Harold Ford, Jr. Don Imus’s Nappy Headed Ho

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“The majority of Negro political leaders do not ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support. Although genuinely popular leaders are now emerging, most are selected by white leadership, elevated to position, supplied with resources, and inevitably subjected to white control. The mass of Negroes nurtures a healthy suspicion toward these manufactured leaders.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A tsunami of outrage has been blazing in the last ten days since Don Imus, Radio Shock jock and Harold Ford, Jr benefactor singled out the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team with a racist and sexist epithet. In the midst of the firestorm, Tennessee’s black prince, corporate whore and senator-in-waiting, released the following obligatory and gutless statement:

I don’t want to be viewed as piling on right now because Don Imus is a good friend and a decent man. However, he did a reprehensible thing. His comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team were hurtful and wrong. Moreover, the comments robbed these young women of an important time to celebrate a magnificent and positive moment in their lives.

I am a big believer in redemption, and I understand that Don has done many good deeds in his life. Yet, no amount of philanthropy gives anyone the license to offend innocent people—particularly when it comes to matters of race and gender. So I’m going to follow the lead of those brilliant and gracious women of the Rutgers basketball team and wait and see how the next two weeks unfold. I certainly hope Don can come to understand better the pain he has caused these young women and their families, and I will leave it to others to decide how his future in media should play out.

Is it any wonder that I have lampooned Harold as”Harold Whore, Jr” and “the Whore?”

The statement is brilliant in the way it deftly positions him as an acceptable House Negro and corporate servant, unlike Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Its brevity is telling and its faint praise and politically expedient criticism of Don Imus was not what the Anus in the Morning was hoping for. The Anus in the Morning needed a lifeline and instead, the Whore pushed his head under the water until he drowned. Harold Ford, Jr doesn’t intend to sacrifice a seat in the world’s most exclusive club for Don Imus. While grateful for the endorsement and exposure Imus provided, and God knows he enjoyed his time as Imus’s nappy-headed Ho, Harold has no use for a John that can’t pay.

Cavorting with the Anus in the Morning and his merry band of on air racists allowed Harold Ford, Jr entrée and unfettered access to the media elite of this country also prominently featured on the program as guests. He could rub shoulders with those elitist D.C. journalists and New York Media powerhouses in the green room. Most importantly, he could shamelessly appeal to a white demographic that was entertained by the Anus in the Morning’s racist satire and confirmed in their bigotry.

Before all the contretemps, everything was smooth sailing for corporate whore extraordinaire Harold Ford, Jr. After 10 years of metaphorically swinging around a pole in the House of Representatives doing nasty favors in exchange for corporate cash in his g-string, the Whore felt that his apprenticeship was done and that he was ready for the big time.

The Whore understands how power operates in this society and in whose interests. Ours is a capitalist society that comes with all of the attendant drawbacks and moral compromises, which stratify our society along, racial and class lines. He understands that for him to ascend to higher office, he must first genuflect to power and service it better than a crackhead ho on his knees. Dr. Michael Parenti, author of “Land of Idols” has eloquently written, “The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment-or at least much handicap-to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need.”

Ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, and acquisitive are all adjectives, which couldn’t be better in describing the essential character of the Whore. In short, he loves the game and doesn’t give two sh$ts about anybody but himself. Ain’t no way in hell he intends to be sidetracked by compassion or pushing some good-government crap designed to help those in need.

Any whore who doesn’t understand the art of seduction is not really a professional but an amateur. The Whore is anything but amateurish; he is a consummate professional. He set his sights on Don Imus and the Media elite that surrounded him and he conquered them all. Don Imus’s unapologetic racism was a minor peccadillo that the Whore ignored because the D.C. and New York power elite shared the same views. For the Whore, its all about the acquisition of power.

Jack White of Time Magazine told TomPaine.com’s Philip Nobile, “Imus will be untouchable as long as influential journalists and politicians turn a blind eye to the tide of racism and sexism that passes for satire on his program. Their tolerance of his nauseating brand of humor raises serious doubts about the mainstream media’s sensitivity to a range of racial and social issues. The problem isn’t really Imus; it’s his collaborators, who go along with him to flack their books and stoke their egos, selling out whatever principles they claim to believe in for personal profit. To hell with all of them.”

