Our addiction to the narrative

I just engaged someone on Twitter who didn’t particularly care about my position on Rachel Maddow’s narrative that reference to President Obama as the “entertainer-in-chief”, a quip made by GOP presidential candidate Newton Leroy Gingrich, was racial code. Liberals enjoy inciting black people over non-substantive nonsense under the guise of racial bias and injustice. Dr. Maddow appears to want to be the ring leader of the narrative.

The main reason I didn’t take offense to the remark is simple. Black people have bigger fish to fry, especially those of us who do not equate black with entertainment. Rather than engage in a substantive discussion on the economy, jobs, or the role of government, she and Reverend Al Sharpton tag teamed a representative from a super political action committee that advocates for Dr. Gingrich. The discussion did not create any type of teachable moment, but instead fed into Reverend Sharpton’s passions while leaving the rest of us intellectually high and dry.

This election, given the change in the economy, high unemployment rate, and the continued erosion in home and business equity particularly amongst minorities, does not afford us time to debate over Dr. Gingrich’s admittedly silly statements. The last thing we need is to be egged on by a partisan who puts party and passion ahead of reason.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Our addiction to the narrative

  1. blackloki says:

    The stretch of imagination that both Maddow and Sharpton share, leads me to believe that the real racist are before me on MSNBC than with the GOP. Have anybody forgot Sharpton’s racist remarks to whites, Greeks, homosexuals, Chinese, Koreans, Asians, Italians as well as to Blacks, using the dreaded “N-word” which has destroyed more blacks than any bullet (unless another black uses it).
    Maddow, shows the lengths she will go to to race-bait for advertisers dollars. It was the lamest stretch for finding racism in speech that I’ve seen for a long time.
    I’m black (not from Africa, where they call me the “N-word”) and I think that Obama has been too busy entertainig , traveling and wasting too much of this country’s time while we need a real president now, not a chair warmer in the white house. Now call me a racist and see if I give……..

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