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Colin Powell May Endorse Hopey McChange Sunday

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Gen. Colin Powell, seen here getting his swerve on at the Africa Rising music and fashion festival in London, is going on “Meet the Press” Sunday. Washington is a-buzz that the former Bush Secy. of State and leader of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (under the Poppy Bush) will throw himself onto Team Obama.

Earlier in the campaign, Powell was offering some foreign policy advice to Barack Obama, but had spoken favorably about both candidates throughout the election. Conventional wisdom is that it will be shocking if Powell doesn’t endorse Obama, considering that backing McCain would be a non-starter (and not-really-earth shattering,considering Powell is a military man who worked for two Republican Administrations. Granted, the last one shut him down once they’d used up all his credibility, but it was within the same political family).

FOX News has hilariously tied this potential endorsement with a news clip from Powell’s visit to London where he got up and did a little dancing with a musical act from Nigeria.

His address at the “Africa Rising” celebration inside London’s Royal Albert Hall fueled speculation that an endorsement of Barack Obama is imminent.

Powell — who has yet to back a candidate — told the audience: “I stand before you as an African-American. Many people have said to me you became secretary of state of the USA, is it still necessary to say that you are an African American or that you are black? And I say yes, so that we can remind our children.”

“It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history,” Powell told the audience. “I didn’t just drop out of the sky. People came from my continent in chains.”

I don’t know. Maybe this is part of some revealing “Oh my God! Colin Powell is some common Negro” journalism. Maybe seeing him with other black people, dancing of all things, then giving a speech where he acknowledged that African Americans have roots in … gasp … Africa, disturbed their sensibilities. I wonder if they remember his speech to the RNC a few years back and the large gaps of silence when Powell spoke about the reality of race in America. Just because you don’t agree on the role of government in American life or you have an actual foreign policy/war “doctrine” named for you, doesn’t make you magically stop caring about issues that effect black people. I swear.

Thanks reader Nichelle for the link!

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October 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Fear and Self-Loathing In Black America

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Protesters against US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama hold placards while disrupting a, “Women’s Rally For The Change We Need” in Coral Gables, Florida. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

My mama always says that all black people need therapy and in some respects she’s right.

She’s right in respect of the massive inferiority complex black Americans deal with from the day they are born, bombarded with images to reinforce the “black bad, white good” paradigm. From intellect to beauty to passion to charm to grace to femininity to strength to power we are portrayed as the losers, the lessers, the lamented, unable to shake the “beasts of burden” status we were branded with when we got off the boat in shackles. The status that has clung to us like a funeral pall, darkening our view of everything — even each other — often bubbling and burning to self-hatred.

That self-hatred is buried so deep that even if your parents try to fight it by educating you about your history, by telling you that you are loved and beautiful, by telling you that opportunities are limitless if you make the effort and reach high, even if they tell you that we are not the losers, the lessers or the lamented, that we are the triumphant, the survivors, the strivers, the heroes of our own lives, there is still a seed of doubt, planted years ago when as a child you wished for a smaller nose, lighter skin, blue eyes, straighter hair and thinner lips.

Where you said you wanted to be a little less black when you really didn’t want to be black at all.

That kernel of doubt that made you pine for what you could never have and never be and if not fought against diligently this seed could grow into an all consuming kudzu of hate, suffocating you from the light, obscuring your view, leaving you with a mental illness where you look at the world, the racism, the negativity from the media and even other black people as a cancer.

Some channel this self-hatred into an abandonment of blackness. For others it becomes a paralyzing identification of permanent victimhood. They only know how to operate against racist phantoms, real and imagined, but are frozen when dealing with internal issues, reluctant to “put a brother down” even if they’re in the wrong.

For the worst it becomes an all consuming fire destroying out what they think is love. Incineration out of what they believe is the salvation of the race — masochistically massacring the sinful, damaged black body with a Baptism by matches and kerosene.

This is the story of a man who believes in the theory that we must be torn down to be built up.

On Friday last week Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama gave a speech at rally in Coral Gables, Fla. and he was interrupted by 20 black men shouting “Barack go home,” carrying signs reading that “Blacks Against Obama,” “Jessie [sic] Jackson hates Obama for Federal Child Support Act,” and “Obama is endorsed by KKK.”

These men were part of a group, Blacks Against Obama, lead by “Mike the Black Man” aka Maurice Woodside, Maurice Symonette, and Mikael Israel, schooled by former “cult” leader Yahweh ben Yahweh, nee Hulon Mitchell Jr.

Yahweh founded the Nation of Yahweh in 1979. The group “emphasized that God and all the prophets of the Holy Bible were black and blacks would gain the knowledge of their true history through him. He also emphasized whites and particularly Jews as infidels and oppressors.”

