This past week, the news cycle has been fast and furious.
you�ve blinked, then you�ve missed something. Not necessarily
the stories, but the truth. The actors have said one thing,
and then have done another. They�ve stood on principle -
or so they�ve said - then stood on someone else�s. Of course,
I�m sick of it, but this appears to be the American
I continue to wonder how people in this country continue
to express their pride in a country that reverses all they
say they believe in: truth, justice, fairness and honor.
Then we see episode after episode of just the opposite.
I�ll start with the Palestinian bid for statehood - autonomy
- in the United Nations. America says it stands for independent, democratic
nations, but vowed to block Palestine�s
efforts at that independence.
Just last weekend on the morning talk shows, Israeli
Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said, �It�s because of them�I said to President Abbas, �Look, we�re in the same city,
we�re in the same building, for God�s sake, the U.N. Let�s
just sit down and begin to talk peace�.� That�s the snow
job I�m talking about! If that was the case, then why is
it that Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the
Middle East - as he traveled to the Middle
East? He also said Israeli leaders must restart negotiations
with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with
Egypt and Turkey. Did Netanyahu lie? I�d say so�but the
still stands by Israel�the
Or Amanda Knox�help me out here. An American travels to another country, and
gets caught up in a murder�and Americans become enthralled
with the titillating details and back her. With all kinds
of reasonable doubt surrounding her conviction, I�d say
America should support
her - or any other American for that matter - but of course,
it doesn�t. Georgia
death row inmate Troy Davis has all kinds of reasonable
doubt in his case and the morning news misses him - until
three days prior to his execution date. He gets executed;
she gets off - in another country, no less! Guess what?
She�s white, he�s black�funny how that happens.
another contradiction, Republicans are vying for leadership
of this country. Candidates for their party�s nomination
are jockeying for position. They�re clamoring for yet another
�savior� in a guy who said he doesn�t want to run, New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie, while the last �great white hope�
they chose, turned out to be an unstellar performer and
undercover racist. Like our last president from Texas,
he would�ve been a denier of truth, too.
You see, Texas Governor Rick Perry was outed by the
Washington Post. Some time in the not too distant
past, when Perry took friends, fellow legislators or campaign donors to his hunting
camp, they passed the word �Niggerhead� painted on a rock.
As the Washington
Post reported Saturday, �Niggerhead� stood for
the long-ago name of the Perry family�s hunting camp. Niggerhead,
huh? And he says he wants to represent all the American
people. That would include me�a Black American man. Imagine
Perry told the Post that the name had been blotted out with paint as soon as his
father purchased the property, the rock turned over to hide
the traces of it. But the newspaper found multiple sources
and some photographic evidence to contradict that claim.
I�m not surprised. It ought to have been easy to find those
people, because Republicans are some of the biggest liars
I�ve come across in my 30-odd years of manhood.
This may have been a tactic to further cripple Perry�s chances at the nomination
and sweep Chris Christie (R) in, but if so, why would you
give someone ammunition like this to shoot holes in your
future ambitions? Or maybe, it�s just who you truly are.
Sort of like the all-American Hank Williams, Jr. Every Black boy I grew up with
embraced the Monday Night Football theme that opened one
great pastimes. We thought Williams - a good ol� boy - liked
us. Then we find that ESPN is not ready to let Hank Williams Jr. open last night�s
game after his incendiary comment about President Obama
on Fox News (oh, them again).
The country singer criticized the president�s recent
�golf summit� with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
The singer told Fox
& Friends that the meeting �would be like
Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.�
Which one do you think he�s calling Hitler?
Williams� voice is famously used to open Monday Night
Football, asking viewers �are you ready for some football?�
ESPN released this statement separating itself from Williams:
�We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as
a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight�s
telecast.� Now, if that�s not uniting America�
Williams explained during the Fox News telecast that
he made the comparison because the president was �the enemy.�
The enemy? Williams supports warhawk Republicans and Obama
assassinates an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, against
all that is right and humane, and you call him your
enemy? Obama just did your bidding, Williams�
And on another note, our country wants us to support
capitalism and patronize American corporations. Our country
touts the First Amendment, but when we protest those corporations
that do wrong to and by the American people, the private
corporations are paying the public police agencies to quell
protestors. In Minneapolis, St.
Paul, during the 2008 RNC convention, they negotiated a
special insurance provision with the Republican host committee
so that the first $10 million in liabilities for lawsuits
arising from the police crackdown would be covered by the
host committee. The
same thing happened in Denver
for the Democratic convention.
But more to the point, it becomes clearer day-by-day-by-day that America
is the land of contradiction. It says it wants to be a �shining
light on the hill�, but acts like the dirtiest, darkest
hole in the galaxy. It continues to depict itself as a bastion
of truth, but keeps lying to us. Though it�s depicted as
truth, justice and honor, it�s simply a contradiction� �the
Redd, is the former Executive Director of
the workers rights advocacy, Sincere Seven, and author of
the on-line commentary, �The
Other Side of the Tracks.� He is the host of the internet-based
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