Friday, July 16, 2010

The ‘What a Maroon’ Award

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for ... This week's "What A Maroon" award goes to...


This once-noble and honorable organization voted this past week on a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement as racist. The resolution passed unanimously.

While ignoring the many African-Americans who have leadership positions within the Tea Party movement, as well as its providing a platform for such outspoken racists at Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation or Islam and Jeremiah Wright, the NAACP chose to focus on a controversial incident in which they clamed African-American Congressmen were spat upon and called the n-word by tea partiers.

“In March, respected members of the Congressional Black Caucus reported that racial epithets were hurled at them as they passed by a Washington, DC health care protest,” the NAACP’s website states. “Civil rights legend John Lewis was called the ‘n-word’ in the incident.”

The only problem is that the accusation is a total fabrication. Oh, yes, Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) did walk past a crowd of Tea Parties. But none of the spitting or racial epithets occurred. We know this because the entire incident was recorded by various news representatives and private individuals, including those on the Congressmen’s staff. In fact, a $100,000 reward is offered to anyone who provides evidence that it actually happened.

This isn’t the 1930s when the “Big Lie” was an effective tactic because there were no readily available video recording devices. Guys, this is the 21st century. Don’t tell a lie when you’re certain to get caught.


In honor of the great American philosopher Bugs Bunny, who first coined the phrase, I've decided to present the "What a Maroon" award each week to the politician, organization or celebrity who makes the most sand-poundingly stupid statement of recent days.

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