The universe has a uncanny knack for adding perspective whenever popularity gets confused with significance. Paul Walker was popular. Nelson Mandela was significant.
Fox News should not be counted in the ranks of admirers of the revolutionary lion turned honored statesman.
Cynics say there’s little difference in cable news, but sometimes the differences are obvious and stark. While CNN and MSNBC honored Nelson Mandela by turning over their evening programming to covering his life and times, Fox News stayed on message by largely relegating Mandela’s passage to the news crawl and pounding away with their anti-Obamacare propaganda.
The media gossip site, Mediaite went deep into CNN, MSNBC and Fox’s coverage (or lack of) of Mandela’s passage and the clear loser lagging behind the field was the “news” network led by hardcore right-wingers Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.
Hardly a surprise considering everything Mandela stood for are the very things Fox News is against.
I flipped the television from Rachel Maddow interviewing Ron Dellums to Megan Kelly chatting with amiably with a medal-winning soldier. While Lawrence O’Donnell was discussing how Mandela dismantled apartheid, turn over to Sean Hannity and there’s the ugly mug of RNC chairman Reince Preibus banging on the Affordable Care Act yet again.
In fairness, Bill O’Reilly did mention Mandela’s passing. Mostly to remind Fox viewers the father of the modern-day South Africa was “a communist.”
“He was a communist, this man. He was a communist, all right? But he was a great man! What he did for his people was stunning!… He was a great man! But he was a communist!”
O’Reilly’s guest, Rick Santorum, was a bit more gracious than his obnoxious host, but even while he praised Mandela, the failed presidential candidate compared Mandela’s fight against apartheid to the right-wing’s war against Obamacare.
With his success writing historical/fantasy novels like Killing Lincoln, it might be hoped O’Reilly would know while it is true Mandela’s African National Congress was supported by the Soviet Union, the United States was a supportive ally of South Africa’s Afrikaner government even as it ruthlessly crushed Black protest against the evil of apartheid. Ronald Reagan called the racist regime, ” “a country that has stood by us in every war we’ve ever fought, a country that, strategically, is essential to the free world in its production of minerals.”
Reagan was more concerned about propping up a gang of White supremacists brutally putting their foot of the necks of millions of Black people than their freedom and sided with a bigoted minority over the oppressed majority. Mandela opposed hypocrites like Reagan who demanded the Soviets “tear down this wall” so East Germans could be free while telling Black Africans they should suck it up and suffer. Liberation movements are best loved by American conservatives when their interests coincide with their own.
If Nelson Mandela was a Communist, Ronald Reagan was a bigot. Bill O’Reilly is just a clown looking for a circus.
When President Obama leads the U.S. delegation to the memorial service for his African counterpart, depending on their health, he may likely be joined by former presidents Carter, Clinton and both Bushes. Not too shabby for a former “communist,” but don’t hold your breath waiting for O’Reilly to acknowledge that or for his employers to offer anything more than tepid praise for a man they clearly despised.
The approach of Fox to covering Mandela seems to be offer tepid praise while openly hoping he’s really dead this time.
Fox News. It’s graceless. It’s classless. It’s tasteless. But mostly it’s just racist.
- US View of Mandela Changed From Cold War Communist to Anti-Apartheid Hero (voanews.com)
- Nelson Mandela obituary part one: one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century (telegraph.co.uk)
- Santorum ties Obamacare, Mandela (politico.com)
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’ (washingtontimes.com)
This is my unasked for and unwanted advice to anyone who didn’t know actor Paul Walker personally, yet feels a deep sense of grief and loss over his untimely death as if they did.
Get over it.
Paul Walker was a good-looking guy. He made some movies that some people liked and they made a lot of money. He didn’t win any acting awards and wasn’t nominated for any. And he damn sure wasn’t no James Dean.
It is because of his movies, specifically the Fast & Furious franchise, that we know the name of Paul Walker at all, but that’s reason enough for the outpouring of grief.