To become part of the inner circle of the group members had to kill a white person and bring Yahweh a body part (an ear or nose or finger) as proof. Several white vagrants were murdered. In 1992, Several members of Yahweh’s church were prosecuted for murder and Yahweh himself was prosecuted under RICO charges and served 11 years of an 18 year sentence, then died in 2007 of prostate cancer.

Mike the Black Man was charged in this case, but acquitted.

Unperturbed by what happened with the Nation of Yahweh, Michael lives on with the new goal of ushering black people from “Demon-crats” and launching into anti-abortion tirades, arguing that that the DNC is a pawn of the Ku Klux Klan.

“(John) McCain’s the closest thing to God, so I’m going to go ahead an encourage my people to vote for that guy,” Michael told reporters after the protest at the rally, according to a reporter from the Miami New Times.

The reporter, Gus Garcia-Roberts, provided some background on Michael.

In our 2002 story on the tempestuous and racially-charged history of the little village of El Portal, we ran into Michael, who at that time had commandeered an illegal but popular radio show and was lambasting the town’s Democratic black mayor, Daisy Black, as a “devil” and encouraging that she be “set on fire”.

It all stemmed, it seemed, from Michael’s obsessive and Old Testament-fueled quest to convert blacks to Republicanism. He would refer to democrats as “Demon-crats” and “slave masters”, and, yes, accuse them all of being in bed with the KKK.

Blacks Against Obama appeared to oppose the candidate for his Democratic Party membership and his Liberal stances on reproductive rights, including being for the right of women to have an abortion. Michael flung out the unfounded statistic that 35 percent of all abortions are of black males.

Image from michaeldefeatssatan.com

As the protesters ranted and the Obama supporters in the crowd railed back I cringed. As some long-time readers my know, I don’t always agree with black Republicans but I do agree that alternative views are needed and should be studied and applied in our community. But I winced for every rational black conservative who may be anti-abortion but are loathe to have this self-destructive malcontent braying in front of TV cameras, ripping nonsensical rants for FOX News.

He was a sideshow, a freak who delighted the white gawkers thinking they were getting some inside view into the secret life of black Americans.

I couldn’t see anyone wanted to be associated with that, to be included with that vitriol, burned by that oxygen devouring funeral pyre.

On Michael’s Web site, Michael Defeats Satan, he gives Obama the mark of the beast, listing reasons why he is the devil and shouldn’t be supported, including his support for gay marriage (Obama supports gay rights, but is actually against gay marriage, preferring civil unions.) and abortion rights. (He was also touched by the “devil” that is Oprah Winfrey, another target of his damnation.)

On his site, michaelwarns.com he writes: “Please visit www.michaeldefeatssatan.com for information on Oprah and Obamas destruction of the black race and the rest of the world.”

Michael also goes into screeds over women, accusing 33 percent of black woman of being worshipers of the “Devil Lilith” and expressing outrage over women being given the right to vote, saying women outnumber men 40-to-1.

This sounds all the more insane given that as of 2002 women make up a 51 percent majority in the United States. The ratio is a bit larger for blacks with black women making up 55 percent of the black population.

He also has numerous videos and radio commentaries about the issues he rails against.

This is where the hatred leads to lunacy. Any rational argument dissipates in haze of judgment and fevered revelations. How can you take him seriously? How can you take his 20 man protest seriously?

The truth is, no one did.

The print media only did some cursory coverage and cable news was more interested in playing the drama of the event rather than explaining it. Blacks Against Obama was just another blip the cycle, a star in the dope show. Look at the picaninny carnival booing Obama. Gaze at the YouTubed spectacle drowned out by Obama’s devoted supporters, black and white. There was nothing deeper to divulge here, yet I wanted to know who and why. I wanted to know if there was something tangible, such as an earlier protest from a group wanting Obama to address more “black” issues. But instead I discovered what Gil Scott-Heron sang years ago.

Home is where the hatred is.

The hatred lives inside of us. It lives in Pastor James David Manning who went on a rant this month about perceived “attacks” on Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter Bristol. Rather than simply call for family members to be off limits, Manning went into a vile diatribe about Obama’s white mother being “trash” because Manning’s “Mama” taught him that any white woman who was willing to go off with a black man in the 1950s and 60s was trash, the worst of the worst.

The whole rant is offensive on multiple levels, dripping with hatred for Obama, Obama’s Kenyan father, gays, the perceived sexual aberrations of black men and white women and media commentators with a heavy focus on the most prurient side of human sexuality. He was obsessed to a near J. Edgar Hoover level of perversion, projecting his own lustful heart onto others he hated.

