By Rutherford Hosiah Jackson, III, PhD
Negro Professor Emetrius
Dr. Jackson answers your most pertinent questions.
Q: Why was Obama grilled on Farrakhan during the last debate? Is Farrakhan still considered influential? Rufus G., Houston
A: To combat the charges of sexism leveled at the national media by the Clinton campaign, MSNBC thought it prudent to throw in a little racism and anti-Semitism to balance the scales a bit. It failed. And no, Louis Farrakhan is not influential anymore.
Q: Was Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union a success? Sidney W., Charleston SC
A: Was that a SCAN sanctioned event? I don’t believe I’ve heard of it or this “Smiley” person, if that is, in fact, his name.
Q: Is SCAN worried about the fact that it is a mortal lock that the GOP/conservative movement is about five minutes from waging the single most racist presidential campaign ever seen? Marion J., Los Angeles
A: No. The benefit of having as talented an American Negro as Barack Obama running is the sheer joy it will be to watch him smoothly disarm the right wing nut jobs attack after ludicrous attack. In fact, he’ll be so good at deflecting irrelevant criticism that it’ll start to get boring. Wake us when they start claiming he’s actually a gay, Arab-speaking gangsta-rapper from Mexico. That’ll be good TV.
Q: In the wake of Norbit I have to ask: Will Eddie Murphy do anything for a paycheck? Jonathan F., Chicago
A: We’ve actually sent out “cease and desist” orders to Hollywood not to entertain any scripts for Mr. Murphy as he is not capable of turning down a role no matter how many dresses he has to wear in it.
Q: What does SCAN think was the best part of the Oscars? Leon Q., Columbus OH
A: Three things: 1) The adorable 11 eleven year-old who could really, really sing. 2) Only one Negro was denied an Oscar this year instead of the usual quota of two snubs. 3) Any awards ceremony without another outburst from Kanye West is a relished treasure.
Rutherford Hosiah Jackson III, PhD. is Professor Emeritus of Negro Studies at historic black institution, Beechwood College in beautiful Macon, Ga. He is the author of several books including “Dick Gregory Is Right” and “Finding Your Inner Field Negro.” If you have questions about Blackness, SCAN has answers. Send your questions to SCAN.
Submitted by Chicago operative The Blue