Where’s Bill Cosby when you need him?

Every year since 2001 at the University of Georgia, a “Mary Frances Early” lecture has been given in April in honor of Ms. Early, who was UGA’s first African-American graduate.

This year’s lecture, “sponsored by Graduate and Professional Scholars, a minority graduate and professional student organization at UGA,” will feature an interesting, not-divisive-at-all speaker: Elaine Brown, former head of the Black Panther Party, current Green party member (and announced 2008 presidential candidate), and slightly radical activist.

Her lecture will be titled “Rethinking Social Justice: A Contemporary Look at Activism” and will be delivered in the Chapel at 7pm on April 18.

One can only wonder what wonderful, American-dream-catching, uniting message will be included in an address given by a woman who, on her website, directly refers to any black people who are actually employed in America today as “a little legion of Negroes who would abandon any sense of duty or relationship to the masses of blacks in favor of a job in the house of our common oppressor.”

“Today, as in the days of the Black Panther Party,” she continues, “black people in the United States are not free and must be free. It is absurd to believe otherwise.”

How far we’ve come in this society that former leadership of the Black Panther Party — an organization founded on the principle of “armed resistance to societal oppression in the interest of African American justice” (a principle which was acted on more than a few times) — is something which qualifies a person to be a social leader, and is a badge to be worn proudly!

And proudly it is being worn; from the Early speech press release to Ms. Brown’s personal website, her former Black Panther leadership is the “qualification” highlighted above all others — not that her post-BPP career has been incredibly stellar, or free of attacking those of her own race who have dared escape the ghetto or achieve success. Example: In her 2002 book “The Condemnation of Little B,” she refers to Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, Chris Rock, Russell Simmons, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Oprah Winfrey, and several others as “New Age House Negroes” and “New Age House Negresses.”

Nice way to bring folks together, and to advance a positive agenda, especially to new college graduates who are about to enter the work force join the “little legion of Negroes who would abandon any sense of duty or relationship to the masses of blacks in favor of a job in the house of our common oppressor.”

Where’s Bill Cosby for these speeches when you need him?

15 comments

  1. Federalist says:

    The green party…what a joke. When their candidates finally get popular support, the party dumps them for being too mainstream.

  2. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Well, here’s one who definitely isn’t mainstream (though she is apparently mainstream enough to give an address in honor of a real civil rights/”social justice” groundbreaker.

    I wonder how she’d refer to Ms. Early were she giving this address at her time of graduation — would she be the first African-American woman to join the “little legion of Negroes who would abandon any sense of duty or relationship to the masses of blacks in favor of a job in the house of our common oppressor”?

    I have a sad feeling that she woud.

  3. MidGaDawg says:

    Shouldn’t universities be precisely the place where non-mainstream (to say the least) ideas can be heard and objectively evaluated? (And yes, that evaluation quite possibly would be “She’s nuts”.) It seems notable to me that conservatives often argue for causes like “academic freedom” and “students’ bill of rights” in order to ensure that our voices are heard despite considerable pressure in some circles to silence us. By that same token, we should welcome other “non-PC” speakers, even if their message is abhorrent to our sensibilities (remember, many lefties thought Cosby went too far). Unless this woman presents a grave danger to someone (which, if she’s like most kooks, she does not), then I think we should encourage both her speech and a lively debate in reaction to it.

    Now, a question: Was it the NEW Black Panthers or the original that served as Cynthia McKinney’s bodyguards?

  4. MidGaDawg says:

    Oh, I meant to add above that although this speaker is quite appropriate for this occasion and many others, I don’t mean to imply that she would be a proper speaker for every university event. A commencement address, for example, would call for a significantly different type of speaker.

  5. Jeff, I believe a reading of the site in question would lead one to believe that the “legion of Negroes” quote refers to black journalists employed by the MSM, not all black Americans who are employed by any company.

    But hey, look forward to your objective and accurate reporting on the real story in Iraq!

  6. Icarus says:

    I noticed on her website that there’s a link for “Free Little B”. Is that Bull Moose’s street name?

  7. R.E.M. says:

    Why not have David Horowitz and Elaine Brown speek together. If you have read Davids book you would see that he has a history with Ms. Brown and he thinks that Brown may have killed or been involved in the murder of Betty Van Patter. Check out the story here:

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20000703/sherman/4

    Just something to contemplate.

  8. R.E.M. says:

    She’s a great 3rd party candidate. On her website she say’s “Strategically, she intends to target non-voters”. LMAO.

    Am I missing something here???? This is classic!

  9. Icarus says:

    From her home page, typical leftist views:

    “Free health care”. I don’t think it’s a poor word choice. I think she believes that if someone else provides something, it must be “free”.

    More disturbingly, she want to bring about “economic parity”. The only way a government can bring about economic parity is to bring the middle class down to the level of the poor.

  10. R.E.M. says:

    She’s a nut! Just an old 1960’s era pot head who never grew up. Only apply it to an old bitter african american woman who still hates white people.

  11. Jeff, I really think in that specific instance she’s talking more about the media. You could always just go to the talk and ask her yourself, though. Probably not as dangerous as going to Iraq!

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