Friday, January 30, 2009

RNC Chair is A Black Man: GOP Croons Color Our World

If I had the musical skills to sing this I would, but I don't sing. Here are lyrics for the GOP on electing its first African-American, Michael Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, as its new chairperson.

I preface my presentation with yes, it will take a man of a man of steel on their side to impress me, but I won't be won this year. I give you a new version of "Color My World" in honor of the GOP's boldly going where they've never been after being shocked with the electoral cattle prod.
Color the GOP's World

As time goes on
we realize
what brown people mean
to us
And now,
now Steele is near
to make dumb people feel
like we love people of color
but we
use them when it suits us.
Color our GOP with hope of looking cool.
Sorry, folks, but that's the way I feel. If you don't know the song "Color My World" by Chicago, then here's YouTube video to put so you can imagine how it goes with the words in honor of this historic Republican Party moment.

Originally I'd written the "Color the GOP" lyrics with Bobby Jindal's name as I reflected on the RNC's Obama the Magic Negro Song Christmas gift debacle. Jindal was the brown they really wanted to get down with when McCain chose Palin, in hopes of wooing women voters. It's funny to them when they poke Obama. Would it be funny if the song was about them?

Perhaps the RNC's saving Jindal, Louisiana's governor, for 2012, while they play a game of "spot our Negro" with Steele. However, Jindal keeps saying he doesn't want to play.

Maybe I should cut the RNC some slack for electing its first African-American chair, but I can't in the same way that I don't applaud men for paying their child support only after their wages have been garnished by the courts. If you've been through this, you know it begins with daddy being behind on his payments and putting forth a pittance on payments in arrears while his check is garnished for current needs. Too little and maybe too late, but he wants applause for having to have his hand forced.

Obama winning office, the visibility of more African-Americans who are well-educated and wealthy, the general ass-whuppin' the RNC took because folks got fed up with crazy talk during an economic crisis but also with divisive BS from McCain's campaign was a warning sign to that party. Confronted by the signs of times, the RNC fears death if it doesn't change its image, which are white faces front and center, pissed while privileged, so clearly visible during its national convention as attendees and speakers ridiculed community organizers.

Anyway, here's CNN's lead on the first black RNC chairman:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- ... Steele was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday.

Steele, the first African-American to hold the post, defeated South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson, 91-77, in the final round of voting among the RNC's 168 members. Only 86 votes were needed.

"This is our opportunity. I cannot do this by myself," he told the crowd at the annual RNC meeting Friday. "God bless you, and God bless our party. ... It's going to be a new day."

Steele also told his fellow party members that it will be a "great honor to spar" with President Obama. (CNN story)
I guess that's an open acknowledgment that he knows why he was selected. He's going to be to the GOP what the Juan Williams is to Fox News.

I'm all for unity and people making an effort chanting "we are one," but the RNC's got to more than put on blackface to make me forget what I've seen. And no, I'm not pulling a Limbaugh here and hoping they fail to be inclusive. I hope they succeed if that is truly what they want to do. If they want to do more than play the race card, as they love to say, then time will tell, but all I'm feeling now is they want to play us, play us all.

1 comment:

SjP said...

I agree with you 100%. Black face just ain't gonna get it.