Monday, October 13, 2008

James T. Harris For Vice President!!!

My wife has always theorized that if I wanted to take some magical shortcut to my eventual career goal of being on TV, all I'd need to do is become a Conservative. By virtue of being semi-articulate and black, and spouting some GOP talking points, in no time at all, I'd be all over Fox News. Bill-O, Hannity, and Greta would buy out the bar for me, just like they did for Pastor Manning. Heck, considering the lack of color on the GOP side, I have little doubt I'd be invited to speak on the campaign trail. Move over Michael Steele, there's a new hankyhead Black Republican in town.

Sure, I'd have to tuck in at least one of my testicles, forget the concept of dignity, and speak in a much higher voice, but I'd be famous in no time flat.



Watching this James T. Harris cat burst on the national scene this past week just proves AverageSis' theory. Watch as Mr. Harris makes an indelible impression on DaddyMac.



Wow. And faster than you can say Stepin... dudes pops up on Fox News. I am sooo jealous right now



I like finding out more about people before I write the book on them, so I Googled Mr. Harris and found out he's the host of a Conservative talk show on some podunk AM station in Wisconsin. As if the timing couldn't get any odder, dude's show happened to be airing as I was putting this post together.

Turns out Harris, despite all the tough guy posturing, is little more than the milquetoast GOP mouthpiece I expected. He spouted party lines. His critiques of Obama were pointless, his defense of the GOP smear campaign inexplicable. Basically, he was your typical Black Republican. Not the Jigga and Esco type, think more Ward Connerly. And yes, he was strategically placed at the front of the crowd so that he could deliver that comment. This was no accident, Harris even gleefully admitted as much himself.

I'm not sayin' James T. Harris is a sellout for basically stoking the fires that brand another black man as a terrorist. But he might just wear some very soft shoes.

MLK is crying inside. Man Up, James!

Question: What did you think of James T. Harris' challenge to John McCain?

James T. Harris Show [620 WTMJ]

30 AverageComments™:

Black Diaspora said...

When a black man can get a crowd of whites to stand, cheer, clap, and lose their ever loving minds with joy, and delight--it's got to be one of three things:

He's just scored the game winning basket for the home team, ran a game winning touchdown, or he's at a republican rally, and he's just attacked another black man with more enthusiasm, and more zest, than his white counterparts ever could.

The way to the top for blacks is clearly on the back of an elephant, bar none.

All they have to do is avoid the occasional stampede--all that pachydermous tonnage could leave some rather interesting roadkill designs in their wake.

Observer 1:
'What is that: a man, or just the outline of one?'

Observer 2:
'Dunno what it is. I don't think it's a man, though.'

TalentedTenth said...

i thought it would have been less time consuming for him to just bend over and grab his ankles...he probably would have gotten the same amount of hand claps and jeering...i mean, cheering.

anywho...so now there is this rumor going around that he was paid to do that. what do you think of that theory AB?

ebonygentleman said...

Maybe Harris has a future in the WWE. He sure made the crowd 'pop' after saying, "I'm BEGGING you, sir!"

Lord knows Vince McMahon could always use more shuckin' and jivin' characters like "Cryme Tyme" in his wrestling promotion.

What I found more interesting was McCain's immediate response to Harris after his tirade. (It's not on these two clips:)

"Thank you for your courage. I believe your reward will be in heaven, not here on Earth."

Laughter erupted in the same crowd after this statement.

Now, being a devout person, I don't know how to take that. Was McCain making a joke? Was he telling Harris what he needed to hear? The crowd seemed to think so.

I wonder if John really believed that sincerely when he said it.

In any case, it really got me to thinking critically about how religion has been used as a weapon or a pacifier against black americans, regardless of politcal stances.

EG

Nikki Mo in FL said...

Seems the "heaven" comment was in response to Harris' initial statement about how much flack he is taking for being a McCain supporter (not included in any of the news clips, but I think it was on one of the youtube clips AB posted).

The Dark Angel said...

LMAO. I love every comment above, that made my morning, especially black diaspora. It's obvious Mr. Harris was a Republican plant. I will give the Republican's credit, they are good at getting others to do their dirty work for them. The ole' token black guy to support us technique has always been their method to dog a black candidate without the risk of being branded as a rascist.

Hannity has his pocket coon: Jesse Lee Peterson, O'Rielly's got a cute one with curly hair...mmm (he'll probably sexually harrass her too). Rush loves to quote Shelby Steele as if he's the God of African American ideology. It's all to help sell covert racism.

