The Debate ‘Rope-a-Dope,’ They hope

The origin of the “Rope-a-Dope” was the successful boxing technique employed by Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, when he knocked out his bigger and stronger opponent George Foreman to regain his title during their 1974 match. In that fight Mr. Ali was literally beaten for the first four rounds, before rallying, taking charge and then knocking out his opponent in the eighth round.
Many supporters of President Barack Obama suggested after his anemic performance in his first debate with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney that Obama’s showing was part of his “rope-a-dope” scheme. At least they hope it was. Continue reading

Open Letter to the National Association of Black Journalists

A recent exchange of comments on the National Association of Black Journalists listserv about the quality of The Black Press provoked me to offer this response, which I now share here.

One Black editor wrote: “…clips from those who worked in black newspapers were often but not always of lower quality. I understand that many of those papers didn’t have the resources but many stories were simply poorly written, full of holes, one-sided or littered with typos…”

In the opinion of another NABJ member: “…The production problems (of) most black-owned newspapers endured. They did not own their presses, so they often leased time from others. This often led to hasty work as clocks ticked [and bills rang up]. Tragic errors and haphazard design followed….” Ahem.

My edited response: “I really must take umbrage Continue reading

A dead campaign which refuses to die

Back in early August, one observer remarked that July had been Willard Mitt Romney’s “worst month ever.” Not so.
The GOP presidential nominee then went off to Europe to prove that he was a foreign affairs heavyweight, by his conduct on the world stage. The former leader of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics then proceeded to insult England, this country’s closest ally, by predicting lax security might tarnish the outcome of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games. Both the British Prime Minister and the Mayor of London gave their guest a tongue-lashing to his face. Continue reading

Who’s better off than four years ago?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s videotaped remark to wealthy supporters that 47 percent of Americans “believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name it” and that “my job is not to worry about” people who won’t “take personal responsibility” literally went over like a lead balloon. But because of a reservoir of hatred against the entire Black family occupying the White House Gov. Romney still has a puncher’s chance to knock out the incumbent Pres. Barack Obama, win the presidency and lead the country back to the brink of its destruction. Continue reading

Romney’s Black ‘Leadership Council’

I once had a job supervisor who liked to share stories about his past exploits. His first summer job was while he was still in high school. He worked at what was called a “5 & 10 cent store”–they were then like Wal-Mart is today.
On this job he was the only Black person and he knew his place. There were 76 White women and one White man, all of whom he knew, were his bosses. Then one day the store hired another young Black man.
For the rest of the entire summer, he recalled, most of his time on the job was spent quarrelling with the other Black man about which of them was in authority, after the 76 White women and one White man. So it is today. Continue reading

Blacks bashing Barack

President Barack Obama has attracted a number of high profile Black detractors.
As insane and self-hating as it might in truth be, there are certain Black politicians who can be expected to beat-up on the President as he seeks re-election.
Mr. “Nine-nine-nine,” the pizza mogul, Herman Cain has nothing good to say about the White House incumbent.
Cain is joined by Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and by former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who was in fact himself thrown under the bus by the GOP after he planned their recent convention in Tampa, and then was not even credentialed to attend. Continue reading

The Late Great Congressional Black Caucus

Very soon the nation’s capital will witness discussions and debates about the major issues of our day, along with wall-to-wall parties. It will be the 42nd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus–the “conscience of the Congress.” It may be the last time the CBC can wear that title in truth. What?
That’s right, the CBC is on the cusp of its largest membership ever and for the first time there may be three–count them–three Black Republican members of Congress serving with 44 or more Black Democrats, and one of the Republicans is already planning its destruction. Continue reading

Republican Political delirium is deceptive

The Republican Party gathered in Tampa for their quadrennial convention this week, and to look at them thumping their chests and dancing and shouting ecstatically, even as Hurricane Isaac walloped them, what we see is not necessarily what we’ll get on Election Day. The same is true of the Democrats, meeting days later in Charlotte, N.C.
Throughout this political season, I’ve watched the Republicans go bonkers whenever anything is uttered by any of their speakers deriding President Barack Obama. It’s Pavlovian. Continue reading

Who’s playing ‘The Race Card’ now?

Back in The Day, there was a heated argument over “reverse discrimination.” It started with a California student named Alan Bakke who sued the University of California because he was denied admission to a medical school. He said less-qualified Black students than he were admitted, and that that amounted to discrimination against him.
The Supreme Court agreed and Black enrollment in professional schools all over the country has been steadily declining for more than 30 years now. Continue reading