So this past weekend Republicans celebrated the 100-year-old birthday of former president Ronald Reagan. What was disappointing to me about this was the absence of the African American narrative as it relates to his politics. Even worse, is the fact that black folks themselves didn’t celebrate as “certain people” did the life of this great man. I mean everybody knows that other than any white man named Abraham Lincoln, Reagan has done the most for blacks and minorities in America. But yet Negro hypocrisy was the order of the weekend. Yep, Reagan got no love from Black folks even though unlike Obama, he created jobs for them. Yes, Reaganomics was the sperm that impregnated the mother of invention known as necessity, that birthed the entrepreneural spirit of poor people in urban communities – shout out to the 80s crack era, son!
One thing Black people didn’t fail to notice were the events of Super Bowl XLV featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. And of course as tribal as colored folks are, they wanted the Black coach to win, hence their support of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Personally you’d think that “my people” would embrace our post-racialness and like me, throw out all racial frames and subplots to the the game. I mean, how dare the Super Bowl be an event where race is infused? So what there are no black owners; the majority of the players are Black, no? See, unlike you folks, I’m a glass is half full sorta guy.
Now of course what I saw was a pretty hilarious commercial. But of course my people didn’t find it as humorous as I did. Today, this commercial and it’s obvious stereotypically racist undertones are the talk of the town all across the inna’nets. MSNBC owned, The Grio is touting the commercial as perpetuating the ‘Angry Black Woman’ stereotype. Which might be true to an extent, but don’t we celebrate these images ourselves when we patronize NAACP Image Award nominated shows like, oh… The Real Housewives of Atlanta?
Listen, before we decide to stage yet another one of those trivial protest boycotts demanding this commercial be pulled by Pepsi. Here’s something to for youse Black people to think about: The racial angle of the commercial was obvious; yes. But the truth is, we’re post-racial now; commercials such as the above should no longer infuriate us. It is nothing more than comedy, and nothing else. Hell, if you wanna protest something, protest Martin Lawrence reprising his “Big Momma” role in yet another stupid movie.
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