Every party needs a "token" minority to co-sign their talking points, not to minorities...but to white Americans. Because we all know, if a black man said it about another black man...it can't be racist. Hidden message: White folks it's okay to call him a Muslim terrorist because the black guy up front called him one too.

Cheri T. said...

Yeah, this dude made the rounds on all the media outlets over the past few days in order to fully milk his 15 minutes of fame (or infamy depending on who's making the call).

I too did my reasearch on MrHarris and visited his blog. Many of the comments over there were just brutal. I also hear he's getting death threats too (I certainly don't condone this).

Anyway, I digress from my point which is that he was on Don Lemon's show last night on CNN where he was moaning about all the flack he's taken. This guy just doesn't get it at all.

He was sprouting off about how black folk are mad because he is a concertaive and is not supporting Obama. I personally believe in a person's right to buy into whatever ideology they like, even if doing so is contrary to their own best interest.

The issue that people had with Mr. Harris was NOT that he's not an Obama supporter, and not for expressing his views. The problem folks had was with a black man on national TV BEGGIN for a white man to save him;an inage that has been replayed hundreds of time over.

Let's face it. As a member of the media, Harris knew exactly what he was doing and prbably had this crap planned all along. And poor Don Lemon had to interview that jackass...

AverageBro said...

@ blk diaspora

He's just scored the game winning basket for the home team, ran a game winning touchdown, or he's at a republican rally, and he's just attacked another black man with more enthusiasm, and more zest, than his white counterparts ever could.

Hey, black men get cheered for singing and dancing too. You forgot that one.

Wayne Brady is crying inside.

@ TalTenth

I don't think he was paid. He was invited and strategically placed. His "pay" is the national exposure he's got. This is a guy with a 1/hr weekly show on some weak signal AM station in that media hotbed known as Milwaukee. In the span of one week, he's gone from obscurity to the front page at AB.com.

I guess if nothing else, I admire his hustle.

@ EG

The thing you DIDN'T see in any of the clips was McCain's response thereafter. He essentially dodged Harris' inquiry completely and went back to GOP talking points about lowering taxes. This to me was the essential "ok, thanks for doing your job, I'm going to go back to ignoring you now" brushoff we're used to seeing.

@ nikki

Thanks for ansering EG's question.

@ Dark Angel

Don't forget Pastor Manning.

vanilla latte said...

Come on, y'all. It's plain and simple. Dude is auditioning for his own talk show on Fox. This wasn't for anything other than his
own career advancement. And what better way to showcase than among a crowd of angry white folks who would have otherwise hung his ass from a tree??
He'll have a bigger and better gig soon. That's how it works. McCain will probably be his first guest and they can fondly reminisce about their first meeting...and then go play a round of golf since McCain will have some time on his hands.

The Milwaukee Beast said...

AB, since this clown is in my backyard, I have to make a correction.

Unfortunately, WTMJ isn't a podunk/low power station. Actually, it's quite the opposite - it's probably the most powerful station here and it's owned by the parent company which owns the biggest newspaper here. They also own one of the bigger TV stations here.

In addition to being the token on the staff, his show is piss poor. This isn't an act - he really believes everything he's spouting. This cat named his daughter after Ronald Reagan...

Big K said...

And the winner for the 2008"Yassuh, Boss" Shoe Shiner Award goes to James T. Harris, for his accomplishments in the field of Coonery, Shuckin' and Jivin', and Lawn Jockeying.

In addition to the Golden Fetchit statuette, Mr. Harris will also receive a lifetime supply of Oreo Cookies, Kiwi Extra Black Shoe Polish, and a pair of Limited Edition Clarence Thomas Tap Shoes.

denise said...

" The issue that people had with Mr. Harris was NOT that he's not an Obama supporter, and not for expressing his views. The problem folks had was with a black man on national TV BEGGIN for a white man to save him...

Co-sign. Moreover, the energy driving some in that crowd could have dangerous implications elsewhere. Mr. Harris should have put his ambition aside and toned down his criticism.

co-sign!

the uppity negro said...

@Vanilla Latte

That'll be the day they give a black man a show on FoxNews. At least we can hope he'll be a regular on that cess pool known as "The Hannity and Colmes Show."

So is he the Republican answer to Warren Ballentine--just kinda average BS pushed back and forth.

I'm just not all that damn impressed.

vanilla latte said...

Come on!! Are you kidding me?? When Obama wins who better to rail against his policies than another black man on Fox News!! Think about it...who can say Fox is being racist if the commentator is black?? It's a total set up! My bet is that once Obama is in office you'll find conservative African American pundits crawling out of the woodwork. It's harder to pin racism against "your own".
Fox is an atrocity of a "news" network but they'll work the race angle to their advantage. Shady, shady folks at that sham of a network.

