The Blacks Who Cried Post-Racial Racism by Afrocity
Posted by afrocity on June 30, 2009
The following post was originally posted at Afrocity’s Blog Autographed Letter Signed
A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village,
brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!”
and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains.
The Wolf, however, did truly come at last.
The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror:
“Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep”;
but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance.
The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.
-Aesop from “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”
The subject of this post is so hilarious that I was elated when someone finally loaded the following clip from the O’reilly Factor on You Tube. It is about charges from the African American community that the media being racist in its coverage of recently deceased pop music icon Michael Jackson. I warned you in my Sunday Soliloquy post that this would be coming. While watching television interviews of African American celebrities who discussed the passing of Michael, I noticed a certain …..ummm…defensiveness whenever they were asked about Michael’s use of prescription drugs, the allegations of pedophilia that were brought against him, or his ever lightening skin complexion. There is no doubt that Michael Jackson was a very talented artist and like most artists: Van Gogh, Elvis Presley, Picasso, Woody Allen, Mr. Jackson led a very colorful or colorless life depending on how you look at him. Michael had some issues (you know he did) and I see nothing wrong with the media bringing up those controversial issues during interviews. There is nothing racist about it. Michael’s iconic status is not only about his musical gifts and tremendous dancing ability, it also encompasses our memories of him as a person- a human being who was indisputably talented but like all of us, not without sin or mistakes.
This clip explores accusations made by Sean “P Diddy” Colmes and Jamie Foxx at Sunday’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards that the media coverage of Michael Jackson’s death is racially biased against him and his legacy. I cannot believe that Fox News commentator, Dr. Lamont Hill charges that white deceased entertainers are treated differently or in this case given more respectful coverage by the media than black entertainers.
Elvis Presley died about two weeks after my birthday in 1977 since then I have not seen the media cover the death of a musical celebrity so extensively until Michael Jackson. In fact, I would argue that Michael is receiving more media coverage due to technological innovations. Before August 16, 1977, I had never heard of Elvis Presley and did not know a hound dog from a blue suede shoe. My mother was not a fan of his. As an adult , I would find out that she held animosity for Elvis, alleging that he had stolen most of his music and moves from African American entertainers like Chuck Berry. That August day remains clear in my mind because while mother was not a fan of Elvis, she had lost a piece of her past.
The main crux of Dr. Hill’s argument relies on media coverage comparisons of Elvis Presley and his one time son-in-law Michael Jackson.
Both Michael and Elvis are music icons, both died during the summer, relatively young and under similar circumstances -i.e. heart attack via pill and needle peddling greedy handlers. However, one died in 1977, the other in 2009. That is a 32 year difference. Do you know how much the media has changed in 32 years? In 1977, you never would have heard about Monica Lewinsky and her navy blue Gap dress on NBC News. You would not have known that Rock Hudson or the 2nd Darren on Bewitched was a homosexual. Even pianist Liberace would not commit to that label at the time. That is what STAR Magazine and the Enquirer were for. That is what tell all books were for. Two weeks before the death of Elvis a book was published by several members of his entourage the “Memphis Mafia” about Elvis’s drug use. It was entitled Elvis What Happened? Here is vintage footage of an interview of Sonny West:
Golly gee did they say DEMEROL??????PILL POPPING??? Wasn’t Elvis white? How could they say those things about a white man? I was a child and I knew that the death of Elvis was drug related because that was all that was talked about. Of course it was not from the lips of Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather but somehow I knew about.
We live in the time of the first black President of the United States of America. The memo said we are officially living in POST-RACIAL America. Yet I have seen more bullshit phony racism/faux discrimination claims on the part of African Americans than I ever have before in my life. Everyone is a racist now. If you are against affirmative action because you feel that there is no longer a need for racial quotas and group preferences then by golly you are a racist. If you bring up the child molestation charges that Michael Jackson faced, you are a being a racist.
And by the way damn-it, according to Jamie Foxx, Michael Jackson belongs to black people anyway.
It is surprising to me that in this day and age many of my fellow African Americans are alluding to Obama hater drama and race card shuffling in every minute aspect of everyday life. Phony racist outrage in particular, such as the one surrounding this Michael Jackson coverage are so ludicrous and based in speculation that we are diluting any efforts to truly combat real racism such as the example depicted in the photo with which this post began.
2009 is not 1977.
This should be a watershed year for healthy and balanced racial relations. Instead it is a bullshit year of faux outrage and gratuitous accusations of racism. Yesterday the Supreme Court ruling on the Ricci case sent liberals whining that our civil rights are being eroded because the court ruled 5-4 that white fire fighters were treated unjustly due to the city of New Haven throwing out test results that did not favor minorities. Do you get that just because the black fire fighters did poorly on the test, it does not , mean that the results should have been thrown out for the white firefighters? That is racism. What if the blacks had done well on the test and the results were retained? Would the actions of the New Haven FD have then been satisfactory?
Is America taking crazy pills? Suddenly I am on liberal blogs arguing “hey in my opinion we no longer need affirmative action. I feel that there is enough equal opportunity out there that I don’t need AA.”
Isn’t this the change Obama was seeking?
Yet liberals are still basically arguing that America is inherently racist and yes Afrocity you poor black girl you do still need to be “helped” by racial quotas.You are so weak and helpless and no white person would hire you without this after all SCOTUS nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayer admitted that her test scores were not good enough to get into Princeton:
Sotomayor: Affirmative Action Sent Me to Princeton
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Judge Sonia Sotomayor says she is a “perfect affirmative action baby,” and that she was accepted to Princeton and Yale despite her lackluster test performance compared to other applicants.
She made these comments in a video dating back to “early ’90s” that she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week as part of her Supreme Court nomination process.
Sotomayor admitted that her acceptance to the Ivy League schools would have been “highly questionable” if not for affirmative action.
“My test scores were not comparable to that of my colleagues at Princeton or Yale,” she said on a panel for a nonprofit law organization.
Thanks liberals for the vote of confidence that only a warped mother would give.
Autographed Letter Signed,
She describes herself as a “a recovering African American Democrat turned conservative and CENTER RIGHT politically.
She will never vote for a Democrat again and describes her relationship with the DNC as “troubled from the beginning. Much to the dismay of my family and friends I came out as a conservative in 2008. This shift in my political ideology was more complex than I had anticipated. The strongest challenges relate to my gender and ethnicity such as societal perceptions of what makes a good African American feminist. I had to break free of the labels and look at my values not as a Democrat or a Republican, but as Afrocity.”