Friday, February 10, 2006

Can We Af-Ford Him?

A couple of days ago, African American Congressman Harold Ford from Tennessee added to his aura of muddled centrism with an entry on the Huffington Post blog about Coretta Scott King's funeral.

After a couple of paragraphs of boilerplate commeration, Ford wrote:

As the nation paused yesterday to reflect on what Mrs. King meant to each one of us, it is important remember [sic] we cannot divorce the way she lived her life from the way we celebrate her after her passing. Funerals should not be ceremonies to fabricate a life's works. Instead, they are a time to celebrate with honesty and dignity a woman's life, and to consider the legacy that she has left behind.

In the comments section following the post, readers demanded Ford to explain just what, exactly, he thought might have been "fabricate"d about her life in the funeral. It sounded like Ford was dipping a toe into the those-Negroes-don't-know-how-to-behave waters as part of his ongoing effort to become U.S. senator from a Southern state.

I read his post over a couple of times to try to figure out just what he was getting at. For, as sickening as his obession with "centrism" is, I was having a hard time accepting that a Southern black man, even Ford, would actually be questioning the truths that were spoken at the funeral.

This morning Ford appeared on the show of radio racist Don Imus and commented further on the King funeral. Despite a couple of remarks that the world could have done without ("Some things may have been said that were out of wack." On the Presidents Bush: "I thought they were both awesome!"), his words there made it clear that he was speaking of those who would deny the truth of what Coretta's life was about as the fabricators -- the haters on the right we heard from Tuesday.

The reason Ford stumbled over himself on what should have been a slam-dunk condemnation of Right's crybaby response is that he is so concerned with maintaining that center line, he is afraid of saying anything that will offend large numbers of the white Southerners in his home state that he needs in order to achieve his short-term goal. A less cautious and more authentic black -- and Democrat -- elected official would have written that those on the right are giving us crocodile tears over the uncomfortable truths about the immoral activities of their beloved president that Coretta's death and life give us pause to take note of.

But that would have been too direct. Too "liberal."

Besides, that Ford would regularly appear on Imus (who today told Ford that Jimmy Carter is a "weasel," "dishonest," and was "just trying to embarass President Bush," before certifying that "I know I'm right and you're wrong, Congressman.") speaks volumes about who he sees as his constituency.


At 1:12 PM, Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

I have a troll on my blog who insists that I'm wrong about Mr. Ford, and suggests I'm suffering from unrequited...whatever.

The fact that she's attacked me, but none of the men who have said the exact same thing about Ford...well, I think she projected her insecurities onto me for some reason, LOL


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