The Blacker the Conservative, the Sweeter the Juice

“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.”
— Ann Coulter

Those were the words of one Ann Coulter. For those who do not know who she is, Coulter is a conservative commentator, a Fox News regular, and book writer who proudly expresses her controversial views.

Terrifyingly, she is also a New York Times best seller with books like “Godless: The Church of Liberalism” in which she argues that if you are a liberal, you reject the idea of God and you detest anyone of faith. Wow. Talk about judging thy neighbor.

Coulter also feels that women in America should not vote. She is quoted as saying, “It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 — except Goldwater in ‘64—the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.”

Coulter goes on to say that women who vote for Democrats are “voting so stupidly.” So clearly, Coulter is a nut.

Coulter is also a white woman. I mean, whiter than white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snow storm.

So, it is surprising to hear Coulter make a comment like “our blacks.”

She originally made the remarks while on with Fox News’ Sean Hannity as she was coming to the defense of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against allegations of sexual harassment.

Coulter said that the liberal establishment was attacking Cain because liberals “detest conservative blacks” and that the sexual harassment allegations were “vicious and outrageous”.

First of all, the sexual harassment allegations were not “vicious and outrageous” because Cain later admitted — reluctantly it seemed — to the allegations of sexual harassment and to there being at least two settlements.

Considering Coulter’s views about women exercising their civil rights, should we be really surprised that she leaped to the defense of a man accused of sexual harassment?

Secondly, Coulter uses the stale, age-old right-wing argument that the “liberal establishment” and the liberal media are always unfairly attacking conservatives. The major hole in that argument in regard to Cain’s sexual harassment issues is that Democrats do not have a dog in the Republican presidential candidate fight.

Democrats already have a candidate in the White House. If there was any attacking, it would come from another Republican presidential candidate.

Coulter feels that liberals, including black liberals, “detest conservative blacks.”

That is simply not true. If a liberal were to detest a conservative, it has nothing to do with the color of the conservative’s skin. It would be because of how far to the right the conservative views are.

Case in point: when conservatives Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were on their political rise, there was not much bad press about them from liberals.

In fact, Powell and Rice were on the covers of black publication magazines “Ebony” and “Essence” on more than one occasion.

What helped Powell and Rice stay in the positive light in the liberal and black communities is that Powell and Rice largely dealt with international issues.

And that’s why liberals and some blacks do not like Clarence Thomas, Alan Keys, Alan West and Cain: their right wing views are not very sympathetic of the plight of the poor and minorities in this country.

For example, when Cain was a CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and was a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, he was on a constant campaign to end minimum wage.

And when you consider the wage disparity in this country with blacks at the very bottom, you are going to find very blacks who will support Cain.

Cain even says that the reason he will not get two-thirds of the black vote will be because two-thirds of black people are “brainwashed” into not voting for a conservative.

Sure, Cain — that’s how you get black folks to vote for you — tell them that they are brainwashed.

When Coulter exclaims that conservative blacks are better than liberal blacks, she cheapens black people’s participation in America’s political process. Blacks, just like any group, should not be used as pawns in the political theater.

When referring to conservatives, maybe Coulter should have said: “Our hacks are worse than their hacks.”

Originally printed in The Voyager

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No Pleasure in Procreation.

A few semesters ago, The Voyager printed a column titled “Sex and the U.” The column involved the issues of sex as it related to the life of college students.

Though it was practically a sex column, “Sex and the U” tended to stay away from hot-button topics such as abortion or homosexuality, but it was still educational and answered some of the questions that most were afraid to ask.

Unfortunately, the column was cancelled and in all of my time writing for The Voyager, no one has given me a clear answer as to why it was abandoned. I believe there were murmurs of some people being offended by the column.

Sad. It seems that Americans are still uncomfortable with talking about sex.

Which is odd when you consider the popularity of shows like “Sex and the City,” “Desperate Housewives” and the recognizability of the phrase, “If you have an erection that last more than four hours, call a doctor” in pop-culture.

From Hooters restaurants to Cinemax, Americans are surrounded by sex, and, yet, we can’t have an adult conversation about it!

So, whenever I hear outlandish assertions about sex, I am not surprised.

Enter Rick Santorum. If you’re not sure who he is, the pull out your fancy smart phone and Google “Santorum.” Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Hilarious, right?

At any rate, Santorum is a former Senator from Pennsylvania who is running to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate for 2012, and he wants to outlaw condoms.

I’m serious, folks. If Santorum were to become president, he would outlaw condoms.

In an interview, Santorum said, “One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before, is, I think, the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea.”

Libertine idea? Preventing unwanted pregnancies and the spread of diseases is libertine?

Santorum flatly went on to say that contraceptives are not okay because “it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal … but also procreative.”

Yes Santorum, condoms totally make people want to have sex. Santorum is completely out of touch with the inevitable notion that people are always going to have sex, and they have been for a long time.

