Recently an article was written on “the power of [black] talk [radio]” in Milwaukee and I wasn’t mentioned. Then there was the caller on my Sunday night radio show who said, “A white radio host shouldn’t mimic a black guy.” I guess he didn’t like my impersonation of the Reverend Jesse Jackson. I’ll have to work on that.
Now, “Commander” Mike McGee, Sr. has weighed in as well. Yesterday on his radio show, The Road Warriors, he and his co-host went on a ten-minute rant after reading a blog from the National Conversation entitled, “Recall Vote Affirms Failure.” Commander McGee renamed it “An Open Letter to the White People of Milwaukee” and attributed the piece to radio talk show host “Charlie ‘sucks’ Sykes.” After reading the letter, McGee and his colleague, labeled the piece racist and said it was an attack on the black people of Milwaukee; that this is what happens when white people who have never been in the city talk about things they don’t know anything about.
Only two problems: Charlie Sykes doesn’t suck and he didn’t write the piece. I did. It’s still up on my site. The good Commander called the author of the piece (me) a racist. But according to black activists, black people can’t be racists because they have no power. Right?
This is what most sane people would call a quandary. Not that I am black and racist, but that Commander McGee is and won’t accept it.
When the good Commander finds out that a black man wrote “An Open Letter to the White People of Milwaukee”, I imagine his tune will change. Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with the lyrics: Uncle Tom, Sell Out, House Nigga, Sambo, Step and Fetch, Oreo, Clarence (as in Thomas), Wanna Be, and many, many more.
When Commander McGee plays the race card the deck is stacked. Conservative commentators are either racists or sellouts, depending on the color of their skin. He’d have you believe his perspective is enlightened, but it is really determined by the depth of his bigotry.
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