A great figure jumps a large shark: Harry Belafonte has played a great and important role in modern American history.
We’re not talking about his film and music careers. We’re talking about the deeply admirable, important role he played in the civil rights movement.
Belafonte was there in real time, in very major ways. Being part of that movement was a dangerous thing. Like the others, he accepted the danger.
God bless Harry Belafonte for the wide range of things he did!
That doesn’t mean he can’t be wrong. And jeez! In this morning’s New York Times, he too is reported jumping the shark through his use of the glorious Klan card.
Tomorrow, New York will almost surely elect Bill de Blasio as its next mayor. For better or worse, this is from the lead news report in today’s New York section:
GRYNBAUM AND BARBARO (11/4/13): It was a stark contrast to the valedictory message and cheering crowds that dominated Mr. de Blasio’s day on the trail, where he received ovations at a church in Harlem and from unionized teachers at the Waldorf-Astoria.At least he only inducted two people into the Klan. Last week, Alan Grayson put hoods on tens of millions of people, all in one loud, stupid action!
But by day’s end, Mr. de Blasio’s usual discipline had been disrupted not by a foe, but by a longtime supporter, the actor Harry Belafonte, who made unexpectedly caustic remarks when introducing the Democrat at church.
Mr. Belafonte, 86, referred to the Koch brothers, Charles and David—the wealthy industrialists who have generously supported conservative causes—as “white supremacists,” adding: “They make up the heart and the thinking in the minds of those who would belong to the Ku Klux Klan.”
Mr. de Blasio said later he disagreed with Mr. Belafonte’s characterization, but Mr. Lhota quickly issued a stern rebuke, demanding that the Democrat denounce the actor’s comments.
Is it just our imagination, or is our team spending a lot of time jumping the shark through use of our much-adored race cards? And by the way:
Are we the only living people who have actually read about the things the Klan actually did?
Our team has been jumping the shark a great deal, playing our much-beloved race cards. If you think we aren’t doing that, you’re living in quite a dream.
Some people do these things because they can’t help it. Presumably, other people are playing these cards from less glorious motives.
It’s an ugly, nasty, unintelligent game, a game in which We play like Them.
Tomorrow: Salon rides again!