Where Are Our Priorities?

President Obama speaking at Newtown CT memorial service (16DEC2012)“There is no racism in America.”
REALLY? WRONG!
“American is a compassionate nation.”
REALLY? Yes and No. Check our domestic AND international history!
“Americans can lay aside bigotry and politics in the wake of a national tragedy.”
 REALLY? Again, it depends!
“Americans respects any U.S. president who takes charge in a national crisis or tragedy.”
 REALLY? There are still many Americans who certainly don’t respect THIS President…a BLACK man named Barack Obama!

Where the hell are our priorities if we can tweet (and most likely Facebook post) bigoted, racist slurs and disrespectful comments because some damn football game was preempted to cover a memorial of the loss of innocent lives – a loss that could have happened anywhere – and in fact, HAS happen in other parts of this country? Do we actually need another event like September 11, 2001 (aka 9/11) to bring the nation closer together?

Last evening (December 16, 2012), in Newton, Connecticut, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, addressed those attending the memorial service for the lives lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre there last week. The NBC television network felt it necessary to preempt its San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots football game to cover the memorial service. Viewers were advised accordingly.  But… as often is the stereotype, some football die-hards didn’t like it and not only expressed on Twitter their displeasure of the preemption but also their racist feelings about the President.  This mess was started by Bradley Patterson, a University of North Alabama Lions football player who first tweeted to a racist slur comment to NBC. Story here:

According to a tweet last night by UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder, Patterson is no longer on the team. The tweet was confirmed by a university official.  Unfortunately, the racist tweets didn’t end there. Others had to jump on this band wagon of hate and do the same! Read the story here.

Granted, perhaps for some the timing of the memorial service was awkward. So fuckin’ what! Most caring, sensitive people in America felt or could identify with the loss of life in Newtown, Conn. which had occurred a mere few days earlier.  I’m sure that in this case, they didn’t mind too much NBC’s preempting the game to cover the memorial service, if not also the leader of our country being there – center point – to express the heartfelt sentiments many of us felt to the families and friends who loss so much last week.  Certainly the families and friends who lost their loved ones in these places in the U.S. and who lost loved ones over the years in shootings not related to schools in particular could relate to the loss felt in Newtown, Conn. and probably didn’t mind the game preemption.  The Connecticut massacre incident last week was indeed a national tragedy! But…back to the tweets.

First, let’s remember one thing:  NBC preempted ONLY a football game!  A football game! Anyone who was that interested in the game could have followed the results on the internet or on Twitter. Perhaps had someone told that to Bradley Patterson he might still be a member of UNA’s football team!

Second, what the fuck is wrong with some people? I started reading the tweets in that story until I could stomach no more. The first several tweets following Patterson’s were laced with the racist slur “nigger” towards Barack Obama.  Later in this story followed other disrespectful and moronic comments from others who disliked the football game preemption by NBC.  As a Black man, I cannot help but doubt seriously that had a White man been standing at the memorial service during the preempting of some “valued” football game, there would have been little to no racist slurs tweeted; perhaps maybe comments against the person based on political views but not racist slurs. I say this because before Barack Obama, Blacks had always been used to seeing a White man as President on TV.  Some Blacks may have been upset that some favorite television show was preempted. Well, I’ve never said nor have I ever heard a Black person throw any racist slur against any president on TV who was White.

Finally, LET’S GET REAL: I’ve often heard people say that it is “always BLACK people who play or pull the “race card”. I say, many of those people are so very wrong with that statement!  All one has to do is look through American history on through to today and he or she will discover to their disbelief and likely ignorance that it is usually – if not almost ALWAYS – more White people (but thankfully and fairly, not all) who tend to play, pull and even throw the damn “race card” on the table first! For me to elaborate of the “race card” issue would require me writing an entirely different blog post. I’m not ready to go there just yet, but rest assure, at some point, I will!

In the meantime, some people need to get their priorities in order and just grow the fuck up!

Keepin It…REAL!

