August 21, 2006


The Dutchmeister asks a damn good question: Why is it that whenever a prominent black liberal speaks out about negative aspects of black American culture, it makes headlines?

In this case, it's -- unbelievably -- "The Rev." Al Sharpton who recently said to the National Association of Black Journalists (must've been the same gathering at which New Orleans Mayor Ray "Tough Spot" Nagin blamed racism for the [lack of] Katrina response)

"We have got to get out of this gangster mentality, acting as if gangsterism and blackness are synonymous. I think we've allowed a whole generation of young people to feel that if they're focused, they're not black enough. If they speak well and act well, they're acting white, and there's nothing more racist than that."

As Dutch notes, black conservatives have been saying this very thing for years. Ah, but you know how it works -- the big media "know" who the "real" black leaders are (like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) so it really only matters what they say. That, and as Dutch continues, "That he [Sharpton] would choose to speak out against it now only causes me to further question his motives and credibility as a civil rights 'leader.'"

Posted by Felix at August 21, 2006 05:20 PM | TrackBack

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You hit the nail on the head, my man!

The Dutchmeister

Posted by: The Dutchmeister at August 21, 2006 05:49 PM


Posted by: dan at August 21, 2006 06:23 PM

Somewhere, Bill Cosby just said, "Told ya so."

Posted by: Tone at August 21, 2006 08:05 PM

Black conservatives get a lot of coverage. Clarence Page and Clarence Thomas, come to mind. John McWhorter is all over the place.

Have you heard "News and Notes" hosted Ed Gordon? His panel is always 3/4ths black conservatives.

Don't get me wrong. I think Sharpton is right - but I also think it is not a message that is being neglected by the media.

Posted by: jason at August 22, 2006 10:34 AM

When is this not a good message to get out by black leaders, Felix? I am missing the "heft" of this post.

btw why does no other Rhodey but Hube "travel" the local DE blogosphere

Posted by: Nancy Willing at August 22, 2006 10:41 AM

Here's another facet of this; if a white politician or opinion leader were to say anything even close to this, he'd be reviled as a rascist. I'm thinking of Warren Beatty in Bulworth, saying something like, "You people aren't going to get anywhere if you don't put down the malt liquor and the fried chicken!" In the movie, he strikes a chord with blacks by being honest, but that just wouldn't work the same in real life. Look at the crap Clinton took when he went after Sista Soulja! And he was the "first black president." Bush challenged the "soft bigotry of low expectations," which was a rather delicate way of phrasing it.

Anyway, I'm glad Cosby has been challenging the poverty pimps, and it's good to hear that Sharpton is changing his message from the old 40 acres and a mule stuff.

Posted by: G Rex at August 22, 2006 12:53 PM

Jase: Clarence Page isn't a conservative. Neither is Ed Gordon. And who is his panel comprised of?

Nance: As we've (I've) noted oft times, Felix and Rhodey don't usually comment. They don't like comments. They actually wanted this blog to not have comments. I convinced them otherwise. Also, I'm the only DE resident that blogs here aside from Happymomie, so that may answer your question. Although obviously Felix, I know, certainly visits some DE blogs and especially the News Journal.

And Nance: You are indeed missing the obvious on this post. It's not the message. It's the coverage of who's telling it (too late).

Posted by: Hube at August 22, 2006 07:59 PM