By now you've heard the story, and all over pundits, blogger and barbershops are buzzing with comments about Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's statement about President Barack Obama:
“This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the fuck? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter. I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up."
Now, what now? "What the fuck?", indeed! This is my beef...people who consider themselves a PhD in Afro-American Studies just because they watched 70s & 80s black t.v. shows...
This may knock Rod off his socks but there are millions of African-Americans who have never shined shoes for a living. And just because both your Daddy and George Jefferson owned a laundromat (Though technically George owned a dry-cleaner), does not mean that being a small business owner is part in parcel of the WHOLE African American experience... (even though it should be!)
And he's actually like a five-room apartment is the same as an entire family living in an efficiency!!! A five-room apartment is THREE BEDROOMS, Y'ALL!!!! It's not exactly trailer fabulous, you know?