Can you rel8 to this?
You know…there is a saying, “When someone tells you who they are…believe them.” I am a firm believer that you should watch what you say ’cause you don’t know who’s listening in the wings waiting for you to blow it. Recently, Senator Harry Reid issued a public apology for saying during the presidential campaign, that Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” The writers, Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, of the forthcoming book “Game Change,”captured the quote and thought it would make great fodder for the public’s appetite. The apology became a public spectacle and of course Harry Reid apologized profusely. I am inclined to believe that the admission of guilt only came because he got outed. He was hoping never to be held accountable–my thoughts.
But here’s my question…what in the heck is a “Negro Dialect?” What is that? I’ve never known there was such a thing and I’ve been a “negro” for many years now. Oops! Should I have capitalize that “N?” My bad! I mean…is it Ebonics? Is it a slow drawl? Is it broken ignorant language riddled with profanity? Is it when your words are chopped with partially responsible verbs and sentences that begin with, ‘Uh..dis here is…” Is THAT what a Negro dialect is. Is is a textured voice seasoned with strength? Is that what a Negro dialect is? As my brothers and sisters on the east coast say–“Come on son!” You’ve got to come with something better than that.
I found this recording of Rush Limbaugh’s show addressing the subject matter from his own psychotic perspective.
Now…what does it mean to be an “authentic”…”that he (President Obama) is not down for “the struggle?” Who’s struggle? What is meant by the fact the he has no traceable roots to slavery or the civil rights movement? WTH?! What does it mean to be a “genuine Black?” Can anyone answer that for me? I know I have a lot of questions today, but I really want to know what this garbage is supposed to mean. What does this stuff mean? Does being “authentic” mean that your skin is definitively brown because being light would suggest that you are perpetrating a fraud? Does being down for the struggle suggest that you held hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and walked fearfully toward the blistering water hoses? Does having traceable roots mean that you can pin point a direct link to Kunta Kente, Kizzie and Chicken George? And good old Rush Limbaugh happens to think that Harry Reid was being, “complimentary.” WOW! But his rationalization is that, “Obama’s got a great gift…Obama can fool people…he was complimenting Obama’s being able to hide his half-blackness.”
How do you hide being Black?
Listen…Rush Limbaugh gets millions per day listening in on his retarded show buying into his ideologies about all that he rants. It would behoove all of us to stay aware and not be disillusioned with the fact that we have a Black President in office. Not everyone is singing, “Kum-Ba-Yah”
Here’s a video from CNN with Roland Martin giving his thoughts on the matter.
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