Speaking at a civil rights march in Atlanta, Harry Belafonte called any black person in the Bush administration “black tyrants.”
Belafonte made a name for himself “singin’ for da man” and he has the gall to accuse Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and others, of Uncle Tomming their way to the top and betraying the black community?
True, Powell and Rice only achieved some of the nation’s highest offices and have met with some of the world’s most powerful people. Powell and Rice didn’t defiantly break the stereotypical mold like Belafonte by going into a career of singin’ and dancin’. Maybe someday, Rice, Powell, and others, will go a step further and decide to really break free of whitey’s grip by taking up tapping and shoe shining.
Taking heat from a man who’s famous for singing lines like, “Come on Mister Tally Man, tally me banana”? I don’t know for sure, but if I’d say Powell and Rice are on the right course.
If anybody is a disgrace to their race, it’s people like Belafonte, who create a world that labels those who succeed in any area of life not endorsed by poverty pimps as “sellouts to their race.”
The problem is contained in the left in general, and not just Belafonte. The truth is that in Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, et al, the left sees their own failings Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a failure to keep minorities where they belong: quiet, economically dependent, and voting Democrat.
This is where the meanness, vitriol and vile contempt for Rice and Powell comes from. Their success could become contagious. The last thing the liberal left wants is a successful minority, especially a Republican, or, God forbid, a conservative one. If this spreads, they’re in real trouble. No disease means there will be no demand for their snake oil.
Panic has set in.