We did not have an open thread last Friday because of the fun distraction offered up by Cliven Bundy and his retinue of black conservative political blackface pole dancers. Even Bundy's own daughter (so he or she claims to be) chimed in on our conversation.
Low-hanging fruit is easy to eat. However, that same low-hanging fruit may not be very good for you as it is deficient in essential nutrients.
Muhammad Ali is one of my personal heroes. He was a master showman and provocateur who learned much of his craft as an entertainer from watching professional wrestling.
The above clip from ESPN's great 30 for 30 episode on Chuck Wepner featured Ali's "fight" with him on the Mike Douglas show.
[Wepner seems like real folks--his protest that "I have lots of black friends" is priceless. Wepner's story about his trainer putting the "maloik" on Ali is also laugh at loud funny.]
As we start the week, it is important to remember that Cliven Bundy's racist mouth-bloviating is a distraction from other more important matters. We should learn from Ali's effort to provoke Wepner: so many of the public discussions about "racism" in the Age of Obama are faux moral panics, smoke and noise which reveal nothing substantive about systems of Power.
Bundy is an ignorant man. Cliven Bundy's racism is a function of his ignorance.
The foundational question "but what is he an example of?" should be the entry point for locating his seditious hypocritical government tit-sucking armed resistance to the federal government within a larger system of white supremacy and white privilege.
Likewise, lots of people--including Barack Obama--are wasting their time talking about the racist comments made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Why is it at all surprising that a rich white man has no use for his black underlings? More generally, why would anyone expect the owner of a multi billion dollar company to respect his or her employees?
Money does not translate into moral authority or virtue. As I have said before, African-American men have a near pathological obsession with basketball. Anything that dissuades them from that sickness, and reorients them to more productive activities, is a net positive in my book.
Just as the other NBA players stood mute about George Zimmerman's acquittal for murdering Trayvon Martin,
The public will not boycott the Clippers because cheering for a team and being "entertained" is more important than taking a principled position that they will not give a racist such as Donald Sterling their money. Lions such as John Carlos and Tommie Smith, men who understood the powerful symbolic relationship between sports and politics, have been replaced by cowering lambs.
What are some important and substantive news items from last week that you would like to share? What news developments are you anticipating or thinking about this week?