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Ya know what's awesome? Using anachronistic terms in Mainstream society...

Lets be honest. When it comes to "Race" America has the maturity of a 2nd grader with about the same amount of reasoning skills.

Race in a country that was built on the oppression of others due solely on their complexion is going to be a touch topic. But most times anytime things are discussed a finger pointing of sorts starts to happen. Who can say what? What did they mean by that? What does this say about that person? Why does the caged bird sing? Many questions are asked and few, if any, are ever answered.

In the latest episode of "This Week in Blackness" host Elon James White discusses the Harry Reid situation.

Originally posted to Elon James White on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM PST.

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  •  Thank you... (0+ / 0-)

    may I post on my blog after recording our podcast this weekend?  Enjoyed this very much.

  •  This controversy cries out for parody (2+ / 0-)
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    samddobermann, denise b

    Thanks!  Racism is a big deal, even false controversies about racism.  Our nation needs a teaching moment in this, but we are not going to get it from the main stream media.  

    The Harry Reid controversy is absurd.  From a comparison to Trent Lott (which relies on the ignorance of the audience to attempt to claim equivalency), to the spectacle of John Cornyn expressing outrage at racial insensitivity, the whole thing fails any test of reasonableness.  About Michael Steele, I am going to advocate more parody of Republican talking points, but no need for writers in his case, the parody is just rip and read.  

    Obviously Republicans are not expressing sensitivity to the role of racism in our culture, but milking any angle they can to divert our attention from the real work of our government.  Yet, our national discourse is captured by this fake scandal for days.  In our cable channel media dominated discourse, seemingly no limits to absurdity exist.  What is to be done?

    Democrats ought to have a threshold below which laughter and parody are all the Republicans get.  Comedians need to be added to leadership's staffs, and questions about issues like this should be passed on to them for an appropriate response.  An aspiring Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert would be a lot more fun to watch in any event than Harry Reid.  Think of the benefits of internships for aspiring comedic writers like Al Franken.  And they might even move discourse on things that really matter.  

  •  Pusillanimous (3+ / 0-)
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    samddobermann, ganymeade, denise b

    That's my favorite old school word to use.  And I generally wed it to a contemporary favorite, "Douchenozzle".

    And I've applied the expression to both Harry Reid and Michael Steele, so there you have an instance of complete and total parity between the races.  

    I'm not quite old enough to have been called a "Mulatto" (at least not to my face), but I've run the gamut from "little colored girl" to Negro to Black to African-American to Person of Color . . .

    Harry is the product of his generation.  Did he speak inartfully, according to the standards of the day?  Sure.  Did he speak in a manner disrespectful of then Sen. Obama? No.  

    So Harry doesn't set my teeth on edge nearly as badly as Michael Steele does.  Steele does speak in a manner disrpectful of himself, his fellow African-Americans, hell, every human on earth.

    Because Steele's rhetoric is not only inartfull it is also unauthentic.  "The Fake" radiates off this guy like HSN jewelery.

    And I'll take Harry's well-meaning but slightly silly comments over anything Michael Steele says any day of the week.

    Loved this diary!

    Our promises are made in proportion to our hopes, but kept in proportion to our fears.-LaRouchefoucauld

    by luvsathoroughbred on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 12:42:49 PM PST

  •  Awesome (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for this, it was awesome.

    "Verily" is one of my favorite words these days too. ^_^

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