So is this what ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich really thinks of the black experience?
He told Esquire magazine, for its February issue: "I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up." (Click here to read more.)
Perhaps Blagojevich thought he was saying something positive about himself by presenting his “bona fides,” but the statement simply is insulting. Not that we should expect anything else from the governor who was removed from office last year, accused of trying to sell Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.
Or maybe Blagojevich just said what a lot people believe: that the black experience is extraordinarily narrow and most African Americans are simply cut from the same cloth.
In the interview, Blagojevich, referring to the president as "this guy," says Obama was elected based simply on hope. "What the (expletive)? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter." The White House refused to comment.
Early Monday morning, Blagojevich apologized, adding that what he said was "stupid, stupid, stupid."
For the record---I would venture to say many blacks have not shined anyone’s shoes, except their own.
Blagojevich continues to prove that he's certainly cruder than, well, most people.What do you think?
Before I go any further, "I grew up in the 'burbs. In a 6 bedroom house. My parents owned 2 cars, and I ate a square meal every night.' Does this mean my black card will be revoked? You tell me.
Can you believe the audacity of this ish coming out of people mouth's these days? Add this too.
Sen. Harry Reid "believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama - a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" - NEGRO DIALECT? Seriously. 2010!!!
How dare folks question folks authenticity and act like their upbringing allows them to trump the President or anyone, by pulling the race card?
Blagojevich is wild, and in the words of Paul Mooney, "Everyone wants to be a nigga but nobody wants to be a nigga."
I know we all have on deep rooted thoughts and prejudices, but in 2010 I just hoped people would think before they say such things.