Actor/singer/leftist political activist (not necessarily in that order) Harry Belafonte gave a symposium speech, not so coincidentally around the same time his humanitarian hero and freedom fighter friend Hugo Chavez was in New York City bashing the U.S. president. Chavez officially met Belafonte over a decade ago after Harry’s nose was pulled from Hugo’s ass during a colonoscopy.

I never thought a peddler of pollution producing oil products would be a favorite among the left, but you see something new every day.

Belafonte, who calls Bush the world’s greatest terrorist and blacks who work in the Bush administration “black tyrants” and “uncle Toms,” spoke Tuesday evening at Johns Hopkins University.

Baltimore Sun columnist Gregory Kane has a great take on Belafonte, and one worthy of repeating.

Belafonte repeated his Bush-as-a-terrorist theme in his Hopkins speech, but he steered clear of the other “t” word. Nevertheless, he implied there was tyranny afoot in America.

“I’ve been the voice of dissent, along with millions of others,” Belafonte said. “We’ve been put away and maligned and contained.”

I’m sure exactly that has happened in the alternate universe Belafonte has constructed. The reality is quite different. True tyrants would have slapped Belafonte into prison for his “Bush is the biggest tyrant and terrorist” remarks. Tyrants surely wouldn’t allow him to travel about the country speaking at the finest colleges and universities in the land.

Well put. Not only that, but where was the protest about Belafonte’s speech? When a right-winger is going to speak at a mainstream university, the picketers outnumber the attendees, provided the speech isn’t cancelled altogether.

Kane’s comments about Belafonte remind me of the “Rock Against Bush” movement. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, The Dixie Chicks, and many more, went around the country in private jets, stayed in five-star hotel suites, rode in limousines and took a stage unimpeded to say whatever they pleased, all in an effort to demonstrate the sheer oppression of the Bush administration.

I always find it fascinating when Belafonte speaks about Colin Powell and Condi Rice as examples of subservient Uncle Tom types in Bush’s administration.

Let’s take these three individuals and briefly examine each.

Condoleezza Rice

Earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004.

Colin Powell

Graduated from the City College of New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. Recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations. Civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.

Harry Belafonte

Dropped out of high school to enlist in the Navy. Discharged from the Navy, moved to New York City to study drama and pursue an entertainment career. Sings for crowds full of white people, while simultaneously accusing black conservatives of being “Uncle Toms” – all without experiencing a crushing feeling of introspective irony.

If Rice and Powell wish to break free of the grip of whitey, Belafonte-style, they’d better get down to Birmingham and start tap dancing.

Harry’s banana boat is hopelessly adrift, but even then you’ll notice that it doesn’t seem to drift permanently to the nirvanic Venezuela or Cuba, nations that Belafonte holds so dear. As Andy Rooney would say, “Why is that?”

The answer is painfully obvious.


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