Since he’s a devout Catholic, I’m sure Santorum is familiar with the Holy Bible as it shows that prostitution is one of the oldest professions, proving that people are going to have sex — for pleasure and not just to make babies.

So, wanting to ban contraceptives is not only counterintuitive, but also idiotic.

And that’s another thing that gets me about Tea Party people. They constantly yell, “The government is too big” and “We don’t want the government telling us what to do!”

It’s interesting that the same people who think the government is too big are okay with it telling us who to marry, whether women are allowed to practice abortion and if we can have sex unless we plan on having babies.

We constantly hear in the news about some kind of sexual perversion being committed.

You would think that having open conversations about sex would be a welcoming trend on college campuses.

I do not know if The Voyager will ever have another sex column, but I would love to write it. The column would be about three of my closest friends and me who live in the city, as we deal with relationships, careers and sex. Now, that’s original.

Originally printed in The Voyager

The Right’s escalating fear of a Black planet

“I question those accused: Why is this fear of black from white influence who you choose?”-Public Enemy

The above question was as asked by rapper, lecturer and cultural icon Chuck D in the song, “Fear of a Black Planet” in 1990. Almost two decades later, that question is sadly still relevant.

 

To say that there isn’t a fear of Obama’s presidency largely
based on his skin color is like saying students at major universities don’t
have trouble finding parking.

 

Just look at the demographic of those Tea Parties and town
hall protesters who claim to be “afraid.” The crowds look whiter than a Jimmy
Buffet concert! <!–more–>

 

And there is no coincidence in the rise in gun sales since
Obama won the election. Gun rights proponents will claim the rise is strictly
political since democrats in the past decades have not always been so “gun-ho”
about the Second Amendment.

 

Yet, Obama has always supported gun rights and said he has
no interest in taking them away. So what are they really afraid of?

 

Parallel to the rise in gun ownership is the number of
militias that have been popping up. The Internet is filled with recruitment Web
sites and videos for these groups.

 

I guess Britain is trying to get America back?

 

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that
monitors hate groups, along with the stress of a poor economy, an
administration led by a black president are among the reasons for the rise in
militias.

 

It should go without saying that these militia groups have
as much ethnic diversity as the cast of The Hills.

 

Jimmy Carter said in an NBC interview that most of the
“animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a
black man.”

 

Now this wasn’t Reverend Jackson or Al Sharpton uttering
these words.

 

This was an 85-year-old white man from Georgia who is a
former U.S. president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

 

If Carter says racism is involved, at the least it should be
considered.

 

Of course when Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough heard this,
typical to his “good ol’ boy from Pensacola roots,” he denied race has anything
to do with the opposition to Obama.

 

Well, maybe Scarborough never received the e-mail depicting
our new national bird as a piece of fried chicken.

 

Or heard about the Tennessee GOP senate staffer who
circulated e-mails depicting Obama as a “spook.” Or seen the T-shirts that
showed a picture of Curious George with the phrase “Obama ‘08” beneath.

 

Apparently Scarborough is not even shocked about the
protestors’ posters depicting Obama in the stereotyped garb of an imaginary
African witch doctor!

 

This fear of a black takeover has even hit the wigs. Glenn
Beck believes that Obama’s whole legislative agenda has been to get payback for
the suffering of blacks.

 

Saying it’s “all driven by President Obama’s thinking on one
idea: Reparations.” Really Beck? Well, I can’t wait for these reparations
because I have student loans that need to be paid off.

 

I understand that some people just don’t like Obama and his
policies.

 

The way people are these days, it probably wouldn’t matter
what the president’s ethnicity was, they just are not going to agree with
anything he is trying to do. But to think that America has all of sudden become
colorblind is foolish.

 

Obama stated during his election campaign that if we as a
country plan on getting past the issue of race, we must begin to have a
dialogue about race.

 

Treating racism as the elephant in the room is not going to
benefit the country.

 

After acknowledging this, maybe we can focus on the last
words of Public Enemy’s song: “All I want is peace and love on this planet.
Ain’t how that God planned it?”

 

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Mo’ money, no problems

“Shaq is rich. But the man who writes his checks is wealthy!”
— Chris Rock

In light of the NBA lockout, I am reminded of Chris Rock’s quote and how the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us has grown larger than the empty space between Mike “The Situation’s” ears.

Notable economist and UC-Berkley professor Emmanuel Saez showed in a recent study that 90 percent of Americans make an average of $31,244 a year while the top 1 percent make over $1.1 million. That is a huge disparity in income.

What is even more discouraging is the report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that shows since 1979, 99 percent of Americans’ income grew only 1.3 percent. As a result, the top 1 percent controlled two-thirds of the countries economic growth.

So when I hear conservatives go on about “class warfare” and the supposedly attack on the wealthy at the mere mention of raising taxes on the top 1 percent to increase revenue, I scream out to high heaven.

First of all, taxes would only be raised back to the level they were during the President Clinton era, before the Bush tax cuts.

Secondly, it’s not class warfare if the top percent of earners are asked to pay their fair share.

