November 18, 2004
the Double-Minded Haters

There are many unwritten rules in politics. With the exception of Hillary Clinton, most political figures have been subjected to the undercurrent of dos and don'ts that rule our nation's politics. One of such rules states that if you are black and you are conservative, you are a target for racial slander. This rule also states that if such epithets and bigotry come from the Left, they don't qualify as racist. Indeed, the Left-Wing Conspiracy of America has made it widely known that they are not in favor of people of color that refuse to bow down to the John F. Kennedy altar. So when President Bush appointed National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State, it was no surprise that the mental midgets with two-celled brains would crawl from under their rocks to display some typical double-minded bigotry.

It was only a few months ago when Dr. Rice was offensively caricatured in cartoons by both Jeff Danzinger, who sketched Rice as a semi-literate mammy, and Ted Rall, whose illustration referred to Rice as Bush's "House Nigga". Generally such occurrences create enough of a stir that the comics get pulled and the cartoonist still gets their fifteen minutes of fame. But the fact that these high-fallutin' trolls think themselves arbiters of black authenticity is somewhat of an anomaly considering their perpetual claims that the Right is the Ku Klux Klan. When syndicated cartoonist Jeff Danzinger's portrayal of Rice with big lips and bucked teeth rubbed readers the wrong way, he released a statement in which he exercised true Liberal Apologetics by denying the cartoon as racist, claiming it "was suggested to me by a friend who is African-American". Yes, he pulled out the "I have black friends" rhetoric. Perhaps someone should tell him that defense is so 40 years ago.

Since Rice's new position was announced, the hypocrites have had their field day in a number of different racially directed comics. There is nothing new under sun. It is however interesting that we never see the extortionist Jesse Jackson or any of the other black solidarity saviors of the Left stepping in and correcting such blatant stereotypical depictions of their race. And where pray tell, is the NAACP now? Perhaps you may recall a few years ago when a Toyota ad featured their new Rav-4 SUV etched into the gold tooth of black man. Their attempts to be stereotypically edgy outraged Rainbow/PUSH's leader. reports:

"Jackson's organization initially threatened to boycott and picket the Toyota company saying that, because the ads appeared in places that were frequented by mostly whites, the purpose appeared to be solely to amuse whites."
It can certainly be deduced that the offensive cartoons are intended to amuse whites and many others. But apparently, Jackson can't get any money from this deal because he's nowhere to be found. A likely story.

To be black and deviate (or even question) our blood-line democrat values is masochistic. As if it's not enough to have white yuppies (with black friends) calling you a sell-out, the black on black contempt has taken a turn for the worse. Hateration is the name of this game. And while credentialed media quotes from major news papers could be more convincing, I believe these words from fellow black blogger resonate more with the pulse on our society's twisted conceptions on the meaning of freedom:

"If you are even remotely black and you voted for Bush, you are a nigger. No greater coon ever existed than the Black Republican. You shucking and jiving, shoe-shining, pink pucker licking, delusional [expletive]. May you slowly drown in a sea of piss, rubbing alcohol, watermelon seeds, and chicken gristle."
And that folks, is what we're up against.

(Update I): I wasn't going to give this the time of day, but in light of the topic, I thought I'd link Joan Baez's post-election minstrel show (which by the way was completely excused by Liberals).

(Update II): Other bloggers weigh-in. Moxie's analysis, "Does Condi Want a Cracker?" is hilarious. See also, Michael King, La Shawn Barber, Mickey Malkin, and Conservative Dialysis.

Posted by Ambra at November 18, 2004 12:28 PM


It's amazing how the creators of political correctness are so bad at following their own rules. The blog you linked.... Wow and you not only peeped it,but you chimed in too. You're a brave sister. The name callin was killin me(lol)!

