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She originally made the remarks while on with Fox News’ Sean Hannity as she was coming to the defense of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against allegations of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

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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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

BET outraces racism in NASCAR

Last week, Black Entertainment Television premiered the reality TV show “Changing Lanes.” The show features minority drivers ranging from African-American and Latinos to females that are a part of Revolution Racing, which runs the sport’s Drive for Diversity program.

The Sporting News writes, “It’s a cross between MTV’s Real World and NBC’s The Apprentice,” – though I’m sure Changing Lanes will have a more diverse roster than either of those shows. Continue Reading