Real Racism – A Rebuttal To Touré Neblett


An Open Letter to MSNBC’s Toure on Real Racism

“I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization’. You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.” – Touré, MSNBC analyst in reference to Mitt Romney.

Yes, Toure actually said that out loud…on national television. Here is my video response, with transcript below. Please share. This was straight from my heart. It is not a story I share easily, or with pleasure. But I could not be silent on this one.

Dear Toure:

I’d like to tell you a story.

I was six years old the first time I heard the word ‘nigger’. Jamie Haney called me that on the first day of school, matter-of-factly. He wasn’t being mean. He was just expressing his amazement at the fact that he was actually looking at a black person, and he thought that’s what we were called. Jamie and I came up through school together as friends, but unfortunately he wasn’t even close to the last person to use that word in reference to me. I grew up in a place where there were no black people. In the ’80′s. I was different. An anomaly. And kids are cruel. And some adults too. I was called a nigger nearly every school day of my life until I was 16 years old. Once, my best friends and I were handing out church flyers at a local diner. An older gentleman (well, maybe 30 but that was OLD to me at the time) who was clearly intoxicated took the flyer from my hand, looked up at me and suddenly shouted “Holy Shit! What are you doing here? I thought your kind was supposed to be out picking cotton or something!” and then proceeded to crack up at his own hilarity. My friends and I clearly had no clue how to handle this (we were maybe 14 at the time); and no one came to my defense or rescue. People stared, but most just looked away in embarrassment and continued with their meals. My friends and I left. We looked at each other, wide-eyed. We were scared, but none of us said a thing. What could we say? They didn’t understand the depth of my pain and I didn’t understand their confusion or helplessness. So we went on with our day, on with our lives. And that was pretty much every day of my life in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I faced names and beat-downs each day. Sometimes I took it. Sometimes I fought back. In a school system that had no experience with minorities in the 1980′s, there was no help to be found. Teacher after teacher and principle after principle said the same thing….if it happens away from the watchful eyes of staff, there is nothing we can do. I had no choice. I endured, until I was old enough to leave; and then I left. I now live in California. Pretty much as far away as you can get from P.E.I. without leaving the comfort of the United States/Canada.

I tell you all this not to illicit sympathy. I don’t need that. It’s been a long time since I was that scared but tough little girl. I’ve been blessed many times over since then, and I’ve learned the power of forgiveness. No, I tell you this because I read your comments about Mitt Romney today and they made me sick to my stomach, and very angry. You accuse Romney of “niggerizing” Obama. There is so much wrong with that statement, I hardly know where to begin. You see, that word…nigger….it means something. It means something very real to people like me who actually have intimate, firsthand knowledge of how it can be applied. I resent that you would use that so easily (though you claim it wasn’t ‘easy’, I don’t believe you). You used that term to get some press. Great. Mission accomplished. But in the process you have watered down a term of hate with deep historical significance by applying it where it most certainly does not fit. Toure, I’ve seen hate up close. I know what it looks like. I’ve felt it’s hands on my skin, seen the look in its eyes, felt the burn of its words. It is deliberate and it is real. Racism is not disliing our black President because of his socialist leanings. Racism is the scar I carried near my lip for decades after one particularly harsh punch in the mouth from a kid screaming “NIGGER!” at me while swinging away. Racism is that guy in the diner, the hoses and dogs turned on folks from my grandparent’s generation just looking to drink at a decent water fountain. When you accuse a person of racism, THAT is the legacy of hate you are laying at their feet. It’s every bit as heinous as accusing someone of being a child molester arbitrarily. When you accuse Mitt Romney and other conservatives like me of being racist based on no other proof besides the fact that we vehimnitly disagree with this President and his policies, you dilute the history and experiences of people like me. You cheapen that word – nigger. You rob it of it’s true horror – a horror we should never forget or take for granted.Not only that, Toure; but you cheapen yourself. You make it clear to blacks like me that you, indeed have no clue in hell what real racism is or where it can be found.

