The Dillard Doctrine

Urban Conservative Commentary on Politics & Life

The Hypocrisy of our Democracy, Part I: A Letter to Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson

Sirs,

Now that you are done protesting in Jena, LA, I have a question for you both: which of you will be the first to call out Isaiah Thomas?

Since you may or may not ask “for what?” here’s some background (taken from ESPN.com):

“Thomas was asked if it’s true that a white male executive referred to Anucha Browne Sanders — a black female executive suing the Knicks because she claims she was fired for complaining about Thomas’ unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate comments toward her — as a “bitch.” Thomas denied the incident, adding, “A white man calling a black woman a bitch … that is a problem for me.” As a follow-up, Thomas was asked if he would be bothered if a black man used the same derogatory term — which is pertinent since Thomas and Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury both have been accused of calling Sanders the b-word. “Not as much,” replied Thomas, who has denied Sanders’ accusations. “I’m sorry to say. I do make a distinction.”

So, Don Imus calls a group of (mostly) black women “nappy headed hos,” and you both come out of the woodwork to ensure his firing. Mr. Thomas tells me-as a black man-that it’s okay to call a woman a b—h, and NOTHING IS SAID. No phone calls, no public outcry, no news interviews about it….NOTHING.

I would be interested in hearing from you why that is, but here’s my take:

We’re able to forgive/forget/cover up whenever one of “our” own messes up and does/says something stupid. Protect the family, right? I understand that. But if you’re going to come out against derogatory statements, come out against them EVERYWHERE and from EVERYONE who makes them. You are both quick to call out rappers when they use the word “b—h” in their music; is this any different? Truth be told, it’s a lot worse; a role model in the black community just (basically) said it’s okay.

I’d ask both of you to stop picking and choosing your battles, especially when the opponent is someone who looks like you. If King’s words are right, and an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…neither one of you are doing a good job with the fight.

HB2DF,

-D.

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Written by Coby Dillard

September 24, 2007 at 3:43 pm

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  1. I am so glad that someone has brought this up. You make a very good point. They are so quick to protest about anything dealing with racism but will not do nothing about our own black men and women especially the famous ones..I guess they think it will make black people look bad. Actually, it makes them look bad. My problem is you won’t allow white men or women to call us the N word or Hoes or the B word…But you will allow Our own to call us one…Wow..where do you think whites get it from??

    Candace

    September 24, 2007 at 4:37 pm


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