Thursday, October 10, 2002
the kids are emailing me links to harry belafonte calling colin powell a house nigger.
he didnt bust with the n-bomb, but he did. belafonte equated the secretary of state to a slave who lived in the master's house.
"There's an old saying, in the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and were those slaves that lived in the house," Belafonte said in a radio interview on a San Diego talk show. "You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master ... exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him.
"Colin Powell's committed to come into the house of the master," Belafonte continued. "When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture."
typically i don't like to talk about news or rumor or gossip or troubles surrounding Black people because i like to live with my head in the sand sometimes, and i certainly don't like to give racists or semi-racists any fodder to stoke their hatred. i also dont bad mouth my boss to outsiders, or my workplace, or the girls who get naked with me. i think life is tough enough without being part of the problem.
but fuckit, Powell and Belafonte are both big boys at the end of their lives, so let's do this.
firstly, i dont know where belafonte gets off. his middle of the road crooning was hardly gangsta. born in harlem, but bred in jamacia, his version of keeping it real was putting real sugar into his ice tea while on the lido deck of the cruise ship instead of Equal.
and i will say this of Powell. he knew this day would come.
a Black man cannot work for a white republican president and think that one day someone isnt going to shout sellout from across the street. Especially when Blacks have gone nearly 50 years without a strong political leader of color, especially one as popular as Powell who has unprecidented support cross-culturely (read: whites like him too), especially since the majority of Blacks would have loved to have seen Powell run against Bush in the Republican primary and were sorely disappointed when he didnt.
add that to the fact that he, with all his military experience and hype, has not found Osama, secretary powell should not be shocked when he gets tomatoes thrown at the back of his head by a guy known to sing about banana boats.
does General Powell speak up and shut up when Bush tells him he's talking over his head? doubt it.
but none of it matters. Powell is part of a losing team right now and Blacks do not want this on our record. how easy would it be for those who do not want Blacks in high levels of power to point to Powell and Rice and say, "what did those two do when they were given a chance? not much. one lied about 9/11 and the other couldn't find osama."
so my advice to the secretary of state, since he is short, im sure, of unsolicited counseling, is to just find osama and bring him back to america on a platter.
my advice: bet jesse jackson a million bucks that he can't find osama. my money's on the reverand.
Previously on busblog...