People get and give insults in the South all day every day. If you have thin skin, you should move. These insults come to mind.
The Michael Basiden Show’s list “8 Reasons Black Women Should Date White Men: First, Black Women should date whoever makes them happy and treats them well. But, the list from Basiden’s show ticked me off because I don’t think the desired traits are rare among my friends. I did like the list’s view on our community’s glorification of thug life.
Obama vs. Cain: I once worked at the U.S. Congress across the hall from Rep. John Conyers’s office and he had a young bright chief of staff named Julian Epstein. At my Black college homecoming last weekend, many old classmates asked my opinion of the Herman Cain presidential candidacy and I told them that Obama vs. Cain was great for several different reasons from several different angles. I am insulted by Black people who think the Black electorate isn’t intelligent and crafty enough to vote for Cain in the open primary states if they want to see him faceoff with Obama.
While watching Fox News yesterday (yes, I watch Fox News sometimes), Julian Epstein let the cat out of the bag by saying that Democrats aren’t behind the recent Cain drama because smart Democrats want Cain to be the G.O.P nominee. Epstein then seriously said that Democrats would donate to Cain’s campaign. As we say in the South, Julian should “hush” because he is telling family business in the streets but he is so right.
Cain is to Obama as LBJ was to Kennedy: Yes, I can insult my political friends by stating that crass LBJ passed bills that smooth Kennedy didn’t get to before his tragic departure. Those Kennedy boys were no match for the Dixiecrats but old Lyndon knew how to fight fire with fire. LBJ said that he was insulted when a lifelong Black employee of his family would drive from Texas to the White House and if she need to use the bathroom in route, she had to squat in the woods.
Obama is my favorite president but possibly too nice to turn the nation around. He is too nice with the loyal opposition and he is too nice with his base regarding personal responsibility. If you read the 8 reasons Black women should date White men, you will see that the president and the first lady could say more about their development and growth relative to teaching the next generation of all colors. If Obama won’t get brass, Cain certainly would and that might be the answer.
Herman Cain, Bill Clinton and Thomas Gipson: I worked at Albany State University with old school southern gentleman Thomas Gipson..God rest his soul. Mr. Gipson, like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had knowledge and wisdom for you everyday but he got a pass or was grandfathered on political correctness. Gip said that the university’s harassment policies were nonsense and that he would never stop complimenting lovely women.
Bill Clinton, one of my three favorite presidents, insulted me with that whole Monica mess as did Bush 43 with weapons of mass destruction. If I gave Clinton and Bush passes, Herman Cain gets one also. If people from Albany, Georgia, want to know what Cain likely said, they should remember Thomas Gipson and know that what was once tradition is now litigation.
In summary, “yes we can.” We can reelect President Obama. We can elect a Georgian as president if not Obama. We can better position ourselves to enhance the lives of Black women. We can understand if said women find happiness elsewhere. We can understand that no candidate is perfect and neither are we. We can use insults as positive dialog starters.
We can put on that Sade’s remake of Timmy Thomas’s 1972 classic “Why Can’t We Live Together,” sit back and explain to Cain’s supporters why they are alienating the massive political center. You can’t win the White House without the center.