death was believed to be breast cancer, said a close friend. The blogosphere erupted with the news. The Booker T. Washington Society in Vermont, of which Wright was a founding member, posted the news first, followed quickly by American Renaissance, a self-described “racialist” magazine, and then on OnePeoplesProject.com, an anti-racist blog, under the headline, “Rot in Hell!”

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Booker T. Washington Society President Ronald Court bristled at hearing Wright lumped in with racists. “My goodness, have they no shame?” he said. “I’ve never heard her say anything in relation to herself, that she was self-loathing. Why would she be?”

Wright, who lived in the Bronx, founded the quarterly newsletter Issues & Views in 1985. Around 2000, she converted the newsletter into a blog.

Well-known minority conservatives had articles printed by her newspaper and referenced her work. Stanford University senior fellow Thomas Sowell had pieces printed in the newsletter. George Mason University Professor Walter E. Williams was an advisor to the newsletter.

“She was matter-of-fact,” William Craft, the author and publisher of Phoenix Publications, who was a friend of Wright’s. “Very matter-of-fact, with statements she made and, that’s something a lot of our people can’t handle, the truth. They’d rather deal with fantasy than face reality.”

{snip} Wright’s name was sufficiently well known that in “The End of Racism,” Dinesh D’Souza included Wright in a list of some of America’s most prominent black conservatives. He wrote, “The only people who are seriously confronting black cultural deficiencies and offering constructive proposals for dealing with them are members of a group we can call the reformers. Many of them are conservatives such as Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell … Elizabeth Wright.”

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OnePeoplesProject.com said that Wright was a shut-in. American Renaissance writer Jared Taylor said she refused to meet with him in person although he asked several times. Craft said he had only met her four times. Court also never met her.

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But Cartrell Gore, 59, of Flatbush, a high school teacher and local politician, was friends with Wright for 20 years. He said she was not a recluse, and that neighbors knew her as “a nice old lady.” “She grew up on welfare [in Virginia],” Gore said. “Her siblings decided to stay on welfare, and she decided to work for a living. So because of that when she left for college, she never looked back or contacted her family after that.”

Gore also denied that Wright was racist.

“She was very concerned about her race to the extent that I knew. She was antagonistic to some of what she called hucksters, she often used that term, who had solutions that she called meaningless. To that she was hostile.”

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[Editor’s Note: Read Jared Taylor’s obituary of Miss Wright here.]

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  • Question Diversity

    Wright’s name was sufficiently well known that in “The End of Racism,” Dinesh D’Souza included Wright in a list of some of America’s most prominent black conservatives.

    D’Souza also insinuated in that very book that western Africa was qualitatively superior to Western Europe around 500 years ago.

  • Hirsch

    Regarding the eulogy from the “anti-racist” One Peoples’ Project, I’m reminded of a special I saw on the History Channel about the Mafia in Chicago. After gangster Al Capone killed one of his enemies, he sent flowers to the funeral with a letter of condolence. It certainly says something about the left in this country where they lack the decency to refrain from speaking ill of the dead, regardless of grudges harbored when their enemy was alive.

  • Frank Keliher

    Judging by this and almost everything else one reads or hears today, the worst thing a person can be is a racist.

    But isn’t racism a conviction of conscience, akin to a political, moral. or religious belief? And don’t we all have the obligation to respect the sincere beliefs of our fellow citizens?

    As long as a racist pays his taxes and obeys the law, what is he doing that is different from any other American citizen? Why isn’t he entitled to freedom of conscience and respect for his right to form his own opinions? “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” is out of fashion today. Rejected by the very people who benefited from it in the past.

    The Ku Klux Klan is a legal organization. It has as much right to exist and express its opinions as the SPLC, the NAACP, or AIPAC, or the Catholic Church, or the National Organization of Churches.

    What hypocrisy that those who preach (and DEMAND and ENFORCE) tolerance for others do not practice it themselves.

    The greatest men in American history were racists.

  • white is right, black is whack

    At #2:

    I’ve noticed that with marxists, be they white, black, brown, yellow or whatever. They lack things that people in the West value: letting others speak, not interrupting, being respectful, picking up after their pets, picking up after themselves, taking care of their children, not having an entitlement mentality, not whining, doing what’s practical, working hard, being responsible, wanting less government in your life, and not speaking ill of the dead. That’s all seen as a white thing or traditional and conservative; all things leftists despise.

  • Anonymous

    D’Souza thinks Colin Powell is a conservative?

  • highduke

    It gives me hope to see AmRen giving praise to allies in the Black community as well as seeing fewer and fewer anti-Tea Party comments here. Whether you envision some sort of New Deal with Blacks that takes the best elements of segregation, integration & indentured labour or if it’s repatriation or even seperatism, we must go through an intermediary stage of cooperation based on white middle class values regardless of who shares them.

  • Anonymous

    It is too bad that she died destitute and will be buried in Potter’s Field. Perhaps someone in NYC could take up a collection to see her properly buried?

  • Mad Casper

    Is there somewhere we can donate money so that Ms. Wright will not be buried in a potter’s field?

  • Anonymous

    Even if Ms. Wright is buried in a potter’s field, it won’t matter. A one-of-a-kind author among black writers, her legacy will not be a meaningless tombstone but her writings instead, which will carry on for decades. $$ to continue on her website, should the Booker T Washington society wish to take it over, would be a better contribution.

    As for Hirsh in message #2 above — Jenkins of One People’s Project is a coward–he wouldn’t dare have criticized Wright while she was alive and well because he knew that she could tear him to shreds in response with her writing. Jenkins also waited until African American immigration patriot and radio personality Terry Anderson died before he attacked him with a similar “rot in hell” notice (http://tinyurl.com/3nd9un6), again knowing that a living Anderson could easily have put Jenkins in his place should the latter have tried to start a war of words while Anderson was still alive.

  • Thrasymachus

    Sad news.

    I have corresponded via e-mail with Ms. Wright on several occasions, and she always had something insightful — and sometimes surprising — to say in reply.