Let’s Get Real

Former CBS News Anchor, Dan Rather was  speaking  about President’s Obama’s failed attempts to garner support and leadership for healthcare legislation, and how Republicans will use it against President Obama.  Rather said that the Republicans would describe President Obama as “a nice person … very articulate” but an ineffective leader who “couldn’t sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”

Did I hear him correctly?

This is just on the heels of the CEO of Tennessee Hospitality Association emailing to the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several members of the press pictures of  First Lady Michelle Obama, and comparing her to Tarzan’s chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta.  *smh*

Let’s get real.

The fight for justice and equality did not end when President Obama was elected.  Believe it or not, I am glad these incidents are happening, and I hope these people continue to behave in this manner.  Why do I say this?  Because they are exposing who they truly are and how they think about the world.  For years, Dan Rather sat in the head post of CBS News providing us with the news, and shaping millions of people’s thoughts and views about the world.  I now wonder how many times did we accept his biased views for “news”.  And we have the CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association and the president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau that wields influence over businesses, contracts and how the people of that state are marketed to the rest of the world.  How many African-American businesses and tourist attractions in Tennessee are represented and have benefitted by working with these organizations? 

We have fallen asleep. Yes, we are able to buy big homes, cars, take vacations and live a successful lifestyle.  However, this false sense of security has lulled us into complacency.  The election of President Obama has awakened many racial fears, so it is time for those who believe in justice and equality to awaken also.  

So what are we going to do about it?  Do we react like Chris Matthews and brush over it?  (I am pretty sure he was taken off guard, but he usually steps in to chastise his guests.  Why not now?)  Or do we begin to hold these people accountable?  Write letters to Chris Matthews so that Dan Rather isn’t invited onto another major news network due to his racial undertones and insensitivity.  However, let’s take it further, let’s organize and mobilize to assist the underrepresented in Tennessee.  This incident is probably indicative of the racial relations and issues occurring in Tennessee.  What is the unemployment rate of African-Americans in Tennessee?  What is the high school drop-out rate?  How is economic development within the black community in Tennessee? 

It is time to expose people and situations for who and what they really are.


  1. There are plenty of groups that already exist and work hard every day to try and expose the institutional racism and classism in the United States. Almost all of them are desperately under-funded and under-staffed. People who aren’t involved should start by joining this movement that is part of struggle that has been going on since slaveowners founded this country for their own financial benefit.

    • There are several organizations that have been fighting for justice and equality for many years. The issue is the masses of people who remain uninspired and uninvolved. I am not certain what will have to happen to motivate people to get involved at least in their community.

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