Television, Politics, & Racism

I’ve been trying to digest a lot of the crap that is going around concerning Barack Obama and John McCain. So far there is so much back and forth about Obama’s relationship with the Reverend Wright and his stance on race. And then there was the much less publicized yet just as ugly John McCain and his relationship with the ‘anti-Catholic, anti-Semetic pastor John Hagee’. (I could go further into it but, come on, I’m not that deep.). There was the Don Imus ‘nappy headed hos’ comment and the the subsequent backlash on the use of the “N-word”. And you know what?

I’m a little tired of it.

All of this splashed about the media and forcing me into sensory overload. Sometimes I miss the days when the world wasn’t so politically correct. I am, quite possibly, over romanticizing those days. Even during the 1970’s people thought that “All in the Family” was pretty controversial.

I suppose what brought me to ponder most of this was the following Saturday Night clip starring Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase that I came across at Funny or Die.

To find comedy which jumps out at you like that these days you have to hit cable. Try and get a white man to get away with saying something like that today on broadcast television. The insanity over this even spilled into South Park and their episiode “With Apologies to Jesse Jackson”. Think you’ll ever hear Chris Rock’s schtick on ‘Niggas vs. Black folk’ on broadcast television? I doubt it.

Maybe it is because I live in an area that is so racially diverse that I don’t see the race issue as much of middle America. Race shouldn’t even be an issue these days in a Presidential election. Which is why I think we should introduce one more candidate:

Brak in 2008!

Brak Obama
Brak Obama

Which is why I propose that if we look past race in the presidential all together. I propose that we support someone who has the same intelligence as our current president. Someone that transcends white or black or (heaven forbid) Asian. Someone who has a name just has a name that very similar to and is just as recognizable as the Democratic front runner. I give to you Brak Obama. Given the state of our the United States current elections think about how genius this is!

  • You can’t tell what race he is
  • Sometimes he makes about as much sense as the current President of the United States
  • He’s a hell of a lot funnier

So what if he is an alien? Arnold Shwartzenegger used to be one. And who care’s if he used to be a super-villain. These days he’s softened and he’s become brutally honest. Consider the following admission on cheating during his academic hears:

One time I hired a monkey to take notes for me in class. I would just sit there with my mind a complete blank while the monkey scribbled on little pieces of paper. At the end of the week the teacher said, “Class, I want you to write a paper using your notes.” So I wrote a paper that said “Hello, my name is Bingo. I like to climb on things. Can I have a banana? Eek eek.” I got an F. When I told my Mom about it she said “I told you never trust a monkey!” The end.

I look at Brak and I look at the current administration and I ask myself: would it be any worse?