Accusing Mitt Romney of the “niggeriazation” of Obama is ugly, base, cheap and just plain wrong. You owe him and people like me an apology. You seem like an intelligent guy. If you disagree with Mitt Romney and me, do so on the merits of the issues at hand. Don’t prostitute yourself on a network that it more way more white (percentage-wise) than the Republican party. It’s a song and dance eerily similar the minstrel shows of the past. You and I know full well the execs at MSNBC laugh and applaud and sign your paycheck every time you put on your tap shoes. Don’t like that reference? Hey, as you said so yourself, Im just using the same old race-baiting playbook you and the Democrats have been using for decades.

You should be embarrassed.


The young lady in the video is Kira Davis.

Racism is when you judge people by the color of their skin instead the content of their character. One of the things I hate most about Obama is that his election was supposed to mark a new post-racial era in America. Instead we have seen the intentional racialization of politics by Obama and his supporters set us back half a century.

Barack Obama is the most divisive president in my lifetime. He isn’t the fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s dream, he is a nightmare.


(h/t Lola & WMCB)


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80 Responses to Real Racism – A Rebuttal To Touré Neblett

  1. myiq2xu says:

    “N*gger” is the most toxic word in the English language. Using it can literally get people killed.

  2. angienc says:

    The young lady in the video is Kira Davis.

    And she is 100% correct in *everything* she says, especially the part that Toure should be ashamed. Unfortunately, he will not be.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The young lady in the video is Kira Davis.

      Thanks for bringing that up. I neglected to give her name in my original post. I fixt it.

    • She’s normally much more demagogic than this. I applaud her for taking the higher road, the real, emotional one. You can fight with anger, or you can let your hurt be known, and persuade. I learned this from my husband. Weird, huh?

      • My hubbie is like that too. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. You know who also said this? Gerry Spence, the attorney who purportedly never lost a case. Aren’t we seeing the opposite in Obama where he holds things to his chest, doesn’t speak from the heart but from a carefully fabricated script to shield him from criticism. That never works because people see through it.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Here is everything you need to know about lawyers:

          When a trial is over and the jury gives their verdict, an attorney will turn to his/her client and say one of two things.

          “We won” or “You lost.”

  3. Kira Davis is one courageous soul!!! My heroine—–

    I received death threats like many of you during the 2008 campaign for going off the Democratic reservation. But it was nothing compared to the black people I knew who chose to support Hillary rather than Obama. Their lives were a living hell for voting their consciences.

    I applaud Kira Davis!!!

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I applaud Kira Davis!!! Too 🙂

      • Kira Davis does deserve our applause. I can’t remember the subject but one time she was so p’od that she gave a rant from within her closet so her kids wouldn’t hear her.

    • Cynthia, this reminds me of a funny event. I was in a Walgreens of all places during the 2007/2008 primary. Some magazine of a picture of Hillary on its cover caught my eye when I walked in and I was reading the headline. An African American woman in her 60’s (super fashionable with bright makeup) was passing by and she stopped excitedly asking me “Are you voting for her?” while pointing at the magazine. Then she stated loudly, “I AM. I LOVE HIllary! She’s much SUPERIOR to that mealy-mouthed Obama! He’s a PHONY! We’ve just got to get HER in.” Then she laughed and told me with a little aside “I can say this here. I’d get attacked in my neighborhood for saying this.” But, THEY are what this country needs now!” Then she patted me on my arm and said “Us sisters gotta stick together.” I was just chuckling and beaming and nodding in agreement. A little dumbfounded by her exuberance. Then I said “You’re damn straight we do!” And we both exchanged that little knowing look as she walked out.

      She gave me a much needed uplift that day. I had been a bit down since the Clintons are racist remarks were made. I wish I could run into her now.

