Monday, November 10, 2008

Poor Will Smith


Will Smith to Oprah, two days after the election:


"You wanna be a part of America, but we've been rejected for so long that it's hard to take ownership."

For those who don't remember:
"No. Absolutely not," Smith replied when reporter Johanna Adorjan asked if the events of 9/11 had personally changed him. "When you grow up black in America you have a completely different view of the world than white Americans. We blacks live with a constant feeling of unease."

"In the '60s, blacks were continuously the victims of terrorist attacks. It was civil terrorism, but terrorism nonetheless. We are used to being attacked. That constant state of vigilance - a sort of defensive state - that hasn't changed at all. For me, nothing has changed at all."

Poor Will. Maybe President Obama can find some way to ease his pain. After all, he too had to survive the mean streets:


I have to wonder if rich people aren't in the same position as foreigners. They never see working middle-class America so they adopt a mythology of what they imagine it's like. Will Smith, Barack Obama, and Der Spiegel readers are no more in touch with the Ga-hetto than Elvis was.

BTW - I just noticed that I had capitalized "He" in reference to Obama above. I don't know if I'm succumbing to the media hype or if it's the massive doses of cough medicine and mule tranquilizers.

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