Marbles said...

My feeling as an melaninial outsider:

Although I'd rather strap myself to a guided missile than vote GOP, I personally find it distasteful that some black people catch such flack for bucking the political trend (groupthink is never something to be trusted, methinks--whether in Dem black commuinities or GOP redneck strongholds.) Just because I know what it's like to be convinced that everyone around you is nuts and be villified for it.

Having said that, some black conservatives give me a distinctly creepy feeling when I see them on TV. Not all, but some, exude this sense of...I don't even know what the word for it is...having been co-opted, somehow. Like they've been emasculated (a term I do NOT use casually, BTW). Can't think of any names. Just faces I see from time to time. That whatshisname preacher who babbles vaguely about why Obama is bad (is it Peterson?) also gives me that vibe.
OTOH, say what you will about, f'rinstance, Clarence Thomas---although it's clear that the guy has some DEEP unresolved issues (boy, does he ever), I don't get that "co-opted" vibe from him. I think he really is his own person. He really believes what he believes and he'll die by it. And agree or not, I gotta respect that for what it is. Same with Thomas Sowell. He's no pushover and no one owns him (IMO)
This Harris guy? Well, that'd he'd so eagerly reveal himself as a PLANT strikes me as pretty tactically foolish---in addition to broadcasting the impression that he loves to be used. So he does appear to be a Stockholm case--though he doesn't give me that creepy vibe, personally.

@ black diaspora:

Oh, come on. (Rather an odd time to get amnesia about the cheering that occured at Obama's 2004 speeh, no? :)

vanilla latte said...

Marbles--good point. I have a very dear African American friend from Baltimore City and she said the exact same thing. She does not want to vote for a person based on the color of their skin. She wants to vote for someone because she agrees with the platform. So, folks should definitely vote their conscience. I think what bothered most people is that Mr. Harris comes off likes he's "begging" and that imagery was more than many could bear. I physically cringed when I saw the footage of Mr. Harris at McCain's feet. I'm still convinced dude was working on an audition tape for various venues that could use him as a conservative African American pundit (to respond to Obama once he's in the office).

Ajabu said...

Well, his 15 is definitely up by now so I guess we all have to await his obvious hustle to show up as some sort of "counterbalance" to the Obama administration.
I'm begging you, sir, Sit the f#%k down!
AB, thanks for shining the light of reality on this knee-grow.

Black Diaspora said...

@marbles: "I personally find it distasteful that some black people catch such flack for bucking the political trend...."

Hey, don't take it so hard: in the end, the James T. Harrises of the world become our problem, not yours.

Besides, I don't think you've been paying close attention: as a "melaninial insider" myself, I've found that most black bloggers and commenters have been rather tolerant of James T. Harris, and his political persuasion.

If you were part of the "family," you'd understand our disgust with Harris.

As a self-described "outsider," you will have difficulty appreciating the racial gravity and implications of James T. Harris' actions.

the uppity negro said...

@vanilla latte

I guess I see how it could be spun, but that'd just be the friggin day to see a black dude, or woman on FoxNews. Actually, aside from Geraldo Rivera, the cable networks only have white people with their own shows.

I think Harris can only hope to be included in the shuffle for the likes of a Jesse Lee Peterson.

in general...

I really don't see a problem with voting for someone who is similar to one's particular demographic, race for example as long as voting for the issues is the predominant driving force.

Trust me, its a lot at stake in my endorsement for Obama because he's black and male. It used to be more, but meh, he's somewhat of a disappointment, but I got over that disappointment over this summer. But still all and all, I'm personally happy that the Democratic nominee looks like me.

Brother OMi said...

i feel you AB. i might have to do the same thing.. blogging for 7 years and i gets no love.

vanilla latte said...

@ the uppity negro

I took flack from my family because i did not vote for Hilary in the primary. As a white female and a feminist folks thought I would. NOPE. Didn't care for her sense of entitlement. I voted for Ron Paul (the FIRST time i've ever voted Repub in a prez primary). Why? Because he supports the Constitution and our civil rights (that's a whole other email thread). But, I've embraced Obama big time. I'm in northern VA and I have two Obama stickers on my car, a yard sign and I'm going to the local headquarters tonight to volunteer. Is he a great candidate? Maybe not. But I believe he will strive to do great things for our country. And at the end of the day none of us can fathom 4 more years of the same.
Keep the faith!!

AverageBro said...

No official word yet, but I can practically guarantee you that Harris parlays this into a bigger gig in the next 3-4 months.

Stick a pin in that one.

