I’m Just a Black Man Trapped in This White World…
To paraphrase fellow blogger Mike Dwyer, it seems kind of odd to write an introduction since I’ve been familiar with this blog and the bloggers for about as long as the League has existed. For those of you who are wondering, my name is Dennis Sanders and I’m joining this motley crew of bloggers called the League. Thanks to Tod Kelly and Erik Kain for inviting me to be a part of this grand experiment in vigorous dialogue.
There are a lot of ways to describe me, none of which should work together. I’m a native of Flint, Michigan the son of two retired General Motors autoworkers. (Flint was placed in the national spotlight through Michael Moore’s movie Roger and Me. People have asked me if things are really as bad as the movie suggests. My response these days is that it’s much worse.) I’m an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and I work part-time as an Associate Pastor at a church in Minneapolis, where I now live with my partner. I also work as a communications specialist for the regional office of another mainline Protestant denomination.
I’m openly gay and happily married to my partner Daniel. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome a few years back, which I guess explains some of my quirks.
As for politics, I grew up in a house of diehard liberal Democrats, but I somehow ended up on the center-right. For better or worse (and these days it seems like the worse), I’m a Republican these days.
The things that I will probably be writing about include issues like religion and same-sex marriage. I’m also going to write on something that has been my passion for well over a decade: how to make the center-right more inclusive and modern; to express how the conservative project can answer the questions of 21st century America and not the late 20th century. Being African American and Puerto Rican, I am especially interested in how conservatives can craft a coherent message to minorities in America.
Now that I have thoroughly blown your mind, (a black, gay Republican? That’s impossible!) I will return you to your normally scheduled life.