According to Rush Limbaugh’s sidekick, the quality of African-American life has been going steadily downhill since the end of Jim Crow. Now, this is all but to be expected from someone who associates with Limbaugh, a man who’s idea of communicating with African-American men is to tell them to “take the bone out of their nose.”
What makes this stand out is that Limbaugh’s sidekick, James Golden — better known as “Snerdley” — is himself African-American.
Golden made the comments during an interview with the Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas. In the interview, which was published on Sunday, Golden makes it known that his views on American culture are similar to what listeners hear on Limbaugh’s radio program.
He told Thomas that it was “a shame” that the days of segregation were “the good old days.” His metric for defining “good old days” is the presence of “two-parent families” as “the norm in the black community.” He continued:
Howard University was graduating doctors and lawyers who were qualified, not through Affirmative Action, but genuinely qualified through hard work and merit by the score. And there was this sense we were achieving against all the odds, and we were going to push and break through. Those were during the days of segregation.
For this decay of society, Golden (of course) blames “liberalism,” which has done “horrific” things to the black community — like allowing doctors to operate who break abortion laws. He also added that the current “pinnacle of black music” is “misogynistic, violent, gangster rappers who are so illiterate that they can’t put five sentences together to make a paragraph.”
While rap music isn’t my thing (I don’t mind it, but it’s just not my genre), I find two things interesting here: one, given who he works for, he has no room to complain about misogyny. Two, I question his definition of “pinnacle,” given that some rappers, like Ghostface Killah, E-40, Roots, Outkast, GZA, and Aesop Rock, use more unique words within their first 35,000 words of lyrics than Shakespeare and, in the case of GZA and Aesop Rock, Moby Dick.
Which is to say, they have an impressive vocabulary well and above anything Limbaugh and most Teabaggers have.
Later in the interview, he blames liberals for raising the minimum wage (hey, he blamed us for something that we actually did; make this on a calendar), and then turns around somehow manages to pin raising the minimum wage on surging gang membership.
The real issues concerning black America have been unaddressed by Obama. In fact he’s doing everything he can to secure higher unemployment with these calls for the minimum wage to go up. Most black people don’t understand that because they’re not taught in school economics because most economics are taught by liberals, and they don’t teach the truth about this.
But the hardest hit anytime the minimum wage goes up are black young men looking for jobs, and so who ends up in gangs because they are completely out of work, completely uneducated? Because their unionized schools have failed them, because their parents have failed them, because their society has failed them? These black kids who end up in gangs.
It’s almost like he doesn’t have a clue how reality works.