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What Color Is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The paperback edition of the inspirational story of the first black to hold a Republican leadership position—J.C. Watts, Jr.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published November 1st 2002)
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it
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So five years after J. C. Watts retired from Congress and returned to private life, in the midst of the Obama revolution in American politics, the better question for this book in 2008 might be: "Where is J. C. Watts?" His removal from the public eye, to the casual observer, appears to have been remarkably successful (unlike those athletes who retire to "spend more time with their family" and instead spend more time on Entertainment Tonight!). So googling his name, I find that
Very interesting story by JC Watts chronicling life and politics.
Charles Jones
Jan 12, 2010 Charles Jones rated it liked it
I found it ironic that on the same day that political leaders are dealing with the insightful idiocy that was Harry Reid’s “Negro dialect” comments recorded in Mark Halperin’s new book Game Change,I finished reading the memoir of a dark-skinned black Republican who grew up with bellbottoms and an afro; I’m pretty sure there’s some “Negro dialect” in his background. That Republican is former Oklahoma Congressman J. C. Watts.

To this point I’ve only known Watts as, essentially, Sean Hannity’s favor
Jan 14, 2010 Darla rated it really liked it
Excellent, easily accessible read. Much more open and warm than Justice Thomas' writings. Congressman Watts is frank about his politics and how he came to believe as he does, aligning himself with Conservatives, not Liberals b/c they hold his same values (and that of many blacks who insist on clinging to he Democrat party!) Watts also gives some great insight and challenges to both parties in the end.
Nov 25, 2012 Peggy rated it really liked it
I always loved JC as a fellow republican so when I saw his bio, figured I'd give it a shot, and I really, truly enjoyed the stories he told. Not much older than me, he came from a place so totally different than where I did, and I admire his "rising above it" - all of it. This was a great story and an easy read. Highly recommend.
Lee Ann
Jun 24, 2009 Lee Ann rated it liked it
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This is a standard political memoir. It's better than most. It is interesting and gives a good sense of the man. It's “dictated” style lets Watts' voice come through. The best parts were on his early life and his entrance into politics. He comes from quite a family.
Mar 31, 2008 Carl rated it liked it
Good Read... who would have known J.C. Watts father was one of the countries earliest house flippers, and an accomplished landlord :)
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It made me curious to find out what if anything he is saying now that things have changes so much since he wrote this.
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