Suddenly It’s 1964 Again

Suddenly, it’s 1964 again.  Racial tension is in the air.  Cries of “injustice” and “police brutality” occupy the headlines.  However, the epicenter has moved from Mississippi and Harlem to Ferguson, Missouri, a small municipality which occupies a slice of northeastern St. Louis County.

Unfortunately for the peace-loving citizens in that community, those fanning the flames which have led to the violence are stuck in 1964.  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and members of the New Black Panther Party have never moved on.  They are  in a time warp.   In fact, their relevance depends on being able to make disadvantaged blacks believe that the system is rigged against them.  That’s how they get their power and earn the money to buy their expensive suits and chauffeur-driven limousines.    Continue reading “Suddenly It’s 1964 Again”

Bundy, Sterling and Kerry: A Trio of Fools

Over this past week, the news has been dominated by a series of inappropriate, racist remarks.

First, there was Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had achieved near rock star status by standing up to the feds over burdensome grazing fees.  After drawing support from militia groups to the halls of Congress, the rancher was overcome with his new-found popularity and sense of self-importance.  When he held a press conference and suggested that black Americans were better off as slaves than under our present welfare system, his supporters fled like cockroaches exposed to the light.

Then, along came Donald Sterling, the cavorting owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was caught on tape, allegedly asking a girlfriend not to bring blacks to the games or post pictures with them on Facebook.  Sterling was quickly condemned by President Barack Obama and Clipper sponsors begin pulling their ads.

Bundy (once) was enjoying his five minutes of fame and in the process showed his prejudice.  He rightfully suffered public scorn and his cause (too much federal control over too much public land) regrettably is lost.

Sterling, who is no angel, may or may not be guilty of his alleged crime but he has been banished from the NBA and has been ordered to sell his team.

Put it in perspective:  These are simply two old codgers caught in a time warp.  No matter how hard we try, we never will eliminate the last racist or sexist thought.  It is impossible.   Continue reading “Bundy, Sterling and Kerry: A Trio of Fools”

No Tears for Mandela

Every generation needs heroes.  However the elevation of Nelson Mandela to sainthood  by an adoring world is not only wrong, it is a slap in the face to all those who suffered irreparable loss directly by his hands or by the hands of African National Congress/South African Communist Party mobs.

Mandela denied any involvement in the Soviet-backed SACP, which is tantamount to denying that his hands were not part of his body.  There are numerous pictures of Mandela by the side of SACP leader Joe Slovo underneath the hammer and sickle, hands raised, giving the communist clinched-fist salute  http:/

Mandela was one of the people who helped transform the ANC from an organization dedicated to bringing about reform through peaceful political means into one committed to the violent overthrow of the government.

Mandela was charismatic and adept at political expediency, often doing what was right, but often doing what most certainly was wrong. Continue reading “No Tears for Mandela”

Washington Redskins: What’s in a Name?

The language police have been out in force in recent months.  The target du jour is the NFL team that resides in the nation’s capitol.  They are trying to force the owner of that illustrious franchise to ditch the team’s 80-year-old mascot.

Some, a precious few as it turns out, believe the word “Redskins” to be a slur.

Barack Obama, who never misses an opportunity to right every perceived racial wrong, didn’t help by wading into the matter recently and ginning up the controversy.

Let’s face it.  Some people with way too much time on their hands can get offended by a ham sandwich!   The fact that the overwhelming majority of Native Americas aren’t offended by the term, and are proud that this team chose to highlight the positive attributes of their heritage, ought to count for something.

Such was the case when a few uptight feminists, with their panties in a twist, began insisting we rid our speech of words like “Miss, Mrs., Mistress, Madam,” “lady” and “ma’ am” as in “Yes ma’ am.”   What generally is considered to be polite forms of address is offensive to the NOW crowd.  They want to be referred to as “women” or individually as a “woman” and will accept no substitutes. Continue reading “Washington Redskins: What’s in a Name?”

MLK’s Dream now a Nightmare

I grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta.  I remember finding bullets from the Civil War in the yard of my  great-grandparents home where I played as a young child.  They were so common in that area I never thought about saving one.

I also remember hearing the term “separate but equal” throughout my youth.  The full impact of those racially-charged words did not hit home until the early 1960’s.  I was rehearsing a play at the Fox theater on famed Peachtree Street.  When the crew broke for lunch, I went across the street with a black cast member to grab a bite at one of my favorite restaurants.  The maitre d’ refused to seat us.

I was shocked and dismayed!  Separate but equal was not equal, just separate.  Often it meant one had to do with nothing at all.  Where were we supposed to go to eat in order to get back to the theater for the afternoon rehearsal? Frankly, I don’t remember where we ate or if we ate.  I do remember the impact those words had on me.  My friend didn’t get upset like I did.  She was accustomed to being treated as a second-class citizen.

So much has changed in the 50 years since that March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered what has become known as his “I had a Dream” speech. The rhetoric from Saturday’s gathering sickened me.  It was supposed to be a celebration of that important event.  However, these organizers turned Dr. King’s dream into his worst nightmare. Continue reading “MLK’s Dream now a Nightmare”

The Culpability of Trayvon’s Parents

What if George Zimmerman were dead?  That’s what the angry mobs that rioted after the trial wanted.  That’s what the people who placed anonymous phone calls to Zimmerman, his attorneys, his parents, and the Sanford police chief wanted.

So let’s go back to the night of February 26, 2012.  What if George Zimmerman had not pulled the trigger as he was being beaten by a younger, taller, stronger Trayvon Martin?  No one really knows how many blows Zimmerman could have withstood or if one of those blows to the head could have been fatal.  

Would that have made Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jay-Z, Beyonce, President Obama and Trayvon’s grieving parents happy?  Unlikely! Continue reading “The Culpability of Trayvon’s Parents”

Al Sharpton: Stuck in the ’60s

Al Sharpton is likeable enough.  I discovered this when we appeared together on a television program and was taken aback by this polite, affable individual.   The man inside those expensive suits seemed strangely at odds with his public wrapper.

I chalked up his bombastic rhetoric and incendiary speeches to show business.  Nothing more.

Now his show is losing its appeal and he seems lost.   Sharpton has painted himself into a corner and nowhere was that more evident than during last weekend’s dueling rallies on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. Continue reading “Al Sharpton: Stuck in the ’60s”