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I’ve long tried to have respect for Bill Maher, but something never sat right with me when it came to this guy. He was always a bit too liberal than I could ever be, with his talk about hookers, drugs and other things that would have sent me to prison a long time ago. Then, there was his consistent disrespect for African American men, constantly speaking to us as if there is some kind of protocol we must follow in order to be deemed legitimately black.
Maher’s comments about Wayne Brady and Barack Obama (arguing that they are not “real black men” because they are not thugs) took the cake for me, leading me to write the article below. Wayne Brady is a unique kind of brother, not exactly the dude that you bump into every day in the hood. But he is still a brother to me, and so is Barack Obama. We must stand up against stereotypes that somehow convince black men that they are not authentic if they choose not to be ignorant and self-destructive. So, when it comes to Maher’s assessment of what it means to be a black man, I must reject it clearly and publicly, and I could care less if that means that I never get the “honor” of being invited onto his show.
The honest-to-God truth is that the only reason black people put up with this kind of nonsense is because we sit by the phones hoping that a wealthy and powerful white man will allow us a chance to appear on his platform. That’s why I support the idea of creating black-owned media and encourage all African Americans to find ways to own the land on which you stand. No matter how often I appear on CNN, MSNBC or other networks, Your Black World is my 40 acres and a mule – it is a place where I can speak the truth. The article is below:
Bill Maher drew the ire of comedian Wayne Brady recently by comparing President Obama to him in a less-than favorable way. Describing the aggressive, angry black man that he’d hoped President Obama might be, Maher restarted the white man’s version of the “black enough” debate by stating that Obama is an inadequate black man because he is as kind and polite as Wayne Brady.
Not one to back down from Maher’s comments, Brady struck back by saying that he’d gladly s**p the sh*t out of Maher to prove that he’s blacker than he thinks. This is not the first time Maher has made derogatory remarks in reference to his perception of what it means to be black. Last year after the BP Oil spill, Maher said that if Obama were a “real” black president, he would bring the BP execs in a room and lift up his shirt up so they could “see the gun in his pants.” According to Maher, a real black President would then start shooting people in the foot.