Posted by: Eric at November 18, 2004 01:49 PM

Nice straw man you have there. No doubt you made a concerted effort to find exculpatory evidence. And you also aren't stretching reality by coloring with your own preconceptions (The Condi-parrot is kind of inpenetrable if one is looking for racist content, but maybe if one is predisposed to see race as an element of belittling, then maybe you should examine your own paradigm berfore assuming it is universal).

It wouldn't be too hard to come up with some real examples of racism coming from the Right. Bottom line: If you live in a glass house, you shouldn't throw stones.


Posted by: jri at November 18, 2004 02:38 PM

That Lisa is so full of wrath and hate... I couldn't dialog with her. I admire your heart, though I think you're wasting your time on her. She seems arrogant, foul, bitter, self-righteous, sanctimonious, racist, and more than a little insane.

I suppose she would prefer Saddam killing more innocent Kurds... mass graves mean nothing to her, little kids shot in the head mean nothing to her. She wants the "right" to murder a baby, and thinks she's a moral paragon.

But wisdom is known by her children. Ambra, you have more class in your little finger than that cretin has in her whole family tree.

Posted by: Brian Crouch at November 18, 2004 02:56 PM

Jri, I think part of problem is that, liberals take so much pride in being open-minded,color blind and willing to fight any ism that they can find.So when the lovers of black folks(liberals)churn out these types of cartoons,it's another reminder of how hypocritical the left is. As long as blacks support their agenda,they are willing to be pc,but if blacks don't,then liberals will attack blacks in ways that they claim to abhorr. It's the phoniness of the "enlightened"crowd that is so deplorable. And so very tacky,so very crass.

Posted by: Eric at November 18, 2004 03:08 PM

Here's what Taranto had to say (WSJ):
These expressions of racial prejudice don't actually diminish Rice's accomplishments, and they are not going to prevent her from becoming one of the most powerful people in the world. These cartoonists have merely proved to the world that they are prejudiced against blacks who don't share their views--and that's good to know.

The absence of outrage from the liberal sensitivity police, who would be up in arms if a conservative cartoonist committed a similar offense (cf the reaction to National Review's 1997 cover depicting the Clintons as Asians, second item), shows that liberals are hypocrites when it comes to race--and that, too, is useful to know.

We got an insight into contemporary liberal attitudes toward race on a taxi ride not long ago. We were en route to Shea Stadium along with fellow conservative commentator Joel Mowbray, and our driver was a youngish Haitian woman who had her radio tuned to Air America. Mowbray started a political discussion with her, and she told him that she doesn't like Republicans because "they hate black people."

"Does President Bush hate Condi Rice and Colin Powell?" Mowbray asked, to which she replied that Rice and Powell aren't "really black" because they "don't think like black people."

The idea that black people are supposed to think in a certain way is, of course, a racist assumption in itself. But what's most interesting about this exchange is that our driver had in effect redefined race so that it has nothing to do with race. When she said, "They hate black people," she meant merely, "They disagree with liberal ideology."

The charge of racism carries a certain sting because America has a long history of real racism. But the progress the country has made on race, especially over the past 40 years, has been nothing short of stunning. Here we have a president whose detractors describe him as a "radical conservative" appointing a black woman to replace a black man as the most senior member of his cabinet.

Even the liberals who attack Rice on racial grounds don't have anything against black people in positions of power per se. They're just desperately upset because those on their side of the political fence no longer have a monopoly on the belief in racial equality. They're lashing out in an ugly way because they've lost the moral high ground.

It's good for the country that no one occupies that high ground anymore--or, more precisely, that virtually everyone does. Secretary of State Rice will stand as an example of the greatness of America, a country where, after much struggle, people are judged not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character. We're confident that one day even liberals will appreciate this.

Posted by: Brian Crouch at November 18, 2004 03:13 PM

You are delusional.

Posted by: Marc at November 18, 2004 03:31 PM

jri: The argument here isn't that the Right isn't racist. The argument is that the Left is too, and perhaps moreso than they would like to think or (would dare admit). Because there is some sweeping misconception that says if you're a white Liberal and acknowledge your "privilege" in this country, sing "We Shall Overcome" and hold hands with Jesse Jackson, then you are somehow exempt from being prejudiced or a bigot. Not so my friend. Not so.

