Don’t Fall For the ‘Banana in the Tailpipe’

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  • One of the funniest and most memorable scenes in Eddie Murphy’s hit movie “Beverly Hills Cop” was the banana in the tailpipe scene. In fact, it was so popular and has become such a part of pop culture that it’s an expression we use when we think someone is trying to pull something over on us. So, last week when the media was exploiting the heck out of the Paula Deen situation, like most of Black America, I almost fell for it. I almost believed it was one of the most important stories of the week and that it commanded all the attention it was getting. And while she was confessing, apologizing and crying with no tears for saying the N-word, other bananas were dangling real close to the tail pipe.

    The murder investigation of New England Patriot’s star Aaron Hernandez and even the George Zimmerman trial are distracting us from  less sexy stories that will have direct impacts on our lives.

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act which protected our right to vote. The landmark Civil Rights law was blatantly necessary back then when we were being attacked by police dogs and sprayed with water hoses for protesting the fact that we were not allowed to vote. Now, 50 years later, Supreme Court Justices ruled 5-4 that the law is no longer necessary. “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote.

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied benefits to gay couples who are legally married in their states, including Social Security survivor benefits and family leave. The court also allowed gay marriage to resume in California.

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    3 thoughts on “Don’t Fall For the ‘Banana in the Tailpipe’

    1. Excellent Tom!!! We as a people tend to allow others to shift our focus away from what helps us.
      On another note…
      Big Cheif delivers for homosexuals…
      Big Chief delivers for Latinos…
      Big Chief delivers for our people???? Tell him its time Tom.
      Sorry ’bout going “Tavis” but Damn….

    2. More like 10 steps back…think about the next time a democrat talks about bringing 11 million people out of the shadows there talking about allowing them to openly compete for the job you were trying to
      Unless your dumb enough to fall for that “they will only take jobs that American’s wont do B*llSh^t”
      With black youth unemployment at 31+ % who do you think will be most affected?
      But dem’s only see a huge democrat voting … AA’s they already got us in there pocket just throw us
      Some housing subsidies and ebt benefits and we’ll be quiet and let our standing decline further

    3. Let’s do something. Why don’t u have a petition for us to sign in this article. I signed one lets get it started

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