by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.
What happens when political seasons change on the plantation?
by Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr.
On my cable TV channel, its number is 60
Representing liberal 2520
But in 2016, when Obama rides off into the sunset
Or, if Hillary Clinton became President
What will be the fate of black people on MSNBC?
Will they be replaced because of a new presidential anomaly?
What will be of Touré?
Massa breathes over his shoulder
Brotherman can’t even argue that Jews’ white skin gave them advantages
Advantages to succeed in America despite being survivors of The Holocaust
Those that came here with nothing and then “made it”
He didn’t argue enough about the Black Holocaust
The one still going on from 400 years ago
The one that could be somewhat addressed
Then, he had to apologize for using an apt term: “Niggerization”
Controversial term, but apropos
Mitt Romney’s racial coding towards Obama
Would he have to tread even more lightly with Hillary?
I guess so, to maintain his “family” ties on The Cycle
But will be on an island
Alone, for controversial statements
Will his “family” give back-up when he’s under attack?
Or, will he get a “nigger moment”
Finding differences between “liberal” and “tolerant”
White liberals talk in the abstract
We can walk hand-in-hand
But only tolerate you
You’ll learn which side they’re on
Touré has analytical skills
Smooth as silk
He must straighten his spine
And, open his eyes
Come back Touré, come back!
Yo Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike!
Guess what day it is?
Guess what day it is?
For you, it seems that every day
Every day you’re on MSNBC
It’s Hip-hop day
Sometimes I want to call you “Mike D”
Sounding similar to a Beastie Boy:
“Center stage on the mic”
And they put him on max
It’s the news cycle
Dr. Dyson should have a rhymer’s name
He reduces his intellectual acumen to sound bites
Almost freestylin’ to get his brilliant analyses across
I almost hear The Sugar Hill Gang every time he speaks
He sells himself cheap
He’s meek on Brother President
He knows “every brother ain’t a brother”
So, why doesn’t he say something?
It’s ok to be a critic of Obama
And, not drag him through the mud
That’s the Fox News mission
Dr. Dyson finds it’s easier to verbally joust with Dr. West
That’s petty, brother!
It’s getting hectic, brother!
Debate is commonplace
Sadly, you and West are taking productive conversation South
Get together and hash out your differences, brother!
America needs both your voices
Focus on the issues at hand
Don’t act like kids!
Don’t act like crabs in a pot!
Next, to “Rev. Al”
Once part of the prophetic tradition
The black minister holding a mirror to America’s face
To show its fallacies
What it could and should be
That includes President Obama
Al’s personal Jesus
Rev. does America a disservice
Especially black brothers and sisters
The ones that know, all too well
And, like Chuck D said
“Prisons packed back-to-back…with black”
Al has to go beyond praising
Obama’s trinkets of health care and such
He talks about gays and their civil rights
He doesn’t talk about white gays having it both ways
Experiencing discrimination AND enjoying white supremacy
What about that, Rev?
Are you still legit black communities, Rev?
Remember the old days in NYC, Rev?
You stood up for black people back in the day
Or, were you just a “stand-up guy,” Rev?
It’s not just about marching for Trayvon, Rev.
Or, touting your daily “We got cha!’” segment
Your Politics Nation should hold the President accountable
It’s beyond having Obama speak at your little NAN conference
Obama’s using you, Rev.
Maybe you want to get used
Do you sing to him, like Bill Withers:
Oh, you just keep on using me—until you use me up!
You’re his press secretary, Rev.
Or, is this quid pro quo for services rendered:
Get TV time on MSNBC
Get appointed a “national leader”
De-emphasis on being a snitch
Used on a MSNBC ad at the Washington Mall
Get to look like a leader of the masses
Its protector—like Batman
A towering figure
Sorry to say, Rev.
You’re not looking over the masses
You’re looking into the abyss
A place of illusion
As in, you got “juice”
As in, you “have the President’s ear”
Not believing your words go in one ear and out the other
You take dictation, my brother
Your press secretary office is at MSNBC
2016 will provide a rude awakening for you
Your duties will be reduced to commentator
Your spot will be taken over by white women
Especially, if Hillary wins
Rev, you’re eloquent at the pulpit
Though choppy on the tube
Your usefulness will end
Maybe you expect this
You’ll take the money and run
Do speeches and books
You’ll get “hooked up” by Obama, your main man
[The following 5 lines use the cadence from Jay-Z’s rap on Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie”]
You’ll show them how to do it, huh:
Lead marches and forums, raise money for causes
MSNBC got some Negroes white folks love too
Now, to sisters Joy Reid and Melissa H-P
Sisters—we’ll miss ya!