MSNBC wants to spin what they’ve done in suspending and subsequently firing Don Imus from his morning simulcast on the network. They’ve patted themselves on the back and claimed that internal pressure from unnamed African American and female staff, and not external outrage and the termination of major corporate advertising on Imus’s program dictated the decision to discharge Imus by the MSNBC News president Steve Capus.

Parenti has noted, “With command over organizational structure, personnel, and budget comes command over the practices and content of the institution. Those who call the tune may not be able to exercise perfect control over every note that is played, but individuals who stray to far from the score, who create too much cacophony, eventually find themselves without pay or position.” MSNBC News President Capus said that his decision “…was about trust. It’s about reputation. It’s about doing what’s right.” BULL****.

The truth of the matter is that Philip Nobile at TomPaine.com has been crusading against Imus for the last seven years. Every single one of Imus’s heavyweight journalistic regulars has been contacted and confronted about his racism, sexism, and homophobia. They have been asked point-blank to disavow Imus’s bigotry and to stop appearing on the program. Objectionable content was no secret to those who regularly appeared on the program or any network executive who ever freakin’ listened to the program; they never felt the need to confront it or him.

Parenti postulates that, “One widely accepted myth is that we have a free and independent press in the United States. In truth, the print and broadcast media are giant profit making conglomerates, owned and controlled by powerful banks and rich, conservative individuals. The reporters and editors who work for them learn to see the world with much the same blinders as owners, advertisers, corporate heads, and White House and Pentagon officials. Journalists think twice before delving into sensitive areas. They worry about having their copy cut and rewritten, and about being removed from choice assignments, passed over for promotion, or fired. The consequence is that coverage is limited and certain questions never get asked….”

Don’t let anybody fool you about the Anus in the morning’s tactics and battle plan. He intended to do his show his way and anybody who believed anything different was delusional and as far as he was concerned and could kiss his ass. After too many over-the-top skits and one of his producers calling the Williams sisters “animals” more suited to National Geographic than Playboy, he needed a good little sycophant and lawn jockey like Harold Whore, Jr to chat up, promote, and serve as window dressing. After being called out in 1997 for using the N-Word by Mike Wallace on 60 minutes, you’d think the Whore woulda steered clear. Naw, because the Whore ain’t got no shame. Never had and never will.

20 thoughts on “Harold Ford, Jr. Don Imus’s Nappy Headed Ho

  1. rikyrah

    You know, SB, the Dark Sith is almost a TOO EASY target for you. You don’t even have to work when it comes these posts.

    You know that the Dark Sith is slicker than grease, SB.

    That’s why he’s the Dark Sith.😉

    But, I honestly never tire of you and your opinions on the Dark Sith. They are always interesting, and usually hilarious.

    Thanks for this bit of morning sunshine.🙂

  2. Oh, snap, SB, just when I decided not to give this, ahem, person anymore of time and attention, you pull this stunt😉

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that, LOL. Now I have to link you to the Pesky Fly’s webpage…

    Yeah, the I-mess thought he was the Whore’s pimp. Harold let him know who his pimps are, and that Don Imus couldn’t keep his membership in that elite group.

  3. Denise

    Your opening MLK, Jr. quote says it all. And how long ago did he say this?

    Clearly, ain’t nothin’ changed.

    The only point I would like to add to your discussion is that HFJ is not alone in providing brown skin cover to racists and racist institutions in order to pursue his agenda.

    I think HFJ serves up his ambition straight with no chaser. Hence the Imus appearances, etc.

    However, for some reason, he is not getting the same pass in some circles for his ambition as others. I have never seen, at least since I’ve been visiting this blog, a HFJ’s critic marginalized as a “crab in a barrel” or “hater” or “house ni…” um…er “ninjas”. Not once.

