Clarence G. from Ohio writes in response to my column on the left’s racism toward Dr. Condoleeza Rice:
Good Morning – Mr. Powers:
I discovered your column amongst the many relevant selections at BlackElectorate.com. Once I finished your article, I was compelled to try and encourage you to continue, while giving you some positive feedback.
I am an African American male, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. My naval career lasted three years, seven months and twenty-eight days before being discharged. During that time I encountered a number of instances of either being or perceived as a “successful minority.”
Part of it is the acculturation of so many white Americans worshipping at the altar of what I call – “Soundbite America.” The other group of is described profoundly by Issac Asimov: “The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant threat winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Alas, Mr. Powers, let me give you a sports scenario that illustrates the mindset of the type of individual that sees Dr. Rice as “Aunt Jemina” and Colin Powell as a “Uncle Tom.” In 1973, Atlanta Braves home-run slugger, Hank Aaron came within one home-run of Babe Ruth’s record for
home-runs in a career. Aaron did break Ruth’s record, along with the U.S. Postal record for (a non-politician) receiving the most mail – 930,000 letters. Most of the letters werey hate mail and you are quite aware that black people think it is against their religion to write.
Since, Ron Artest and the National Basketball Association has enthralled “Soundbite America,” allow me to share the saga of Lew Alcindor a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As a freshman at UCLA in the fall of 1967, the Alcindor-led freshmen defeated the NCAA champion varsity team.
Alcindor was subsequently shown making a reverse dunk on the cover of Time magazine – within a week to ten days – the Alcindor Rule was passed. No more dunking for TEN years.
Excellent points. This is why this tripe directed at Rice needs to be addressed now, so we don’t end up with what ten years from now will be known as the “Condoleeza Rice rule.” Time to slam dunk these racists!