Jenice Armstrong | Lee wrongly spiked Condi
HE THING with being a racial minority group in this country is that you always have to deal with stereotypes.
And sometimes they're from people of your race.
I'm referring to a recent remark attributed to filmmaker Spike Lee, who blasted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, accusing her of having gotten a free ride from African-Americans because of her skin color.
"I dislike Condoleezza Rice more than [President] Bush. The thing about it is that she's gotten a free ride from black people," Lee says in the April issue of Stuff magazine.
"People say, 'She's so successful' and 'Look at her position as a black woman.' She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Ala.,and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life," Lee said.
Lee reportedly went on to chastise Rice, saying, "Condi, stop smoking that crack."
But for Lee, whose film credits include "Malcolm X," "Jungle Fever" and "Do the Right Thing," to play into racial stereotypes as he did with his crack-cocaine quip demeans her as a black woman. Lee wouldn't have made the same assertion were he talking about one of Rice's white predecessors.
Yet, Lee went there when he was talking about the first black female to hold the job. I guess we're lucky Lee didn't unleash the really big guns and come out and call this learned, accomplished woman a "ho."
What troubles me, though, is when critics stray from critiquing what a person does or doesn't do, and instead, sinks to making sexual or racial jabs as Lee did with his crack slur.
Lee, of all people, knows better. So, why doesn't he do right thing?
Sorry, but this is bullshit.
First of all, that's a common expression disbelief. I mean, how detached from reality could Rice really be.
As far as I'm concerned, she danced while black people drowned. So whatever is said about her is fair game.
But, personally, I like to concentrate on her blithering incompetence at every thing she's done since reaching the White House. I don't think you need to call Rice an Aunt Jemima. Just horrible at her job is more than enough for me.
posted by Steve @ 12:07:00 AM