Stop Tryin’ to Mess with Me; I don’t feel no ways tired.
Good Tuesday Evening!
Let’s face it, as we call for diversity within the Republican Party, one thing is certain —- that the Black vote is OWNED by the Democrat Party. So why the occasional “racial dog whistles” from members of that party. I will tell you why, because they feel that every once in a while, instead of calling out problems in the Black community and trying to make them better, they have to show how “SOLID dey are wit de ignant folks”. Ebonics, establishes a bond between those in the Black community, while also creating an identity that separates the community from the mainstream group. That’s the point here, a biracial man who is President and a white woman who WANTS to be the President use will shamelessly use Ebonics to separate one segment of the population, solidify their union with them and appeal to this base union by showing how “ghetto” they can be. Right along with them.
The problem is that most of Black America grew up in the larger American community and it’s hard to be a full member of a community if you can’t speak the correct language – in this case, standard English, the language of education, business, and government.
As Walter Williams stated, VERY ELOQUENTLY,” “I don’t feel no ways tired. I come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don’t believe He brought me this far,” drawled presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, mimicking black voice to a black audience, at the First Baptist Church of Selma, Alabama. I’m wondering if Mrs. Clinton visits an Indian reservation she might cozy up to them saying, “How! Me not tired. Me come heap long way. Road mighty rough. Sky Spirit no bring me this far.” Or, seeking the Asian vote she might say, “I no wray tired. Come too far I started flum. Road berry clooked. Number one Dragon King take me far.”
Nope, I ‘m pretty sure that she would not do such a thing…..
And what about the President? Who can forget Joe Biden’s famous praise of Barack Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
I supposed that for a long time Joe Biden was hanging around with some really funky smelling ,dirty, inarticulate and ugly Black folks. I would certainly hope that he was not referring to the Congressional Black Caucus, since they would be one of his only reference points.
And then Harry Reid stated: Obama’s success was due to his “light-skinned appearance and speaking patterns with no negro dialect.” Well, he does have light skin. Michelle does not, but she is also successful. But the lack of “negro dialect” is the “sticking point” here.
Could it be that the President and Hillary Clinton to name but two of the Democrat Party that has been known to slip into the “Ghetto Speak” or “Ebonics” mode —- (Debbie Wasserman Schultz is another — she has a great love for a man called Jim Crow —- she speaks of him always in a pinch.) are doing so to pander to a group that they consider too stupid to know the difference?
My it would be as funny as when Ted Danson made a really bizarre tribute to his then girlfriend Whoopie Goldberg. Danson experienced substantial negative press attention on October 8, 1993 after his appearance in blackface at a Friar’s Club comedy roast in honor of then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg. In his monologue, Danson made extensive use of offensive racial stereotypes, used the word “nigger” more than a dozen times, and ate a watermelon. What could he have been thinking……
Probably the same as the aforementioned pair and the others. That it is OK to “relate” in this way to “those people”. They will appreciate it and welcome me and my ideas. Nevermind that this sets the group aside even more. There are so many problems within the Black community, our politicians don’t have to solidify that feeling of “differentness”, that feeling of “inferiority”, that feeling of “self hatred” that manifests itself in the level of “Black on Black” crime; poverty; unemployment; 76 percent of children growing up without responsible male figures; gang violence; anti-social behavior; poor school performance; …… and the list goes on…..
No one has to speak like a “caricature” of a sharecropper from the deep south. That is an insult to the “proper speaking” sharecroppers in the deep south.