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October 23, 2002

House Slave

I am now convinced that Harry Belafonte is a complete idiot. I am suggesting you take this next comment with a grain of salt since I tend to vote Democrat (although not always), but Colin Powell makes me almost want to be a Republican………….almost.

As most people know, Belafonte made some disparaging remarks regarding Powell last week, suggesting that he was a “house slave” because of his position on a war with Iraq. Powell was adamant for quite a while about the need for a diplomatic response towards Iraq, and recently appeared to have changed his tune (according to Harry) and now supports the use of force with Iraq. This is just another example of why we should never, and I mean NEVER waste one minute listening to the opinion of a celebrity (Bono excluded).

It seems as though he was attempting to stick up for Blacks in America by stating that Powell’s change of opinion was nothing short of bowing down to the White man, and simply going along with what the president wanted. Instead, I think his comments had the opposite effect and been mostly negative. Belafonte suggested that Powell was allowed to “live in the White man’s house” and sold out his principles in order to eat at his table. I swear I watched him on talk shows over the weekend just waiting for him to throw out an “N” bomb, referring to Powell.

I felt insulted listening to his comments, and I am neither Black, nor in the military. To me Powell stated his opinion, and stuck to it, until another option was offered that perhaps better met the needs of our leaders and our country. Powell’s position, for now, appears to have been listened to, at least to the point that we will create regulations for Iraq to follow, and if not followed, then military force may be implemented.

Powell stood his ground on the diplomatic measures when it would have been much easier for him to go with the majority, and for that I admire him. I want my leaders to be open enough that if they hear of a plan that is better than their own, they will be willing to admit such and move ahead with a new plan. I don’t want some has been making political decisions of which he appears to know nothing about. Personally, I had a lot of questions about our apparent desire to attack Iraq, but if the plan is good enough for Powell, I think it is good enough for me. Instead of being a house slave, perhaps you should recognize him for what he appears to be, a level-headed leader willing to view a number of options before making final decisions. Singing “Day-0” may be fun at parties and athletic events, but it does not make you qualified to make decisions regarding national policy.

I found it a complete embarrassment that Belafonte would make these remarks and disappointed that he would do so in such a public fashion. If we want things to be better racially in this country we should ALL avoid these types of references. Whites are not the only ones who are capable of making harmful statements, as evidenced by Mr. Belafonte. Powell should be applauded for his accomplishments and not accused of things for which there is no basis. Blacks bear a responsibility for improving the environment in which we live and the relations among races in this country, and these comments do nothing but make us take a GIANT step backwards. While some people, including a Conservative Black Group want him to apologize to Powell, I will be happy with him simply disappearing from our political landscape.

Posted by Woundwort at October 23, 2002 01:55 PM | TrackBack
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