While most of us won’t fester and run like a blister, the roots of self-hatred are there. There is the voice in our heads telling us we are everything “they” think we are. So with the devotion of a true believer we adopt behavior and mannerisms meant to tear each other down in an effort to rebuild someone else in your place.

But when rebuilding out of hate, Lord only knows what monsters could be unleashed, what perversions of blackness could become portents of misfortune and pain.

*Thanks to reader Deidre for the tip and links!

Ask The Snob!

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Ever since I started this blog I have received mail from people of all nationalities about black people and black issues. I try to be welcoming of all people and all points of view because I want to encourage openness in the best interest of improving race relations and ethnic divisions. No judgments, just frank answers as best as I can give them.

From now on when I receive a particularly good letter I’m going to highlight it on the blog and encourage others to ask me anything and I’ll give an answer as honest and as informed as I can.

If you have a comment or question for The Snob email me at blacksnob@gmail.com.

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Hi Danielle,

My name is Stephanie and lately I have been trying to find who I am.

Well, I know who I am in a way but in another way I don’t.

To make a story short my grandfather on my mum’s side was African American (she was born at the end of WW2).

I have been reading a lot about African Americans lately, I read about the notion of “passing.” Well I guess that here in Belgium I am kind of passing although I always tell people about my roots. My Dad is white as chalk and my mum is brown and I am white with green eyes. When I tell my story to people, they take a closer look at me and usually say, yes I can see it in your features.

Now my is question: What do you call someone like me? Someone whose grandfather was African American?

One thing I am sure of is that I am proud of my roots, even if I have never met my grandfather. My mum never got to know him either. She doesn’t even know his name. Shame on the grandma for this.

Well, I hope I am not annoying you with my babbling and questions.

Take care and thanks for reading this,

Steph Brouwers

Hi Stephanie,

Your story is interesting. Traditionally, in the United States anyone with any African ancestry is considered black or African American. Things have changed some where individuals who are biracial or have a black grandparent may identify themselves as bi- or multiracial, but despite this slightly more relaxed attitude people white and black in the US tend to adhere to the “one drop” rule. It’s based on a post-slavery law adopted throughout the US that labeled all people with African ancestry, no matter how minuscule, as black. That’s where the rigidness over the issue comes from.

Basically all African Americans are mixed — usually with white (primarily French or English), West African and Indian (Native American) blood,. This isn’t so much dissimilar for how it is for other blacks throughout Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean although their white blood tends to come from the French, Spaniards and the Portuguese. But because of the degree of racism in the US there is a form of solidarity among all people with black blood. We all faced the same discrimination and harassment. Some people who don’t look black at all, like yourself, are quite adamant in identifying themselves as black. But in modern times other individuals who look black, like golfer Tiger Woods, insist on being seen as a multiracial person.

I don’t know if this helps you any. Most of the terms created for the different degrees of biracial people are considered offensive now. If you were biracial, having one black parent, you were mulatto. In your case, with a grandparent, you’d be a quadroon. But like I said, these terms are considered offensive in the states.

Also, the general rule for most multiracial people in the US is “you are what you look like.” If people look at you and see a black person that is how you’ll get treated no matter what. If you do not look black it’s understandable to just refer to yourself as bi- or multiracial.

I think it’s good that you want to learn more about your African American roots. It’s always good to learn where you came from and about different cultures. And I wouldn’t worry too much about the “passing” aspect. If you’re honest about who you are and comfortable with who you are that’s all that really matters. You, the individual, are not limited to or defined by your ethnicity solely.

Good luck in learning more about your family and culture. If you have any other questions just drop me another email. I’m always happy to help.

Yours truly,

Danielle aka “The Snob”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Author Shelby Steele

On Black Conservatives

I just saw Shelby Steele on Hannity’s America and what I can’t understand is why these Fox News Uncle Tom’s (Steele, Larry Elder, Juan Williams) aren’t smart enough to know that the white man is just using them to try and disgrace strong black men.

These black men have obviously lost their minds and I bet when they see black people coming toward them on the street, they turn and go the other way from fear. It really bothers me to see Fox News use these house Negroes to try and sway blacks and whites not to vote for Obama. Obama has surrounded himself with skilled young and old people who make McCain look like an old fool. It seems like all McCain’s campaign does is wait to see what Obama says and does and then criticize him. If Obama looses, it’s only because he’s black. He has been running circles around McCain and the old fool can’t seem to figure him out. Obama is so much smarter than McCain.

CB
Dallas, TX

Let me compliment you on this very fine piece of writing (Black Conservatives on Barack Obama). It was both insightful and thought-provoking.