And mind you, this refuse comes from the same people that require racial sensitivty classes in corporations. And that's not to say diversity certifcation is bad, heck I work in the field, I know the deal. But the shizophrenia is ghastly evident. Seriously, I'm gagging here.

Posted by: Ambra Nykol at November 18, 2004 03:34 PM

perhaps I am being a bit too literal here, but it is hard to see how political metaphors stemming from where the middle class and the rich sat in the parlaiment right before the french revolution could be racist. So 'the Left' and 'the Right' are terms we use as shorthand. The groups they are used to name are both sort of shifting blobs of things. Again, I fear I am being a stickler, but it is hard to see what could be meant by saying that a vaguely defined group of people is racist. If what you mean is that all or most, or a significant number of them are racist, then it makes sense, but is obviously unjustified given the evidence (a few cartoons, which, at least in my opinion aren't clearly racist. the parrot one isn't anyway - it implies that Rice isn't going to challenge the president on anything and doesn't suggest at all that her race is the reason why she will be a yes-woman. i can see the argument that the one with her sitting in the chair speaking in an illiterate fashion are racist. Rice is in my opinion a lot of despicable things, but illiterate and poorly spoken are not among those things.) Look, these generalizations are the kind that everyone makes, I understand. Allow me to submit to you though that when discussing things like 'racism', which is a belief state or a state of character, it is not useful to talk about things in this generalized a way. The particular cartoonist might be racist. He might just be stupid. I can't say for sure, though I would guess it is a little of both. The point is that when people like me, who realize that they are one of the more constant members of 'the Left', hear these things about 'the Left' being hypocritical on the basis of someone whom we have never heard of being an ass, it doesn't sit well. I imagine if I called 'the Right' hypocritical because many people in the group used to be in favor of balanced budgets and now are running up deficits, you would get pissy. Because the deficits need not have anything to do with you, just as the cartoonist has not the least to do with me.

If you skipped the long paragraph just preceding, the point is that people are racist, loosely defined social groups cannot be.

Posted by: patrick at November 18, 2004 04:06 PM

Patrick, the point is, according to the rule of society, we must often speak for one as the whole because indeed, we reference groups as individuals (Black Republicans are....Christians are... Men are....). Racism deals more with the idea of an instituation where as prejudice is more individual. So if you really wanna get technical, we're probably using terms wrong in the first place. The point is, no one is saying the sum of any one loosely defined social group.

Posted by: Ambra Nykol at November 18, 2004 04:30 PM

A change of personal policy since 11/2. A modification of Apostle James' admonition to Count It All Joy. Particularly when the LibElite goes on its frequent public hissy fits. Including the reaction to Prof. Dr. Rice's appointment as SecState. It only makes her glow brighter. It only makes her accomplishments more distinguished. It only gives her a greater profile for- dare we write it- a presidential bid in 2008. Ambra, I understand your feelings against those who howl against a strong, brilliant, accomplished woman like Prof. Dr. Rice. Can't imagine that she cares very much. Too busy for playa-hating.

Posted by: Gerard E. at November 18, 2004 04:44 PM

Gerard, I agree. And trust me when I say, Dr. Rice doesn't need anyone taking up her offenses. I just love pointing out the hypocrisy of the we shall overcome crowd. And yes, I'm certain Dr. Rice cares not that she can spin circles around her average enemy. Cuz when it's all over, she'll still have more clout.

