Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Negro, Please!: Exhibits B & C

I had not intended to devote another post to Michael Steele and his foolishness. However, as more bits and pieces of his weekend media forays come to light, I find myself in a position from which I cannot help but comment. Let me repeat, each and every time Steele opens his mouth, foolishness seems to gush out in a massive torrent. I am almost apt to agree with those who just a few weeks ago charged that Steele should just keep his mouth shut and work to build the RNC.

Earlier I commented briefly on Steele’s comment that he had attempted to engage President Obama in a dialogue, but thus far the president had resisted. When it was suggested that he was in someway jealous of the president, he stated that there was not reason he should be jealous. After all, he was the chairman of the Republican National Convention, and that both men were at the pinnacle of political power. (See Exhibit B below) He quickly catches himself and states that he does not equate the two, the presidency and his chairmanship.

And now this clip from the same interview (See exhibit C below) when he lapses into a long colloquy about how he partied during his freshman year of college which led to him being expelled. But then he seems to catch himself and tries to fashion some type of redemption story around it.

Who is he talking to? Is he admitting his screw-ups and asking for a second chance to redeem himself? I know that he is responding to the interviewers question; however, I'm not able to understand where it fits in to his whole agenda.

The question becomes does he think before he speaks? What exactly is he attempting to accomplish? Because each time he goes in front of the camera, each time he does an interview, he seems to dig himself in a deeper hole.

It is not that I want Steele to fail. In fact, it is quite the contrary. All African Americans have a stake in Steele’s success or failure whether we realize it or not. If Steele does fail, his failure will be accorded to certain shortcomings inherent in African Americans. If he does succeed, his success will be accorded to a certain singularity in his being, or, in other words, he is simply an exceptional human being.

I can only hope that Steele pulls it together. It certainly pains me to see another African American male thrash about so.


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