More than a few of us African Americans are not very liberal. We are born-again Christians, instill a strong work ethic in our children, and are aghast at others who game the system.

Some of us voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984, because he was more optimistic than Walter Mondale; for George Bush the father in 1988, because he was more experienced than Michael Dukakis; and for George Bush the son in 2004, because John Kerry was too elitist.

We wondered why the Republican Party did not encourage Gen. Colin Powell to become the first black president in 2000. Now we know why.

Those of us moderately conservative blacks who enjoy watching Supreme Court confirmation hearings were dismayed last year by the GOP's trashing of Sonia Sotomayor's pep talk to young Latino females (after all, we talk the same way when encouraging our kids toward excellence). But this attack on Thurgood Marshall at Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing is the last straw.

We will not be voting Republican for a very long time, because, to paraphrase Kanye West's Katrina statement, "the GOP don't like people of color."

Rosamond Kay

Philadelphia