May 31, 2007, - 4:05 pm

Shame: Farrakhan Fan to Sing National Anthem at NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Remember when I told you about Grammy-winning singer ? She sang the separatist Black National Anthem, there.
Well, her concurrence with racism and bigotry doesn’t seem to have hurt her much. Tonight, she’s singing the National Anthem prior to tonight’s Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
So, will it be the American National Anthem . . . or the (which she sang with Farrakhan)?
I like Detroit Pistons owner William Davidson (who, full disclosure, contributed the max to both of my campaigns for the Michigan House), but as a proud American and a proud Jew (and he’s also a Republican who supports the War in Iraq), he should be ashamed of inviting this woman to grace his arena.

Anita Baker: Fan of Racist Farrakhan is NBA Friend

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Hmm. He’s Black. She’s Black. NBA is mostly Black. Where is the EEOC? Don’t we need a White Singer to balance out the color thing? Silly me.

Mark L. Jackson on May 31, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Maybe she could sing her rendition of Calypso Louie’s famous transvestite song; “Is She Is, or Is She Ain’t”.
BTW, when the hell is that bastard going to die, already? Reports of his imminent demise rival that of Castro!
Oh, well, even if Anita Baker sings the National Anthem, the thugball players would have no idea what she’s singing.
Some infamous Calypso Louie quotes:
“White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.”
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 2000
“They [the Jews] are the greatest controllers of black minds, black intelligence. They write the scripts – the foolish scripts on television that our people portray. They are the movie moguls that feature us in these silly, degrading, degenerate roles.
“The great recording companies that portray our people in such a filthy and low-rating way, yet they would not allow such a man as Michael Jackson to say one word that they thought would besmirch their reputation, but they put us before the world as clowns and as purveyors of filth. No, I will fight that.”
Meet The Press interview, October 1998.
“The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road.”
Saviours’ Day speech, Chicago, February 1998.
“Of course, they [the Jews] have a very small number of people but they are the most powerful in the world, they have the power to do good and they have the power to do evil … Now what do the Jews do best? Well, they have been the best in finance that the world has ever known …
“They finance a lot of stuff in the world, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but they are not good politicians, they are the worst politicians because they don’t recognise really their friends and as well their enemies … ”
Saviours’ Day speech, Chicago, February 1998.
“It seems like being gay or whatever sin you wish to be a part of is okay … but I have the duty to lift that gay person up to the standard to ask if they want to live the life that God wants them to or live the lifestyle that they want to live.”
Boston speech, August 1997.
“I believe that for the small numbers of Jewish people in the United States, they exercise a tremendous amount of influence on the affairs of government …Yes, they exercise extraordinary control, and black people will never be free in this country until they are free of that kind of control … ”
Meet The Press interview, April 1997.
“I don’t own Hollywood. Who depicted black people? Who writes the books? Who writes the plays, the songs that make us look less than human? Do you mean to tell me that Jews have never done any evil to black people? …
“Were they not involved in the slave trade? Yes, they were … and to the extent that they were involved, somebody has to bring them to account. And I believe that has fallen on me.”
Interview with New York Amsterdam News, January 1994.
And, this lunatic (Calypso Louie) has millions of followers…however, only whites can be racist because only whites hold the “power”. He’s your typical, demented follower of allah and mohammad.
islam = the Religion of Peace

Thee_Bruno on May 31, 2007 at 5:12 pm

I’m trying to remember, WHY is it wrong if I’m a white separatist?

steve ventry on May 31, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Steve, don’t you want to be better than people like Farakhan? Do you really dislike non-whites so much that you want to be completely separated from them for the rest of your life? I don’t get why you’d want to be any kind of separatist.

TubeSteak on May 31, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Who the hell is Anita Baker? Is she going to mangle our national anthem as so many of them like to do? Are they incapable of singing it as it was written? And isn’t Calypso Louie dead yet?

lexi on May 31, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Thank you, Thee_Bruno for posting all those Farakhan quotes. He is truly Public Enema #1.

FreethinkerNY on May 31, 2007 at 11:14 pm

TubeSteak, or whatever the hell your name is, haven’t you noticed that EVERYBODY on earth is separatist, except you? Are Asians separatist? Or Africans, muslims, Indians, Hispanics, etc? They all have racial territories for them, and they don’t feel guilty, why should I? Or you?