But then, maybe not
Joy tiptoes on eggshells when it comes to Obama
She’s his least critic
Those tiptoe skills may come handy if Hillary wins
She’ll have experience
She might lose her 2 o’clock gig
But then her worst experience:
Steady correspondent work, guest panel work, or a show host fill-in
Oh, happy-happy, Joy-joy!
She’ll still have a gig, though!
Melissa may remain in the MSNBC hinterland
Weekend duties may be her haven
But Sister Harris-Perry
Every time I see you
You make me think of Bob Marley
No, woman, no cry;
No, woman, no cry. Eh, yeah!
A little darlin', don't shed no tears:
No, woman, no cry. Eh!
Yes, “No woman, no cry”
Shedding tears in apology to Romney and the audience--not needed
His family pic with his black grandbaby opened a door
A guest panelist made a reference to a Sesame Street song
His black grandbaby was not like the others!
It’s the truth!
The baby stuck out like a sore thumb!
Sister, you should have reminded the viewing audience
The venom spewed on Obama and family
Romney trying to spin Obama as “the other”
Not being American
Mitt was trying to be clever
Using race as red meat for rednecks
At best, he was a coward to do so
He opened that race deck and lost “in spades!”
Sister, you were being nice with your laughter
Again, why apologize when you didn’t have to?
You worry about criticisms from Scott Brown and Sarah Palin?
Really, are they worthy?
Are they intellectual titans?
You know they’re more like “Forest Gump”
They’re not worthy to touch the tassel from your academic cap and gown
Is an apology, especially to Romney, the price to remain on the MSNBC plantation?
I know a Sister is trying to make a little extra loot
Next is Karen Finney
Sister Finney, do you even claim “us?”
Regardless, Sister Finney, you’ll be safe in MSNBC land
Sister, you’ll be all right--you worked for Hillary Clinton
If Hillary runs you’ll get insider information
And, give her free publicity
Benefits to you, Hillary, and MSNBC
Let’s move to Tamron Hall
Sister’s all over the NBC universe
NewsNation, Today’s Take, and Deadline
Being tight with NBC all-star Andrea Mitchell, helps
She keeps busy
Handles it well
Maybe doesn’t need MSNBC
But, she’s valued
Yet, diminished when doing “fluff”
Common drudgery for brothers and sisters
She’s at her best when she deals with critical issues
Guests get afraid, very afraid
She’s more than safe—she’s a stalwart
White women pose no threat to her
If Hillary would win, she’d have to look elsewhere
Hall wouldn’t be her MSNBC secretary or publicist
After Finney and Reid, who else would Clinton need?
Jonathan Capehart deserves special attention
I have to deal with him extensively
Brother-man maybe the safest of all at that TV plantation
He should get quite comfortable
For he is consistently docile and confused
Not because of his sexuality
He believes the battle for LGBT rights is on par with black civil rights
Let’s consider his thought process
He wrote in 2012, “Both African Americans and gays have been targeted because of who they are”
Forgive me for my language, dear brother
White gay males can “butch up” anytime they need to
White gay women can become “Lipstick lesbians” for a minute
Can’t escape being black—God knows some have tried
Blacks can straighten their hair
But the afro’s always inside
I write this to reveal truth:
White gays can be chameleons
For black gays, there are fewer benefits to playing heterosexual
Brother Capehart, you should know that most of all
You can hide from being “parade gay”
But your skin color—you can’t trade
Of course, having rights are right—for everyone
Gay IS NOT the new black
Gays haven’t been stolen from their native continents
Atrocities towards gays can’t even compare to black Americans
White gays sure don’t deserve reparations
Brother, is addressing white supremacy part of your repartee?
Do you realize, at times there are few “Kumbaya” moments between blacks and gays?
There are times when “We Are The World” is a lie
Especially when inequality engulfs black life
Tell me this, Brother Capehart
How far are our white LGBT brothers willing to fight for black or brown issues?
Would they risk jobs, friendships, jail or other comforts?
Do you seriously challenge our white LGBT brother and sisters on these issues?
If not, or a little, you’ll be a fixture on MSNBC for years to come
Again, confusion and passivity have rewards
Buy that more expensive house or car!
[The next 2 verses are sung to Peter, Paul, & Mary’s “Puff The Magic Dragon”]
Look! A magic Negro named Michael Steele
And he promised to do the will of the White-guy GOP
The RNC’s found a source to why they lost
The RNC went searching fast to counter Palin’s gaffs, so...
