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Hold Up … Did Whitey McWhiteMan tell Aunt Maxine to stop talking about discrimination?



Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) In Washington, DC, August 2010
Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images)

Although I've spent 99.9 percent of my years as a black man, throughout my life I can To remind me of some rare events when I briefly had out-of-body experiences. For example, one day I stepped on the screened porch at the back of my house and saw myself face-to-face with a full-grown bald eagle. Now an ornithologist would probably dispute my report and describe the bird as a harmless little hummingbird, but that lie-genus bird was not there; I was. And it felt like a bald eagle. Or maybe a hawk. I would say it was a triceratops, but I do not think they live in this part of the country. Anyway, I'm convinced that when the Eagle-buzz-hawk flew toward me, I had a lofty-pointed soprano scream that could only come from a European-trained woman at the opera. For a brief moment I was an Italian mezzo-soprano.

Another time I sat in a car with two or three white boys who were in my basketball team (or, more accurately, I was the their Church League team ) when a car made a stop sign and almost hit us. The white child hit the brakes and instinctively yelled, "Nigger!"

Although I was only 15 years old, I still regret my answer. All I could say was, "How dare you!" I know, at that moment I sounded like a 53-year-old white woman.

Well, today, Friday, I had a different experience. For a brief second, I was transported back to 1998 and became a 16-year-old teenager when I shouted on my computer screen, "Oh, no, he does not!". Soon after, I was magically turned into a 68-year-old church woman who observed a particularly good sermon when I called "Amen" on my laptop at least two or three times.

Then I caught the Holy Spirit and

It all started when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Was on the floor of the House of Representatives while discussing Republicans' efforts to postpone provisions of the Obama era, Prevent Car Hireers from Discriminating Black and Hispanic Customers

As she spoke, Republican MP Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) began to tell Waters that he felt offended.

"We're trying to make sure we make America great in every way," said the representative from the Pennsylvania White District. "And the best way to do that is to stop talking about discrimination and talking about the nation."