Marbles said...

@ black diaspora:

"If you were part of the "family," you'd understand our disgust with Harris. As a self-described "outsider," you will have difficulty appreciating the racial gravity and implications of James T. Harris' actions."


True, an outsider to the family is an outsider to the family. (Perhaps our neighborhood needs to have more block parties....) I stand by my distrust of all groupthink, but you're seeing this from a vantagepoint that I'll never be able to.

Incidentally, do you or anyone else here agree with my perception of Sowell and Thomas?

Black Diaspora said...

Marbles said..."(Perhaps our neighborhood needs to have more block parties....) I stand by my distrust of all groupthink...."

Coming together has it's advantages as long as we can set aside preconceived notions of the other.

When my wife invited to dinner the white Realtor who sold us our home, the realator quickly warned that she didn't eat innards.

She wasn't joking!

That statement didn't win her an invite nor repeat business.

As I was cutting my lawn, another white neighbor drove into my driveway and asked me if I was going to cut his lawn today.

He had been assured that the gardener would cut his grass that day.

There were other such incidents: harmless unto themself, but speaking volumes about a mindset that presupposes who I am before first investigating.

Groupthink: I don't' look to others to establish my world view. It has taken me years to establish it for myself, but I'm still willing to tweak it when new information compel a reevaluation.

No, I have no patience with groupthink, nor for that matter groups, organizations, or institutions--to belong, a certain amount of your uniqueness and individuality have to be surrendered to the purpose, mission, and will of the whole.

That's not me.

On C. Thomas: I wouldn't know where to begin. Let's just say, he doesn't have my respect, either as an Supreme Court Associate Justice, or a man.

I will not elaborate.

On Thomas Sowell: The world is more complex than he knows, and his conservative values do not take into account the world as it truly is.

Sowell is a product of living black in a predominantly white society. Oftentimes it's easier to bolster one's self worth by affirming the values of those whose ideas are anathema to those of your ethnic group.

spool32 said...

I have an honest question:

Is there a single black conservative in existence that gets the respect of the black community?

Just one. Is there? Diaspora, can you name a black conservative who you think has an honest belief in conservative philosophy not attributable to something like your dismissal of Sowell?

And if not, what was that you said about groupthink again?

I don't think anybody will be able to come up with one.

AverageBro said...

@ Spool32

I have an honest question: Is there a single black conservative in existence that gets the respect of the black community?

Well, I can't speak for "the black community" since we're not monolithic. But here's a few guys I respect.

1) Robert Traynham
2) Joe Watkins
3) JC Watts

I have huge fundamental disagreements with all three on issues, but I respect the way that each man represents his views. None of them seem like Kool Aid drinkers, all can listen to and sometimes agree with liberal opinions, none is a "bought man".

Is that enough or would you like more examples?

I personally don't care for the tone of some of your comments here of late. I appreciate your PoV, but as I.L.L. said, if you can't respectfully disagree with others here who don't agree with you, we're gonna have a problem.

Please accept that there are some things here you simply will not understand. It is perfectly fine to just sit back and watch when this occurs, not to blame others for being "whiny".

spool32 said...

Thanks for the names... I don't know any of the three of them but I'm googling now.

I know it's not a monolithic community... but politically it sure seems that way right now. That's the sense I meant.

Black Diaspora said...

"I have an honest question:

Is there a single black conservative in existence that gets the respect of the black community?
"

Not that I feel I have to, or even that I should, but since you asked, here's one that gets respect:

From Now to Infinity

Marbles said...

@ black diaspora:

"Groupthink: I don't' look to others to establish my world view. It has taken me years to establish it for myself, but I'm still willing to tweak it when new information compel a reevaluation."

I......I think I love you. XD

Seriously----as sanity continues to be hunted to near extinction, coming across such a potent example of it is nice.

That no-shit-sherlock sentiments like yours stand out to me at all is freaking SAD.

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Cheri T. said...

I think the takeaway from this entire discussion is (as has already been stated) that black people are not a monolithic group. We come in many flavors and the day where we needed one mouthpiece to represent these many different ideologies has come and gone.

The irony here is that in order to gain our rights; to be viewed as human and deserving of the same rights as whites, it was necessary to be viewed as one homogenous group... a collective "we." Of course WE know that we have never been homogenous as a people, but now we have to fight the same image that once served us to this end.

The question at hand is how can we accomplish this?

Bringing the discussion full circle, I'd like to ask the question, Have Black Folks Been Too Hard on James T.Harris?

@BD: Can u email me? Got a question that I'd rather not post on the forum. (cherisblog@gmail.com)

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