Former Vice President Joe Biden told one of the hosts of “The Breakfast Club,” a morning radio show popular in the black community, that he “ain’t black” if he was considering not voting against Donald Trump in November. By now the dust has settled on the #YouAintBlack flub Biden did. For context here is the full interview Charlamagne tha God and Biden:
A lot has already been written on Biden’s condescending voice to tell African Americans how to vote. Was it racist? Yes, but Biden has had a long history of making racial comments in the past – click here. Biden did give a fairly weak apology. Democrats say Biden’s apology for “you ain’t black” comment is enough. One does have to wonder if Trump had made similar comments, he would get the same breaks from these same people. But let’s move on.
Regardless of the events and issues of this Biden episode, certainly Charlamagne tha God media stock has risen to the top. Our thoughts turn to, just who is this Charlamagne tha God?
Radio host Charlamagne joined MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Sunday to discuss the fallout from his interview with Biden, where the presidential candidate ignited a media storm over his comments. “I know that’s the attitude,” Charlamagne said when Reid asked if the Democrats are taking black votes for granted. “That’s why I don’t even care about the words and the lip service, and the apology is cool, but the best apology is actually a black agenda.” See Charlamagne last Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy:”
Go back to the original comments Charlamagne made just after Biden made his now-famous #YouAintBlack flub. Charlamagne said, “… it’s about what you are going to do for my community.” Now we understand that there are times when you can focus on specific communities, but Charlamagne is talking to a presidential candidate for all of America. What has happened to the famous 2004 idea of Barack Obama of, “There is no red-state America, there is no blue-state America, but the United States of America?”
And what of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address that inspired children and adults to see the importance of civic action and public service. His historic words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” challenged every American to contribute in some way to the public good.
Back in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech, in which he shared, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” “There are some who are color-consumed, and they see a kind of mystique in blackness or in being colored, and anything noncolored is condemned,” he said. “We do not follow that course.”
It seems today it’s all about “I,” “me,” “my,” and “mine.” When listening to Charlamagne, it descends quickly into sticking the snout into the trough of government and redistribution from others to him and his own kind. You know the leftist drill. Blame others for ills one faces and be a victim. Then divide people via jealousies and envy politics. Charlamagne says it is about his “black agenda.” And what is this agenda Charlamagne speaks of?
- Economic justice – a component of perceived social justice and welfare economics. Though the words sound nice, it really is about Leftist’s redistribution policies – destroying the merit-based system.
- Black Reparations – the idea of society to pay for the sins of the fathers to slavery and injustices over the past 150 years, regardless of whether it would be problematic or even moral.
- Selecting political positions based on race – Identity Politics.
Charlamagne has always been a controversial person. At the core of his belief system is the color of his skin, though, at times, a few other things pop out as enlightening. Using race, Charlamagne has been able to leverage this into a profitable career. Here are just a few choice factoids and statements he has said in the past.
- Lenard Mckelvey (aka Charlamagne) was once a drug dealer and also got incarcerated a few times.
- “If you don’t have anything nice to say – say it anyway.”
- Black privilege (a book New York Times bestseller) – the self-proclaimed joy of being, “Prince of Pissing People Off.”
- Charlamagne got fired from different radio stations because of his opinions (four times to be exact).
- Studied Islam and explains that his name, Charlamagne tha God, is a reference that the “Black Man is the God.” Does Charlamagne believe in racial supremacy? See video below:
Not exactly principles one would want to teach your children, but Charlamagne justifies this “in your face race” approach because at least he is honest and true about it. Whether it is an act or Charlamagne really believes what he says, it has the same effect. Race-baiting pays. Unfortunately, it also has the ability to divide people. For his “own” community, it keeps holding them back on the Democratic Leftist plantation (see Candice Owens book – Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation), while he gets rich – but does Charlamagne even know or care?
This approach of profiting from race is not new. Remember, Al Sharpton? Rember the Tawana Brawley case, where Sharpton’s support of Brawley’s false case of rape against six white men? Sharpton tried to use race to adjudicate justice. Sharpton too has made a fine career off of race and division. Sharpton, commonly known as a race pimp, the race card is his only and most favorite card. This reflects a lifelong trend with Sharpton being a tax cheat, race hustler, and leader of race riots – click here and here for a few examples.
The cycle of dividing people on race can only be broken when we start thinking of ourselves as individuals again. How can we overcome that conflict? There are only two possible outcomes: Either society forces changes that coerce people to better reflect virtue or individuals change and adapt to reflect better virtue in society. Human nature is heavily biased toward the latter.
Is Charlamagne tha God following in the footsteps of Al Sharpton? Will following in his footsteps lead to the same outcomes/failures for Black communities? Same story just a new generation. You decide.