A little perspective here?
Walker’s death is no more tragic than any other death. It’s only more notable the same way it will be when Snooki or some other reality “star” kicks off Pointing this out is not being dismissive. It’s a simple truth: death means more when you’re pretty and famous.
It’s always easier to mourn “celebrities” than it is just folks. Our sympathy is finite and we tend to feel bad when its someone we “know” dies. I’ll feel bad when a Muhammad Ali passes away, but Ali was a star who changed the game. Paul Walker? He was a pretty face in a business lousy with pretty faces.
“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Stalin said, but even a single death is not a tragedy unless it’s unusual or the person was famous. Otherwise, we just shake our heads and keep it moving.
I’m aware there are losers making stupid jokes about the eerie coincidence of an actor who made movies where cars sped around and crashed through airplanes died in a car crash and it probably wasn’t five minutes before the first tasteless memes about Walker’s death went online. It’s the Internet. Hating on stuff is what the Internet does.
I’m not hating on Walker. Burning to death in a car crash is bad way to go out. I feel sorry for his daughter and his fans. But I don’t feel worse for Walker for his violent demise. Most celebrity deaths are not “special” events simply because they were celebrities. Everyone dies eventually and while some deaths are more tragic and have greater significance than an old person passing away in their sleep or a baby in their crib, the only deaths that truly impact us are the people we know. Don’t confuse sympathy for the dead with personally identifying with them.
Honey Boo Boo and the Duck Dynasty crew are famous because they’re on TV, but that doesn’t make them important. Many of these “celebrities” have done very little worth celebrating. Confusing fame with significance is a mistake. The difference between stardom and talent is you can be a star and have no talent. Walker was a movie star, but he wasn’t exceptional when acting was factored into it.
This is the acting requirement for The Fast & Furious films; Drive car. Look intense. Don’t show up Vin Diesel. Drive car fast. Drive car faster. Repeat.
It’s sad he died, but is it any sadder than the people killed in that train derailment in New York or in a car bombing in Baghdad? It’s no less tragic for the family and friends of Roger Rodas, the driver of the car Walker died in, but he’s been reduced to a bit player in the story.
Anyone shook up by Walker’s death should feel equally bad when its someone not handsome or a movie star. But I already know what the response will be to that line of thought.
Was he famous? Did he make any movies? Was he anybody special?
No? Well, then don’t bother me about nobodies and let me get back to mourning my close personal friend, Paul Walker.
- The Death of Paul Walker and What it Should Mean to You (pictureperfectbottledrage.wordpress.com)
- Fast and Furious 7 production ‘shut down indefinitely’ following Paul Walker’s death (mirror.co.uk)
- Paul Walker and Roger Rodas (theartisticconversations.wordpress.com)
- Storifying Paul Walker’s Death. (sabrinaponzo.wordpress.com)
I’m not opposed to interracial romances, but it sure seems like pop culture still is.
If you watch Person of Interest, but missed the last few episodes, tread carefully because here there be SPOILERS.
Trapped in a tight situation with the possibility of escape dwindling, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) took the time out to tell Detective Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson) that he had feelings…woah..ohh…feelings…for her. Like “wanna date? ” type of feelings.
Where did this come from? In nearly three seasons, Reese and Carter hadn’t shared much more than a firm handshake, never mind a secret love. A Reese/Carter romance would represent a complete reset of the expectations viewers had for the show. Giving a silent, strong type like Reese an honest-to-goodness girlfriend (never mind a Black one) would possibly humanize him in unexpected ways.
So of course Carter had to die. And so she took a bullet meant for Reese. Whatta woman!
If anyone ever read the Vertigo comic, Y: The Last Man, an unspoken romance bloomed between the protagonist, Yorick and 355, the secret agent only known by her code number that took several years before they revealed it to each other.
And then…well, let’s just say there was no happy ending and it was remarkably similar to the way Joss Carter went out.
