Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bob Johnson...some say a coon

NAJEE ALI: An Open letter to BET Founder Bob Johnson

January 15, 2008

Najee Ali Dear Bob, the comments you in made in attacking Sen. Obama this past Sunday at a South Carolina church before your introduction of Sen. Hillary Clinton demonstrates that it doesn't matter how much money you have it can't buy class or, dignity.

Bob, while you were shucking, grinning and jiving in front of the Clintons, are you that stupid that you didn't care that you came across as a bootlicking Uncle Tom? Your attack on Sen. Obama continues to prove how ruthless you continue to be.

In your own words which I will now quote you by, "As an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved," Johnson said.

We all know that Sen. Obama wrote about his teenage drug use — marijuana, and alcohol in his memoir "Dreams from My Father." That's old news. Bob, for you to attack Sen. Obama's character shows what a coon you really are. Bob, you are the founder of BET which is the laughing stock of African Americans who care about positives images. Yes, you are successful as a capitalist but a failure in having any morals and helping to support your own race.

The fact that Sen. Clinton or anyone would want or accept your endorsement is appalling and for me calls their basic character, let alone judgment, into question.

Over the last 25 years you and BET have done more to propagate some of the most harmful, destructive, and degradation of African Americans in the history of popular culture.

The booty shaking videos, misogony, gangsterism, violence, alcohol and drug use you allowed to air on BET on your way to becoming a billionaire was all done for the love of money. And now YOU want to take cheap shots at Sen.Obama?.

I am constantly amazed at how you are allowed to speak and move in decent society. But, I guess in your case, money triumphs morals.

After seeing you put on your best Stephen Fetchit routine this Sunday in front of Sen. Clinton as she sat back and enjoyed campaigning with you, I'm understanding a lot better why the country is calling for Sen. Obama and change!


Najee Ali Founder / Executive Director Project Islamic HOPE

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