It’s “Everybody is a Racist” Monday!
Wow, busy day for the “every cracker is a racist” crowd. First, Jesse Jackson proves, once again, that he’ll do anything to try and remain relevant. In case anyone has forgotten, Lebron James doesn’t work in Cleveland anymore. Instead, he’s moved on to less taxing pastures in Miami (literally, no income tax in Florida). So, instead of acting like an adult, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert decided to put on his “jilted lover” hat and boil Lebron’s bunny, figuratively of course. More precisely, Gilbert collected all of his pent-up anger and unloaded in a local newspaper. To everyone else, Gilbert’s soliloquy simply provided a good chuckle. Not to Jesse Jackson though, who, I believe, once accused Mr. Rogers of being a racist because he didn’t have more black puppets in his Neighborhood of Make-Believe. He said this about Gilbert’s tirade:
His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.
Maybe this is just me, but I didn’t read slavery into Gilbert’s motivational speech to the people of Cleveland. I viewed it as more of a Midol moment (sorry ladies); or a “crap, now no one’s going to pay to see my sad excuse for a basketball team” experience. Of course, Jackson’s perspective brings up several questions: what if Gilbert didn’t have a meltdown? Would Jackson then argue that Gilbert was still the slave-master, but that he only considered Lebron to be a mediocre slave? How would Lebron feel about that? Also, does this relationship cross employment lines? Can the master-slave relationship be present in a middle-management kind of setting involving cubicles, or does one of the parties have to be the owner of the company? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that Lebron was the master, and Gilbert the slave? While Lebron moves on, Gilbert remains chained to Cleveland? I don’t think Jesse really thought this one out.
At the same time, Michelle “you’re all fat” Obama gave a speech to the NAACP the night before it votes to condemn the evil tea parties for the totally factual and not at all made up racial epithets and mean posters. In a statement revealing her deep concern for making sure she’s in the newspaper, NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell said,
‘We’re deeply concerned about elements that are trying to move the country back, trying to reverse progress that we’ve made…We are asking that the law-abiding members of the Tea Party repudiate those racist elements, that they recognize the historic and present racist elements that are within the Tea Party movement.’
Hey, I’m law-abiding. I hereby repudiate all of the non-existent racist elements of the tea-party. I also repudiate you annoying me with your nonsense.
And finally, apparently because he’s looking for work, Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Dept. of Justice would actually enforce existing federal law in the event racial profiling occurs in Arizona. Usually such a proclamation would be met with a “well duh…of course you’ll enforce federal law…you’re the DOJ.” Due to Holder’s novel, “i’ll enforce it if i feel like it” stance on crime, however, his proclamation was indeed news-worthy.
I’m going to watch WKRP in Cincinnati now. Why? Why not is the question.