Here’s a yummy recipe on how to spew racism, distort history, show ignorance of world events, alienate your audience, show unabashed political ideology, show ignorance of basic racist dialogue,…
A totally classless act…
A radio talk show host who called Condoleezza Rice an “Aunt Jemima” issued an apology Friday, but not to Rice.
“It is with a heavy heart that I apologize this morning to Aunt Jemima,” John “Sly” Sylvester said on WTDY-AM in Madison. “She wasn’t a self-serving hack politician who got up in front of Congress and lied. Aunt Jemima didn’t kowtow to Don Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney.”
Sylvester made his comments in conjunction with a giveaway of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup to listeners.
Sylvester, who is white, said he called Rice “Aunt Jemima” on Wednesday’s show to describe her and other black officials as having only a subservient role in the Bush administration. He also referred to Secretary of State Colin Powell as an “Uncle Tom” — a contemptuous term for black people whose behavior toward whites is regarded as fawning or servile.
Tom Walker, general manager for Mid-West Family Broadcast Group, which owns the station, said he doesn’t agree with Sylvester’s statements but defended his right to free speech.
“He has the right to do it and say it,” Walker said after Friday morning’s broadcast. “As long as he isn’t hateful and as long as he isn’t racist, I’m fine with it.”
Sylvester told listeners he would resign if his employer lost advertisers or was hurt by the uproar over his comments.
He said Aunt Jemima was really a “strong, independent black woman” named Nancy Green. Born a slave in Kentucky, Green was hired in the 1890s to advertise the pancake mix.
“Aunt Jemima never lied about yellow cake uranium, she just makes a damn good pancake,” Sylvester said.
Obviously, Sylvester is not familiar with the 9-11 Report or the Duelfler Report. These official reports both rebuked Joseph Wilson’s accusations thrown at the White House about the infamous “yellow cake” from Africa. However, I don’t believe that these reports would influence Sylvester. He sounds like the blind idealogue who does not shift positions based on fact.
What is more infuriating are his racist remarks. His blindness to his racist remarks. His employers blindness to his racist remarks. And, finally, the double standard of our media. If this were a conservative who made these remarks you could only imagine what would have hapeened to him or her.
I think I’ll go now and enjoy a piece of yellow cake!