Letter to Professor Xavier

NOTE TO BLOG READERS: This letter obviously is not real. While it has strings of humor, the overall main issue being discussed is very real. It happens to me and many other persons of color far too often and it needs to stop.
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Date:  The Present

Dr. Charles Xavier, Founder and Director
Xavier’s School for Higher Learning
(formerly Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters)
1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center
Westchester County, New York 10451

Dear Professor Xavier,
I believe I am a mutant (or as your friend
Magneto would say, I am not homo-sapien, I am homo-superior.) Sir, I’m not a young mutant but for most of my life I’ve noticed that I have an ability to camouflage with my surroundings.  It sounds odd but often, I’m not aware of when this ability is being used.  I have no control over this ability but I know it exists. I am like a chameleon – an invisible man.  (Ralph Ellison, wherever your spirit is now, eat your heart out!)

Professor, I realize I should have come to you decades ago but, like so many other mutants on this planet, I thought I could handle my mutant ability all on my own.  After all these years, I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t handle this mutant ability so I’m finally reaching out to you.
Here is the list of basic, generally known personal information your assistant told me would be needed when corresponding with you, along with my picture.

  • Age: 52.RobFather-X (201206)
  • Gender:  Male.
  • Height:  6 ft.
  • Weight: 220 lbs-SOLID.
  • [Assumed] mutant ability: Camouflaging; able to blend-in with any inanimate object(s) or environment, becoming instantly invisible but only to some NON-persons of color.
  • Ethnic classification (not the government’s but how others view you): Negro/Colored/African-American/ Black.
  • Skin complexion: Caramel-butterscotch shade (aka light to brown-skinned).
  • Health status: Uh, healthy…as far as I know – and as determined by most recent annual medical physical.
  • Sexual Orientation:  Hmmm…if this means the first time I learned about sex, then that would be 1969 – the year I first discovered the joys of masturbation. Otherwise, what does this information have to with anything? Huh? Huh?
  • General appearance: “Clean looking”; with facial trim sporting “5 o’clock shadow” beard & mustache; bald head (like yours, Professor), dark eyebrows; sometimes I wear glasses. No detectable or obvious body odor.
  • General attire:  Clean, pressed clothing; nothing ever torn, badly worn, oily, greasy or smelly.
  • Education:  I’m smart. In other words, many would have to get up before “o-dark-thirty” (military jargon; meaning extremely early in the morning, like way before dawn) to pull a fast one on me! Otherwise, I have variations of formal education, twenty years of military education and training, and years of street smarts residing in my head.
  • Overall classification: Alpha male, Human.

You see Professor X, with all this very visible information about me, I wonder how it is that so very often, some (NOT ALL) non-persons of color Black man silhouette(aka WHITE persons;  sorry sir, but it’s usually a person of Caucasian ethnicity can walk into a room, speak to every other white person in the room – often calling them by name and yet NOT see (or hear me talking) or speak to me – a person who happens to be in the same vicinity, if not 2, 3 or even 5 feet away from those others he/she has just spoken to? How is this possible – especially if I am well-acquainted with that white person, with whom I am a co-worker or classmate? Sometimes I might be in a chit-chat conversation with some non person of color and this sort of thing would happen. I’m treated as though I was not present in the same room! Even my voice seems to become instantly inaudible to the white person who just spoke to everyone else. Professor, what irks me is that often, about a half hour to an hour or so later, that same white person will come back into the room (from which neither I nor the other people have left) and actually speak to me – to ask ME something or worse, ask me for something! Did that white man or white woman not see me the first time he/she came to the room? Or is it because my mutant ability to camouflage with the things around me e.g. walls, furniture – somehow kicked in without my knowledge and made me invisible to the eyes of that person? I need to know, Professor!

Professor X, I understand that this sort of thing happens to many people of color. Other persons of color and I talk about this sort of thing all the time! In fact, it was a close friend of mine who strongly urged me to write this letter. It’s a bit relieving to know that I am not the only one with this mutant ability and that there are indeed perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of other Blending in-2people of color with this same camouflage/invisible man-like ability. Perhaps you can also help me to understand why it is I only tend to become visible whenever some people of  pale complexion and ignorance need or want something from me.  During such instances the people who had before ignored or acted as though they didn’t see or hear me, now can’t seem to stay out of my face until they get what they want! Yet once I’ve accommodated whatever it is they needed or wanted, I’m once again made seemingly invisible. Once again I’m camouflaged with the walls and floors of the hallways, the soda and junk food machines in the lunchrooms as well as the tables and chairs there; in restrooms, and often with the walls, chairs and table in conference and classrooms settings. Don’t forget my strong voice is blended in with the sounds in the air as well whenever such people are around! 

