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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 

Black History Month Induced Nausea

For the past week I've felt pummeled by Black History Month opportunism on the part of radio stations (I'm sorry, but Independent Women notwithstanding, Destiny's Child or worse yet Nelly doesn't conjure up images of the 500 year struggle for Black freedom), Bestbuy's movies department (again, the impetus for American progressive social change and Soul Plane, I'm just not making the connection) and any treatment of the subject whatsoever by Fox News Sunday. But all of this I could handle. I am sure that my girlfriend is more than fed-up with hearing inane cultural criticism from my lily-white-ass. But like old-school cough medicine, thus far I have been able to get it down - even if substantial gagging was involved.

No more. This one has pushed me over the edge. As I attempted to obtain my daily dose of history - via the History Channel's "This Day In History"* - I was attacked by a banner of the most offensive nature. Apparently the CIA wants to help celebrate Black history month, too. On the left hand sidebar of my browser appeared a montage with Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls and Mary Bowser, the CIA emblem and the following words: "We are proud to acknowledge the countless African-Americans who have contributed to intelligence operations throughout history." At the very bottom of the depraved cooptation was the slogan: "The Work of a Nation. The Center of Intelligence."

I will put up with pop radio stations who promote "diversity" to a hodge-podge soundtrack of Nelly, Destiny's Child, Usher, Ludacris and Lil' John. I can handle, although not quietly, corporate pimps pushing the unrated version of Soul Plane at reduced prices during the month of February. I'll even try to refrain from throwing my chair at the Television when Chris Wallace starts talking about Black history (praying all the while to my non-existent god that Bill Kristol and Brit Hume keep their fucking mouths closed). But I'm gonna get hella pissed when the CIA tries laying claim to Moses, Smalls (Gideon Jackson), and (to a lesser-degree) Bowser.

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