Posted by: Ambra Nykol at November 18, 2004 04:48 PM

It is funny how on one hand you are claiming to be a defender of Condi but yet you could not pass up the opportunity to attack Jessie Jackson as an extortionist and take a shot at the NAACP. You should know just as I know, that Condi will never be defended by Jessie, The NAACP or any Black activist nor do she deserve to be. In this matter what need to be commented on is the racist caricature of Condi having Big lips, when in fact that is not the case thus, the depiction of her having Big lips has more to do with her Blackness than her politics. Also the Cartoon wherein she speaks using a double negative was definitely racist in that we all know Condi speaks the English language well and better than most people. On the other hand the depiction of her as a Parrot is dead on. I will never defend Condi or her politics but caricatures not true of her and have been historically used to negatively depict Black people should be condemned and seen as racist by all Black men and women as well as white folk. It is interesting to see so many conservatives up in arms about these recent cartoons but most of them were silent when she was depicted half naked besides a cookie baking Hilary Clinton in that stepford wives ad.

Posted by: Faheem at November 18, 2004 08:28 PM

Ambra, wow - and seriously, I would pay to read your stuff. It is about time that O'Reilly, Hannity, Medved, Snow (etc.) get to booking you. Sincerely, Your Agent ;-)

Posted by: P. Scott Cummins at November 18, 2004 08:32 PM

"I believe the title was 'Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States'. ... It did not warn of attacks inside the United States."

Well, which is it?

Come on, people.

Posted by: RealityBased at November 19, 2004 12:06 AM

people who pull out that memo title as some sort of proof of condi's incompetence need some reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

there's a difference between a memo saying "terrorist jackasses want to kill us" and one that has specific information about potential attacks.

Posted by: jesse at November 19, 2004 04:19 AM

The difference between right and left is that we on the right know our parents had problems with race and that we inherited some of them. Now we are attempting to deal with the issue in an honest fashion. As a result, we are able to appreciate ability in all persons no matter what they look like. The left denies that they personally ever had a problem and blame it on others.

The only way this type of behavior is ever going to stop is for "persons of color" to call bull****. As long as these people (leftist, racial hypocrites) are allowed to get away with it, they will continue to abuse any black person who doesn't toe the line.

Posted by: Scott at November 19, 2004 10:33 AM

I don't like what they did.
I agree that it's an insult.

But, the "Black right" doesn't come to the defense of the "Black left" when the "Black left" is slandered. Not only that, the "Black right" rarely points to the "Black left" as doing something worthwhile.

When was the last time the "Black right" has praised Earl Graves, Sr?

Posted by: DarkStar at November 19, 2004 03:54 PM

P. Scot Cummins: Have your people call my people ;-)

Darkstar: As usual, you bring up good points. Although I will say that somebody needs to speak with Mr. Graves about his sideburns...hmmm.

Scott: werd.

Posted by: Ambra Nykol at November 19, 2004 04:23 PM

On the side burns, yep. Ambra, you would go into melt down if you visited Disney World. Believe me. :)

Posted by: DarkStar at November 19, 2004 04:26 PM

Hey you guys --

Cut Lisa a little slack, okay? I don't think she's honestly full of "hate" -- I think she's one of those damn-the-torpedos-full-steam-ahead writers, one who writes solely out of her heart and soul (and perhaps Soul) without regard to the consequences. Or perhaps she's well aware of the impending consequences and just doesn't care, preferring to stand back and watch the ensuing chaos.

But to say that she's full of "hate"? That's not fair. Read more of her blog than just one post -- I've found her to be incredibly insightful and introspective, with her own (ahem) style...that probably isn't for everyone.

But she strikes me as the sort of woman who will tick you off every chance she gets, and then turn around and give you the shirt off her back if you needed a friend.

That word..."hate"'s so ugly. Dig a little deeper first.

Posted by: Carol at November 21, 2004 08:14 AM

Boy, no one plays the race card as clumsily as Republicans.

Posted by: dustyr at November 21, 2004 10:57 AM

After this little post of yours, I think "fellow black" would be a term I would very loosely use to describe you, Ambra.

For you and Brian to describe me as being filled with "hate" reeks of ignorance. It's all very well to take a quote from ONE post out of context and use it to fuel your own agenda against us "militant" hateful blacks that just can't stand to keep our mouths shut and take the ass-drubbing as we have been for years. You're about as bad as willing to stereotype me based on a few hundred words. Proof positive that Republicans and Uncle Toms are typically short-sighted, generalizing, nincompoops.

