Well, I thought I had heard everything when I heard that “Uncle Luke” (Luther “Nasty as I want to be” Campbell) was running for Mayor (yes, Mayor) of Miami- Dade County. But now, I hear that “Snoop Dogg” (Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) is being looked at as a political voice. If it wasn’t so real, you would think these were scripts for situational comedies for TV or movies.
The sad thing is that these are real situations and are no laughing matter. Uncle Luke and Snoop Dogg are two very rich entertainers/actors who started their careers as “gangsta” rappers, where the lyrics were filled with filthy language (cursing, swearing), violence and liberal use of the “N” word.
Luke was once arrested for performing sexual acts on stage with women from the audience and Snoop is a convicted felon for drug possession, handgun possession, assault and even murder. He was even banned from Australia and denied a British visa.
But these bad boys have been elevated to political status. Uncle Luke was backed by the Editor of Miami New Times, Chuck Strouse, formerly of the Miami Herald, who convinced Luke, who also wrote for the New Times, to run for mayor as a joke. Strouse thought it would be fun to fool the Black community into voting for the Black candidate, who had never even voted and whose biggest goal was to be the porno king of South Florida.
Ironically, Uncle Luke received 11% of the vote in 2011, for a total of 20,982 votes for the man who was known for “Pop that Coochie, with 2 Live Crew.
Now Snoop Dogg is marketing his new HBO reality show about his upbringing in East L.A. as he blames Republican President Ronald Reagan for the drugs and gang violence that seemingly destroyed the community. Several media sites have quoted him as saying:
“Early in the ‘70s and toward the latter part of the ‘70s everything was beautiful because we had ways to have fun and communicate….the government would provide for us…it was a society…and we all had it…Then when Reaganomics kicked in, certain things were taken away…Guns and drugs were shipped into the neighborhood. So it was a shift of having fun and playing football to selling drugs and shooting at each other. To me it was a system that was designed, because when the Reaganomics era began, that’s when this began.”
What? President Reagan shipped drugs and guns into the black inner city? Are you serious?
But black people will believe that. Notice he also said before Reagan, the government took care of them. That’s one of the problems, the government is not supposed to take care of you. You go to school and learn how to take care of yourself. Then you get a job or start a business and take care of yourself and your family.
But it seems some black folk want the government (paid for by other working people’s taxes) to pay for their lifestyle. At least that’s what Snoop Dogg says. And those who decide that black folk in the neighborhood, otherwise known as “the hood,” should work and pay for their own houses, their own food, their own cell phones, etc., are nothing other than racists.
Reagan’s “trickle down” policies, know as Reaganomics, has been deemed racist. Republican President George W. Bush was called all kinds of racist. His brother Jeb Bush, when he was Republican Governor of Florida, was accused by the Democratic Party of not only being a racist, but of wanting to take black folk’s civil rights away.
They even had little black children saying they hated Jeb Bush, but couldn’t tell you why. Needless to say, Jeb served for 8 years and black folk never had any of their civil rights taken away.
Last year Vice President Joe Biden told a large group of black folk that Republicans wanted to “put ya’ll back in chains.” Mind you only Democrats held our forefathers/mothers in chains.
Biden and President Barack Obama, along with all the Democratic Congress, constantly call Republicans terrorists, but won’t call Islamic murderers terrorists. And black folk believe it all.
They don’t ask for proof, they just believe. Reagan had a saying, “Trust, but verify.” Black folk trust anything a Democrat says, but won’t take the time to verify it. That makes them very vulnerable. And that’s just sad.
Barbara Howard is a political consultant, radio host and commentator and motivational speaker. She is Florida State chairwoman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Trade & Travel goodwill ambassador to Kenya. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.