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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
A video that is being dubbed by The Drudge Report as “Obama’s Other Race Speech” is starting to get attention all over the web. The video is supposedly going to be released on Hannity at 9 pm and involves some kind of sermon with Jeremiah Wright in the audience. That’s all I know at this point, but I presume the president is in there somewhere.
CNN reached out to me about the video, stating that they hear that it could lead to some serious scrambling by the Obama camp as the presidential debates are set to be aired tomorrow. The Drudge Report is claiming that there is internal debate at Fox News about whether or not to release the video, so whatever it is, it sounds significant.
If the video is released, I’ll be glad to discuss it with CNN’s AC360, the network that reached out to me about it today. I stopped doing any appearances on Fox News five years ago, and I’m not enough of an Obama apologist to be on MSNBC very much (I’ve never been a cheerleader for any politician, I just want them to do their jobs). But I expect that this is yet another one of those videos that the right wing is going to try to use to paint President Obama as an angry black man, which is worse than having criminal record. I know this tactic well, since that’s how Bill O’reilly tried to get me fired from Syracuse University a few years ago (it sort of worked, since my colleagues have been afraid of “the angry black guy” since then).
Fox News knows that there are millions of Americans who fear and dislike everything that might appear to be authentically black. Like a rat in the gutters of New York City, the network feeds off that which the rest of us deem to be most vile and disgusting. They bring out the worst in America, and are only able to exist because our country remains sick with the disease of racism.
When America truly becomes a post-racial society, Fox News will cease to exist. Until then, they will survive in the same way that a liquor store survives in a neighborhood full of alcoholics. The demand for racist diatribe ultimately drives the supply in what is a very sick and sad relationship. Fox provides entertainment to those who wish to fantasize about the days when white guys could do whatever they wanted, and the rest of us simply had to take it. Fortunately, many of these viewers won’t be around in another 15 years.
The fact that Barack Obama is going to win this election over Mitt Romney ultimately says that our country’s greatness overwhelms its negatives, and that’s a good thing for all of us. The Obama presidency is a reminder to our country of exactly what we are made of.
Dr Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of YourBlackWorld.net. He also stars in the Janks Morton film, “Hoodwinked,” with Steve Perry, Marc Lamont Hill and Jawanza Kunjufu. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.