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Well, it’s that time of year again.Â The time when Tavis Smiley shaves his goatee, takes a few painkillers and launches into a 40 minute soliloquy about how great he is for organizing his separatist house party against Amerikkka (being broadcast live on C-Span).Â Tavist, though an ardent Hillary supporter, is now blowing the whistle on the Obama choo-choo.
On his undistinguished panel there are college activists, Al Sharpton, Cornell West, noted cannibal Randall Robinson, Julianne “I Hope Clarence Thomas Dies” Malveaux and a cast of thousandsÂ of other “We changed our Christian names to Islamic ones” sitting in white leather barcaloungers with Barack Obama’s face embroidered to the back of the chair. Last and most certainly least – Michael Steele.
Seriously, having Steele on theÂ panel is like someone cloning Deb Frisch and holding a Protein Wisdom convention where they only invited her to attend.
Currently, Michael Steele is bragging about how blacks do not believe in a “monolithic” fashion in this country (though you couldn’t tell by this event) and also claiming that the NY Post cartoon was an “abomination”.Â RNC – this is your new head.
I’ll update as offensive commentary comes up much like I did last year.Â Honestly, this is a full-time job and some people should have foregone CPAC to attend this.
That didn’t take long for Julianne Malveaux to lecture Steele about how he needs to get “his boys“ in order.Â Last I recall, calling someone a “boy” was racist.Â Also that he needs to tell his “boys” to vote for the stimulus so that Obama can underwrite interest free educations for Historically Black College students.Â Tavis dutifully doesn’t let Steele respond and moves on to the next question after he’s assailed by this former pseudo-journalist.
Al Sharpton claims that white people have had to ask a black man to bail them out of all the trouble they’ve caused. To cheering applause I might add.Â Oh, and we are “on the deck of the Titanic and we are going down!”Â No disagreement on that last point.
Sharpton then targets Steele by praising him for supporting his boycott of the NY Post’s racist monkey stimulus cartoon but that he must now pledge himself to allowing Obama to shut down Fox News.
I am not making this stuff up, you really should be watching it
on C-Span (5:35 EST) as it’s now archived.Â It’s far more interesting than your CPAC “we’ve got to expand our base” BS.
30 Minutes in and the panel is still slaving away over a white, hot stove brimming with Bush-Hate.
Tavis implores the universally black audience that they are going to have to love Obama even though he is going to do things to piss them off.Â Like when he didn’t say that he supported Roland Burris taking his Senate seat.Â You don’t need to understand why – you just need to support him anyway.
As this is very early in the conference, let me make a prediction that happens every year at this event but cannot be underscored enough in judging the character of a man.Â At some point, someone is going to say something so completely beyond the pale, racist and un-American that Steele should get up out of his seat and walk out.Â Lady and gentlemen, let me be the first to wager that Steele getting offended enough to walk out of this event will never happen.Â He will sit there and clap and applaud right along with them with nary a word of criticism.
Tavist unironically asks Cornell West about Eric Holders’ comments about America being cowards when it comes to talking about race from the podium of a race-based conference that has no one of any other race in attendance on their panel.
Look up “irony” Tavist.Â It’s not that cleaning service run by the Koreans down the street.
Immune from Dentistry, Cornell West responds that though “We live in the Age of Obama and it is magnificent” that we must talk about “The Age of Reagan” where Reagan used white supremacist codewords to keep blacks in check.Â Ah, the smell of post-racial Obama’s America, you can’t get it off your clothes.Â Maybe I should take my clothes to “Irony” that Korean cleaning service down the street from Tavist.
West continues, putting his hand on Steele’s chair, that Steele must get his party away from what he calls “the Southern Strategy” of appealing to racists like “Brother McCain and Sister Palin” did.Â They go around with these old ideas like Blanche in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (I’m paraphrasing here) and that they are going to end up like Cheney in a wheelchair.
Steele nods his head and looks on pensively.
Next up, Randall The Cannibal.Â Hold onto your bibs and ribs.
Randall wastes a little time but then he strikes gold – America should surrender their sovereignty to the ICC in the Hague and that George Bush, Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell should be brought to justice in front of a tribunal for kidnapping Jean Bertrand Aristide in Haiti.Â Robinson defending a tire-necklacing murderer like Aristide is no surprise. Nevermind that if Aristide wasn’t flown out of the country that he would have been killed (and I wish he would have).Â Robinson then claims to have flown in to rescue Aristide from Bush and flew him to Jamaica.Â It’s Mission Unpossible, mon!
A surprising amount of Cinton hate from Randall.Â He claims Clinton won black people over with “a saxophone and knowledge of gospel songs”.Â Here I thought it was because of the drug abuse and adultery.Â You learn something new every day.
Quote of the Day from Robinson, “I heard Beyonce say something the other day…..”
Does it matter what she said?Â I think anyone prefacing a statement with that has shown their global acumen.
“I saw a man walking in the airport the other day and he was just talking to himself saying ‘Barack, Barack’ and it is transformative”.Â And likely schizophrenic.
Oswald Bates – never forget.Â His spirit embodies this entire conference.
One Jawanza Kunjufu curiously demands that more white girls be sent to special-ed with the black boys. Huh?
Van Jones hawks his own cause – getting “green” government grant dollars for a minority owned business.Â He explores an imaginary past where white colonizers sought to put a price tag on Mother Earth but that his great-great-great-grandmother told him about “mumba” and that you can’t put a price tag on Nature.Â But that the white colonizer showed her and then put a price tag on her as well.Â Now, whitey has to go back and beg great-great-grandmama to help save the planet that he messed up because he didn’t realize that grandma sitting in a mudhut was actually speaking in such reverent ecological mindsets that blah, blah, blah….gimme, gimme, gimme.Â Something tells me Mr. Jones can put a price tag on how much the government should pay him to plant a tree in the projects.
Some other crazy lady argues that we need to give different tests to school children based on their race.Â She receives plenty of applause as well.
Watch it yourselves.Â I’m out.Â As usual, the Durban conference has a lot in common with Tavist Smiley’s Pimp My New Book convention that he holds every year under the inclusive title “The State of the Black Union”.
It’s nothing short of a klan rally in bad suits and rambling speeches against whitey with the most notable grievance-mongering victims millionaires in the country.Â The difference is that a white person attending a conference with as many racially offensive remarks made by it’s presumably respected panel would be pilloried and radioactive to hire.
There are two Americas.Â The one that has advanced and the one that bitterly clings to racist stereotypes of the past.Â The State of the Black Union is the latter.
Steele throws some red meat to the audience about how Obama has changed the political dynamic in this country and that so has he. That after being nominated to chair the RNC a bunch of people in the party wouldn’t let him in their neighborhoods but that he was coming anyway.
If someone could scare me up some news stories about whitey trying to use racial scare tactics to undercut Steele on the way to chair the RNC I would appreciate it.