Conservatives and Republicans like to protest that raising taxes on the top tax bracket — people who earn $250,000 year — would hurt small business owners who provide so many jobs in this country.

The problem with that argument is that most small business owners — including doctors and lawyers — file their business taxes as individuals. And according to the Tax Policy Center only 2 percent of small businesses make over $250,000 a year.

What about the cries of, “We can’t raise taxes on the wealthy and big corporations because they are the job creators of this country.”

Well, in the words of the rich, yet stingy Mr. Crabs: “That’s barnacles, me boy!”

For one thing, corporate taxes have been at their lowest since the 1950’s, yet jobs and wages have been on a steady decline while corporate profits soar. And the argument that businesses are over-regulated is weak.

The whole financial crisis of 2008 was due to lack of regulation and there has not been much change in regulation since.

Still, businesses send American jobs overseas. In fact, the American Jobs Creation Act was created in 2004 in order to help bring foreign profits back home.

What was the result?

A Senate panel released a study that concluded that the corporations who took advantage of  the huge tax breaks did nothing to create jobs. Instead, these companies actually cut jobs and research spending, while stocking paybacks and executive pay. Surprise.

Even when there is some form of regulation, corporations look for ways to make more money.

We are familiar with Bank of America’s plan to charge debit card users five bucks a month in order to spend their own money.

CNN’s Erin Burnett reported that BoA will make a 13 percent profit. These corporations have it so hard.

If Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Rock invested right, they should have no issues or money problems like the rest of us. But even they could not ignore the old cliché: the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

Originally printed in The Voyager

The Whitest Black guy you know?

One of the best parts about America’s universities in the post-Civil Rights era is the diversity that schools introduce to students while they are on campus.

Practically every university — well, except Bob Jones University — encourages students to learn about and partake in different cultures.

And the University of West Florida carries on this new tradition as well. Student organizations like the Gay-Straight Alliance advocate tolerance, and the Campus Activity Board promotes events that bring students together in a friendly, social environment.

With all that said, many people who attend schools like UWF still have a way to go, especially in this so called “post-racial” America.

Case in point: I was at a get-together with my co-rec flag football team when one of the guests asked me what my major was. I told her that I was a pre-law student, and she shot me an incredulous look and said, “No, you’re not!” – as if she found it hard to believe that a black man could be smart enough to study law.

Later in the conversation, the young woman said, “Freedom, you speak so well!” She made the statement as if I was a trained monkey who was taught how to speak!

The irony of her “speak so well” statement is that even though I can be articulate in a formal setting — not at a cook out — I’m still a southern boy who use phrases like “y’all”, “fixin’ to” and “you knowwha umsayin’”

Sometimes I think people forget that humans can be diverse in and of themselves and don’t always fit into stale, age-old stereotypes.

For instance, on campus I always hear, “Freedom, you’re the whitest black guy I know!” or “Hey, you should meet my other white black friend.”

Look, people, just because I don’t walk around campus with my pants below my butt, refer to my friends as “dog” and don’t have a chip on my shoulder does not mean I’m not black.

Being educated and listening to other forms of music besides rap does not make me white.

Not all black caricatures of our race are true, though I know Tyler Perry movies and Lil’ Wayne come across as the shining examples of how black people are.

Since I have everyone’s attention, I want to reiterate a point that I have made in the past: The n-word is never, ever, ever okay.

Just recently, I was at Hopjacks with some UWF students when one girl said “nigger” while referring to me in a conversation.

She seemed shock when I became upset. The young lady tried to justify her use of the word by exclaiming that, “My best friend is black!”

I explained that it doesn’t matter even if her president was black; the n-word is one of the ugliest words in the English language and should never be used.

There are people who took a lot of beatings to make sure that I — or anyone else for that matter — should never be called that word.

Because you go to a college does not mean you should hold hands with every race, creed or religion and sing “kumbaya,” but attending college should mean that you are willing to open your mind and shatter a lot of preconceived notions about people.

I hope I was able to properly articulate my point.

Originally published in The Voyager

The myth that God built America

A co-worker recently told me that she believes, “this country got worse when they started taking God out of everything.”

I’m not sure who “they” are, but the government did take religion out of the governing of this country with the First Amendment stating, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

That’s why I don’t get it when people say that this country was built on God. Nowhere in the constitution is there the word “God.” Continue Reading

The N-word is never, ever, ever, ever, ever OK

While watching college football at a sports bar, I ran into an old co-worker of mine.

He is a robust white guy who I always thought tried a little too hard to be “down.” In the act of introducing me to his friend, he referred to me as his n**ga.

I told him that I’m nobody’s n**ga, and he followed with, “You not my n**ga?!” I shook my head no and gave him a disapproving look. As though he could see my blood pressure rising like mercury on a hot day, he quickly apologized. We gave our goodbyes, and then he walked away.

Let’s get something straight people. Using the N-word is never OK. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Puerto Rican like Fat Joe or of Middle Eastern descent like DJ Khalid, the word should never be uttered. Continue Reading