As a black conservative it is rare that a confessed liberal will give credence to the fact that black conservatives have a right to exist without being considered anathema’s to our ethnic designation. I was a liberal for many years, but 20 years of Pastoral ministry in Gary, IN has taught me that the social policies of liberals are not working for blacks.

I would agree with J.C. Watts that the Republican Party has done little to reach out to blacks, and seems to have conceded the black vote once again. This being said, I favored Mike Huckabee, and I still struggle with McCain. I am truly in awe of the historical moment before with Sen. Barack Obama; however policy is the deal breaker for me. I just do not believe the evidence supports success of his policy proposals. I say this in the face of the huge disappointment G.W. Bush has been as a President.

Thanks for your opinions, and I hope to keep reading them.

Raymond C. Dix Jr.
Senior Pastor
Berean Fellowship Baptist Church
Gary, Ind.

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If that heading doesn’t look like spam I don’t know what does.

Much for the reason I found you, TJ Holmes, I have also much wanted to see a picture of Tiger Woods showing more skin.

Sharie B.

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Friend or Frienemies?: Black Conservatives Weigh In On the Presidential Candidacy of Barack Obama

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As a true vision of George W. Bush’s hallmark catchphrase, is Barack Obama the true “uniter, not a divider” as the one man black Republicans and Democrats can agree on?

Photo from Men’s Vouge

A lot of people talk about Sen. Barack Obama in the terms of him bringing Democrats and Republicans together by being willing to cross the aisle and reach out to Republicans. While this notion is nice, I don’t quite see that happening if Obama makes it to the White House. Most Republicans, with a few rare exceptions, have been unwilling to cede any ground to the Democrats, or even the center in some cases. It’s typically the Democrats capitulating as many Democratic senators and representatives were elected as centrists in Republican or moderate districts.

No, the great unification I’m more interested in is the myriad of reactions from black conservatives, politicians and pundits to Obama’s ascension from freshman senator to Democratic sensation.

My curiosity was initially piqued with Colin Powell outted himself as a foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama. It only grew as various black conservative pundits wavered between reserved admiration and dulled dislike for Obama. It’s only grown since Secy. of State Condeleeza Rice recently chimed in on Obama’s recent speech on race relations in America, largely agreeing with the sentiment of the speech and adding that America has a “birth defect” from being founded by liberty seeking revolutionaries and the black slaves brought here as their beasts of burden.

While Obama has received his fair share of criticism and Liberal boogyman beatdowns from black conservatives, he’s also received a lot of praise. There seems to be a “two-ness” in the black conservative response. As a black person, they’re proud to an extent. But as a Republican they’d rather be rooting for Michael Steele or Alan Keyes. But even with that caveat there are still fissures in the façade. The first black president, ever, is still to delicious of a dream to pass on completely causing many black Republicans to do the same thing that many anti-war, Liberals have done – see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear.

Because I’m willing to take one for the black Liberal team, I took the time to research the opinions of fourteen prominent black conservatives and conservative-leaning moderates and found some surprising (and not surprising) results. While I don’t usually agree with the black Right, I do understand their reasons for being Republicans and/or conservatives. I don’t usually agree with those reasons, but I can see why they came to these conclusions.

“The Talented Fourteenth,” as I’ve so dubbed them, will be profiled throughout the next two weeks with one black conservative a day. Sunday’s installment features CNN gadfly and regular “Real Time with Bill Maher” guest, Liberal-Conservative-Independent-Republican, Amy Holmes.

Holmes, a conservative pundit and former speech writer for Sen. Bill Frist, gets on TV, a lot. It doesn’t hurt that she’s physically attractive. She talks with confidence in every subject, even those she’s not particularly versed in, even when she’s flat out wrong. She sort of reminds me of White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, only I don’t like Dana Perino, yet I am somewhat partial to Holmes, despite never agreeing with her. I can’t really explain or justify it. But I’ll be honest – it’s probably because I’m an educated light-skinned black woman with naturally curly hair who can also talk really, really fast. Plus we both had the “that could have be me!” outrage over Don Imus flippantly tossing around “nappy headed ho” remark about academically exceptional black female student-athletes at one of the United State’s oldest institutions.

Our similarities end there. Her opinions on Obama follow below.

