Some television shows celebrate their 200th episode. Unless I’ve completely lost it, this is my 200th blog — no, I haven’t lost it, it is my 200th blog. 20 blogs per page, at 10 pages, equals 200 right? 20 X 10 = 200. Generally T-V programs will review and/ or reflect on shows past, when celebrating the 200th show. That’s very appropriate for television, and I suppose I could touch on a few of my favorite blogs over the past five years, but I believe speaking on public figures that are anti-FUNK or just plain FUNKED UP may be more intriguing.
I want to take this time for my 200th blog, to talk about the ever prevailing and unceasing presence of the “Handkerchief Head.” According to the “Urban Dictionary,” a Handkerchief Head is: “An African-American or black person who does not identify with black people and identifies with white people, or those outside of their race, for their own personal gain or because they are afraid of them. Someone that influences people of high stature for monetary or political elevation, while putting the majority of people within their own race at risk.” This denotes the handkerchief worn usually by females (e.g. the now Monsanto character “Aunt Jemima” before her perm) who were “house” slaves. It is a pejorative term, as house slaves were thought of as sell outs and/ or “Uncle Toms,” who kissed up to whites for added privileges. “That handkerchief head is mowing his boss’ yard again so that he can be off on weekends.”
Supreme Court “Justice” Clarence Thomas is a handkerchief head because he is a black person that does not identify with, or help black people and only identify or acknowledges white people, for their attributes. Thomas revealed himself years ago, and recently added insult to injury, when he joined Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, and author Chief Justice John Roberts, striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. The provision of the landmark civil rights law designated, which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws, cleared by the federal government or in federal court. John Roberts remarked, “things have changed dramatically” in the South in the nearly 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed in 1965, according to the Huffington Post. The Voting Rights Act has recently been used to block a voter ID law in Texas and delay the implementation of another in South Carolina. Both states are no longer subject to the preclearance requirement because of the court’s ruling.
From the FOX News website: Lauren Green serves as a religion correspondent for FOX News Channel’s (FNC). Prior to this, Green served as a news anchor for “FOX & Friends,” where she provided daily news updates for the irreverent morning program. Prior to joining FNC in 1996, Green served as a weekend news anchor and correspondent at WBBM-TV (CBS) in Chicago. From 1988 to 1993, she was a general assignment reporter at KSTP-TV (ABC) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Outside of her career at FNC, Green is well known as a concert pianist with a degree in piano performance from The University of Minnesota. She has interviewed some of the most prominent people in the classical music world including Placido Domingo, Pierre Boulez, Joshua Bell and has covered such events as the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and opening night of The Metropolitan Opera.
In her recent interview where she was insistent about disputing Scholar Reza Aslan, she said “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Aslan responded, “To be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.” Here’s a link to the FOX interview that has since gone viral.
Post the interview, Aslan spoke to CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, saying that he felt “kind of embarrassed” because “there’s nothing more distasteful than an academic having to trot out his credentials. You really come off as a jerk when you do that. It was very hard not to keep mentioning that I’m actually qualified to write this book, so let’s talk about the book instead.” Here’s a clip from Morgan’s show ala the Huffington Post, where you can also access an excerpt from Aslan’s new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/reza-aslan-piers-morgan_n_3673636.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
“Maddy” — the only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman — post the trial said that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin. In more than one televised interview, she says she feels she owes an apology to Martin’s parents, and did so on ABC in an interview with Robin Roberts — Far too little, far, far too late. “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.” She said the jury was following Florida law and the evidence, she said, did not prove murder. Here’s that clip: http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-juror-murder/story?id=19770659
Dare I say all black FOX news correspondents are “Handkerchief Heads”? I believe fellow folks that assess handkerchief heads would agree. I say this because they don’t have the brains or balls enough to know, that if they had any self respect worth acknowledging, they wouldn’t work for FOX News. I say that, based on the network’s basic political position that dismisses the entire black community, no matter what their political or religious position. The network has proven time and time again that it’s culturally bias. Here are other FOX hankies, with their FOX written credentials, so you know who they are when you see them.
Harris Faulkner is currently the anchor of “Fox Report Weekend,” airing Saturday and Sunday from 7-8 p.m. ET. Faulkner is also a breaking news anchor appearing on “Happening Now,” weekdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Faulkner joined FNC in 2005 as a correspondent and prime-time news break anchor. Prior to joining FNC, she served as correspondent for “A Current Affair.” In 2005, Faulkner served as a substitute host for “The Nancy Grace Show” on CNN Headline News. Prior to that she worked as the primary evening anchor on KSTP-TV and also hosted “The Harris Faulkner Show” on FM107 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kelly Wright is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC), based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He is also a co-host on “America’s News Headquarters” on Saturdays (1:00-2:00 PM/ET). Wright previously served as a co-host on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” Recently, Wright was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College for his “Beyond the Dream” series. In April 2007, Wright secured an exclusive sit-down with first lady Laura Bush where she responded to the Virginia Tech massacres, Katrina recovery and the President’s final term. In 2011 as a kickoff to Black History Month, McDonald’s New York tri-state area restaurants celebrated the achievements and talent of “Black Media Legends.” Wright, who currently co-anchors “America’s News Headquarters” on Saturdays. He has also co-anchored “Fox & Friends Weekend.” Prior to joining Fox, Wright, a graduate of Oral Roberts University, worked as co-anchor for WVBT-TV in Virginia and received two local Emmy Awards for his reporting and co-development of a documentary and news series on slave trade.
