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Re: “Sen. Robert Ford and Rep. Wendell Gilliard need a lesson in Political Satire 101

Having been a native son of Charleston (albeit prodigal and distant due to military duties),I do keep a wary eye on the happenings, comings and goings of the city and the many bugaboos of history ,race, and humidity. I can't expect too much(especially) conservative or even liberal Southern understanding of a black america's sensitivity to satire.Subtlety has to develope over time. It's a cultural wound that stems from the mocking that was used to demean not in the "ha - ha" funny but in the you Darwinian loser , we are the champions, you are not fit mode.I know from from travels and interactions through the years that even the most openminded white friend of mine will lapse into "when will "blacks /you people/minorities" get over the past. Don't think that the great majority of us wish to stay stuck in that mind set. We don't . We abhor it. But, like the line uttered by Micheal Corleone in the movie Godfather III , "Everytime , I get close to getting out,they pull me right back in."Case and point the orchestrated and edited Sherrod /USDA scandal.Why America why?I long for the chance for the lingering ugly undertones of past B.S. to fade. I want a Mel Brooksian attitude to develope. Chris Rock(fellow South Carolinian) and others come close but our way is today is not ready to embrace the humors from those whose past laughter was not with us but at us. We know the freedom of speech but really put yourself in the shoes of victims (I mean minorities ahem) 45 years ago. Make your derisive funnies about the late Mendle Rivers and Strom Thurman. Hell, I'll probably catch hell over not put the obligatory titles of Rep. and Sen. in front of those names, even today.I didnt agree with Mr. Ford when I attended Charleston High in the early eighties but I did agree that even a broken clock can be right twice a day.Much like a power hitter or power puncherthey strike out alot but when a knockout is needed they are there. As we become more nuanced things will change and get better. MLK's failings,depictions of President Obama(see the handle on the name) ,and Limbaughesque parody of blacks are not going to win friends and influence people. I will allow your humor and defend to the death your right to satire my southern Voltaires but please acknowledge, the clear and present fear that this candidate Greene was a financed "dupe" , who didn't convey the confidence knowledge and skills comensurate to becoming Senator of our fair state.We want the best to represent us, not the "Soldier's Story mascot" set to rip our hearts out. For those left in a fog about that last statement please see the movie for context.Remember , Black South Carolinian democrats were in the Hillary Clinton camp till her husband Bill's statements,subsequent missteps and then candidate Obama's awakening changed the game. So we were spoiled for better.Just because our president is half -black it does not make whites see him as anything than all black. I will gladly sit at the bar and laugh but much like Aesop's fable of the Lion and the hunter coming upon a statue. The statue showed a Lion vanquished by a hunter. To the Lion, the hunter says that this is proof of that man is superior. To which the Lion replied, "Let the lions sculpt the statues and see how they would depict the hunters and the lions then."

Posted by afrodeeseac on July 23, 2010 at 12:46 AM
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