Perhaps those people possess a mutant ability of their own!  Perhaps they can activate my mutant camouflage ability without my knowledge! Wow! Don’t you think that could be dangerous, Professor X? Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (led by Magneto)If this is true, wouldn’t such people be considered “evil mutants”?  Anyway, this mutant camouflage/invisible man ability of mine is amazing but if I can’t control it or if others can activate/control it without my knowledge, then what’s the point of having it? I don’t know about those other people of color who have abilities similar to mine but for me, sir, when certain Caucasians ignore me at their selective convenience, it’s very annoying and frankly, disrespectful!  I also don’t like, nor do I want – to be controlled by anyone else.  I don’t believe I’m asking for any special attention here, Professor X but I’ve always been taught that when you walk into a room of people you know, it is polite to speak to everyone – even those you might not like. Don’t you agree, sir?

I’ve come to you for help, Professor X. I know you have helped hundreds of people with abilities such as mine as well as those born with certain generically natural abilities, such as high intelligence, nerdiness/geekness and even sexual orientation; traits which many in society still deem unnatural, abominable to their religion or deity and/or which they consider to be not “normal” – whatever the fuck “normal” happens to be! Pardon my language, sir. I’m just upset. I’ve often considered that with my seemingly uncontrollable mutant ability to blend in with my surroundings or become invisible, that perhaps, if I punched in the face the very person(s) who ignore me – you know, to help shake off their “selective handicap” of color-blindness and social ignorance, then perhaps such people would begin to actually see and hear me! Don’t worry Professor; I’m typically not a violent man and I’m old enough to realize that sucker-punching someone in the face – even someone whom I might suspect might be an evil mutant trying to control me,  probably isn’t a good idea.  I’m not trained to fight other mutants…yet. But even you have to admit sir, the idea is funny and doing such a thing will certainly draw some attention! I can just imagine the blood gushing from the nose of that person I just punch! The thought and image of such an action itself sexually arouses me! Ha! Ha! Ha! (It must be another suppressed mutant ability manifesting itself at this later stage of my life.)

Seriously Professor, if you can find a way for me to control or better yet, perhaps remove this strange mutant ability of mine to instantly camouflage with my surroundings (whenever certain white persons, possibly evil mutants come near me while I’m in the presence of other white persons), I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m well aware that the chances of removing any genetically traits with which I was born are slim to none but — I X-Men team photo-1thought I’d ask for it anyway! Please contact me at a time suitable for you. My home and email addresses are enclosed.

Thank you for listening and understanding, Professor Xavier.  Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done to help make the world more accepting of people who may be different or who may possess abilities different from others. Oh, and please pass my regards to the gang; that awesome team of X-Men, each of whom I’ve always greatly admired!

Sincerely,

RobFather-X
(aka preferred mutant code names: Camouflage or The Spook Who Sat by the Door)
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Keepin It…REAL!

Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Today, September 11, 2012, marks the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, aka 9/11. In fact, today is Tuesday, the very day which September 11 fell on back in 2001.

Regardless whether or not you believe the events leading up to, on, and beyond that day were “planned by our government” or were actually done by America’s domestic and foreign enemies (or both), the fact is, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DIED that day. Hundreds have died and/or as a result of the effects of 9/11, STILL suffer health and mental issues to this very day!

Before getting into the meat of this post, let me first say that as far as I know, I did not lose any relatives in the 9/11 attacks. I say that because of situations regarding my limited knowledge and awareness of some of my maternal and paternal relatives. I’ll post something about my status as a foster child later. Also on September 11, 2001, I had only been recently retired from the Navy for two years. Due to the constant change of duty which often occurs in the U.S. military, if is quite possible that a few of my Navy shipmates and acquaintances from other service branches were stationed at the Pentagon on that day. Just the same, the events of that day still affect me quite emotionally, particularly now as I write this blog post. I had the same emotional feelings of loss when the USS Stark (FFG-31) was struck by Iraqi Exocet missiles back in May 1987, but…I digress.