Call me cynical, but Reese’s confession to Carter how she had “saved” him from offing himself and the resultant kiss between them seemed a bit forced to me. I don’t recall any hints of romance between them in the last three seasons. I haven’t seen every episode so it’s possible I missed the warning signs. But since this big reveal came without any earlier warnings in the episodes I did see, it seems like a stunt more than a natural progression for the two characters.
So where did this come from and more importantly, why? To make Carter’s death just a bit more tragic? I always saw the mutual respect between them, but forbidden love? You might as well say Reese and Finch have demonstrated more fond feelings between them and there’s more subtle sexual tension between Shaw and Root.
It still rings false to me, but this week’s episode was a nice coda on John’s rage over losing Joss and any opportunity to use Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” is not one to be passed over.
Some PoI fans were less skeptical than I was of Reese and Carter admitting they had the hots for each other and positively swooned that the show “went there” with the kiss between the hunky White hero and his sexy Black squeeze.
Went there? When where? Where William Shatner as James T. Kirk boldly went where no one on television had gone before 45 years ago when he planted a wet one on Nichelle Nichols‘ Lt. Uhura on Star Trek?
Haven’t these people seen Scandal? Aren’t we moved past the point in pop culture where kissing someone outside of your race is a death sentence? Carter’s fate on Person of Interest turns the clock back.
When Agent 355 and Yorick Brown, the titular last man on earth she had been charged with protecting learned that the true love of his life was the woman right by his side all along it was the characters learning what the readers had known along.
She confesses her love. She kisses him passionately. She dances with him. She whispers her name into his ear.
Then Boom! Head shot!
Black women and White men fall for each other all the time in real life. Why does a sista have to catch a bullet in pop culture?
Every Thursday night when Scandal airs social media goes nuts over the latest dilemma in the life of Olivia Pope. I’m not a fan of prime-time soap operas no matter how popular they are, but I’m encouraged that show runner Shondra Rhimes hasn’t killed Pope off for her White secret lover who happens to be the President of the United States.
What’s the message for Black women who cross the color line? Enjoy it while it lasts but it shorten your life? Beware of disapproving White killers? If you’re going to get with a White guy, don’t settle for less than a president?
Henson knew her character was going to die, which is okay. Carter wasn’t the type to die of old age anyway. Yet the way PoI handled her departure was clumsy and contrived. It was easy to kill off Detective Carter. The bolder move would have been to let her live and see where this seemingly forbidden love might go.
- ‘Person of Interest’ Bosses Defend the Big Death, Reveal Reese’s Reaction (aceshowbiz.com)
- Vicarious Viewing- Person of Interest Mid-Season Review (SPOILERS ABOUND) (rbpierce2483.wordpress.com)
- “Endgame” – Person of Interest Review (Season 3, Episode 8) (ironyisapoormaster.wordpress.com)
Happy Thanksgiving. Unless you’re a Native American. Then you have a reason to have mixed emotions about today.
I don’t have any deep pronouncements or thoughts about this day. I sleep by day, work by night and in between I’ll watch football games with teams I don’t care about until it’s time to dine with my family and try not to overeat.
I’m thankful for the health of my wife and kids who aren’t kids anymore. I’m thankful for having a roof over our heads and jobs that enable us to keep it there.
I’m thankful for having health insurance when I got sick and I’m hopeful that while the Obamacare roll-out has been a mess that things will get fixed and those millions of Americans without healthcare coverage will be able to buy some.
I’m thankful I live in a country where though I have government agencies playing like The Police and watching every breath Americans take and every move we make, we’re still free to complain about it, raise hell about it and if we’re pushed too far, do something about it.
I’m thankful President Obama isn’t as cruel, selfish, and stupid as many of his critics are. I’m not sure Obama will go down in history as a great president, but I’m certain he will be considered one of the thoughtful and smart ones we’ve ever had.
