Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Black card REVOKED!

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.'

Said Johnson:

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:
  1. He probably wouldn't have people associating him with Islam at a time where being Muslim is the new "Black"
  2. He could probably buy his way into the White House.
  3. He probably wouldn't have any student loans to pay off.
  4. 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.
  5. He would've completely blown Hillary out of the water a long time ago.
  6. He would not have been accused of "shuckin' and jivin'.
  7. People would never make references to his race.
  8. He would not be guilty by association with his controversial minister.
  9. He would have never been called "Boy" (which, in some context, is the same as being called a nigger).
  10. 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.


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The H.C. said...

Hey Dre,
I've got a couple of points on this one.
1) I didn't know that "Jerry Smith" is the new generic name for a white person.
2) Johnson is an ass...no matter what color his skin is.
3) This statement, "He probably wouldn't have any student loans to pay off." Caused every one of my white student workers to burst into laughter. The young lady sitting right next to me right now wants you to know that she is presently paying off her over $30,000.00 debt for her Bachelor of Science degree. EVERY ONE of the white students that I've had working with me (over 15) has had simular debt. The only Debt free student that I've had so far was a black girl on our "mentor program". Did I miss something? Do you have any stats to back that up that I'm unaware of? I'm guessing I'm misunderstanding you somehow.

Andre said...

Hey Hippie,

To respond to your comments:

(1) I guess that Jerry's brother John got sick of being the face of the white race. Who can blame him, right?

(2) Yep. Bob's an ass.

(3) I can imagine that none of your student workers are currently running for President. I doubt that Dubya, Slick Willy Clinton, Reagan, or just about any other president who's walked the halls of the White House came fresh off the heels of knocking out student debt. I didn't say that white people in general didn't have student debt or aren't "poor" (poor in this case means not having a multi-million/billion dollar legacy to inherit and/or pass down). I'm just saying that most white presidential candidates aren't exactly struggling. I guess you can say that Lincoln was pretty poor at times. But he a'int here no more...

*I will concede to the point that at least Romney and Edwards earned every cent they had.*

Cynthia said...

Maybe if Bob Johnson focused as much on improving that dreaded station of his as he was in attacking Obama, he could make a REAL impact in the world.

Anonymous said...

Since minority status in presidential elections keeps coming up, would Clinton get away with as much of the stuff that she's done in her campaign if she was a man? Probably not.

Johnson/Ferraro, you folks might want to shut up about this before somebody calls you and Hillary out.

KC said...

Good point anonymous. While we're on it, Uncle Bob probably wouldn't be the billionaire he is today if HE wasn't black. I mean, who else in their right mind could produce so much socially destructive crap that demeans an entire race? I doubt that a white person could've been as successful at pimping away Black America as Bob Johnson was. Sure Viacom is the hand that rocks the cradle now, but Uncle Bob was the original mastermind.

Fast foward to now. He and the Clintons are sipping expensive wine on a private yacht being elitist (Whup! There's that word again!). People like him disgust me.

Dre, I'm also with you on the jealously thing. Obama has earned mainstrem validation for being positive; not for having misplaced priorities and elitist loyalties.

J. Alex said...

Andre, you have to admit: Johnson and Ferraro make some pretty good points. It's GREAT to be a black presidential candidate. Obama's got it made!

After all, that's why our country has had so many OTHER black commander-in-chiefs.

Anonymous said...

Well I think it's refreshing that Mr. Johnson had the nerve to get up and said what needed to be said. Use all the sarcasm you want, but he's ABSOLUTELY right. Obama getting 90% of the BLACK vote was NO ACCIDENT. His race is the only reason why he's been in this race for as long as he has. Attack Mr. Johnson if you want. But if you do, you'll be attacking a truth teller.

Greeneyes said...

Great post! Interesting point of view.


Andre said...

Anonymous (part II), let's not get things twisted: Sen. Obama's recent popularity with blacks has very little -- if any -- to do with his color. Support from the black community wasn't anywhere NEAR the speculated 90% mark until after Super Tuesday, a considerable momentum build, and the Hill camp consistantly putting their feet in their collective mouths. Many blacks shyed away from supporting Obama not thinking he had a legitimate chance (check the exit polls). Indeed, many black folks (especially the people who nostalgically clung to the Clinton 90's) were MORE supportive of Hill. She did this to herself.

Has it ever occured to you that people aren't using Obama's skin color as a determinant of presidency? Maybe -- just maybe -- people are more inspired by his message than the other candidates. Maybe -- just maybe -- people don't want to see another incarnation of Bush through a McCain Administration or the continuation of family control like the last three administrations.

Before you take the word of somebody like Bob Johnson, you should really make it a point to check facts. That's not a diss. I'm just sayin'.

Andre said...

@ Greeny: Thanks...and welcome to U.S. politics. Please watch your head.