Glenn Loury
The Glenn Show
Shermichael Singleton – The Shaping of a Young Black Conservative [Bonus Episode]

Shermichael Singleton – The Shaping of a Young Black Conservative [Bonus Episode]


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My guest this week is Shermichael Singleton, a political consultant, writer, and SiriusXM host who is that still-rare thing: a young black conservative. Since his college days at Morehouse, Shermichael has thrown himself into politics, working his way up from campus activist to volunteer positions for Republican candidates to eventually become a high-ranking aide to Dr. Ben Carson during his presidential campaign and his foray into Trump’s White House.

After a brief cameo from my lovely wife, Shermichael tells me how he first became aware of the Republican Party and its history while researching a class project in elementary school. By the time he reached Morehouse, Shermichael had become a conservative. Conservatives are rare at historically black colleges, but Shermichael says that Morehouse’s culture of debate allowed him to argue his case without being ostracized. After college, he went to work for Carson and followed him to Washington after Trump appointed him HUD secretary. Then Shermichael was fired when it was discovered that he had criticized Trump in print before the election. We wrap up with a discussion of some of Shermichael’s mentors at Morehouse, and with a discussion of some of my own major influences.

It was great getting to know someone who will surely be a part of the next generation of black conservative leaders. If they’re all as intelligent, hard-working, and poised as Shermichael, we’ll be in good hands.

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0:00 How an elementary school project turned Shermichael on to politics

7:16 Black and Republican at Morehouse in the Obama era

9:05 Why Shermichael is a conservative

12:48 The two sides of black “progress”

17:24 Shermichael: Identity matters, even for conservatives

21:54 How Shermichael got booted from the Trump administration

28:26 Shermichael’s relatively positive assessment of Trump’s presidency

32:29 Was Trump’s post-election behavior good for conservatism?

37:43 The counterintuitive Evangelical support for Trump

40:41 Shermichael’s mentors at Morehouse

50:17 Encountering Thomas Sowell and Glenn

56:19 What Ben Carson is up to these days

58:51 The major intellectual influences on Glenn

Recorded January 4, 2024

Links and Readings

Shermichael’s Ebony piece, “Young, Gifted (Conservative, Republican) and Black” (scroll down)

Shermichael’s the Hill piece, “A Republican asks: Aren’t we morally obliged to stand up to Trump,” that got him fired

Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Franklin on Morehouse

Hit Strategies

American Cornerstone Institute

The Shermichael Singleton Show on Apple Podcasts


Glenn Loury
The Glenn Show
Race, inequality, and economics in the US and throughout the world from Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics at Brown University and Paulson Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute