November 19, 2004

Madison, WI radio host continues racially offensive remarks against Rice

John Sylvester, who is known on the air as "Sly," continued an on-the-air tirade against Secretary of State-designee Condoleezza Rice on WTDY-AM Madison, WI yesterday. Sylvester referred to Rice as "Aunt Jemima," and compounded his verbal assault by calling departing Secretary of State Colin Powell "Uncle Tom."

Sylvester claims that his black listeners "gave him permission" to use those disparaging terms about the duo, whom he insists are "letting themselves be used" by conservatives -- as if they don't have an original thought capable of being conserative.

Sly, the on-air name for John Sylvester, told WTDY-AM (1670) morning show listeners that Rice, who is black, bought her way into the White House with obedience to President Bush.

"I'm not apologizing for what I said," Sylvester said Thursday in an interview. "I stand by it.

"I was aiming that directly at a black person that is letting himself (and herself) be used by an administration that has been extremely hostile to minorities," he said.

"Being subservient and being a black role model are two different things. I think (Rice) has not only been bad for the country and for national security, but I think she's been a bad black role model.

"I don't think being subservient to white people and not blowing the whistle on their misdoings is a good role model at all."

The "soul patrol" continues its "acceptance-by-silence" rule over Sylvester's bleatings; that "rule" appears to be par for the course for all of the racially-tainted criticism of black conservatives in general, and Rice in particular of late.

Political cartoonists continue to lampoon Rice in bigoted cartoons across the nation, yet if any conservative-leaning commentator, writer, columnist, cartoonist, talk show host or anyone else for that matter, even strayed near that path, he/she'd be run out of the nation on a rail. And that goes the same for conservative blacks as well as whites, especially as noted by the amount of hate mail I've entertained behind my past criticisms of Jesse Jackson in print, online and in the broadcast media.

The double-standard is alive and well in black America, and I'm sorry to say that there appears to be no end to it in sight.

Posted by mhking at November 19, 2004 01:19 PM

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Posted by: A Redder State of Mind at November 19, 2004 02:48 PM

Weren't some Democrats upset over the jokes about Jesse Jackson and Rosa Parks in the movie Barber Shop? Those weren't even racists ones. It seems their sense of humor (and racial sensitivity) depends on the target. If it's conservative blacks, anything goes. If it's liberal blacks, better watch out.

Posted by: Lawrence at November 19, 2004 10:14 PM

Why does Sly have to even address Condi's skin color? Why is that even brought into the debate in the first place? Could it be that there's actually racism on the left? Let God be the judge of that, but thank God we need not take seriously the lefts dribble anymore. Long live the GOP.

Posted by: Michael Gallaugher at November 22, 2004 12:13 AM

Mr. Slyvester,
I do not know what Black people who you deem gave you permission to slander the good names of Dr. Rice and Mr. Powell, but I do take exception to your irresponsible behavior. As an African American man, I have encountered many white people on the left that went out of their way to inform me that they have black friends. My answer to them has always been "so what". What difference does it make whether you have black friends or not. That does not make you a non racist. What makes you a racist is that you go out of your way to malign people of other races (even if you have permission to engage in such reprehensible behaviors). Mr. Slyvester, I can understand if you do not agree with the political views of Dr. Rice, but I do believe that you have a responsibility to the greater community, therefore I cannot accept your outright racism. Thankyou for listening and good day.

Posted by: Russell H. Pressley at November 22, 2004 09:01 PM

I completely agree with John (Sly) Sylvester's remarks about Condoleeza Rice. As an advisor, she has never given Bush a single bit of advice; she has only done what she thought he wanted. What a sycophant! How somebody who is supposed to be smart could only want to serve Bush (who is too dumb to even have a conscience) instead of the country at large, as she is suppposed to, is beyond me. But, there is no doubt that she was accurately described by Sly. So Sly, hell no, don't apologize to anybody about this.

Posted by: brant watson at November 22, 2004 10:36 PM

Just saw John Sylvester on Hannity and Colmes. What a prick! You are a disgrace. I'm glad both Hannity and Colmes didn't allow you to just shoot your mouth off. A pathetic piece of excrement like you needs to be scrapped off your boot just like dog shit!

Posted by: Charles Lee at November 23, 2004 09:44 PM

The fact that rice is black makes no difference to me. What does make a differenc is the she is named in a lawsuit along with Bush, Cheney, and all the rest for having forknowledge of the World Trade Center attacts. See 'Transcript: Alex Jones Interviews Stanley Hilton' on This is a subject that should be explored more on the mainline media.

Posted by: mike at January 7, 2005 10:24 PM
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