"I have nothing against older white men; I'm married to one. And the nation's power structure, often represented in Post op-eds, is white, male and at least middle-aged. But a 21st-century op-ed page needs more diversity."
~ journalist Deborah Howell
When deceased journalist Deborah Howell was talking about America's newspapers lack of diversity, she could have made the same statement for television news as well. She could have made the same statement for television news as well. All last week we had white men debating the word Negro. Liz Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, was chiding Senator Harry Reid for using the word. All of the time Dick Cheney was in Washington D.C. he probably never made it to U Street. The only black person I ever saw Dick with was Condoleezza “accidentally black” Rice and that’s not saying much. Now we have MSNBC’s Obama’s America: 2010 and Beyond. For the life of me, I can’t tell why Chris Matthews is leading a discussion on race. I don’t personally have anything against Chris Matthews but really….Chris Matthews? When Matthews name comes up I never think about race. When most of these white political pundits talk I don’t think about race. My main concern is with blacks not having a say in the discussion. I think it is disingenuous to have discussions about black folks without black folks around. White pundits shouldn’t be allowed to debate our issues while we stand by watching and listening. We need to be actively involved in the process or it’s not authentic. Sorry folks but that’s how I feel.
So again why is Matthews running the show? And why is Tom Joyner riding shotgun? He is out of his element in this town hall format. Tom is a disc jockey and not a comedian. His problem is sometimes he forgets the former and embraces the latter. I was thinking that this Obama’s America: 2010 and Beyond would be alright…..just alright not great. And in the end I wasn’t impressed. The next black person that mentions reparations needs to be taken outside and beat with a bamboo stick. *NEWS FLASH* we are on our own!!! Black people, no one is coming to save us!!! Katrina foreshadowed that fact. We have to handle our business and do what we gotta do. Aint’ nobody giving away nothing!! Well at least not to black folks. And we need to stop being mad because white folks accuse us of voting for Obama because he is black. That’s not a lie. A lot of black people did!!! That’s why so many black politicians keep being elected year after year. Qualifications? What are those? Track Record? What is that? He or She is Black!! Sounds good to me. This is a systematic problem that is killing majority black cities and will end up being the death of them.
It is hard having discussions on race because everybody goes off on their own tangent. The problem with race is that it’s more than just white folks hating blacks or black folks hating whites. It involves Immigration, Education, Quality of Living, Employment etc. It also means that you need to include Latinos because they will be the 2nd largest minority. Also you need to include Muslims, Asians, and Native Americans etc. You can’t discuss race in 2 hours and hope to have a better understanding. Some people just won’t get it in that short period of time. One Latino woman said she didn’t believe affirmative action has ever played a part in her career. Yeah, and I’m in line to be the next Emperor of China.