    If this is the case, why is HFJ an acceptable piñata for black voters but others are not? Perhaps I’m missing something.

    p.s. I have no party afflilation. I switched to Independent status in 2000 after a lifelong designation as a Democrat.

  4. NMP

    SB,

    “Ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, and acquisitive” are descriptives that can be ascribed to ALL politicians. If you were a political adviser to a Black candidate seeking state-wide office, especially in the south, how would you advise him/her to NOT be all of those things and still win a majority of White votes? If past and present history serves as a guide, you have to pass the paper bag test or be married to a White person, but what else?

    “The statement is brilliant in the way it deftly positions him as an acceptable House Negro and corporate servant, unlike Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. ”

    It may not have been altogether house negroish, but it was at least a little porch negroish for Al Sharpton to allow Roger Stone, the Republican campaign operative credited for shutting down the Miami Dade county recount and giving bush the election in 2000, to finance his presidential campaign. Stone purchased Rev. Al for the sole purpose of derailing or slowing the momentum of Howard Dean, particularly among Blacks. When the republicans saw that Dean’s anti-war message was gaining traction, especially with Blacks, in comes Rev. Al to revoke his ghetto pass. Stone deserved a pimp of the year award for that move.

    I don’t know how familiar you are with Jesse’s corporate ties, but I have a close friend who is a serial entrepreneur and has worked with Jesse through his Wall Street project and other efforts. I can’t go into detail on this board, but I assure you that beneath Jesse’s collar is a sale tag. Jesse ain’t just a whore; he’s a madam.

    I will agree that Harold Ford is MORE of a whore than necessary. I was through with him when he announced that his grandmother was White to win White votes, although her death certificate lists her as a Negro, and it’s too damn ridiculous to think that a White woman would CHOOSE to live Black in TN especially during the early 20th century. I guess his message was “I ain’t that Black.” So, yes, Harold Ford is a stomp down whore; nonetheless, I think it has to be conceded that he has plenty of company in the whore house. There is no such thing as a virginal politician. They’ve all given at least a hand job.

    And what responsibility do we bear? We seem never to grow tired of being pimped by the Democratic Party (no, I’m not suggesting defection to the Republican Party). If we don’t make demands of the Party to support Black candidates–of our choosing–for state-wide office, what should we expect? The lack of Party support for Kweisii Mfume in Maryland was nothing less than shameful! Maryland is as blue as blue can get, so there was something more at play than the issue of electability.

    You mention Imus’ ugly remark about Serena Williams belonging in National Geographic. I live in the Washington, DC area and a very popular, Black comedian who does a daily call-in on the Donnie Simpson radio show once compared Serena Williams and her then boyfriend, Lavar Arrington, to two gorillas in the jungle making love (a take on the R Kelly song). This was broadcasted on a CBS owned radio station. And we all know that urban radio can be the cruelest and most insensitive outlets on the radio–towards people of color. The crank call to the Chinese restaurant that got the two White dj’s fired this week is a regular routine on a Radio One station in DC. Prominent Black journalists and politicians frequent as guests on these stations.

    I’m sorry, but Mike Wallace isn’t in a position to call out anyone. This is the same man who had a very heated debate with Jesse Jackson on CNN a couple of years back, arguing that George Wallace, “Cousin George” as he called him, was NOT a racist, but a pragmatist. In his words, he did and said what needed to be done to get elected, including call us everything but children of God and promising unending segregation. Call me skeptical, but anyone that can defend a man who used his power to disenfranchise American citizens and create a climate for lynching and church bombings is in no position to call out anyone, even a radio bigot like Imus.

    As the old saying goes, they are ALL whores; it’s just a matter of negotiating the price.

    P.S.: I was hoping you would do a song about Hillary Clinton comparing herself to Harriet Tubman.🙂

  5. NMP

    rikyrah,

    I heard it. I was funny and very true! I love Bill Maher, but he always wields a double-edge sword. A couple of days before he made that joke, he was on Imus’ show taking shots at Blacks folks. He couldn’t believe we were making such a fuss, saying “If Imus is the biggest problem in the Black Community, than they are a lot better off than I thought.” My Black sensitivities were offended, but I still laughed.

