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Posts Tagged ‘racebaiting’

Ron Devito’s First-Hand Account of Sistah Talk TV Interview

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 19, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

Ron Devito of US for Palin was in the Sistah Talk TV studio last Saturday as I sat on the panel to discuss Governor Palin. With his permission, I am publishing his full account of the experience.

Ron writes in his article, “Right-Wing and Left-Wing Extremism Take You to the Same Place”:

“I’ve Got this Gov. Palin Project on Saturday…”

During the second week of December, Adrienne Ross emailed me about a “Governor Palin Project” she had. My interest piqued, and I inquired further. “Well, I’m going to be on a public access station in NYC, and they stream worldwide on the Internet,” Adrienne wrote. Each borough of New York City has a station, but “city” means Manhattan and only one public access station in the five boroughs live-streams. “Manhattan Neighborhood Network? (MNN)” I asked. Indeed it was. I’m familiar with MNN, because when I’m not working or doing doing my own Palin-related (Gov. Palin, family members, endorsed candidates) projects, I’m cutting videos for my wife’s ballet instruction show, Elsy Dance, And… which airs on Fridays at 1630 (4:30 PM) Eastern. Adrienne was to be on Sistah Talk, which airs at 1400 (2 PM) each Saturday. It worked out perfectly. I had to drop off a DVD of a re-run of Elsy Dance, And… anyway.

Sistah Talk

Sistah Talk is a talk show hosted by African-American women and it is oriented toward African-American-specific issues. Without Adrienne telling me anything, I already knew that the show’s hosts most likely bought into the identity politics of the Democratic Party. MNN has a sister building in Harlem, a solid Democrat area, and MNN being located on the Upper West Side, tends to run liberal. The hosts had been cajoling Adrienne to go on for months, but she was ambivalent about it. She did not want to do the show for reasons she couldn’t pin down. Finally, she agreed and Saturday, December 11 was the air date. My instinct told me that Adrienne was being para-trooped in behind enemy lines. And she was. In Sistah Talk TV Interviews Me about being Black and Pro-Palin, Adrienne provided her first-person account of the proceedings.

Pre-Broadcast Preparation

Sistah Talk is broadcast live from MNN’s headquarters, and I was to be in the studio audience presumably to comment. The first order of business was to drop my wife’s DVD off. The DVD clanged to the bottom of the drop-off box. That mission accomplished, I went to the right and into the studio. Adrienne was already there getting ready. I had not seen her since the Going Rogue signing in Rochester.

Adrienne Ross: Grace Under Fire

Finally, the show went live. Almost immediately upon the utterance of the words “Sarah” and “Palin,” the anger and hatred began boiling up in Penwah, who was seated at the left-most side of the table. She started screaming that Adrienne was “ignorant,” “had been played,” “had not gotten off the plantation,” and “This is what is teaching our kids? God help them.” Adrienne took it all in stride like a professional.

Of course, Adrienne is no stranger to controversy. She put her job on the line protesting the inclusion of Gov. Palin in a “Banned Books Week” display at her school. In Rochester, Adrienne had to mollify an angry crowd who learned they probably would not have their copies of Going Rogue signed. Ultimately, everyone’s books were signed. Later that night Adrienne was caught in an egg attack on a display stand featuring copies of Going Rogue. The egg attacker had targeted Gov. Palin, but was 15 minutes too late, because she had left the building. He ended up making restitution, buying the 10 books he damaged. Adrienne handled those situations with grace and poise.

Following the show, the panelists and even an audience member who was not particularly fond of Gov. Palin complimented Adrienne on her professionalism and grace under fire.

Pre-Broadcast Preparation

Explosive Palin Derangement Syndrome

Penwah angrily demanded that Obama’s title should be uttered with his name. For my part, I will do it only under two circumstances: in quoted material from Gov. Palin or on a direct instruction from her or an instruction from a member of her staff that can be authentically traced as having originated from Gov. Palin. For her and only for her, I’ll do it. But, this was not the venue to express that opinion. I stayed silent.

Penwah’s rage continued to boil. She huffed, puffed and fanned herself, strutting and fidgeting within her chair like a peacock. These actions may have been shtick, but her seething hatred was very real. Penwah was starting to look like a burning propane factory full of superheated tanks about to BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion).

The other panelists – though no fans of Gov. Palin by any means – at least backed their arguments against her with reasons. I found their reasons to be flawed, and flimsy, but at least Adrienne had a civilized conversation with these panelists. Reasonable people can disagree. But, there was no reasoning with Penwah, who was growing more enraged by the second.

