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Obama Refers To His Grandmother As A Typical White Person.

Question of the day.
If Imus said that substituting black for white, what would happen? 

Imus crew responds; looking for jobs, hasta la vista baby, hack license, selling on the corner, so long Iman. 

Imus: “I don’t understand that, its irritating!”

The Best Five Minutes Of Imus ( June 27, 2008 )

Much more to be irritated about;

Toe doc “Joe Toe” refuses  Iman pain pills following surgery!

They are monitoring us, including the scum at ABC!

Begala’s Communist Party In America!

Market down, world is ending, gloomy baby boomers, oil going up!

I-rant, “read the stories Chuck; READ ‘EM, READ ‘EM!

 

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Dick Gregory: Comedian, Activist and Author

Discusses Imus and Racial Profiling

ChanX CliffsNotes

Imus brought up the Pacman discussion.  Gregory quickly interrupted saying; Wait, wait, wait, don’t do this. Let me say it first.. From there Gregory took control of the discussion.

Gregory had no idea who Pacman Jones is, claiming he does not read the sports pages. Instinctively he knew Imus’ “What race is he” was not a blind question.   Gregory pointed to use of facetiousness in comedy which helps you get to the next point.  His opinion?  All Imus was talking about is racial profiling.

Gregory also counseled, there are people out there who hold Imus responsible for past deeds.  Point?  There is  a group who are not going to believe a white man is going to talk about racial profiling.

Dick Gregory’s conclusion- “There’s some serious stuff out here and I’m satisfied.. I would be the first one to call it out if I thought it wrong, cause I don’t have to play nobody.

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Discussions here and “over there” have gotten me thinking recently. (Could ya smell the wood burning?) Points brought up by one of my favorite posters and echoed by other people I feel very close to are:

Why should I police a site?

What does it matter?

Who does it hurt to just let it go? (more…)

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In my latest column at DigitalJournal I decided as a representative of “typical white people” everywhere to call out Senator Barack Obama. It’s time to turn up the heat on this discussion wherever we can, just in time for November….

An Atypical Response to a Typical Media S*** Storm

As any fan of professional wrestling coud tell you, there’s a point in every program where one wrestler grabs a mike and “calls out” another wrestler and pretty much says It’s put up or shut up time.” Well, I’m calling out Senator Obama.

As a typical white person that is.

First of all, as a “typical white guy” I’m giving him a pass on the phrase. (more…)

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During the hysteria-filled frenzy following the I-Man’s comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team last April, Barack Obama was the first presidential nominee to call for Imus’ ouster:

There’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group.

– Barack Obama, April 9, 2007 in an interview with ABC News

VIDEO: “He would not be working for me…I don’t want to be an enabler…for the unbelievably offensive statements that were made.”

The hypocrisy of Obama’s statements is immediately obvious in light of the recent revelations regarding the candidate’s close connections to racist pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who was an advisor to his campaign until a few days ago. But the disconnect is that Imus’ comments, inappropriate as they were, were satirical. Reverend Wright’s statements, on the other hand, display hate-filled racism, justified by falsehoods(“The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color.”). [more statements from Reverend Wright]

Who Can Say What?People in Wright’s congregation no doubt use what they learn from their pastor on Sunday to justify their own weekday racism as well. This is very dangerous. He is inciting real violence when he declares that African-Americans committing black-on-black crime are “fighting the wrong enemy.” [WorldNetDaily]

Back in April ’07, Obama said that Imus’ remark was “verbal violence.” If Obama is even going to be emotionally consistent, it seems like Reverend Wright is at the very least engaged in “verbal violence.”

But it sounds like Wright is inciting real violence against people based on skin color. Imus’ NHH remark was the single most extreme example in a morning comedy program for adults, the exception that proved the rule. It took a Media Matters lackey 2 years of lurking to find something suitably offensive. Obama, on the other hand, took his children to hear Wright speak regularly. And Wright wasn’t being satirical. Indeed, if the black men passing by Obama’s grandmother on the street had just heard this sermon, she might have had a reason to have been frightened. (more…)

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Black History Month extended? Well, at least in our corner of the universe. Seems like a good year for it. From the media frenzy of last April to Barack Obama’s candidacy to Imus’ stunning comeback, the moment is now.

(Side note for the record: The Clintons could have been leaders in this regard, using the platform of Hillary’s campaign to take the discussion where it needs to go. Instead, they’ve desperately played the emotional status quo for their own good, and everybody knows it.)

When Imus got the axe from that idiotic cable station (where the problems did not disappear when the I-Man left the building), it was clear that to get him back was going to require some work on the race issue. Since the scab on America’s perennial problem got ripped off, might as well do some micro-surgery so the scars come back a little bit better. Stronger at the broken places, right?

I’m about two-third’s of the way through The End of Blackness, Debra Dickerson’s 2004 book. It’s now clear why Imus asked her on the program. She uses language in a similar way. At times I have been seconds from throwing the book across the room. Taken out of context, a number of racial generalizations she makes about whites are deeply offensive. But I think that’s the point. I am getting the sense I’m in the hands of a master who is speaking to many audiences, but ultimately working to put us on the same page. She is using racism to help end it, dabbling in it to show how stupid it is. At least I think that’s where the book is headed. Like she’s reading my mind, right when I’ve been pushed too far she catches me and shines a light up the road ahead.

The book has taught me a lot already. Huge understatement. It is an education.

Most regular visitors to this site will have already read Dickerson’s assessment of her appearance last week on Imus in the Morning.

Damned if Imus hasn’t been doing yeoman’s work in moving America’s neurotic race obsession forward. I’ve been talking and writing about race for 12 years now, but I was gobsmacked on the air. Imus schooled a sister. When he said he was through apologizing for Rutgers, I took that to mean he was through talking about it. But he’s certainly not through thinking about it, and he’s been doing his homework.

Then she goes on to fully accept the I-Man’s apology. Read it all at MotherJones.com. (And yep, that’s our Bruce providing the audio record of the moment that she linked in her post, but you knew that too, didn’t you?)

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The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners

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First of all let me apologize for not having posted or commented much in the last few weeks. Let’s just say “real life” has been slapping me ’bout the head and shoulders with a over-sized halibut, or at least that’s what it feels like. Damn that real life! Damn it straight Chappaqua, NY! (Isn’t that where Satan lives?)

On to other things…

Finally got to hear Debra Dickerson. I think I’m in love. What a brilliant, humble, honest, endearing woman. Her students can count themselves lucky. I would go back to school just to sit in her classroom. (more…)

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