Perfect response to Limbaugh's comments re: the bus incident from TNC. Must read. Really.
I got a note from a good friend yesterday expressing shock, and anger, about Drudge and Malkin's usage of that alleged racial beat-down on a school-bus. On some level, I wonder if something's wrong with me. I'm neither shocked, nor angry. This is exactly how I expected these fools to respond to a black president.
If anything, I'm a little giddy. For black people, the clear benefit of Obama is that he is quietly exposing an ancient hatred that has simmered in this country for decades. Rightly or wrongly, a lot of us grew tired of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, mostly because they presented easy foils for Limbaugh-land. Moreover, again rightly or wrongly, they were used to define all of us.
It's intensely grating to live say, in Atlanta, and have some dude in Harlem crowned as your unelected leader. It's even more grating if said dude's agenda seems, in large measure, come down to standing in front of cameras and tweaking his opponents. It's no mistake that O'Reilly and Sharpton would break bread together at Sylvia's--they feed each other.
But Barack Obama, bourgeois in every way that bourgeois is right and just, will not dance.He tells kids to study--and they seethe. He accepts an apology for an immature act of rudeness--and they go hysterical. He takes his wife out for a date--and their veins bulge. His humanity, his ordinary blackness, is killing them. Dig the audio of his response to Kanye West--the way he says, "He's a jackass." He sounds like one of my brothers. And that's the point, because that's what he is. Barack Obama refuses to be their nigger. And it's driving them crazy.
Reminds me of Stewart's response on Crossfire when Carlson said "say something funny" and Jon said "I won't be your monkey". That's what's killing the Glenn Beck's of the world. Obama is not acting like their stereotype of a black person. How can you hate blacks when they act like Obama?
Reminds me of a photo circulating around the internet when Obama was elected. It showed the last few presidents before they became president and when their term was over (to show the aging process). Well for Obama it has a normal photo of him as before and then the after is him as Fred Sanford.
They truly did expect that stereotypical black guy, didn't they?
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