Toure, black journalist, MSNBC talking head, husband of Lebanese-born Rita Nakouzi and author of “Never Drank the Kool-Aid” (2006), said this on Twitter in the space of seven tweets (now wiped off):
If you’re Black & dislike seeing Black men w white women, does it give you pause to know that the Klan agrees with you? I u’stand & respect the nationalistic dating perspective & abhor the Klan’s segregative impulse. But politics is making strange bedfellows.
Many, many, many of our great grandmothers were raped in slavery. But surely a few of em were loved and surely some… …Some were cunning and brilliant enough to use their bodies to gain liberation thus fooling massa. Of course most were raped, we know that, but some were sharp enough to trade that good-good for status or liberation. They are absolutely not “ho’s.” They’re sexually heroic. They’re self-liberating by any means necessary.
So, the white penis should’ve gotten an Image Award this weekend? [Funny. But no.]
His punctuation and spelling are too good for him to be drunk. An hour he later blamed his cousin:
I’ve been in yoga class for the last while. My cousin (PhD student/insane mf) used my Blackberry to screw with y’all. Foot, meet his ass.
That was disbelieved. He later said:
I like to be intellectually risque but never want to offend. I crossed that line. Am now redrawing it for myself. Poorly expressed bizarre ideas and brain farts are not what this space is supposed to be about. Will do better going forward.
At least he had the good sense to avoid the word “if”.
Being caught in a lie is a bad thing for anyone but it is even worse for a journalist. It was Toure, after all, who informed us last summer that Michelle Obama was seen as “basically a ghetto girl” by Martha Vineyard’s black upper-class.
Layered on top of all this is MSNBC’s reaction or, rather, lack thereof. They are not above shutting up fools and calling their remarks “inappropriate”, so their silence is interesting. They probably think the story will not get much play – and it seems they are right. That too is interesting.
Toure is a fool trying to point fingers away from his interracial marriage, but he is not the first to bring up the sexually heroic slave woman thing. Renee of Womanist Musings nailed it (her black-man-bashing aside):
Sexually heroic? They were raped repeatedly..any intercourse between slave and master is RAPE because the power differential would eradicate the possibility of consent. If you don’t understand this basic fact, it is because on some level you believe that men have a right access women’s bodies…. And to even suggest that love could exist in an environment in which the woman was considered chattel is ridiculous. If you love someone, you don’t hold them in bondage and force them to satisfy your every need….