BET founder and devout Clinton supporter Bob Johnson is once again up to familar race-baiting antics against Senator Obama. To refresh your memory, during a public appearance for the Clintons, Johnson weasled in a cheap shot about Obama's drug use as a teenager. After the damage was done, he denied ever saying anything; only to then apologize for it. But recently as he interviewed with the Charlotte Observer, Johnson gave a hat tip to former Clinton advisor Geraldine Ferraro for her recent declaration that Obama would not be in the position he's in had he been white. Apparently, Johnson didn't learn a lesson from the hailstorm that ensued from Ferraro's comments.
Then again, this dude also conceived BET. So it's not that uncommon for him not to 'get it.'
What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant (is) if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called 'Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not. Would he also start out with the excitement of starting out as something completely different? Probably not. He would just be a freshmen senator...
"Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair trigger on anything racial. It is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."
Call me crazy, but I think Johnson is jealous. I think he's pissed that -- with all the billions he has -- the greater society will never respect his work as much as Sen. Obama's. Being the father of the worst black form of media in history, Johnson can never match the style, charm, class and dignity (and apparently, a legitimate shot at the White House) that Obama has. Obama represents everything wonderful about black people; while Johnson represents everything sad and unfortunate.
But I'll concede on one point. Johnson and Ferraro are right: Obama would not be in the position he's in if he were white. If he were a white candidate:
- He probably wouldn't have people associating him with Islam at a time where being Muslim is the new "Black"
- He could probably buy his way into the White House.
- He probably wouldn't have any student loans to pay off.
- He most definitely would not have worked his way up from the streets of Chicago. Unless of course he was doing community service as a replacement for the prison time he SHOULD'VE had.
- He would've completely blown Hillary out of the water a long time ago.
- He would not have been accused of "shuckin' and jivin'.
- People would never make references to his race.
- He would not be guilty by association with his controversial minister.
- He would have never been called "Boy" (which, in some context, is the same as being called a nigger).
- He could actually be an elitist and not be called one (versus the opposite with Obama)
I guess they were right about Obama all along.
Now, I'm not trying to suggest that Johnson must be loyal to Obama simply because it would fall under black-on-black support. I mean, I wasn't exactly leading any protests in support of black Congressmen William Jefferson (also a Democrat, I should point out) when he was caught with his hands in the cookie jar (or should I say the freezer). I'm not exactly on Jesse Jackson's mailing list. To this day, I still bury my head when I see Evander Holyfield give an interview. So if Johnson wishes to remain committed to the Clintons, all power to him. But at the same time, I'm disgusted at how Johnson would stoop so low when it involves another brotha; a righteous and prophetic brotha at that. But after watching BET for a half hour, I'm reminded that Bobby has never really had black interests in mind.