I made the determination that my commenting during this show would have turned the situation very ugly. The identity politics were at a fever pitch. The MNN staff likes my wife’s videos. I want to keep it that way. Post-broadcast, I met with Adrienne briefly as well as the more reasonable panelists she spoke with. I handed them business cards and said “Look, I don’t expect you to even like Gov. Palin. All I ask is that you go here, and see her accomplishments and see her record – and draw your own conclusions.”

A few days later, Penwah was tagged in a photo with Adrienne. Penwah responded with a curse and threat-laden comment. At least her online personality is consistent with who she is in real life.

The Other Extreme…

After the show, my wife and I went to a party that my lawyer had invited us to. He was a delegate on the floor of the 2008 RNC convention and saw Gov. Palin’s speech live. At the party, he introduced me to someone who he thought would be a good supporter of Gov. Palin’s. Those who know me, know that my wife is rather liberal. When she expressed her view, this man literally exploded. “Obama, Clinton, all of them should be hung [sic]!” “I don’t know how you could be married to her! I’d have killed and buried her by now,” he said about my wife. About the illegal immigrants, he said, “send them all home in body bags!” About Gov. Palin, he said, “if she gets nominated, we have another four years of Obama.” So much for that “good supporter of Gov. Palin” idea….

So, how could I stay married to my wife whose politics are diametrically opposed to mine? Simple. Love transcends politics. I’ve been with women whose politics were the same as mine. And, I’ve been married for 14 years (this December 23).

The African-American raging woman that was Penwah and the Caucasian raging “Tea Partier” that was this unnamed man to me were the same person in spirit. Their hate and their extremism brought them to the same place. Hate is hate. Indeed, I remember one of my teachers telling me that extreme rightism and extreme leftism are curves on the circle that both lead to tyranny and dictatorship.

If you have not yet seen the Youtube video of that Sistah Talk TV episode, watch it here. Keep in mind that this was an hour-long show, and the Youtube clip simply shares excerpts. The full version is even more “lively.”


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The POT(US) Calling the Kettle Black

Posted by Adrienne Ross on April 27, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

We can count on some basic things in this life: you know, rain showers in April, the New York Knicks losing basketball games, and…Liberals playing the race card. Some things never change. True to form, it’s April and we’ve been getting quite a bit of rain. It’s NBA playoff time and the Knicks are already on vacation. And it’s another day–any day–and Liberals are using race to advance their agenda.

Yes, it is common for the Left to create, capitalize off of, and then feign concern over issues of race. So nothing has changed there. But I have to admit that it threw me to see our so-called post-racial president so comfortable playing that card for all the world to see. Just pulled it out and threw it on the table–no big deal, right?

Watch the video below and then keep reading.

If you’re like me, when you first heard this, you stopped in your tracks, wondering if President Obama had actually said what you thought he said. I was preparing for work with “Fox and Friends” on in the background. I couldn’t believe Obama so bluntly stated that in order to win in November of 2010,

“It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again.”

So the Democrats’ November game plan is to gather certain groups and get them to the polls, for once there, you can expect them to vote your way; after all, that’s what they do.

His comments, indicative of his hubris and the Left’s political slave master mentality, reveal Democrats’ long-standing belief that certain people will vote for certain other people no matter what–no matter the issues, no matter his record. So his rally cry is simple. In part, it is: “Calling all Blacks! Calling all Latinos! Let’s unite!”

Now, lest you be tempted to think that’s okay, just flip the president’s script for a moment. Can you imagine the outrage if Governor Palin had penned on Facebook, “It will be up to each of you to make sure that white people stand together once again”? Can you imagine what would happen if any Conservative made such a comment? A Conservative cannot even peacefully demonstrate against President Obama’s policies or target certain Democrats who need to be ousted without being accused of racism and inciting violence. Governor Palin wrote:

We’re paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election.

All hell broke loose after that Facebook note as the Left went into selective outrage and stupidity mode. But the president can target certain groups that he expects to line up, be counted, and do his bidding.

How are his comments acceptable?

They’re not. They’re offensive. His tactics are not new for the Left, but they certainly are beneath the office of the president, who was elected to be the leader of all Americans, not just the pockets of people he feels he has in his back pockets.

Furthermore, as one of those Black Americans, I am insulted at the thought that anyone would expect me to take my place and do as I have done. The president ought to be familiar with the phrase, “You’re gonna have to come correct”–and he’s going to have to do just that if he wants to retain those seats come November.

Now, I’m just a teacher from the state of New York, but I have a novel idea for President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of those puppet masters in Washington. How about you offer all American people something to vote for? How about you embrace policies that will not put our children and their children in debt before they take their first breath? After all, perhaps more than all others, we “African-Americans and Latinos” are further hampered when we enter the world with that type of burden already upon our shoulders, and since you’re so familiar with race, you should be well-aware of that.