  4. driguana says:

    Well said all around. Having lived and traveled in West Africa for almost four years, I am very familiar with the name Toure. It essentially means of the Mandika or Malinke ethnic/linguistic group. Sekou Toure, a past president of Guinea was literally, Sekou of the Mandinka tribe. Toure Nesbitt is not a Mandinka. He may fancy himself that but he is a charlatan. I have great respect for West Africans…their pride, demeanor, beautiful languages, gracefulness, and deep respectful thinking…..Nesbitt has none of those characteristics.

  5. 49erDweet says:

    “…the execs at MSNBC laugh and applaud and sign your paycheck every time you put on your tap shoes.”

    Love how she Stepin Fetchit him. And this courageous women is SPOT ON! Can she be our next California Governor? If we ever have one?

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, I just bought a copy of Mockingjay, so y’all be cool while I read it.

    Saturday is when The Hunger Games DVD comes out.

    • YAY! Such a good series. I may hafta read it again.

    • HELENK says:

      I am rereading a series that I read in the 1980s
      Global 2000 a series of three books that you would swear was the life story of george soros. The author is Gloria Vitanza Basile. I just finished rereading another series by her called The Manipulators about are just who runs the world

      • leslie says:

        thanks for mentioning the author again. I couldn’t recall who said it (helenk) and I wanted to look for this author and her series.

        • HELENK says:

          you would most likely find them at used book stores. I found them again at BN site when you search for the title they give you a list of stores where you can send for them

          the Manipulators series

          1 the manipulators
          2 born to power
          3 giants in the shadows

          Global 2000 series

          1 eye of the eagle
          2 the jackal helix
          3 the sting of the scorpion

          they are fiction and do have a continuing story

        • Erica says:

          I just finished Animal Farm, which is a quick little romp and enjoyable. I figured the election season would be a good time to read that, 1984, and Brave New World. After those, it’s gonna be a new post-pandemic novel called The Dog Stars.

        • angienc says:

          Eric — this election will not be complete without the addition of “Marching Morons” to your list of reading material.

        • angienc says:

          *Erica not Eric sorry

  7. Here’s Atrur Davis, slowly dismantling the BS race arguments that Obama is forwarding: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/314130/obama-s-hidden-hand-politics-artur-davis

    Of course, there are different kinds of progress. There is the inconvenient fact that Obama has governed while black unemployment and the level of child hunger in the black community have risen to the highest rates in the modern era, and while educational achievement among African Americans continues to bottom out at appalling levels. This record is one that the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said last summer would lead blacks to march outside the White House if it had a different occupant.

    The Obama message, implicitly, is that the conditions on the ground, including in the black community, are small, grudging details when weighed against the epic fact that a black man occupies the Oval Office. It’s a point of view. But that argument is too charged, too at odds with Obama’s official de-emphasis on race, to be made out loud and in the light of day. Better to work through the hidden-hand approach, through surrogates who create plausible deniability and through commentators who can be disavowed. Interesting that the Sixties-era figure whom the Obama reelect campaign conjures up is neither a Kennedy nor a King but that great hidden-hand stone thrower, Richard Nixon.

    Expect more of this as Davis cozies up to the Romney campaign. If Romney is good at anything, it’s identifying the right person for the right job. He proved it with Ryan, and Davis will surely deliver in that arena as well. He couldn’t ask for a better front man on this issue.

    • Drunk English teacher nitpicks: “There ARE the inconvenient factS that…” Cross out “and” in between your examples, Artur.

    • SHV says:

      A similar observation from the “Black” far left:

      ” A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

      Black unity has served African Americans well – until now, when the enemy has a Black face. Suddenly, our tried-and-true instincts betray us and our political cognition collapses. Obama’s many crimes fail to register in Black brains. African Americans “filter out any and all information that might shatter the illusion that Obama is all that stands between Black folks and the Devil, himself.”

  8. HELENK says:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/16/did-douglas-wilder-attend-a-romney-fundraiser-tonight/

    Did VA governor Douglas Wilder show up at a Romney fund raiser or didn’t he?

