Lieutenant Colonel Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and lived where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
was a preacher. He served for 22 years in the United States Army and received many military honors.
In 2010, he was elected to the U.S. Congress from the 22nd District of Florida. He was one of 44 blacks in the 112th
U.S. Congress, one of 2 blacks in the Republican Caucus.
Colonel West attended the last Michigan GOP Convention in Novi. Many people met him as he moved through the
crowd being introduced by Ambassador Ron Weiser.
On his website, allenbwest.com, December 29, 2014, Colonel West wrote a piece in which he said, “Every now and
then, you come across an article that folks just need to read. This one written by Michael Smith entitled,
‘Confessions of a Public Defender,’ and originally posted at American Renaissance on May 9, 2014, is one of those
He urges the review of this piece by saying, “It will take you only 5 minutes to read this article-and I will bet you will
read it again. Then ask yourself, is this something you hear Al Sharpton addressing? Or President Obama, Eric
Holder, Jeh Johnson, or Jesse Jackson?”
He describes the article by saying, “It is a profound and deeply disturbing piece…. Smith articulates that
which ails the black community—the real discussion we should be having on race–not that of victimhood and the
further expansion of the welfare nanny-state….There is a war to be fought, it is for the soul of the inner city and the
black community….We cannot begin to ‘have a conversation about race’ until we are willing to honestly address the
As attorney Michael Smith says in the closing paragraph of his article, “… it is wrong to deceive the public. Whatever