  6. dblhelix

    If we don’t make demands of the Party to support Black candidates– of our choosing–for state-wide office, what should we expect? The lack of Party support for Kweisii Mfume in Maryland was nothing less than shameful! Maryland is as blue as blue can get, so there was something more at play than the issue of electability.>

    Could you expand a bit on this comment? I’m interested in a perspective from across the river — particularly on what I bolded.

    If he was the candidate of our choosing, then:

    1. Where were the campaign contribs?

    (in particular, where were the contribs from those expressing the most outrage post-primary?)

    2. How did the NAACP internal memo get “leaked”?

    (in my view, this proved most damaging — I know White & Black voters who wanted Mfume in their hearts but voted Cardin because they were afraid that Steele had too much material to work with)

    3. Why was Mfume’s support substantially greater in Prince George’s rather than Baltimore City, his home base?

    (my short answer: he had quite a few enemies working against him in Baltimore)

    4. Do younger Black voters (let’s say below 30-35) even know who he is?

    (My short answer: No)

    5. Why didn’t leadership in PG make political education a priority given the opportunity to elect a Black candidate to statewide office?

    (During the last weeks before the primary, I was getting calls from Seat Pleasant, Greenbelt, Ft Washington — nobody knows that a primary is coming up w/ Mfume as a candidate. Please blanket the roads with signs. Why are there no signs?? Well, there were no signs because the campaign ran out (see #1.).

    While I have my issues w/ the state party, I don’t think their machinations were the #1 factor. Montgomery County voted Cardin but also elected Ike Leggett for their County Exec. Had Mfume grabbed a better vote share in Montgomery, or had more Prince Georgians turned out in higher numbers, the primary would have been his, despite the handicaps.

  7. rikyrah

    SB,

    The Borg Queen is gonna fight LIKE HARRIET TUBMAN?

    HUH?

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Come on….you gotta comment on THAT.😉

  8. Cliff

    Thank you “SB” for doing research on the depth of the mind of Dr. Martin Luther King. I had no idea that his mind was so profound, and he was conscientious of the ramifications of our political system. They definitely do not let us know how deep he actually was/is.

    Even the sell-outs cannot completely sell-out on this issue.

    Contrary to the conscious belief of the hard line black revolutionaries, I am pleased with the response of the assumed sell-outs. If you noticed, they have not convinced Clarence Thomas or Larry Elder to unequivocally defend the remarks of Imus, and disregard the feelings of the mothers of civilization/black queens/goddesses of the universe from Rutgers University. I was actually expecting a more rebellious response from our brothers and sisters who consider white folks their god. Minister Farrakhan said at Howard University, some years ago, that if we are united, and the sell-outs among us receive instructions from the enemy to attack us, and they will be so scared of a powerful response from black people that they will not attempt to attack their own people for the joy and satisfaction of our enemy. The Imus remarks are a prime example of this issue. Black people are almost completely united on the issue of the firing and reprimanding of Imus. Therefore the supposed sell-outs are so scared of a black backlash, that they are pretty much silent on this issue.

  9. rikyrah

    Minister Farrakhan said at Howard University, some years ago, that if we are united, and the sell-outs among us receive instructions from the enemy to attack us, and they will be so scared of a powerful response from black people that they will not attempt to attack their own people for the joy and satisfaction of our enemy. The Imus remarks are a prime example of this issue. Black people are almost completely united on the issue of the firing and reprimanding of Imus. Therefore the supposed sell-outs are so scared of a black backlash, that they are pretty much silent on this issue.

    It was quite interesting, for me, at least, to see some conservatives that I just knew would be defending Imus, cut him loose without a second thought. There were some though (like Armstrong Williams), who towed the party line, and looked even more buffoonish. But, when you have Condi Rice and Al Sharpton on the same side of an issue, you know there must be something to it.

  10. Karim

    Ford is no better than Imus. He is anti-gay and anti-gun control, and the DLC lost what little credibility it had by naming its chair.

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