Gallup Breaks News: "Black Spokesman" Title Still Up For Grabs

Their headline boys and girls, not mine. Is anyone surprised that only 6 percent of black people and 4 percent of black people think Sharpton and Jackson speak for them? I guess I'm surprised more said Sharpton than Jackson. But yeah, this is stupid. I reject the idea that anyone can speak for black people. And I reject the implicit idea that white people are so stupid as to need an anointed translater to understand South Central. The only people in need of a "black spokesman" are lazy-ass reporters who can't afford to lose any shoe-leather. Sorry, I guess this is bash the press week. Eff it. It's always underestimate black people week in the press.

UPDATE: Following on Zach's nomination for "black spokesman," we will be taking names. Zach says John MacLaughlin. I think Pat Buchanan best speaks to the dreams and aspirations of black people. Can I hear a second? Who else could translate Ebonics for us? We are so mysterious, you know...

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