I’m thankful I still have my old music collection because I don’t hear much new music worth adding to it.
I’m thankful that while we have to scuffle and scrape sometimes to make the ends meet, they meet enough that we’re able to give something to charity and enable others not as fortunate to have a Thanksgiving dinner.
I’m thankful there are more good people in the world than bad even if the bad people get all the attention.
I’m thankful for every day I have had and as many as I have left. I’ve got things left to do and I’m not working on a bucket list yet.
I’m thankful for every chance to get right tomorrow what I got wrong today.
I’m thankful for those that like me because of something I’ve said, done or written as well as those that dislike me for the same reason because if you have no critics, you’ve had no success.
I’m thankful because there was a time this year I wasn’t sure I’d even be here for Thanksgiving.
I’m thankful because I have more reasons to be thankful than not to be.
- What Are You Thankful For? (frombamawithlove.wordpress.com)
- This Thanksgiving What Are You Thankful For? (oyindoubara.wordpress.com)
- Thankful For Obamacare? Talk About It At Thanksgiving Dinner (theobamacrat.com)
- Happy Thanksgiving All! Here’s Some Jimi Hendrix (chwomp.wordpress.com)
Imagine you’re a member of the U.S. Senate and you’re part of the Democratic majority, but you’re a moderate, firmly in the mainstream and the farthest thing from a bomb-throwing ideologue. You don’t dislike all of your Republican colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Hell, you might even like some of them more than the feckless Harry Reid or the smug Charles Schumer.
You came to Washington for a reason and it sure wasn’t to sit there on your hands because there is no legislation that can pass and no presidential nominee that can be confirmed because a simple majority isn’t enough to do it. It requires a super-majority of 60 votes to get anything done and what it takes to get those 60 votes is sometimes a price too high to pay.
Take a real good look at Mitch McConnell, folks. This is nobody’s romantic daydream. How many times would you want to have to kiss that ass?
The president’s nominees to fill three vacancies on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals were blocked from an up-or-down vote by the GOP’s refusal to allow one. The Ninth Circuit is second only to the Supreme Court in the importance of the cases it hears. The president’s ability to appoint judges to the federal judiciary is perhaps his most lasting legacy and the Ninth Circuit is where many future Supreme Court nominees come from. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led the charge to keep Obama’s nominees off the Ninth Circuit saying they weren’t really needed (as if Grassley would be saying the same thing had Mitt Romney won) and he in effect dared Harry Reid to go nuclear.
Reid called Grassley’s bluff and by a 52-48 vote (with three Democrats defecting and joining the Republicans) modified the rules to allow a simple majority to approve presidential nominees and appointments, but permit the filibuster for legislation and Supreme Court nominations (which means Ruth Bader Ginsburg had better stay healthy). Now the president’s nominees will get the vote and presumably the confirmation they should be considered for. It wasn’t a matter of whether they were qualified. It was a matter of the Republican strategy to oppose the nominees because Obama picked them.
The late liberal Senator Paul Wellstone said, “If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.” Republicans have fought very hard to stand in the way of President Obama’s nominees regardless of their qualifications and finally the Democrats grew a collective spine and chose to fight back for what they stand for.
Republicans will fume and fuss and threaten dire consequences for the Democrats when they are in the minority. The Democrats will shrug and say, “Bring it.” It’s not as if there’s much left in the way of bipartisan legislation coming out of the upper chamber before Reid and the Dems dropped the bomb.
The Senate Democrats finally woke up to a fact the Senate Republicans had been hip to for years: the “rules” had ALREADY been changed. The 60-vote super majority worked only so long as senators were willing to compromise. The Republicans don’t do that anymore and have used a rule the Senate made to govern itself to make the Senate ungovernable. What happens next? The Republicans will vote for or against the President’s nominees–as they are Constitutionally bound to do. The worst part about revoking the ability of the minority to foil the will of the majority is it makes the Senate Republicans do their freaking jobs.
