November 22, 2004

Wisconsin radio shlock jock Sylvester gives "apology" & insults further

Madison, WI radio personality John Sylvester gave a half-assed "apology" for racially insulting Secretary of State-designee Condoleezza Rice in a letter to newspapers this morning.

I'm concerned that I have offended many African-Americans by using a crass term to describe an incompetent, dishonest political appointee of the Bush administration. I apologize. I know the term "Aunt Jemima" is not complimentary to African-American women who have worked so hard and yet receive so little from our great country.

I will not, however, apologize for pointing out that while Rice has clearly enjoyed the American dream, she has allowed herself to be used as a black trophy by an administration that is working hard to deny that dream to other African-American women.

Rice has had a very successful career in academia, but unfortunately she has clearly forgotten that many African-Americans are still paying the price for a country that promoted years of segregation, oppression and discrimination.

This radio hack thinks that by giving a back-handed slap at Rice, and by extension black conservatives across the nation, that he can attone for his offensive behavior.

I would dare say that it doesn't. If anything, it adds fuel to the fire.

Sylvester presumes to think for black America, and feeds into the misconception that black America is an ideological and intellectual monolith that can be led around by a would-be white "good guy" who's come to save the day from the "eeevil" conservatives.

He figures he can get away with insulting black conservatives, because in his pitiful little mind, blacks who happen to be conservative "aren't really black after all."

Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

Posted by mhking at November 22, 2004 11:58 PM

What an asshole. Sorry for using profanity like that on your blog, but this guy deserves no less.

"I will not, however, apologize for pointing out that while Rice has clearly enjoyed the American dream,"

Yes, especially when she was growing up in Alabama in the 60's as an African American, I'm sure she truly enjoyed the American dream.

Someone should explain to this idiot that when you are in a hole, it behooves one to stop digging.

Posted by: Tman at November 23, 2004 10:30 AM

I usually respond to those who are PC with I am always biased and bigoted, the difference between mine and yours is they are only mine not yours. Everyone has biases. Call them choices or whatever. If one cannot chose what he likes and dislikes using the knowledge gained in his lifetime he does not live in a free country. That said it is entirely within the right of the legislatures of the various political spaces to enact laws to govern trade and commercial enterprises, they cannot though govern thought.

My personal bias is against Ignorance......... when it is the result of bias.........


Posted by: whhjr at November 24, 2004 08:24 PM

arh...just take a look at the guy. I guess it was a traumatic childhood, or something...

Posted by: tasha at December 5, 2004 11:52 PM
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