…the Love Jones soundtrack and wants to paraphrase — “Who am I, I’m the blues in Eryka Badu’s left thigh trying to become the funk in her right”
I think after all, that’s all we are responsible for: be honest, be you — that’s our responsibility in life. Anything else is extra.
— Erykah Badu
By Frank Rich
It’s not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver — none of them major Democratic players in the health care push — received a major share of last weekend’s abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan “Take our country back!,” these are the people they want to take the country back from.
They can’t. Demographics are avatars of a change bigger than any bill contemplated by Obama or Congress. The week before the health care vote, The Times reported that births to Asian, black and Hispanic women accounted for 48 percent of all births in America in the 12 months ending in July 2008. By 2012, the next presidential election year, non-Hispanic white births will be in the minority. The Tea Party movement is virtually all white. The Republicans haven’t had a single African-American in the Senate or the House since 2003 and have had only three in total since 1935. Their anxieties about a rapidly changing America are well-grounded.
Badu said in an interview Monday that the video for “Window Seat” was a “protest” and “about liberating yourself.”
She said she chose Dealey Plaza as the backdrop because “the grassy knoll was the most monumental place in Dallas,” and she compared the criticism she expected to receive to Kennedy’s murder.“I tied it in a way that compared the assassination to the character assassination one would go through after showing his or her self completely,” she said. “That’s exactly the action I wanted to display.”
Not everyone expressed outrage.
OMG: Lois Aldren has been pulled more times than a stick of taffy…it scares me