It had to end someday. Sometimes you have to be willing to fight for a short-term gain even if you lose in the long run.
When your computer won’t boot up correctly, videos won’t stream, pages won’t load and the damn thing just sits like a big useless lump that doesn’t work, you can always sit there wishing and hoping and praying it will start working. Maybe if you talk sweetly to the computer and promise how good it is going to be if it just starts working right. Maybe you’ll get lucky and it will start working.
Or you can just reboot the sucker and reset it and see if that gets it to working.
Last November, the Democrats won the presidency and increased the number of Democrats in the Senate. By playing “Let’s Make A Lousy Deal” with McConnell, the Dems permitted the Republicans to grind the Senate to a halt as if they had won.
That was foolish of the Democrats and all it did was embolden the Republicans to oppose ANY nominee no matter how qualified they were. Reid got tired of playing Robin to McConnell’s Batman. It was time for the Democrats to remember they won the last election and start acting like it.
Of course the strategy has long-term implications, but so what? You don’t think Reid and the Democrats aren’t aware of the blowback from this change if or when the Republicans take control? It was a calculated risk based upon the possible gains versus the probable losses, but the Republican intransigence had reached new levels and there was NO hope they might negotiate on allowing the president’s nominees to receive a floor vote.
The GOP does not want to let President Obama’s judicial nominees to tip the ideological balance of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They would not have a similar problem if it were Mitt Romney submitting a future Antonin Scalia. This is pure political gamesmanship by Senate Republicans who refuse to acknowledge they lost the last presidential election, so than accept the judgment of the American voters they hide behind a procedural trick to foil their will.
Harry Reid rebooted the Senate. I didn’t think he had the gonads to do it, but I’m glad he did.
- The Day of the Senate’s Nuclear Devastation May Have Finally Arrived (thewire.com)
- Time to go nuclear (msnbc.com)
- GOP blocks court nominees (goerie.com)
The median age of the average American is 37.1 years of age which means for most Americans asking them where they were when Kennedy was assassinated gets the reply, “I wasn’t born yet.”
I was eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was shot which would have put me in elementary school and not at all concerned about assassinations, conspiracies and tragedies. I’m sure at the time of my young life I was far more concerned with cartoons, playing with my friends and what mom was making for dinner than what happened in Dallas.
There are dates that are indelibly sketched onto the collective psyche and ancient memory of Americans. December 7, 1941. November 22, 1963. September 11, 2001. The killing of the president didn’t touch me directly. I was too young for it to resonate for me personally, though I do recall my parents watching Walter Cronkite grimly relate what little was known about the shooting of Kennedy and the mysterious little man named Lee Harvey Oswald, the prime suspect in the assassination.
What I know about JFK I know mostly through history as I was far too busy being a child to care about what Kennedy did in his brief time in the White House. Knowing now what I did not know then, I understand why Kennedy is so revered as a President. He was young, handsome, charismatic, personable and brimming with potential for greatness, but Kennedy’s enduring popularity, as a Gallup poll in 2011 listed him fourth among the nation’s greatest presidents is still based upon his potential than his accomplishments.
While I wouldn’t go so far as those arguing Kennedy was not a great president if you set aside the tragedy of his death and the understandable sympathy and warmth that Kennedy’s untimely end naturally provokes and just go on the record alone, Kennedy does come up a little short on the accomplishments end.
It was Kennedy’s vice-president and successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, who brought to fruition through his Great Society many of the ideas and goals of Kennedy’s New Frontier. Without JFK to set him up would LBJ have succeeded so spectacularly well in finishing what Kennedy had started?
If not for his foolish escalation of the Vietnam War, Johnson might have stepped out of the long shadow cast by the murdered president, but Johnson wanted to finish what Kennedy had started and it tarnished his presidency beyond salvation. While LBJ got so much more done particularly in making civil rights for Blacks a priority, his failure in Vietnam makes his overall legacy a decidedly mixed one.
