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Thursday, December 20, 2007


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Y'all knew that the Borg Queen (aka Senator Hillary Clinton) wasn't going to take Sen. Barack Obama's stealth move in bringing out talk-show mogul Oprah Winfrey to campaign for him lying down.

I waited to see what she would do. At first, all it looked like she was going to do was throw down roundhouse punches at Obama's campaign, by digging up what the brotha wrote on his Kindergarten essay, then trying to play on American's fears by bringing up his full name, which his middle name is Hussein (y'all know where she tried to make that connection), and finally, enlisting the aid of Bill Shaheen, the husband of former New Hampshire governor Jeanne Shaheen, to start talking about Barack's youthful indiscretion (cocaine use), and allegeging he was probably a drug dealer.

Obama a drug dealer? You can't make this stuff up.

But, not to my surprise, the Borg Queen came back with a lil' stealth move of her own.

Magic Johnson. Yes, that Magic Johnson (how many did you think there were?). He joined the Borg Queen on her campaign in Iowa, and instantly went from hero to Handkerchief Head Negro with sly digs and comments about Hillary's "experience" and how we didn't need an inexperienced person getting the White House.

To which, I say, "Negro, please!" As in "Please shut your friggin' mouth; you don't know jack about politics."

Now, this is painful for me to write, because I've always been a Magic Johnson fan. Long after his HIV status forced him to retire from the game. I remember when he made the announcement about his status, thinking, "If anyone can beat this, it's Magic Johnson."

But, to turn into a Handkerchief Head is hard for me to swallow, because Magic Johnson is the last African-American I'd care to pin that label on. Campaigning for the Borg Queen, after her husband goes on Charlie Rose's show and literally dissed an African-American for even daring to consider any other candidate except his wife, frosted my cookies in a huge way that I won't be forgetting too soon.

If Obama's candidacy shows anything to politicos, it should be this: YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO TAKE AFRICAN-AMERICANS VOTES FOR GRANTED AND NOT HAVE IT COME BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE ASS. We are not a monolithic group - and we don't like African-Americans like Magic Johnson trying to lecture us on who we should elect as POTUS. Especially when the brotha's only foray into politics was a worthy one - stepping up legislative efforts on HIV research, education and prevention.

At least he's done better than Michael Jordan - Mike wants you to "be like him" when he's collecting his checks. Political forays into issues like, say, CIVIL RIGHTS, are alien to him and problematic when it comes to getting that check. Magic eschewed that and remade himself into a remarkable businessman, purchasing and running Starbuck establishments and his Magic Johnson theaters, where going to see a movie can be a really fun experience (he even employs people to throw out those who would talk at the screen non-stop during a movie, and he has good eating going on in there, too). Magic's even gone on to make some forays into Civil Rights issues as well, so going over to what I consider "The Dark Syde" is making me toss my breakfast this morning.

Now, you're probably saying I'm being too hard on Magic, by tagging him a Handkerchief Head for spewing Hillary's talking points about Obama. Even if he didn't mention Obama by name, we all knew who he was talking about. I thought Lawn Jockey was too strong - he didn't go that far off...yet. He should be able to endorse anyone he wants - everyone African-American doesn't have to get on board with Obama. And, you're right, because at this point in the game, this African-American woman is not on board the good ship Obama, because his vagueness on his political platform reminds me of John Kerry - whenever someone asked Kerry for specifics on his campaign promises, he'd tell you to "go to" for more information, when it's just easier to tell us what you got planned.

A gospel tour with Donnie McClurkin damned near gave the LGBT community apoplexy - I thought John Aravosis at Americablog was going to do more than lynch Obama on his blog. And sending white campaign workers to black hair salons to ask sistas getting perms or their weaves hooked up, what they thought about Obama, showed an inherent unfamiliarity with the demographics of the very base of voters Obama was trying to reach.

My friend Skeptical Brotha, cynically referred to this period of the Obama campaign as "Amateur Hour", and I couldn't have agreed with him more.

Obama appears to have corrected that - just as the Borg Queen begins her own fumbling of her front-runner status.

Should the Borg Queen win - will there be a Cabinet position for loyalist Negroes like Magic? Create a government agency that provides oversight of professional sports, perhaps? I want to know what's in it for African-Americans like Magic Johnson, or, for that matter, half of the Congressional Black Caucus that have hitched your wagons to Hillary Clinton's campaign. You need to review just what the Clinton Administration did for people of ethnic background during the 1990s:

  • Gave us trade agreements that took your jobs out of the country (NAFTA & CAFTA);
  • Increased taxes on the working and middle-class;
  • Opened the door for media consolidation and monopoly (and probably gave birth to Pravda networks like Fox Network);
  • Dismantled any and all gains made by Civil Rights and Affirmative Action with that "Mend it, don't end it" shyt;
  • Refused to stand up like Harry S. Truman and further integrate the Armed Forces by allowing gay and lesbians to be open about their sexual identity, instead of hiding it with that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" shyt;
  • Pushed through all legislation that the ReThugs wanted that would screw over anyone else through cutbacks in social policies and programs;
  • Slung people like Joycelyn Elders and Lani Guinier under the bus because Oren Hatch whined about their positions on masturbation and affirmative action like a lil' byotch.
So, I want to know what's in it for you that support the Clintons when it's well documented that everytime he had the opportunity to do some real Field Negro stuff, he always choked and put away that honorary Negro card Toni Morrison gave him. Because his wife is no better on her track record either. You can find continuous votes to fund the mess in Iraq among her atrocities, and her recent attacks on Obama should wake all of us the hell up.

I'm on record about Obama - he has not articulated his policy platform well enough for me to co-sign. But whenever I see a brotha being attacked, as if, by virtue of being Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton, Hillary thinks she's entitled to the White House because she hitched her ambition wagon to Bill and suffered the public humiliation of being cheated on because her husband got a blow job in the Oval Office; well, what qualification for the job is that?

Magic Johnson - you can add him to the list of Rent-A-Negroes. I'm wondering who's going to be next, because you know, John Edwards is going to have to trot out a rental Negro, too.

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Blogger rikyrah said...

Yes, you do not do this enough.

And, yes, you can put him in the Handkerchief Heads for Hillary bleacher section.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

LOL, TPJ. You goin' hard, sis!

Seriously though, what is wrong with with black folks having a presence everywhere along the political landscape, especially where there are resource implications?

My grandmother once told me: "it's a poor mouse with one hole to call home..."

The way I see it, the notion of "ain't nuh'n goin' on but the rent" should be a two-way street. Feel me??

8:24 AM  
Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

Ladies, you always bring serious comments to the table. Thank you.

Denise, my moms used to say the same thing ("it's a poor rat with only one escape route..."), so in answer to your question, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Black people having their fingers in many pies. The trouble is evaluating the pies to see which ones work for us and which ones aren't. We need to fast cultivate that ability or we sink as a people, and will always be enslaved to someone or something.

9:29 PM  
Blogger rikyrah said...


I am hearing you, and if the other pie was Edwards, I could give some slack.

The woman's already told us that she's going to get elected by sending ANOTHER generation of young Black men -and women now too - to the Prison Industrial Complex.

What is more grassroots than the generations we have lost to the Prison Industrial Complex. It's not like she promised something and then lied LATER, she's telling us NOW, that she'll continue feeding our young men to the Complex that her husband began.

Is there a more grassroots issue with regards to the Criminal Just-us system?

And, as P6 points out over at his blog, if we sit around and let her Willie Horton Obama, then when will it NOT be open season on Black folk politically? Now, we have to sleep with BOTH eyes open and on our backs because we won't be able to turn our backs on anyone for a moment's peace?

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

Has Senator Obama used the Shaheen slur as an opportunity to address the ugliness of bigotry, racism, and stereotyping?

If not, why?

After all, he says he’s about change and uniting people.

10:02 PM  
Blogger rikyrah said...


Come on now.

Those of us who have been pointing this out..what is said to us?

It's in our 'imagination'. We're just ' thinking too deeply' on something that didn't mean ' THAT'.

Come on, Sister.

You know the reason why racial attacks work is because when the Black candidate stands up and says - ' look at this racist BS being pulled on me..'

Oh, he's just saying this because he's Black.

He can't win that, and you know it, which is why it's an insidious attack on him.

So, he has to 'accept' the phony apologies after the racist attacks are hurled at him.

It's not right, but you know that's how it is.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

uh huh.

We'll revisit this after the Iowa Caucus. :-)

6:15 PM  
Blogger rikyrah said...


You know you crack me up..LOL

But, it's all good. :)

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the Black community being used by the Democrat politicians as tokens like, see , I have a couple of black people sitting behind me while I speak at this rally. I'm shaking their hands.
But when it comes down to them getting elected, you folks are long forgotten. How many times will you people get used like pawn in chess by the racist Democrats. By the way, the dirty little secret that your pals in the media will not disclose is that 85% of the KKK were Democrats. Wake Up Black America!

5:01 AM  

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