I have another idea. How about you stop supporting the massacre of our children in the womb and calling it choice? Abortion is wiping out the Black and Latino populations more than any other. But of course, sir, you would know that, as you are a staunch advocate of Planned Parenthood, which purposely sets up shop in these communities. Margaret Sanger would be proud. That was her plan. How about that, Mr. President?

As an educator, Mr. Obama, I ask you to figure out a way to improve the educational success of the people you want to come out in droves for you in November. You can start in D.C. Then make your way to New York. Come to my school district, sir, where they will be cutting almost 50 jobs at the end of this school year. And we know the impact that will have on all, particularly the children of those “African-Americans and Latinos” you want to do you some favors at the poll. How about that?

One last idea. President Obama, how about you surround yourself with people who will stop telling these same groups of people that we’re victims, and will start telling us the truth–that we can be victors not over-reliant on “the man”–you know, the government?

Yes, I’m outraged at the president’s audacity of arrogance as he sits in front of his video camera and rallies the troops by pushing his same politics-as-usual nonsense that is detrimental to the very groups of people he’s singling out and duping into submission. Give people something to work with, President, and maybe you won’t have to resort to the same old, same old race games, because more and more of us are not moved by your race. We want results. So come correct or don’t come at all.

Now, let’s contrast President Obama’s approach with that of Governor Palin. When she rallies Americans to remain encouraged and focus on November, she addresses all Americans. We all have a stake in the elections, as we all have been affected by the policies of the current administration.

For example, on Facebook she wrote:

This is just the beginning of our efforts to take back our country. Consider yesterday’s vote a clarion call and a spur to action. We will not let America sink into further debt without a fight. We will not abandon the American dream to government dependency, fewer freedoms and less opportunity. Change is made at the ballot box. If we work together, we can renew our optimistic pioneering spirit, revive our economy, and restore constitutional limits.

Stand tall, America. November is coming!

Governor Palin asks for all to take a stand by voting in November to undo some of this promised change the president is unfortunately delivering. She neither exempted nor exploited Blacks, Latinos, or even women. She spoke to people as people who care about their country.

While I’m sure that there are people who are inspired by Governor Palin because they relate to her as a woman, a wife, and mother, who find delight in perhaps casting their vote for one who may be the first female President of the United States, these same people often voice a desire to join with other Americans from all walks of life to move forward toward common sense solutions. She calls on them for that reason alone; they are Americans. And while I do find wisdom in reaching out to articulate our message to different communities, I do believe in coming correct to those people. And coming correct is not being presumptuous that you’ve got my vote in the bag. Coming correct is coming with a message of real hope and change, which is a message of uniting with all so that together we can move forward and better understand how each of us benefits from these solutions. Thus my support of Governor Palin; she comes correct.

In mid-March, before the vote that passed this government takeover of healthcare, Governor Palin wrote:

We know we’ll beat them at the ballot box, but we have to kill this bill before November. This is the final push. We must stand up and stand together one last time to insist on true market-oriented, patient-centered health care reform that reflects America’s values and the will of the people.

As I read these comments, I once again see a citizen leader who understands the necessity of all Americans to go to the ballot. While the president is asking certain groups to “stand together once again,” to ride the wave of 2008, which is proving to be a washout to any one paying even a little attention, Governor Palin understands that we all have a stake in the direction of the country; therefore we all must “stand together.”

Futhermore, the day after Scott Brown was elected in the Massachusetts’ special election, Governor Palin wrote:

The special election yesterday in Massachusetts was truly amazing. It is a clear indication of things to come and a demonstration of the momentum we all share in the fight for the values and policies that will get our country back to work. The commonsense conservative principles of liberty and fiscal responsibility are on the rise, and that’s why I’m going out and campaigning as hard as I can to make a difference. I can’t wait to join all of you in supporting these great candidates and many more over the coming months.

Governor Palin’s message in that note was clear: every one of us will benefit from the wave of common sense conservatism. Every person matters. Notice the words she consistently uses: “we all,” “stand together,” “all of you.”

Governor Palin’s focus is preserving America’s values, her work ethic, and her future. She has set her gaze on 2010 and the support of candidates who will progress this nation. We’re all in this. She doesn’t take for granted that she owns certain groups of people, and she doesn’t exclude anyone. She appeals to Americans–period–which is exactly the way conservatives and Tea Party activists always conduct themselves.

People like Governor Palin and Tea Partiers, who have never separated people into categories based on race, are accused of masking their prejudice by using coded language for “white America.” Nonsense. Meanwhile, the President of the United States can come right out and say people need to basically bus Blacks and Latinos to the polls. Somehow that game plan is okay to Liberal loons because…well, that’s what far Left Liberal racebaiters do. But Conservatives have a race problem?

Excuse the pun, but if that’s not the pot calling the kettle black, I don’t know what is.

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