Wendell Goler serves as a senior White House and foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC), joining the network in 1996. During his tenure, Goler has reported on numerous news stories, ranging from the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to President Bush’s post 9/11 policy initiatives.
Angela McGlowan recently rejoined Fox News Channel (FNC) as a contributor covering political, special interest groups and lobbies. She first joined FNC in February of 1999. McGlowan is the founder and CEO of Political Strategies & Insights (PSI), a government affairs, political strategy, public relations, and advocacy consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., and Oxford, Mississippi. She is also the bestselling author of “BAMBOOZLED,” former host of “Good Day Street Talk” New York, and has made frequent appearances as a political analyst on BET, FOX 5 and PBS.
Recognized by The Daily News as groundbreaking “up and comer,” Uma Pemmaraju first joined the FOX News Channel (FNC) in 1996 as host of the hard news daytime program “FOX News Now.” Pemmaraju rejoined FNC in 2003 as a news update anchor and substitute host for various programs. While at FNC, Pemmaraju has anchored “The FOX Report” and secured many interviews with celebrities and newsmakers, including an exclusive with the Dalai Lama. She has also hosted specials for FNC, including “A Special for Young People,” which features top newsmakers offering advice on life challenges to young adults. Named one of Spotlight Magazine’s “20 Intriguing Women of 1998,” Pemmaraju was the first Indian-American anchor to regularly appear on national television.
Juan Williams joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1997 as a contributor and is also a co-host of FNC’s “The Five,” where he is one of seven rotating Fox personalities. Additionally, he serves as FNC’s political analyst, a regular panelist on “Fox News Sunday” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” and is a regular substitute host for “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Some “Handkerchief Heads” want you to believe that our Commander and Chief is one of them. Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have made questionable statements regarding President Barack Obama’s policies and actions. While I’ve followed Smiley for years and enjoyed his talk show, and admired and taken to heart the teachings of West, regarding Obama I must dismiss them. According to Eric L. Wattree from The Root: “People like Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, and Boyce Watkins are playing on the ignorance of the people. They’re going out of their way NOT to tell the Black community that the United States Constitution gives sole control of spending to the United States House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans. So the only way that President Obama can spend any money to assist the Black community is to get the Republican House to go along with him.”
Liken to entertainers of yesteryear, i.e.: Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr. who were branded with this label, one has to choose their battles. The sacrifices that Armstrong, Davis, Hattie McDaniels and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson had to make and the crow they had to eat is unimaginable. Were it not for these luminaries, many black people in the world of entertainment would not be where they are today. The difference between then and NOW, is that despite continued bigotry in our beloved country, there are more choices today. No matter what President Barack Obama does short of genocide, the black community has to support him and believe he’s making the best decisions possible. He’s displayed on more than one occasion that he’s as black as they come.
There are FOX pundits, racists and members of the “Dominant Ruling Class” that would have you believe that every time an injustice is committed to the black community, that any one victimized simply cries racism or “pulls the Race Card” in efforts to shut an injustice down. This is BULLSHIT, because HISTORY has shown us different. “If it looks wrong, it probably is,” this is media 101. Don’t allow yourself to betray your values or succumb to any pressures being placed upon you as a black person, negro or African-American — whatever term you choose, Latino, Latina, Asian, Indian, Italian, White, Irish, French… — when a wrong that needs to be made right is staring you in the face. That’s what “they” want, that’s how “they” stay in control, that’s how “they” have always operated and will continue to function as long as “they” can get away with it.
Others in high profile political positions accused of this atrocity are Condoleezza Rice and General Colin Powell. While Powell has displayed the adverse, I can’t totally say I’ve seen the same from Rice, apart from the story she’s conveyed about being discriminated against as a child. During a time racist politicians were dis-respecting President Obama, Powell stood up pointing out “A dark vein of intolerance,” that needs to vanish a few years ago. UPDATE – 3/10/15… He said he still sees it exists recently, in a conversation on ABC, reflecting on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama.
I personally respect the three people of color that have and occupy the White House, as I can’t imagine the choices they’ve had to make in order to accomplish their objectives at their respective levels. Others that are without a doubt “Handkerchief Heads” are Herman Cain and Larry Elder, who have spewed ridiculous statements too ignorant to repeat here.
