When The Itis Strikes

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Nutty Negro-itis seems to be going around as much as the flu and herpes. Once you catch the itis, your mouth tends to develop some incurable form of diarrhea, forcing you to spout out nothing but shit. The itis’ latest victim is none other than Civil Rights leader Andrew Young.

Speaking on the local Atlanta program, Newsmakers Live, Andrew Young shared his views on Barack Obama.

“It’s not a matter of being inexperienced. It’s a matter of being young,” said Young, who is 75. “There’s a certain level of maturity … you’ve got to learn to take a certain amount of (expletive).”

It’s starting to smell. Who knew the ages of 46 and 21 were interchangeable? Never mind that Obama is already three years older than John F. Kennedy when he was elected President. Not to mention George W. Bush is 61 and has the same level of sensibility as a reject from the short yellow bus.

Young also quipped that “Bill is every bit as black as Barack.” “He’s probably gone with more black women than Barack,” Young said of former President Clinton, drawing laughs from a live television audience. Young quickly followed the comment with the disclaimer, “I’m clowning.”

Damn, his mouth must smell like the inside of Karrine Steffans after a train ride. “Every bit as black as Barack?” What exactly makes Bill Clinton so black to people? They fact the he’s shown his love for black art forms on The Arsenio Hall Show? The fact that his political transgressions can be summed up by Pac’s “I Get Around?” That he smoked – er, I mean, didn’t inhale – weed?

In that case:

Someone’s owed a lot of back Image awards. Bill Clinton is not Black, and if you think smoking weed and playing the saxophone guarantee an automatic ghetto pass I suggest you send me your name so I can enter you in the racial draft. You must be traded.

Bill Clinton is a charming man, but even if he were a passing mulatto, clearly Zora Neale Hurston was on to something when she coined the phrase “all my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk” as more black men went to prison under the Clinton administration than any other time in history. Not to mention he cut several social programs that benefited people of color. Was he a good President overall? Sure. Is he Black folks’ savior? Read up.

All this talk of experience translates as a career politician to me, and as Oprah argued while stumping for Obama over the weekend, “If we continue to do the same things over and over again, I believe we get the same results.”

As for the Obama bashing from the 1960s enthusiasts: I appreciate the sacrifices of people like Andrew Young, but he, Rev. Big Perm, and Rev. Baby Daddy need to stop thwarting the very progress they all fought for. Your methods no longer work. Adapt or move on. The itis consumes you.

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