We’ll never know all the answers to the questions of the Kennedy assassination. 50 years after the fact, a murder is still a murder and I don’t believe for a second a creepy little loser like Oswald pulled off the Crime of the Century all by himself. Too many things fell right into the assassin’s lap to be sheer coincidence or dumb luck. But too much time has passed and there are too many that might know the answers to Kennedy’s killing as dead and dust as he is now.
Kennedy is frozen in history and in the mind of the American people. Many of those who weren’t around to draw breath when Kennedy drew his last one are skeptical of the Warren Commission report and disbelieving of its “long gunman” nonsense. They’ve seen the movies, read the books, watched the documentaries, and heard the theories and they don’t believe the official story now any more than critics of the Warren Commission did then.
We will never know the whole truth of the JFK assassination. We can speculate and ruminate until the corpse of Jack Ruby reanimates from the dead. It’s not going to help. All of the principal players are dead and gone. Any conspiracy that has held for five decades isn’t going to unravel when there’s nobody left to tell how it went down.
This does not sit well with anyone who admired President Kennedy for what he did and could have done had his life not been prematurely snatched away from both his family and his country, but it seems unlikely the full details of his killing will ever come to light and just as unlikely that any answer would ever be accepted as the definitive. The assassination of JFK is like a knotty and complex mystery novel with the last ten pages ripped out before the reader can learn whodunnit.
It remains impossible to fully process and assess what the promise of JFK’s presidency might have been as it remains frozen in time by six seconds in Dallas.
- Six JFK-Assassination Skeptics (nation.time.com)
- The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- 50 years without John Fitzgerald Kennedy (everything JFK on 12160) (12160.info)
- The one JFK conspiracy theory that could be true (kdvr.com)
George Zimmerman is in trouble again? Surprise, surprise.
No surprise. Not here. After all, his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Shellie Zimmerman said Boy George felt “invincible” after the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
The warnings were there before Zimmerman killed Martin. Since the verdict Zimmerman has been busted for speeding (twice) and a domestic abuse incident where he allegedly assaulted Shellie and her father. No charges were filed.
Bill O’Reilly reported on his show he had received e-mails from Zimmerman supporters suggesting Poor George is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What a load. The ones suffering here are Zimmerman’s army of idiots and they suffer from the delusion this killer is sort sort of poor, persecuted “hero.”
Zimmerman is driving around free, buying guns and beating up knocked-up girlfriends. Where’s the PTSD supposed to be in his devil-may-care lifestyle. He has no job and he sure hasn’t missed any meals. Outwardly, Boy George looks as happy as a pig in mud.
These are the weapons that were in Zimmerman’s possession.
It appears from the artillery, George lives in constant fear for his life.
Look at the record. Zimmerman has been violent toward cops, girlfriends and young Black men carrying cans of teas and bags of candy. This is not a nice man who is simply misunderstood.
A thug will be a thug, a killer will be a killer and a violent man will continue to be violent. Zimmerman WILL kill again. It’s a question of when, not if. When it does and some woman unlucky enough to be with him or another Black teenager lies dead in a chalk line it can’t be said, “We had no idea this would happen.”
Give a violent man the means to be violent repeatedly only makes it inevitable he will commit more violence. Zimmerman got his taste of blood in killing Trayvon and that’s why he will kill again. He liked the taste.
God bless the defenders of George Zimmerman. They know not what they enable.
- No Isht Sherlock: George Zimmerman Juror Says He Deserves To Be In Prison (bossip.com)
- Right wing media turns on George Zimmerman (thegrio.com)
- George Zimmerman’s ‘Right To Bear Arms’ REVOKED! (jeterink.wordpress.com)
- Zimmerman ‘has PTSD, millions in debt’ : ‘His life is ruined by what they’ve done to him’ (freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com)
There was a lot of buzz this week (and most of it negative) over a column in the Washington Post by Richard Cohen that snarked negatively over the interracial family of the newly elected mayor of New York, Bill DiBlasio.