  9. Telling: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/08/clinton-christie-lead-in-new-hampshire.html

    Democrats in the state want Hillary Clinton as their nominee. 91% have a favorable opinion of her to only 6% with a negative one. Given a long list of potential 2016 candidates 55% say Clinton is their top choice to 9% for Joe Biden, 8% for Elizabeth Warren, 6% for Andrew Cuomo, 3% for Deval Patrick, 1% for Martin O’Malley, and less than 1% for Brian Schweitzer and Mark Warner.

    […]

    The Republicans have a far better known field of potential candidates for 2016– if Mitt Romney doesn’t win this fall. 8 out of 9 folks we tested have over 70% name recognition, compared to only 2 of the 8 Democrats we looked at. The only GOP potential who doesn’t meet that threshold is Scott Walker.

    Bolding mine. THAT’S what Obama has done for Democrats. Buried everyone but Hillary underneath his bullsh!t.

  10. HELENK says:

    Iowa Hawk

    Toure is to rap music what Keith Olbemann was to sports. #jocksniffer

  11. angienc says:

    OT — my idiot FB prog “friends” have just discovered the “Romney tells Cuban radio host he likes papaya; unaware it is slang for vagina” (actual headline of story they are linking to — and yes, they are slow on the uptake re: the news) story and they are ranting on about what an IDIOT Romney is — like any one of those mofos had ANY idea that “papaya” was Cuban slang for vagina before they saw this story. I can barely go on FB as it is — by October I’m either going to un-friend a lot of people, or delete my account.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The proper response is “What’s the matter? Don’t you like papaya? I love it”

      • angienc says:

        Honestly, I have got to purge these idiots out of my life — many are “friends of friends” I barely even know — but believe it or not, I’m too worried about hurting their feelings by “un-friending” them to do it, when, in truth, they’d probably barely notice. The only thing I use FB for is to wish these people I never see IRL “happy birthday” and “like” pics of their kids.

        • westcoaster says:

          just click on “unsubscribe from status updates” from that person- then they’re still “friends” without the personal confessions.

        • angienc says:

          Genius advice westcoaster — I can’t believe I didn’t think of that before. It’s kind of like a passive aggressive un-friending. I love it!

    • Steve Tucker says:

      Just hide the comments from the Progressives. They are your friends for some reason, maybe family, maybe neighbor, but there’s no reason to have to succumb to the hatred from their politics.

  12. myiq2xu says:

  13. DandyTiger says:

    Republican’s don’t need to put black people “back in chains”, Obama already has.

    • leslie says:

      He has done that to the ones I work amongst. They don’t want to see it and are completely invested in keeping the “dream” alive.

  14. myiq2xu says:

  15. yttik says:

    She really made a good point with this, “You make it clear to blacks like me that you, indeed have no clue in hell what real racism is or where it can be found.”

    That’s the part that always makes me angry. The tell is that these people have no idea what real racism is. If they did, they wouldn’t toss the word around so carelessly and cluelessly.

    Having to listen to people like Biden and Toure is a bit like being forced to listen to rape jokes. If they had any idea what they were talking about, they wouldn’t be doing it.

    • HELENK says:

      there is no excuse for this idiot.
      sharpton defends biden’s chains remarks. says republicans are the real racists because they called backtrack the food stamp president.

      excuse my language
      if I were black I would be so POed at sharpton, cleaver, jackson and the rest of the fools that make a living off my back and give the world the impression that I am a weak, stupid, lazy and can not take care of myself. Why would any business want to hire me if they listened to these con men

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  17. tommy says:

    This brings up painful memories. I’m a minority. I know. Trying to stay out of these kind of threads.

    • I hear ya. I stayed out of the Ryan-on-women’s-issues thread at John W. Smart’s blog for the same reason. Kinda made me sick to see so many gay men weighing in on issues that do not effect them at all, especially considering how so out of touch many of them were. Hope we haven’t shown similar arrogance and ignorance here. Apologies from me if I have (because I can only speak for me).

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