Yesterday, Mitt Romney spoke to the NAACP. Unfortunately, there were a few uncomfortable moments when Mitt Romney, a Presidential Candidate was booed! While I am personally averse to virtually everything Mr. Romney stands for, I also believe that our community is better than that. We are more civil then that. It would reflect well on the NAACP if they were to apologize for those brief moments of rudeness, in an otherwise respectful reception.

But the booing was more then rude, it was a strategic blunder. What the NAACP members missed is that they were playing right into Mitt Romney’s hands. If one listens to his speech, it becomes obvious that Romney didn’t come to the NAACP to win voters over, or even make the most persuasive speech he could.  He did everything he could to court the response he received. WHY?

Mitt Romney has bowed, so many times, to public pressure that his own party considers him to be an unprincipled, panderer. So what was Mitt Romney to do?

Political observers will remember Newt Gingrich’s, promise to right wing voters that he would go to the black community and tell us to stop demanding food stamps and tell us to start demanding jobs. Mitt Romney, has just made good on Newt Gingrich’s promise. In the world of right wing politics, this was an act of boldness. He went before an all black audience and essentially told them off. He faced them down, told them how badly their community was doing (btw: using entirely true facts. I’m not opposed to the truth) and then stood in the torrential winds of their wrath. By booing, the NAACP gave Mitt Romney extra war wounds to brag about. And the right is loving him, as they have never loved Mitt Romney before.

During the primary, Mitt Romney’s other opponent, Rick Santorum, boasted that he didn’t want to make “black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money”. He was echoing a common GOP refrain; the notion that black people want handouts and in particular we maliciously want those handouts given to us, on the backs of white laborers. Mitt Romney has now embraced both of these arguments. By booing him, the NAACP gave him a strategic weapon, with which to court his base of voters. Romney jogged straight from the NAACP convention to a room full of donors, where he regaled them with his recent display of heroism (staring down that room full of black voters) and when speaking of those that booed him, he said: “if they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget, nothing is really free”. ——-“HE IS SUCH A BADASS!”—-

The lesson here is that when the Republican comes to the NAACP, DON’T BOO. It only fuels negative perceptions about the black community. It proves the false claims that we are politically intolerant, uncivil and rude. But even worse, it plays right into the hands of those that hate us most.

TARGET BANS FRANK OCEAN ALBUM: & Early iTunes Sales Numbers


While Target sells music from numerous gay artists, it won’t be selling Frank Ocean’s new Channel Orange. But the move has little to do with Frank’s recent revelations about his sexuality and more to do with the sales impact of his decision to release the album early on ITUNES. Target has decided that it won’t carry the album because debuting Channel Orange on ITUNES conflicts with their emphasis on the sale of physical CD’S. Frank Ocean’s representatives however, were livid. Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy tweeted: “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations”. He was correct. Target indeed has a history of donating to far right wing causes and politicians. However, Target also carries the work of a number of gay musicians, sells gay pride t-shirts and very likely made it’s decision based on potential sales as opposed to prejudice. After considering the evidence, Ocean’s manager, tweeted: ” Note to self: Take your own advice. Emotional knee-jerk reacting isn’t the move”.

The album will still be on sale at Best Buy and of course, ITUNES! Before the confessions of Mr. Ocean, his album was projected to sell approximately 40-50,000 copies. The increase in publicity however, now has Channel Orange, projected to sell between 100-120,000 copies, which will put him on pace to challenge Chris Brown for the top spot. This is a feat no one would have predicted for Mr. Ocean or his Odd Future comrades prior to the his recent announcement.