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I have been reading Mike Huckabee’s latest book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. Huckabee immediately sets up the us against them dynamics. The people who live in Bubbleville (the elites) and the people who live in Bubbaville (him and his people). This provides a very simplistic view of the cultural divide. The problem with this view is there is no room in the middle. Some people like myself could be described as a liberal with conservative leanings on social issues, but there is simply no room for people like me in this world that splits so neatly in half. Huckabee has been criticized for his comments on Beyoncé and Jay Z, and I must admit I was interested in reading what he had to say in the context of the book, and I must admit he makes a valid point. Beyoncé’s performances are very sexually suggestive and her husband is acutely involved in her career. His characterization of Jay Z as her pimp is off base, but when you watch her perform and really listen to her lyrics it is not unrealistic for parents to think twice regarding the appropriateness of this for children under 18, but that is not how he posits it. Huckabee uses words that resonate with the residents of Bubbaville, and that is where he does himself and “his people” a disservice. I started reading the book to learn something about the man and his views and I did. I learned he is a man with strong conservative views that seemingly prohibit him from fully recognizing and respecting the views from the other side of the political perspective. You can respect the views of others without embracing them. If you can do that then perhaps you can have a conversation with people who don’t reside on your side of the cultural divide.
Last night I watched Sag Harbor on OWN. Sag Harbor has a rich history and it was interesting listening to the elders share the development of this rich community. This beachfront property is located in New York near the Hamptons, but this was the only beachfront property that black people could purchase in the 1940’s and 50″s. It was a place where black professionals came and enjoyed summer with people who shared their experience. It was segregated by law but over the years it became segregated by choice and that was fine with the inhabitants of the community. Now many have been priced out of the Hampton zip code and they are starting to give Sag Harbor a look, and the village elders are not pleased with the new look of the landscape. It is the ultimate irony: this was the only option for black people and now it is a realtor’s hot spot to everyone, but the village elders are not going down without a fight.
The Republicans will control the Senate and the House. Will anything change? Simple question. Share your thoughts.
Read the linked story. http://thegrio.com/2014/10/07/raven-symone-african-american-black/
Rob McDonnell, John Edwards, Kwame Kilpatrick, Ray Nagin, Jesse Jackson Jr., Sheila Dixon, and Marian Berry. What do they have in common? They had power and position and they misused it, but are politicians only as honest as their opportunities? Share your thoughts.
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