A bitch was traveling last week and kind of missed Rush Limbaugh’s latest public display of rancidity…but a certain Tabitha from Madison, Wisconsin (birthplace of my remarkable sister, C-Money, btw!) sent an email about the shit and asked for my thoughts.
You asked, sister!
My first response was to ignore Rush’s comments about certain people only being successful because they are black.
I’ve been black since birth and have heard that shit almost as long…in school and in my professional careers, people have enjoyed dropping that diss on a pretty regular basis. In many ways, I owe them for it – a bitch has worked hard to counter the “she’s just here because she’s black claim.” But the sad reality is that lots of folks could give a shit about a body's actual accomplishments…they need to believe that some other person is successful simply because they are black because it helps them ignore their own inadequacies and lack of achievement.
‘Tis tempting to list out the many ways a person is challenged by bigotry because they are black…I’ll confess that I wrote out a long list and then deleted it.
A bitch is easily tempted (wink).
But you know and I know this isn’t a debate over the real…and Limbaugh wants folks to dive for this shit because that would validate the premise of his argument.
He ain’t slick and this bitch isn't in the mood.
Limbaugh is an ass and, since he makes a pile of money being an ass, he’ll probably be an ass for life.
I suspect that Limbaugh likes to claim that folks are successful because they are black because he feels that he’s successful simply because he’s white.
Truth is I’m not all that concerned about Limbaugh or Beck or Bennett or Buchanan or any of the other intellectually challenged fools of conservative media…
…’tis their audience that worries me.
Odds are the pundits are indulging in lucrative hustles. Oh they believe what they say, but they only say it because it resonates with their audience. If their audience wanted them to praise certain black people they’d belly up to a pulpit, light some candles and start chanting that black is beautiful.
But the undeniable fact is that these fools have found and built an audience through hate dressed up as analysis…and that audience is not offended by the shit they say – they eat that racist shit up and then call in and beg for more.
And while Limbaugh and his kind travel in wealthy circles and rarely mix with the masses…
…their listeners are our neighbors.
Monday, July 12, 2010
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