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why not Roker?

it’s too bad the writer’s strike is still on – I’d love to see someone’s take on the current Tiger/Tilghman controversy with Al Roker in the place of Al Sharpton. Just cuz.

I don’t really understand why, but I’m not really thrilled with how the Rev. Sharpton [via racialicious] has become the de facto spokesperson for Black People. Especially Offended Black People. Now, I am completely against all the racist crap going on [of course!], so don’t get that twisted. But I’m still trying to figure out which day we were all supposed to have voted for Al Sharpton to speak for us – or Bill Cosby – or Tavis Smiley.

I think the fact that this is a trend that continues – that one black dude [the only lady would be Oprah – and she’s ambiguous sometimes when it comes to race (at least to me)] could speak for Black America – is more of a sign of America’s sustained racist system than the few moments when someone lets loose with ‘let’s lynch him’, the ‘n’ word, or other incidents. Sometimes, it seems as though Al is asking for a pound of flesh – other times, it seems like as long as the offender apologized to Al, the rest of us have been apologized to by proxy.

But it isn’t hard to see that the Reverend is not universally revered. I, myself, can’t really take him seriously. I don’t know if it’s some kind of latent self-hate that I have yet to deal with, or if I’m being completely rational [which is a conundrum that I deal with fairly often, and I feel really guilty about]. He seems sincere sometimes. Sometimes I agree with him. But often, I feel like he’s jumping into situations and blowing them up – maybe out of proportion? I’m not sure if it’s that I think there are more worthwhile goals that we should be focused on, or if I just don’t know how effective it is to jump on each racially-offensive incident that takes place as a method of fighting racism in this country.

Let’s take the ‘n’-word funeral as an example. I was embarrassed. They put that junk on the news! NAACP bigwigs were there. The grand gesture. But uh – what was the effect? Have people stopped saying the word? Is it illegal now? What are the consequences of use? A complete ceremony, with fanfare, and most people don’t even remember that it happened last year. I went to a funeral last year. Haven’t seen the decedent since. Seen the ‘n’-word, though. Perhaps they should have waited to bury it until after it was actually dead. Seems like what happened instead, was that it became undead, and is now devouring brains across the country, just to stay…undead.

So, what kind of power is Mr. Sharpton actually wielding? Does he speak for me? No. Just cuz I agree that the kids in Jena should be free doesn’t mean that we’re -right there- on everything else. Which brings me back to the point: when we can believe that one or two or three specific black people can speak for/fully represent the apparent monolith that is Black People, we are subscribing to racist rhetoric. I know for a 100% fact that Kelly Tilghman’s comment has not been construed as the ‘white’ view – even though there are plenty of white people who could completely understand her ‘faux pas’, cuz they were thinking the same thing.

I don’t know how to fix this, though. Other than getting more and more voices out there – voices that do represent me more fully, and voices that represent other [differing] black and brown people, I can’t offer a solution.

In the meantime, I’m still trying to figure how I feel about this Tilghman comment. Yeah – I know she’s racist. Should she be fired? Well – Imus was. But then, he had a history of saying [actually, way worse] stuff. Should that count? [the history?] I know she was the first female commentator on the Golf Channel, and considering, it’s the Golf Channel, it may be a little more difficult to find a non-racist commentator…but couldn’t they try? I bet there are some. Ladies, even. Give this girl some time to reflect – she won’t stay out of work. [Obviously, Imus didn’t]

I just wonder. Are we helping things by demanding that people do a better job of hiding how racist they are?

I wonder what Al Roker would say.

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12 thoughts on “why not Roker?

  1. How do you know she’s racist? Who watches the DAMN GOLF CHANNEL? I am Black and personally embarrassed by Al Sharpton and his ilk. He needs to go sit down somewhere! When OUR community STOPS denigrating each other DAILY, then maybe other groups will do so as well.

  2. I know why she is not a racist HQ. Tiger Woods has been a friend of hers for over 12 years, and says this is a non-event.

    Though others say it is not. Mostly the Reverend Al Sharpton Media Matters crowd.

    Go and do something for your Community Rev. Stop stirring up a hornets nest to get your mug on TV or in the papers. It will not help your Tax evasion case at all.

  3. popping off with the idea to lynch a successful black man…hmm…sounds like racism. couching it as a joke? and actually finding it funny? definitely racist. maybe not racist enough to actually follow through with a lynching – but racism is not restricted to only the most heinous acts.

    I don’t care about the golf channel any more than you, and wouldn’t mind if Sharpton took a hiatus. But he certainly points out the little things that some people think can just be overlooked.

    But to be straight up – two wrongs simply do not make a right. One black person’s denigration of the the race [a la Mr. Cosby] does not condone/allow any other person’s denigration of the race [black, white, or other].

  4. I don’t care about the golf channel any more than you, and wouldn’t mind if Sharpton took a hiatus. But he certainly points out the little things that some people think can just be overlooked.

    THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. WHILE HE’S BUSY CHASING little WORDS, THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER WAYS HE CAN POSITIVELY USE HIS ENERGY. WHO PUT HIM IN CHARGE? IS AL SHARPTON THE MORAL AUTHORITY IN THIS COUNTRY NOW?

    But to be straight up – two wrongs simply do not make a right. One black person’s denigration of the the race [a la Mr. Cosby] does not condone/allow any other person’s denigration of the race [black, white, or other].

    I WASN’T THINKING OF MR. COSBY. I LIKE HIM. I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE I LOVE NEW YORK, FLAVOR OF LOVE, RAP LYRICS (LOOK UP SUPERMAN ON THE URBAN DICTIONARY TO SEE WHAT IT REALLY MEANS), BLACK FOLKS USING THE N-WORD, B-WORD, H-WORD TO DOWN EACH OTHER, BUT CRYING HOLY TERROR WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT US, BLACK-ON-BLACK CRIME, THE OUT OF WEDLOCK BIRTHS TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHERS, ETC. ALL OF THAT GOOD STUFF THAT’S BEING PLASTERED ON TV FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO SEE…..

  5. Bill’s a funny guy. But his channeling of Booker T. doesn’t help as much as it would be nice to think it would.

    to quote dnA
    “Not surprisingly, issues that affect enough white people to be “national” issues become raceless, while issues that are seen as “black” are rationalized as failures of moral character.”

    I want to believe that Bill’s just tired of things and wants to help, but the way he says things sometimes, sounds more like he’s bought into the idea that black people would just be a whole lot better off if they were just a bit more like white people.

  6. If I were black, the Clinton’s would piss me off by assuming that I was going to vote for them simply because they’re Democrats.

    The Republican’s were the party who voted more than 80% for the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act while the Dems voted twehty points lower.

    Explain to me, why do African-American’s always vote Democrat? I can’t comprehend that a racial group would vote with a group that has promised everything and delivered on nothing. Please enlighten me.

  7. Hey Scott, I’m Black and I’m JUST figuring that out!!!!! Thank God I’m still young enough to change…. Thinking about going Independent.

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