What's hapnin', CC?
Have you forgot me?
--George Clinton's Parliament, Mothership Connection (Star Child), circa 1974
Spike Lee's got his mouth open again.
Hundreds of Spike Lee fans began lining up as much as two hours before his appearance Thursday night at the Silverdocs film festival in Silver Spring. After running the gauntlet of cameras on the red carpet, Lee was treated to a montage of his own work before settling in to a chat with Denver Post film critic Lisa Kennedy.And, as a result, the Washington Examiner runs this headline, "Obama would make D.C. a ‘chocolate city,’ Lee says." In turn, Glenn Reynolds (where I got the story from) links with this:
An expert on Hurricane Katrina thanks to his film “When the Levees Broke,” Lee said the same problems are affecting Missouri right now.
“The money’s going to other things,” he said. “That’s going to change though.” As applause escalated, he added, in a clear reference to Barack Obama, “We’ll have a real chocolate city.”
But when I read Glenn's blurb and the WT headline, I got visions of white people being turned out of Our Nation's Capital en masse, like thousands of Adams and Eves from the Garden of Eden.
R&B singers, bands and black people in general have been referring to DC as "CC" for quite some time--due to the racial composition of the city's population, outside of most of the politicians. And while I think that Spike Lee is a mediocre director and, generally, a poor excuse for a human being, I don't think he means anything by this other than the probability that even more black people would arrive in the city as a result of an Obama presidency.
Obama's chronic dissembling has some of my white brethren nervous about everything. But if you want to pick on something Lee said, pick on the idea that more black people in DC would mean better management of disaster preparedness. If that concept were true, there would be no whining about Katrina in the first place.