On Barack Obama’s “race speech,” from the National Review Online blog – The Corner:

My first reaction? Race speeches are rarely good, and this was no exception. For all of Obama’s new talk of change, courage, politics you can believe in, I heard a whole lot of liberal boilerplate dressed up in euphemism and offering no fresh solutions …

(I)n an effort to lay blame everywhere, Obama called out his own grandmother for admitting to her, now, not so secret fear of young black male strangers. He said that when he was growing up her remarks sometimes made him cringe. Well, for my part, hearing him compare a woman who sacrificed for his well-being to a pastor who’s only benefited from his association made me cringe. Real courage and real candor is Chris Rock standing on stage telling a packed black audience that seeing young black men on dark lonely night near the glow of an ATM can make him feel nervous, too.


On Anderson Cooper 360’s blog, defending Obama against former Democratic Vice President nominee Geraldine Ferraro attack that Obama was lucky to be in the situation he is in right now, benefiting from being both black and a male:

The answer is simple and on message. Barack is lucky, and he should say so.

He’s lucky to be an American, a citizen of the greatest nation in human history. He’s lucky and blessed to have a smart and beautiful wife who loves him and sustains him, two strong and healthy daughters he has the privilege and responsibility of raising.

He’s lucky to be on the campaign trail meeting his fellow citizens everyday and asking them to spread his message, “Yes we can.” And with luck, hard work, and the support of the American people, he hopes to bring that message to the White House.

And again on The Corner, defending Obama’s blackness credentials:

Certainly, there are powerful forces in the black community to define oneself in political grievance terms. But it seems to me that a lot of the pressure to “keep it real” has been deflated by the fact that so many who make that silly claim are demonstrable and obvious phonies.


Some have argued that you have to take any conservative opinion Holmes has with a grain of salt. Her conservative credentials have been questioned due to her pro-choice stance on abortion, as well as some other “Liberal” views. She’s registered as an “independent” and many people have alluded that she touts herself as a conservative purely out of the fact that as an attractive young black woman she would get more press and more work if she leaned conservative.

The question for Amy Holmes is really this: are the things she says on CNN, FOX, and Real Time with Bill Maher really her opinion, or is she just spotlight-seeking? After all, this is the woman who in 2000 admitted to The Daily Princetonian that “I love photo shoots. I understand now why celebrities get addicted.” – Teague Bohlen, Demver Blog, Westworld


But, for what it’s worth, she did donate $250 to black Republican Michael Steele’s failed bid for senate in 2006.

Holmes has been, at best, mixed on Obama. She’s both defended and criticized him. Her criticism has mostly centered on Obama being a “Liberal” and accusing him of reinforcing anachronistic notions of race when Holmes feels Americans, black and white, have evolved past some of the issues bolstered by the, ahem, race hustling poverty pimps of the black progressive Left.

Shock of all shocks, I actually think Holmes is sincere in both her defense and, to a lesser extent, her criticisms of Obama. While she does brandish the Scarlet “L” around, I can’t tell how much of her heart is behind that. I’m not a mind reader, but from what I’ve seen of Holmes repeatedly on CNN, she doesn’t seem particularly interested in bashing Obama besides getting in a few talking points. She’s typically more interested in tearing into his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

This isn’t saying that Holmes will be plunking $250 down for Obama, but I wouldn’t be shocked if she came out for him or voted for him either. Although Holmes and I haven’t agreed on anything other than “Don Imus should be fired” and “Republicans should reach out to the black community more,” she seems to be – I don’t know – reasonable. She’s just as excited about the prospect of a black president as the next black person despite the fact he doesn’t hold the exact same views as her.

This is not so much different as Irish Catholics voting for Kennedy in 1960 and Mormons voting for Mitt Romney in 2008. There is something intrinsically exciting and visceral about one of your own, a favorite son, making a go of it. Black people, even black Republicans, are not immune to this.

Final conclusions

Chances of endorsing Obama: What? And ruin her chances of getting on TV all the time? As if!

Chances of voting for Obama: This is a no brainer. Conservative or no, she’s voting for him in the general. That’s just my opinion, mind you. I have no facts or imperical evidence. But I’ve seen her teeter-totter on the Liberal-Conservative divide, and I have a gut feeling of “truthiness” that she’s going to fall into the Obama camp, albeit secretly, if he’s the nominee.

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Check back to The Black Snob all this week on my series “Friend of Frienemies: Black Conservatives On Barack Obama,” concluding on April 18th.

Monday: Condoleezza Rice
Tuesday: JC Watts
Wednesday: Shelby Steele
Thursday: Alan Keyes
Friday: Ward Connerly
Saturday: Colin Powell
Sunday: Armstrong Williams
Monday: Michael Steele
Tuesday: John McWhorter
Wednesday: LaShawn Barber and Herman Cain
Thursday: Star Parker and Eric Wallace
Friday: A final analysis, “Who Would Clarence Thomas Vote For?”

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March 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm