Craziness and deceit in Delaware about black violence.
Interesting exchange on the local cable TV channel tonight in Wilmington Delaware. A show called the Upper Room.
A Reverend Morton was talking about his mission: Social justice for black people. And how a recent trip to Israel was not a spiritual quest, but political one. And how Israel stole land from people and “we’ve seen that happen before,” he said with a knowing grin.
And how he was so happy to go to Ghana because that is where “his people were from” and “that was a spiritual mission.”
But this night, he was telling the cable TV audience about his next big journey to Tallahassee to fight the “Stand Your Ground laws that led to the death of Jordan Davis. And how white people are afraid of young black men. And how next it could be “your son” who is the victim of what one national black magazine called an epidemic of white on black slaughter.
This is an increasingly common theme in the black media: The black person as a common victim of racial violence from whites.
Then Howard Powell had to go and spoil it all.
Powell, an entrepreneur and comedian, was sitting next to the diminutive Morton and was about 25 percent taller and two times heavier. He was visibly uncomfortable with the narrative. He had something to say to “keep it real.”
He is scared of black teenagers too. And he wanted to talk more about it, but Morton cut him off. “You don’t how some people are going to use that,” Morton said, cautioning the friendly giant.
He tried to explain: “I’m from the suburbs. And I’m afraid.”
The hosts of the Upper Room and the impolitic Mr. Howard Powell (right)
But by then, it was too late. Dr. Donald Morton cut him off again and the show was over.
A word about Dr. Morton, from Dr. Morton’s blog: “Dr. Morton is revered as one of the most influential oracles in the urban community.”
After the show, I sent emails and Facebook messages to all involved: “Hey, what was up with that. What was he trying to say? And why did Dr. Morton try and stop him?”
Here is what Michael Riley, the producer of the show, told me in a Facebook message:
“Thanks for watching the program tonight, Colin. In the Upper Room is always excited to hear from our viewers. Dr. Donald and all of us wanted to maintain a seriousness about a sensitive subject (concerns over civil rights).
So rather than end the program with a lighthearted, comedic remark (Howard is a comedian and meant no ill will), we went ahead and wrapped up on time. By the way, if you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of the program as a guest, please feel free to contact us through our website http://itupperroom.com. Thanks, Colin!”
“Dr. Morton is revered as one of the most influential oracles in the urban community.” — Dr. Morton.
“Nice try,” quoth I. “That is not even close to being true.” And I described the show I had just seen: How they were trying to muzzle Howard Powell and now, the show producer is not being candid about it.
Uh, that is a polite way of saying he was lying his ass off.
Quoth he: “Colin, we know where you stand. To be frank with you, I do not entertain negative energy in my circle. That is not what I am here for. Unless, you have something positive to contribute, please take your leave. Thank you.”
Quoth me: Nothing. He blocked me and took my posts down. Thankfully I had already clipped it.
What Powell was saying was something that is talked about in other shows on the largely black channel: Black adults are afraid of black children. Scared to death. Literally.
And they don’t know how it got that way. Or what to do about it.
As for comedian and entrepreneur, still waiting for him to reply.
But they say the show will be on YouTube tomorrow.
Any bets whether it is?
Ask them at the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/In-the-Upper-Room/167648846082