Ken Madison, approximately 40, male, Black and attractive
Floyd Madison was in the first graduating class of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He had the opportunity to meet and work with Frederick Douglass for the betterment of Black Americans. Floyd was actively involved in the organization of the Republican Party and worked on the campaign of Black candidates who vied for State and US legislative offices. Floyd was clear that the platform of the Democrats was contrary to the continued freedom and rights of the Black Man in America. His son Robert Madison continued his father’s political activism into the twentieth century, when the New Deal was introduced in the 1930’s, Robert Madison, Ken Madison’s Grandfather found himself and the party he so loved and stood behind begin to be rejected by the very people the party was trying to help. The intimidation of the KKK the terrorist arm of the Democrat party and the giveaways alleviating the survival struggles of many Blacks had them questioning the rationality of the independent responsibility and hard life freedom required of them. Robert Madison pressed on until he was lynched after a speaking engagement in 1947 to a group of Black pastors in Macon Georgia. Vernon Madison, Ken Madison’s father, was a young teen when he and his mother received the news. He immediately enlisted into the service of raising Black American’s from the hypnotism of the liberal agenda of Democratic party. He was energized when he learned of the young Black Republican Pastor out of Atlanta, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was leading the charge to fight for the rights of Black people to vote as well as other civil rights. He was set to leave home and join the movement. Driving from Virginia, he stopped in Tennessee and at a Black diner there a television report came on. He heard Dr. Martin Luther King say in a press conference, “No self-respecting Black man would ever vote for a republican”. Broken hearted, Vernon was determined to raise the consciousness of his Black brothers and sisters. He was largely unsuccessful. It was thought by Ken’s mother that this failure broke her husband’s heart and was ultimately the cause of his death. In an effort to memorialize her husband’s mission, she nurtured her only son, Ken to love and adhere to Godly principles, conservative ideas at the expense of his comradery with the other black children with whom he grew up in the neighborhood. He was an awkward child, however, very respectful, kind and studious. Ken, developed asthma at 10 years old, which restricted his participation in sports, so he focused his school participation in the political club, Young Republicans club. He and the very few other black members who were members were classified as Uncle Toms and were terribly ostracized and ridiculed. The young Kenny Ray longed to be able to enjoy fellowship with his black brothers and sisters but lowering his principles to their level was not a viable option. By his last year in high school he outgrew his asthma but began secretly drinking alcohol. He never got publicly, drunk and/or not able to functionally operate.
Kenny Ray was attracted to a career in the police force. He felt he could possibly best reach his people from this position of implied power and respect. His mission was to adhere strictly to principle and bring a strong sense of integrity to the police force.
He married Carla King right out of high school. Though Carla did not have conservative values, she showed interest in him and they were drinking buddies as well. Ken so desperately wanted to have some kind of intimacy with his own people and Carla came closest to fulfilling this emptiness. They had three boys. As the boys grew, it was becoming greatly important to Ken that his children have at least one fully lucid and principled parent. Ken joined AA and quickly became abstinent from the use of alcohol and was a strong role model to his fellows in the group. He replaced his addiction to alcohol with an addiction to studying political, historical and Christian information. Carla resented Ken’s work with AA and his abstinence, what she considered to be his self-righteousness and she began to act out more and more to rebel against his new persona. This led to a divorce.
Ken was convicted that he was not going to enter into any relationship that was not on par with his Christian conservative principles.
By the time he reconnects with Vivian, he had not had any relationship with any woman since Carla. He had such hope in finding her, yet there were indeed hurdles to overcome.
Ken was indeed initially attracted to Yvette Swanson’s beauty and charisma, but her values were so off base she was immediately canceled as a potential candidate for an intimate relationship with him.
Ken Madison had learned that Blacks and Whites and all people were equal. He functioned in this understanding. He was also aware that there did exist those Whites and Blacks that were inclined to challenge his conviction and he stood ready to stand up to this ignorance unapologetically, and directly.