Race Bait to Celebrate: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day 2014

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i-have-a-dreamThis past Martin Luther King Day, I spent most of the day in leisurely bliss.  But my eyes caught the headline North Carolina NAACP Chief: Black Republican Tim Scott Is Ventriloquist’s ‘Dummy’ and I could think of no better way than to honor Martin Luther King; calling the black United States Senator Tim Scott a “good dummy” and a “puppet” for the Republican Party.

As a side note, I referred to him as THE black United States Senator because if I am not mistaken, he’s the only black United States Senator from South Carolina.  This puts him in direct conflict with Elizabeth Warren being the only Native American United States Senator.  #NotReally #HashtagsInABlogSeriously

Reverend William Barber’s comment transported me to another time when I heard it spoken about a black man who had diverged from the acceptable black thought pasture.  Consider this quote from former President of the NAACP, Julian Bond:

“You know the Bush Administration likes to use Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as human shields against any criticism of its record on civil rights.”  

Julian-BondHe went on to say in another speech:They’ve had a collection of black hustlers and hucksters on their payrolls for more than twenty years, promoting them as a new generation of black leaders. They can’t deal with the leaders we choose for ourselves so they manufacture, promote and hire new ones. The late Lee Atwater predicted this course years ago he said we’re going to create “an alternative leadership structure” in black America, and they have. (xv)

Like ventriloquists’ dummies, they speak in their puppet master’s voice, but we can see his lips move and we can hear his money talk.

They’ve financed a conservative constellation of make-believe black-faced front organizations, all of them hollow shells with more names on the letterhead than there are people on their membership rolls.

Now keep in mind that the Left of Center was furious about George W. Bush not coming to speak at the NAACP like several presidents had in the past.  Well, with praises like these, who would want to make an appearance?

I was then transported on my race bait train to the time when Touré railed against Dr. Ben Carson:

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“It’s time for a new ‘black friend.’ Enter Dr. Ben Carson! He’s smart! And helpful in assuaging their guilt.”

And if you have forgotten what veteran actor and singer, Harry Belafonte, said about certain blacks, then this will be a nice refresher:

“In the days of slavery there were those slaves who lived on the plantation, and those slaves who lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master, exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell is committed to come into the house of the master.”

If you still don’t know who in the Hades is Harry Belafonte, he sings this song in this movie.  If you run into him on the street, ask him if Fidel Castro ever own an ideological plantation.

Here, it is the year 2013… 2014 and we have some Americans who are bitterly clinging onto the labels that Dr. Martin Luther King tried so hard to get away from.  Judge not by the color of my skin but by the content of my character — ClearlyCaneda *

Reverend William Barber and those like him have copyrighted the notion of what it means to be a black man in the United States.  In order to be “down with the struggle and not a cornball brother”  a black man must hold these beliefs.

What do I know about being a black man?  Plenty! But that’s not the point #IAmNotBlackButNotWhiteEither

To borrow some ideas from Star Parker (#thatswhatialwaysdo) it’s as if they are treating the notion of what it means to be a black American like a plantation.

* That’s a joke.  I did not come up with the “I Have A Dream Speech.”  I simply proofread it for the good doctor.

If you make it down this far like it’s the after credits of a Marvel movie, I am trying to not say “African Americans.”  “Reverend” Jesse Jackson made this term popular so I really don’t want to do what he says.

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