steve ventry on June 1, 2007 at 10:12 am

Oh no she “di-int”! (forgive my use of “vernacular”!). Did Debbie say “the seperatist Black National Anthem?”
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
What’s “separatist” about that (unless you’re an atheist)? The song, written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 (which wasn’t exactly a golden time for Black folks in this country), was a song of celebration of obstacles overcome with the help of GOD. If you closely examine all the lyrics of the song, they could apply to ANY GROUP in the United States, since all groups, including European Whites, have overcome hardship and oppression at some point in their history. That’s why the real title of the song is appropriately titled is “Lift EVERY Voice and Sing”.
Lexi, I’ve heard Black folks sing the Star Spangled Banner “straight” and with the vocal gymnastics that you so despise (which interestingly, came out of the singing styles of the Black Church). I’ve heard other groups do it in Polka style, Operatic versions, versions with a Grand Ol’ Opry twang, Rock Band versions etc. That’s one of the great things about America….artist can intepret a song in any way they wish. As long as they leave the lyrics as is and do it IN ENGLISH, I’m fine with the various interpretations.
And what’s wrong with Min. Farrakhan being “separatist”.? Anyone spouting his brand of racist and anti-semitic vitriol needs to seperate themselves from the rest of us who are trying to make this freedom experiment called America truly work. I’m sad to see one of my favorite singers, Ms. Anita “Queen of the Quiet Storm” Baker associate with he and his followers, but in the long run, it has little effect on my life or the lives of other Black folks. As anyone who picks up a paper or looks at the news can tell you, Black people in America have far more pressing concerns than who Anita Baker associates with or who sings the National Anthem.

JibberJabber on June 1, 2007 at 10:50 am

Well Steve, I don’t think I can agree that everyone on earth is a separatist but me. Also, most suburbs are already predominantly inhabited by white people anyhow, so we already live in our own separate areas. It’s just that I for one don’t mind if other races move into my neighborhood.

TubeSteak on June 1, 2007 at 7:49 pm

JibberJabber (can’t you bloggers come up with a sensible name?), why are you blacks always moaning about how tough blacks have had it? If you’re going to keep score, then let’s keep score. Let’s include the positive things about European domination, recognize the net benefits, and admit that blacks live far better in a European culture than they have ever lived in an African one. I’ll take all the blame for my ancestors if I can have the credit, too.

steve ventry on June 3, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Mr. Ventry,
Last I looked, no one appointed me the Ambassador from “Black America”, so later for the “you blacks” nonsense. I wrote only my opinion….I don’t represent all Black people nor do I want to. I’m not into keeping racial “scorecards”. I have bills to pay, a church to build, a family to take care of, and a father with Parkinsons….keeping “score” is way down on my list of priorities.
Secondly if you are interpreting what I wrote as “moaning”, then you’re definited jaundiced by your own racial agenda and have some sort of need to start an argument. My post included no discussion of the positives or negatives of European domination. I seemed to remember mentioning that ALL groups have sufferered oppression at some point in their their history…is it “moaning” to appreciate the art and literature that came out of that oppression?. For you respond to my post in the way you did was interesting…..and I thought it was just us Black folks who were racially oversensitive!
I think my blog name Jibber Jabber is very sensible and appropriate. We accomplish nor solve anything on blogs….we just run our mouths and voice our opinions, however truthful or misguided. So then, what are blogs but a lot of people “jibber-jabbering” (as Mr. T would say)?

JibberJabber on June 4, 2007 at 10:45 am

You’re right, I didn’t read your comments carefully enough, but if the song was written partly as a response to black grievances in 1900, how is it appropriate as an alternative national anthem for me? And almost all black people DO keep score, only on the negative things; they never give us whites credit for the positive things. Lastly, if almost all the blacks BELIEVE the song is the “Black National Anthem”, then it’s the Black National Anthem. (Also, the national anthem should be sung “straight”, it’s not about the singer.)

steve ventry on June 4, 2007 at 2:45 pm

I’m not saying you’re wrong at all. I was taught “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in Church growing up and we did view it as the “Black National Anthem”. I believe however, that the lyrics apply to everyone who has been oppressed. That’s why I just don’t think the song is “separatist” as Debbie had said.
And yes, it is grievances and “scorekeeping” that keeps Whites and Blacks from engaging in real discussions about race in this country. But Steve, you gotta realize, the history of race relations is this country is such that few people can talk about it without emotion or passion. A Black person may look at you and wonder why you can’t understand the racial pain of their past and you may look and them and wonder why they just can’t get it together and move on. The history runs so deep and there’s a lot of baggage there.
And therein lies the issue that you mentioned. What are the great contributions by White folks in world history and to America? It is too vast to even try to cover in this post. For example, the same White founders of this country who held us as slaves also were visionary enough to create the documents that would ensure our freedom. Despite their faults, they were absolutely brilliant men who created somemthing larger than themselves. But some Black folk probably feel that to give Whites “credit” for their many positives would nullify any “greviances” we may have about the past or our own personal experiences. That’s why I decided at one point in my life to stop racial “scorekeeping”. It’s a never-ending cycle that leads to more and more bitterness and it just seems to make things worse. If it pisses me off when folks lump all Black folks together, then it is equally wrong for me to lump all White folks together and burden them with the all sorts of racial baggage.
Now Steve, I’m an old “Booker T. Washington” adherent (“In all things that are purely social, we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress”) and I too sometimes question the value of forced integration (it goes up against the concept of freedom!), but I still want to believe we can make this American experiment work. Having been oversees, I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! So yes, I give White folks much props! (translation: I give Americans of Europeon descent great respect!)
The National Anthem? We may have to agree to disagree on that one! I always like to hear how each artist presents the song….except for Roseanne Barr’s version of course!

JibberJabber on June 4, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Well, I’m a Frederick Douglass adherent, “Agitate, agitate, agitate”. Diversity is just a trick for whoever will fall for it.

steve ventry on June 4, 2007 at 4:14 pm


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