A lot of black men don’t want to acknowledge the feelings of disgust we have for ourselves. It is considered emasculating to even admit the existence of such thoughts. I think my own self-hated manifests from the exterior, from the outside world. It is born out of the despair and the unhappiness I see within a lot of young black men.
I can honestly say I hate being a black male. Although black people like to wax poetic about loving their label I hate “being black”. I just don’t fit into a neat category of the stereotypical views people have of black men. In popular culture black men are recognized in three areas: sports, crime, and entertainment. I hate rap music, I hate most sports, and I like listening to rock music such as PJ Harvey, Morrissey, and Tracy Chapman. I have nothing in common with the archetypes about the black male.
Honestly, who would want to be black? Who would want people to be terrified of you and not want to sit next to you on public transportation?
Who would want to have this dark skin, broad nose, large thick lips, and wake up in the morning being despised by the rest of the world?
Many people have their dark times when they utterly loathe the image staring back at them in the mirror, but to hate your own skin is more than doubt, that’s sick. Mr. Douglas doesn’t need to be a newspaper columnist. He needs to be the patient of an excellent psychiatrist.
It’s one thing to be distressed and disheartened by the bad behavior of Blacks. Even now, I still get a slight twinge when there is a violent, senseless crime and there’s a Black male associated with it, but I don’t wear the guilt of a criminal on my shoulders. I’d be walking around stooped over all the time.
In terms of stereotyping it has been observed that Whites commit crime, but Blacks are criminals. This is not an accident. The promotion of fear is big business and it serves that industry well to keep the actions of a violent minority within a minority pushed to the forefront of our consciousness.
Orville Lloyd Douglas has bought into the hype.
Douglas is not a handsome man. He is a large, bald, overweight man who wears glasses. His nose is broad. His lips are thick. Orville is not a romantic fantasy.
Orville hates his appearance. He shouldn’t. There are things he can do to improve it. He can work out, eat better, watch his diet and lose weight though you’d think a man who spends so much time running away from his Blackness would be in better shape.
If he can afford it, he can opt for lap-band surgery. He can wear a wig or get hair plugs. Regarding his distinctly Negroid features, he can go the plastic surgery route and get fixed up with a nice pert little nose and have his lips redone.
If Orville wants to be a handsome man there are options available for him to pursue to enhance his looks. What isn’t available for him is a total replacement for the skin he hates so much. Orville was born Black, he looks Black and he’s going to die Black, no matter how much he wishes to be blonde, blue-eyed, pretty and White. No matter what Orville does he is not going to see Brad Pitt staring back in the mirror.
Orville should check out Malcolm X when he said, “Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other? You know. Before you come asking Mr. [Elijah] Muhammad does he teach hate, you should ask yourself who taught you to hate being what God made you.”
I find it interesting that Orville is cool with the stereotyping and social stigmas that come with being a homosexual. Apparently, gay really is the new black.
Orville can hate being Black all he wants, but that won’t change the reality Black is what he is and always will be. There isn’t enough Clorox in the world to bleach away his Blackness.
The first surge of anger I felt for this wretched fellow has mellowed a pity I’m certain Douglas would want no part of it. No matter. Michael Jackson claimed a skin disease caused his slow fade to paleness but even his wealth and resources couldn’t make the King of Pop a White man.
Orville will fare no better. He is trapped in a prison of flesh with no lock, no key, and no escape from the Black flesh he so despises. That’s a far worse hell than any I could ever cast him into.
- Don Lemon Takes on Black Writer for ‘Why I Hate Being a Black Man’ Column (mediaite.com)
- He Is Miserable Without White Validation (clutchmagonline.com)
- #TWiBradio #481 | To Hate Being Black (thisweekinblackness.com)