Thursday, October 7, 2010

C.Y.I.N. Case Study - The Racist CSPAN Caller.

We're all had those "Crash" moments when someone says something so outlandishly racist that all you can do is pause and take a step back. They usually happen so quickly that the moment has passed by the time you finally gather your thoughts and think about what you really wanted to say.

Robb Harleston, a black host of a CSPAN call-in show recently had such a situation, he didn't C.Y.I.N. Nope, he handled it like a trill Corporate Negro would.

You just know this brotha wanted to say "Shut up and die you old hag! I got your colored man right chea under this table!!!" Of course he couldn't say this without prolly losing his well paying day job, and with all the influence weilded by the TeaBaggers, I don't blame him. Lexuses and Archbishop Carroll don't pay for themselves. Should he have check this woman just on GP? Maybe. But you can't pay for Wizards season tickets feed kids on GP. It's a lose-lose.

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And besides, what would it have proven? A person who's made it to age 90 and still believes all colored folks are gubb'ment moochers when one of us is signing her freakin' SSI checks is beyond help. Heck, a person who uses the word "colored" to describe anything other than furniture in 2010 is beyond help. Live and let die surrounded by pissy cats! live.

Well played, Robb.

Question: What would you have done in a similar situation? Should Harleston have shown this woman his Southeast-side, or did he play it correctly, all things considered?

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