WORDS, SOUND, AND POWER. I write from the perspective of an EDUCATED black woman dealing with the muck of ignorance and racism that runs rampant in the South. Not as a Democrat. Not as a liberal. Just someone who's living a life completely different from your own. Gah I hate labels...they're icky.

Crass, filthy, and vulgar? I'll be that. But I'm also a DAMN good writer on any given day, writing about any given topic. I invite everyone to check out my archives. I'm only a self-defeating ignorant nigger on Mondays and Wednesdays.

When I do write on issues of race and politics I deal in EMOTION. If that makes blacks in general from the token negro like yourself to the apathetic negro trapped in the ghetto get up and DO SOMETHING to uplift OUR RACE then so be it. All's well that ends well. At any rate, on a consistent basis I get my point across, though those of the tightass variety seem to perceive that nasty language I use as a stumbling block. Ah well.

At the very least you could have sent a trackback ping to my post. How very underhanded of you. All further personal attacks may be graciously directed to that brick wall over there. If any of your loyal fans do in fact get to view this comment.

Yours in Negrohood,


Posted by: Lisa at November 21, 2004 08:34 PM


I never said you were hate-filled. This wasn't an attempted to be underhanded. I didn't send a trackback because well, I don't "do" trackback. I'm too lazy and I don't set it on auto-trackback because I'd ping everyone like 80 times with my umpteen updates. I've mentioned on more than one occasion that I threw out the blogger etiquette handbook a long time ago. So no offense, but I do it to everyone (or in thise case, don't do it to everyone.

And I've never denied the fact that you're an educated, fabulous writer. I read you all the time. What I was getting at was the idea that the sentiment from most black people towards the other non-democrat voting black citizens is that we're (all the lovely terms you used). I'm certain you wouldn't deny that to be the truth since you said it yourself and since you are educated, smart, and talented, I figure you represent a good cross section of the black people.

And yes, I still consider you a fellow black regardless of what you may feel towards me. As much as you'd like to separate yourself from me, we do share quite a bit.

As you were soldier...

Posted by: Ambra at November 21, 2004 08:56 PM

So I happened across you site thru the blogoshpere. I will do my best to convey the heart wrenching disgust I see here on your little corner of the blogoshpere. First, I'm going to tell you that I'm NYC raised black woman. My mother was not only a Black Liberation Army member but she is also a Vassar graduate. I myself have been raise all my life to be proud of my heritage as well as keenly aware of racism and assimilated racism of my brothers and sisters. I have lived all over the country as well as traveled abroad. I have attended various colleges including Vassar like my mother. With the diversity of experience that I have been exposed to I must say, you my sister are not even aware of your own self-hatred. You press and straighten your hair, denying yourself an acceptance of who you really are on a topical level let alone internally. Do you really think that because you have been exposed to rich white kids you have managed to assimilate? Because you mingled in prep schools, assumed their ideology that you (or Condoleeza for that matter) are a white persons peer in their eyes? I myself have been exposed to the same and have also lived in Seattle but never adopted the mindset of those environments as it seems you have. You have adopted the goals of a culture that has no love for you. You come to the southern states and you will be rocked to the core to know at how obvious the injustices and prejudice that still thrive and plot against you and your people in such a indirect, extensive and cunning way here in this country. I am truly saddened that you have not been exposed to your heritage, truly. You don't even know who you are. This was the goal of slavery as well as it continues to be a facet of American society to mold it's negros, just like Condoleezza, Colin and the many that think assimilation is the answer to African Americans identity crisis or general issues. *shaking head* Actually your position is just an easy way out as far as I see it. It’s definitely easier to assume the dominating ideology than to take hold of the truth and fight for it to be heard.

Posted by: A* at November 22, 2004 07:38 AM

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