UPDATE – 2/ 14/ 14… I gave Don Lemon of CNN a pass when I first wrote this piece. Not because I wasn’t aware of his shenanigans, but because I thought the FOX references was enough. However, it’s come to my attention, that Lemon has aspirations for FOX once he exits CNN. That said, I chose to update this item in lieu of that, and the continual plight of FOX to hide the Lauren Green video — which I had to re-instate — as well as Lemon’s ridiculous defense of a “journalist” that confused Samuel L. Jackson with Laurence Fishburne. Here’s that video… http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_2rq330ri …. Lemon then defended this major faux pas. UPDATE – 8/ 18/ 14… Whoa! Don Lemon IS BACK! Due to his involvement in covering the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Lemon has redeeming qualities. I’m not taking him off this list yet, but he’s displayed beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is certainly a Black Man that cares about community and social injustice. My hats off and Thank You to him for going deep and efforts of getting to the truth and to the heart of the matter. UPDATE – 8/ 25/ 14… DAMN – Just when I thought “Lemonhead” had redeeming qualities, he goes and makes a stupid statement about smelling marijuana in the midst of people being assaulted with tear gas in Ferguson. UPDATE – 3/ 11/ 15… LEMONHEAD Strikes Again trying to defend an old white lady saying Ni**er ala the the incident at the University of Oklahoma State… http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-don-lemon-defends-ou-frat-mom-is-she-really-racist/
UPDATE – 6/ 2/ 15… Although Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed with his fellow constituents in the case of Anthony Elonis from Pennsylvania, it doesn’t dismiss him from being at the top of this list. Thomas stood alone in a case, where a man was exonerated, from threatening his ex-wife on social media stating: “Our job is to decide questions, not create them… Given the majority’s ostensible concern for protecting innocent actors, one would have expected it to announce a clear rule — any clear rule. Its failure to do so reveals the fractured foundation upon which today’s decision rests.” For more on this, click here… http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/us/supreme-court-rules-in-anthony-elonis-online-threats-case.html?_r=0
Today’s update is for the purpose of the aforementioned, as well as to add yet another to this list. There’s a new “Handkerchief Head” in town, and his name is Dr. Ben Carson. Now to be completely honest, objective and evaluate without prejudice, I have to say that I do not totally disagree with Dr. Carson on aspects of his assessments regarding the state of our nation. Having said that, it doesn’t excuse or dismiss his actions, that make him a handkerchief head (refer to definition at the beginning of this blog). On May 5th, Ben Carson announced that he is running for President, as a member of the Republican party. Prior to now I haven’t brought politics into what makes one a handkerchief head, but history has shown us that not since Abraham Lincoln, has a Republican given a damn about people of color. The primary objective of the Republican party, as long as I’ve been alive, has always been about the priorities of the dominant ruling class, a.k.a. the one percent. Until the actions of the G.O.P. change, anyone who supports the party is questionable, although I don’t base my relationships and friendships on a person’s political preference.
My musical hero, “The Godfather of Soul,” the quintessential pioneer of FUNK James Brown supported President Richard Nixon. This was a “black stain” on his resume as a black man, but at the same time he encouraged an entire race of people with his song, “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” Being a Republican, and running for POTUS AS a Republican, are two totally different things. In short, if you want to express that you’re a person for the true rights and advancement of all people, based on the actions of political parties for the past 50 years, you choose the Democratic party or go as an Independent. This is not opinion, it’s simply a matter of fact, if you’ve been paying attention. Below is Carson’s speech from the 2013 “Prayer Breakfast,” where he was honored, and President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance. In very eloquent and respectful fashion, Carson expressed in no uncertain terms, that he was not in agreement with how the POTUS has handled his position in the White House.
He was later praised and glorified by FOX News…
UPDATE: 6/ 20/ 15… We add E.W. Jackson to the list, who said: “Well, yeah, I don’t know whether to—most people jump to conclusions about race. I long for the day when we stop doing that in our country. But, we don’t know why he went into a church, but he didn’t choose a bar. He didn’t choose a basketball court. He chose a church. And we need to be looking at that very closely.” His statement implies that only black people are found in abundance at bars or on basketball courts. What!?! A statement made on FOX News, it wasn’t the first time, he wore his hanky for the supposed news show. Jackson’s backwards view, was a smack in the face to the families, that lost members of their family by the hand of a self-expressed racist.
Another that gets added to the list is Ron Christie. He began working at the White House in 2001, as deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for domestic policy, offering advice on health care, budget, tax and other policy areas. After Cheney, he was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2002, he joined the staff of the President, serving as a Special Assistant to George W. Bush until 2004.
for the exposure of those you need to be aware of that don’t deserve exposure.