Lay aside, for a brief second, any conspiracy theories and divisive ideas you might have. Lay aside your political allegiances and your social and religious prejudices. Try to bear in mind that none of it will ever bring back the many family members, friends, lovers, co-workers, or rescue workers who tragically died that day, nor will it bring back those people who would die days and weeks later because of the effects of 9/11. And conspiracy theories and prejudice won’t help the hundreds of people, the remaining families and friends who, every year, has to remember what happened on this date. They, the rest of the country, and the world, is made to remember 9/11, in huge part thanks to media and internet rebroadcasts of the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York, the plane crash at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and the audio recordings from the black box and passenger cell phone calls of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County, PA. All three sites had tragic loss of lives.

On this day I’m asking, no…I’m TELLING you, to get over yourself for a moment. You are still alive and, I assume, healthy enough to at least read these words. Let’s remember that survivors of 9/11 are NOT asking for, nor do they want our pity… however, UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT go a LONG way! With that said, I give thanks and props (aka accolades) to both President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s presidential campaigns, and to the campaigns of others running for office throughout the country who have decided to hold or cancel any media campaign ads and/or speeches in observance of 9/11. Good move. It is the RESPECTFUL thing to do!

Some of us can and will eventually accept and deal with the death of a loved one if that person is:
1) expected to die and
2) dies peacefully and/or without further pain and suffering. However, there are others who have serious trouble dealing with the death of loved ones who die suddenly, unexpectedly, and tragically. Months and years could pass and still some people cannot completely move on with their lives. It’s important to consider that this is especially noteworthy if, for example this scenario were to occur:

  • On any given day, you’re seeing or speaking with the person and/or saying or waving goodbye, with the natural expectation of seeing and hearing from that same person again. Perhaps you had plans to do something wonderful later in the day with that person. Perhaps you and that person parted on a bad note. Maybe you argued, said or did some mean and spiteful things to the other person in the heat of the moment. You’ve since had time to cool off, with every intention to either apologize or make things right with that person the next time you saw or spoke to said person. Now imagine, hearing only minutes, hours, if not days later, that person died; he or she lost his or her life suddenly and tragically!

Now sure; anyone can argue that all death is tragic;  but to me, that’s a semantic which can be debated later. The point is to simply note one thing we all need to remember: be it peaceful or given to us abruptly, death is a mere heartbeat away.

People, teach your children and grandchildren about the events of this date. For many of us, the tragic event of September 11, 2001 was our Pearl Harbor. On this date, we got to experience what our parents and grandparents experienced some 60 years before many of us were born. Some of the elder folk who were children or young adults during the December 7th, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, probably never imagined that they would ever see ANOTHER attack on American soil in their lifetime! I’m sure veterans of WWII never imagined it either! Pearl Harbor is STILL being talked about and observed to this very day! So I say again, teach your kids about the PLAIN facts, not theories about 9/11, how to treat others, and about the importance of life.

Here are some other things to teach a child about and which we, as adults should also remember:

  • Treat others in the manner and way you would like to be treated. A person’s nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic status should NEVER matter.
  • Never depart from the presence or end a phone call from/with someone, particularly a relative, friend, classmate, co-worker, or acquaintance – on a bad note or having said or done something or ugly to that person with first offering to apologize. Also, try to never go to bed at night without clearing the air with the person(s) with whom you had a disagreement.
  • Remember the heroic gestures of others at all three attack sites; those who died in the rescue efforts and how other rescuers and aid workers would get ill, suffer and die days, weeks and months later as result of the effects of the 9/11.
  • Tell your kids, (and we too, should try to remember) that for a moment, on that fateful day, and extending some days and weeks afterwards, AMERICA came together in a crisis: the free world JOINED us in our tears of sorrow and loss and they supported us in our efforts to recompose ourselves and continue on as hurt but still UNITED and vibrant nation. We proved to our enemies that American resolve could not be crushed.
  • Tell your kids how, sadly and shamefully, before all the dust of 9/11 was settled, and before all the bodies could be found, and before we could even begin a search for those responsible for the attacks, we allowed FEAR and IGNORANCE to bring about religious and racial stereotypes of a people and religion many knew or understood little about, let alone, respected. (If you, dear reader, are a minority and/or in a religion OTHER than “christian”, you ought to understand what the innocent Arabic people and/or those worshiping Islamic teachings went through – and are still going, eleven years after 9/11! ) It’s important that our children know that how FEAR and IGNORANCE caused many CLOSED-MINDED individuals to be and to do very nasty things to many innocent Arabic and Islamic people living here in America and abroad, and to other immigrants living (legally or illegally) in America. It was wrong then; it is wrong now.
  • Tell your children to study the history of their country, and to learn more FACTS about 9/11.
  • Finally, teach the children to learn to understand and respect the people, cultures and religions of others on this planet. America may be a world leader and world power but there are many times when we are simply arrogant or come off as such to other countries. We tend to sometimes forget that more than 236 years ago, we were once a young little nation experimenting with freedom, democracy, and independent thinking! That same experiment continues! And let’s teach our kids how important it is to NEVER allow prejudice to cloud their view and discernment of what is right and what is wrong.

