Skip to comments.'Mammy Condoleezza' Parody Prompts Apology, NAACP Mum
Posted on 01/28/2003 5:49:25 AM PST by mware
'Mammy Condoleezza' Parody Prompts Apology, NAACP Mum
A Florida radio station has apologized for letting one of its hosts air a racist song parody about Bush National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. But the apology comes no thanks to the local chapter of the NAACP, which was contacted about the racial outrage, but decided not to complain on behalf of the top black Bush official.
The song "Condoleezza," aired repeatedly by WQAM-AM Miami radio host Neil Rogers, who's a harsh critic of President Bush, was a viscous racial assault on Ms. Rice that described her as a "black-haired answer-mammy" who "cleans all the White House bathrooms."
Angered over the radio racism directed towards the nation's highest ranking African-American woman, Robert Oliver, producer for the "Interactions" radio show on Chicago's WBEE, complained to WQAM about "Condoleezza" in December. It was he, not anyone with the Miami NAACP, who finally extracted the following apology from station management, which was broadcast on WQAM on Jan. 17:
"Recently Neil Rogers, one of our broadcast personalities, aired a parody with derogatory comments regarding Condoleezza Rice and her heritage. Ms. Rice is a respected senior official of our government and, on that basis alone, deserves to be addressed with respect.
"As broadcasters, we take our role as steward of the public airwaves very seriously and wish to inform listeners that Mr. Rogers' comments and opinions are his and his alone. Station personnel at WQAM and its owner, the Beasley Broadcast Group, DO NOT share Mr. Rogers' views on this subject and satire and we offer our sincere apology to anyone who was offended by this broadcast." (End of Apology)
To anyone who was offended? How could anyone not be offended with song lyrics like these:
"Condoleezza" (Sung to the Nat King Cole classic, Mona Lisa)
"Condoleezza, Condoleezza, what you be doin'? That neo-facist black-haired token schwarze dog.
"Is you there 'cause you a high-toned public Negro? Is you their black-haired answer-mammy who be smart? Does they like how you shine their shoes, Condoleezza? Or the way you wash and park the whitey's cars.
"Georgie junior says he trusts you, Condoleezza. Who said our [unintelligible] off the greedy oil woes. But then he make you clean all the White House bathrooms. The public sink, the toilet and let's scrub the floors." (End of Excerpt)
Mr. Oliver, who also works with the Illinois Freedom Project, told us on Friday that he was satisfied with the station's apology, although there's no indication that WQAM is ready to discipline the race-baiting Mr. Rogers, whose own voice was conspicuously absent from the station owner's apology.
When NewsMax.com first the reported on the "Condoleezza" hate parody in late October, the racial sensitivity police decided to take a powder. Ditto two weeks later, when Fox News Channel's Heather Nauert attempted to interview Rogers about "Condoleezza," and was taunted by sexual vulgarities instead. Credit for forcing WQAM's apology also goes to Congress of Racial Equality National Spokesman Niger Innis, who worked with Mr. Oliver behind the scenes.
So where was the outrage from the rest of the press over Rogers' racist attack on Rice? Apparently the media was too busy getting their knickers in a twist over Trent Lott's gaffe to notice this bit of genuine Jim Crow-style bigotry polluting South Florida's airwaves.
Right under the noses of Miami's NAACP.
And, she should find it a compliment that the NAACP didn't step up to proclaim the racism. It just shows that she's a powerful, mature adult that can defend herself.
I'm personally outraged that there was such a demeaning childish attack on such a capable person of excellence.
I agree that things like this need to be explored by people like Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and others.
Absolutely. Black Democrats are the only worthy Blacks. The others don't count. In fact, they're subhumans... < /sarcasm>
Nothing implied about that bit of racism. It is as plain as black and white.
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