1. THE BEST OF RACISM: "Washington Times" Columnist Condemns “Half-White” Obama For Silence On Adam Yauch's Death.


    Well, that unfortunately didn't take very long. The passing of the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch - the subject of so many moving, thoughtful, and cathartic tributes and homages these past few days - has been politicized and racialized. In this past Sunday's Washington Times , conservative columnist Joseph Curl wrote a piece memorializing Yauch and the Beasties' musical legacy while chastising "half-White" President Obama for failing to publicly pay his own tribute . Curl's conclusion: Obama would rather memorialize the achievements of Black artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston (despite Jackson and Houston's past legal troubles) than an artist like MCA.

    Writes Curl: "... Make no mistake, MCA was no Jay-Z or Kanye West. This guy was the real deal, groundbreaker, up from his bootstraps, Brooklyn boy made good. Funny the 'coolest president ever' doesn’t say a word about the passing of MCA. Weird and kinda sad, actually."

    No, actually. What's really sad is that Curl's racially divisive, politically motivated hyperbole (calculatedly disguised as a homage) is precisely the antithesis of what Adam Yauch, a practicing Buddhist and noted humanitarian, represented. And that is why we celebrate his memory.
    [via Outside the Beltway ]

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    • Duck Johnson

      Well said. By you guys I mean, not this Curl nutjob.

    • http://twitter.com/whitesaid @whitesaid

      I second Mr. Johnson's statement.

      Curl is about as bad as they come, that said read the comments to any of his pieces in the The Washington Times (which is pretty nutso propaganda) and you can clearly see he is not alone in his delusions. That is the more troubling fact in all of this.

      There is some irony in a pro-Beastie Boy conservative talking-point. The 1980s have called and are thoroughly confused...although we can safely assume Curl is a big fan of referring to "Licensed To Ill" by its supposed original title.

    • egotrip

      Thnx, J & W. Check that 'Outside the Beltway' story we linked to at the bottom of the post for some additional well articulated insights/observations.

    • bboycult

      I want to ask WHY? as in 'why it gotta be like this'; but what's the point!?! As a rule I normally rage and dismantle shit like this...but as a true member of the culture and fan of MCA as well as other calmer a-alike heads (lookin @ egotrip and the above commenters). I CHILL. (but you know I'm available to Cold Get ILL anytime y'all need me to!) Haha Peace.

    • Dawn

      Regardless of race, Obama's ignorance for failing to pay homage to MCA and his contributions to the American music industy and several charities is disgraceful! Would it really kill "Mr. President" to say a few nice words about the influential Beastie Boy?? For a president who is costantly emphasizing fairness and equality, he definitely wasnt being fair when he failed to give MCA the same respect as Michael and Whitney. I just don't understand how the President was so quick to honor the lives and achievements of an alleged child molestor and a crackhead, whose deaths were both drug related, but denied tribute to an iconic philanthropist who lost his battle with cancer.....Sad

    • http://tytyindustries.com Tyrone Fuller

      white power needs to get unplugged. you white people think that you can say anything and then dance on the toes of other people like it is no sweat off of your hairy backs. i am tired of this. i am glad that the internet is here because this way other people can say greazy stuff to balance out what these cavemen and women be saying. i'm sayin'

    • Steeevyo

      Tyrone you are a stupid racist.

    • http://capoeirativista.org Ish

      I just don't see when it became the president's job to memorialize people. Oh yeah I forgot only famous people's deaths count for anything in this country. It's way more appalling to me that the president doesn't memorialize fallen Iraq or Afghanistan veterans nor Fallen Iraqi or Afghani people, or how about the millions of people who die homeless on the streets of America, many of whom are veterans. People need some perspective.