Think about where you were and what you were doing 11 years ago this date. Then try to keep in mind that some 30 short years from now, We and OUR children will be telling our descendants about 9/11.
May God’s Spirit comfort the families and friends who lost loved ones eleven years ago today, September 11, 2001.
Keepin’ It…REAL!

The Stigma of the “Angry Black Man” (Part 2)

How would YOU react if you overheard the following, particularly in an office setting?

Scene: An office setting. Two White women,(whom I’ll call “Veronica” and “Betty“) are in their early to upper-30’s, talking. “Veronica” is the manager; “Betty”an employee of near-to-equal status of Veronica. Both are in the manager’s office whose door is wide open; both are using their “inside whisper voices”. However, on this particular day, activity around that office was quiet so a good ear in-passing could hear every word spoken.

Betty: (talking to Veronica) “The receptionist said Mr. ‘X’ is here for that 2 o’clock appointment with you regarding that issue he emailed us about.”
Veronica: “Oh, I know. He wants to talk about issue (X). I didn’t answer the email he sent so I guess he decided to see me personally.”
Betty: “Well, his complaint seems valid. Let’s hear what he has to say and we’ll go from there.”
Veronica: “Ok, but not alone! I’ll need you to sit in on the meeting with me, you know… just in case he gets belligerent….”
Betty: (interrupts Veronica) “Belligerent? About what? We know this man; I don’t get that from him. He’s not…”
Veronica: (interrupting Betty) “Just stay here, just in case. I’m not gonna be in this room with that nigger by myself! Those people are always complaining about something and always seem to have some kind of issue they’re mad or upset about!”

FACT 1: I could have made this up (which I didn’t) but even if I did, it wouldn’t matter. SOMEBODY out there will say that they either know of or have been witness to, a scenario exactly like or similar to this.

FACT 2: It is 2012. White women have been working, partying, dating AND sleeping with Black men for years! When they see us on TV or the big screen, they even seem to also admire us. Yet many (not all) are STILL scared or fearful of us (Black men) no matter how well or how NON-threatening we may look or how professional we may present ourselves! For some strange reason, the “innate fear of the Black man” still resides within them. “Veronica” and “Betty” give their sisters a bad rep!

FACT 3: Since joining the civilian work force after the Navy, I have discovered that in some settings, many White women (and some White men too), will hardly ever be found in a room or office ALONE, in an one-on-one meeting with a Black man (or other person of color) to discuss any issues of a direct personal or work-related, or business-providing nature. If the primary person having such a meeting is White, nine times out of ten, (at least in my experience) the other person “just sitting in” is always going to be…White.

FACT 4: Expecting a Black man (or any other person of color) to meet alone with Person 1 is rarely, ever going to happen (again, I’m speaking in some settings), as Person 1 would always give one of the following top three “reasons” (aka, lies) for why Person 2 is also in on the meeting:
(a) Person 2 is there “in training”;
(b) Person 2 is there to make sure the meeting is being conducted in a “professional manner”; or
(c) the issue concerns Person 2’s “area of responsibility”.

While there may some truth to any of these “reasons” for Person 2’s presence, the client/co-worker/subject still has a right to meet one-on-one with Person 1 if he or she feels it necessary. However, certain White persons I know are, or at least seem to be, intimidated by Black men (and Black women) in the corporate setting. Based on my experience, some of them will use – and have used – the words “belligerent” or “militant” to describe almost any Black person’s expressed concerns or views about a situation. They will say that particular Black person “has a bad attitude” or that he (or she) was “being belligerent in the meeting”. If they know the person served in the armed forces, they will accuse him (in such an inaccurate application of the word) of being a “militant”, especially if he happens to disagree with an issue or intelligently (and respectfully) expresses an adverse opinion. At least TWO college degree-holding managers I know have actually said that my “negative attitude was the result of having served in the military for such a long time that it made me a militant.” I laugh each time I hear this!  It is unfortunate that honorable Black men such as I cannot reasonably express a complaint, dispute, or legitimate concern without certain people still feeling the need to “protect” themselves from us with the presence of some other person nearby as they jump to the automatic conclusion that I/we Black men might somehow get “belligerent” on them…EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO PRIOR OR SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR PERCEPTION!