There’s a magic Negro named Michael Steele
That caddied in the country club in a cult called RNC
Look! A magic Negro named Michael Steele
Who sought to get the non-white vote for the guys at RNC
Ah, Brother Steele!
Representing MSNBC’s ideological and political diversity
A black conservative--how fascinating!
You’re even respectful towards The President
No wonder you don’t head the RNC anymore!
However, you gave me chuckles when you were in that position
On TV trying to be cool or hip
Thankfully, you are true to yourself on your MSNBC gig
Can you admit when the GOP doesn’t tell the truth?
Can you highlight when they twist the meanings of data and quotations?
If you can concede GOP ideology is geared to diminish black humanity
Though you’re still a Republican house Negro--you’re safe!
Don’t worry! Be happy!
Brother Craig Melvin
You’re probably safe, as well
MSNBC anchor, NBC correspondent
Besides, you provide no threat
White women won’t get all the jobs
Even if Hillary wins
Besides, you anchor on weekends
I don’t mean to belittle or condescend
Then, there are several other brothers and sisters
MSNBC seeks their perspective
Robinson, Taylor, Petersen, et. al
Part of the MSNBC black cadre
Sadly, I pose these questions
Are you allowed to criticize The President?
Are you just his political/ideological black bodyguards?
I’ll admit, MSNBC has some value
It presents to America
Some of America’s best and brightest
Who just happen to be clothed in darker skin
A welcome sight
A welcome alternative to rump-shakers
Black movers, shakers, intelligentsia
Black politicians, heads of agencies and organizations get some air time
Sporting their knowledge and analysis
Worthy role models
They are brothers and sisters concerned about America
In all its glory and dysfunction and how it treats people of color
They provide a window to black thought and culture
And MSNBC gobbles this up
Proving they are looking “Forward”
However, black critiques of white people and institutions must be tempered
Brothers and sisters chained
MSNBC is corporate
Paying bills with monies from other corporations
The ones they should be critiquing
Besides, brothers and sisters getting cash is cool
But at what cost to their souls?
They can’t speak truth to power
Especially, when it comes to Obama
So, what happens to the black presence of MSNBC in 2016?
Do brothers and sisters go back in the shadows?
I’m just prognosticating
I don’t want brothers and sisters to lose jobs
But, if some gots to go
They should go out with a bang
Swing for the fences with righteous indignation
Tell the truths that are self-evident:
There is more inequality than ever before
Obama has problems talking about or with poor people
He’s more comfortable around white suburbanites and rurals
The GOP is evil and filled with rednecks
Obama kisses GOP and corporate asses
He has part of Bill Clinton’s cabinet
Obama is, at best, a moderate Republican
He’s Bush II on steroids—willing to dismantle entitlement programs and continue bailouts
Please, my MSNBC brothers and sisters
Proclaim this to the highest mountaintops:
It’s comical to view Obama as a Progressive
He has to be pushed to deal with racial issues
He talks down to black people
He’s like Santa Claus—he knows when you are sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows who you’ve been talking to, and every step you take
He grins too much
He’s a drone master
He has gangster proclivities—invading Pakistan to get Bin Laden
He’s mixed-up: bloodlust disguised as justice is not as good as good-paying jobs
Work for work’s sake isn’t right when you’re barely afloat
Ask him how that national $10.10 an hour thing going?
If you think I’m being harsh on Brother President
That’s inaccurate, because I’m just getting started
My criticisms are numerous
However, I realize that Obama has the right to be as great or as incompetent as any other president
Anyway, these are some of the observations and issues black MSNBC-ers should consider
If they don’t, black folks could view MSNBC as more entertainment than information
This makes MSNBC as important as “The Haves, And The Have Nots” or “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
Or, maybe a black music video where brothers and sisters sing, smile and dance!
Reverend Reynard N. Blake, Jr., M. S. is an ordained Baptist minister living in East Lansing, Michigan with his wife Karen Kelly-Blake, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned his Master of Science degree in Community Development-Urban Studies from MSU and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Charleston (SC). He has co-authored several articles on faith-based community development and is also a poet and hip-hop cultural analyst whose work have appeared on Black Commentator, Michigan Family Review, Op-ED.com, the Online Journal of Urban Youth Culture and Black Agenda Report. He is putting on the final touches on a book of political parody and poetry; no publisher yet. He would appreciate any input on where and how he can get it published. He can be reached at [email protected] .