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Karl Rove tells Donna Brazile that she “owes him some fried chicken”, and its not a problem

This morning while we were watching This Week with George Stephanopoulos we witnessed some comic banter between Donna Brazile and Karl Rove. Brazile told Rove that he owed her some chili and Rove told her that she owed him some fried chicken. Most people watching the show saw two people who know each other well. He obviously makes good chili and she makes good chicken. Nothing racial or sinister here, but the mere mention of fried chicken and black woman in the same sentence will send the race hawks off the roof. So you heard it hear first Rove meant no harm.


Does President Obama understand “the slave thing”?

President Obama was descibed as “exotic” during the campaign by conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. The use of the word was meant to define him as different from real Americans, but he does have an interesting background. He is the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya. He is a true African American, but does he really understand the black American experience? Does he understand discrimination? Does he understand how black Americans survived the Jim Crow south? Does he understand the “slave thing”?  I just have to wonder. Was he elected in part because he did not carry the baggage of slavery into the White House. Who does the president listen to? If he had a problem with Russia would he consult experts on Russia? If he had a problem with China would he consult experts on China? If he has a problem on race specifically black people who does he consult? Who knows. Axelrod or Gibbs? Why has this White House been so skiddish on the issue? Muareen Dowd wrote an excellent piece on this issue: You’ll Never Believe What this White House is Missing: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2010%2F07%2F25%2Fopinion%2F25dowd.html&h=d7caf 

This was a difficult week for the White House and some are asking did the Sherrod case provide a teachable moment? Yes, but one can only be taught if one knows something is lacking, and at this point what seems to be lacking is a diverse perspective.

Barack and Michelle Obama’s Unique Display of Affection

It was the fist pound heard all over the world. When Sen. Obama was about to give his speech on Tuesday the last thing he did was a fist pound with his wife Michelle. I thought it was a cute gesture but I am amused by the amount of conversation it has generated. Media people were downright puzzled. What does it mean? In the black community it is as common as a handshake it is just an affirming gesture. I’m sure the Fox News guys probably saw it as a sign the revolution had started. Sorry fellows it’s a show of love. The other thing that cracked me up was the exchange between Donna Brazille and Anderson Cooper. Cooper was attempting to try to get Brazille to divulge some information from a private phone call and she would not. She replied you are not my “boo”. He had no idea what the term meant. For Anderson boo is probably exclusively associated with Halloween.  Boo is another way of saying my baby, my sweetheart. The interesting thing about both of these incidents is it underscores how much the majority race does not know about the minority. To some degree in order to enjoy any level of success in this country the minority has to learn the way of the majority for survival, but the majority does not have to learn anything or even interact with the minority and they can still survive. Over the next few months I believe Americans will begin to learn about each other and to some degree it began with the fist pound heard around the world.