Normally, I am NOT one to pull the “race card”, but that doesn’t mean I don’t see, hear or learn from others, the things that are said and/or done in workplaces, stores, schools, etc. No one can EVER convince me that racism, bigotry, and hatred is “dying a fast death” or that it “no longer exists” in America! Such may be dying in SOME parts of America but, like a cancer, it has its own of staying and/or hiding where it is or spreading to places one might least expect. Only the “radiation” of KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING and RESPECT FOR THE DIFFERENCE OF OTHERS in our society, capped with SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE will eradicate this cancer of racism, racist remarks, and bigotry. Until then, anyone who thinks otherwise I shall call “fool” straight to their face, as I continue to LIVE with the stigma of the “angry Black man” every day of my life! There’s still more to come on this issue. Stand by!
Keepin’ It…REAL!

Honesty on Racism (Part 1)

This blog is all about being REAL. Straight-up. No bullshit.
So…in this one minute video, renown Michigan attorney Geoffrey Fieger IS being REAL, and is saying what many SENSIBLE people – both Black and White – have been saying over the last four to five years about Barack Obama .

Now, to be clear, I have seen enough YouTube videos actually protesting Fieger’s comments. They range from calling Fieger an “opportunist” to gain the Black [sympathy] vote for some future political office he wants, to the hoodwinking of certain ethnic groups, to actually denying the fact that certain people and certain political groups were “never really out to get rid of Barack Obama due to his race, religious beliefs, or his place of actual birth, but only for his political views”. What an outright lie! GIVE ME A FUCKIN’ BREAK!

Look, I’m not only a news junkie but I know damn well American history. And, one of the things about this country’s history which has always fascinated me is that of the American Presidency! I know, (and so do many of you reading this — don’t dare deny it), that until Barack Hussein Obama ran for, got properly vetted and nominated, and rightfully won the presidency, NO ONE ever questioned or challenged the natural citizenry or race of any other person who went through the same process and went on to serve this country as President of these United States. Now it’s true that for a few of our past presidents, there have been questions or concerns about the religious beliefs (i.e. JFK’s catholic upbringing comes to mind), military service, etc during the campaign and after entering office but never such to the level of that done against Barack Obama. And with all the political (and personal) differences the American people, members of Congress, and religious and political groups have had of the last 43 presidents, strangely enough (perhaps strange to everyone except maybe Black people) it was not until Barack Obama came along that all the bullshit questions and challenges of his birth certificate, parentage, religious beliefs, political, religious, and personal associations with so-called “controversial” people, his youth AND his race came to be of very deep concern. It’s shameful but the more we would like to believe that America is socially, ethnically, and ethically moving forward, the more many of us REALize that we still have a very long way to go.

I support Fieger’s comments in his video and in this follow-up news link where he addresses why he posted the video, clearly pointing out the video is NOT a support ad for President Obama’s re-election. Fieger says the video was posted to bring to light the racism that still exists in America, implying that RACE has been – and will still – be a factor to many in this year’s election. Listen carefully and you’ll hear Fieger’s direct and intended inflection of the words, “BLACK family occupying the WHITE House”. In the follow-up news story, Fieger uses the term “code words” to relate to the racist tactics used against Obama by many of his (Fieger’s) “white brethren”, today and in the past four years. (The same terms used particularly by radio pundits by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Fox News, et al).

I won’t sugarcoat it: Black people, particularly those in my general age group and older, have been, and are certainly sensitive to coded language used against us. Black people (and the Native American) practically invented it!  I find it refreshing, to say the least, to actually hear a White man of the fame and credibility Fieger has reached, calling out the obvious racism of the staunch Obama-haters. Thanks Geoffrey Fieger for…
Keepin’ It….REAL!