Today’s QCOnline had a Letter To The Editor by Rev. Melvin Grimes who is “grieved” by the kerfuffle over Rev. Don Johnson, and says:
**Rev. Don Johnson “prays and fasts” for Obama every Tuesday, so he can’t be a hater
**He knows this because Johnson is his cousin, and
“Finally, perhaps our time would be better spent on examining the facts that will frame this fall’s election, rather than personal attacks and put downs.”
Unfortunately for Rev. Grimes The Internet happened. On June 27, 2010 I did a post about Grimes’ remarks at the RICO NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and he wasn’t exactly “examining facts” and eschewing “personal attacks and putdowns”.
From the QCTimes link in my post:
“What’s troubling, [Grimes] said, is that after the election of President Barack Obama, there seemed to be a ‘backlash’ across the nation. ‘All those people who were doing a good job keeping their thoughts and feelings underneath and to themselves suddenly opened up’, Grimes said.
It was a shock to see such an attitude of racism boiling up across the nation, particularly after so many people of all races elected Obama to office, he said. It shows ‘there is still much work to do’.”
Lameness on steroids—all those “people of all races” who voted for Obama in ’08 suddenly discovered after he was elected that he was BLACK! OMG! Pathetic, really.
But never mind all that; this account was in the QCTimes while QCOnline had no story on this event, only a list of those who received awards at the banquet. So for QCOnline, Rev. Grimes calling everyone who disagrees with Obama a racist is okey-dokey, but Rev. Johnson calling Obama out for policies he disagrees with—RACIST! Oh yeah, and “inflammatory”.
In a perfect world, if Johnson was called out by the media, Grimes would have been too. But we have to work with the media we have, not the intellectually honest media we wish we had.
And it wouldn’t hurt Johnson’s cousin to examine his heart and mind for intellectual dishonesty, brazen hypocrisy and double standards, either.