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Walter:Good evening listeners, you're here with Walter Odel and tonight's topic, Who is the Black Man in the 21st century?
Now, I was born in the Paseo just 5 miles from
this very spot.My mother and father worked at Hallmark down at the Plaza; dad
maintenance, mom 2nd shift cleaning crew.My father was a proud man, a proud
black man.He was always forcing pride down my throat.I must have been dragged to the Negro Baseball hall of fame 12 times before my tenth birthday. Yes, dad
was a proud Black man, but he was also a pissed off black man; angry all the time claiming THE MAN had cost him three promotions.He would try to insight my mother and me into his one man riot, That's why we
have to live in this tiny two-bedroom hole with faded shutters and chipping paint thats why you ain't got a new ball glove
boy, and why your momma has to save ol' bacon fat in that green-bean can to cook with! He could keep this up for hours.Dad would come home at night filled with ideas for his own greeting cards.
Hows this?Front: Sorry to hear about you not getting that promotion.Inside: But
DAMN whitey didn't want you to have it!
Or this one
Front: you have a picture of a black man bent
over the hood of a car.Inside it says, Call Bubbas Bail Bondsman for those times
when profiling bends you over for whitey!
Dad liked the word whitey, whitey and THE MAN.
Problem was, I just didn't get it.I had a friend once who was white and I liked him.Sorry,
I just couldn't resist.Seems every white person I ever talked to tries to weasel
into the conversation at one point or another that they had a friend who was black.Like they needed to prove they weren't racist.
For those of you just tuning in and have never
listened to the show I will just come right out and say it, I am a black man.But
just who am I and how do I fit in, in the good old 21st century?That is the
topic of tonight's show.I will be taking callers at 1 800 459 0092 after this
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Walter:Well, we are back and we have our first caller, a Mr. McNalleyfrom Overland Park.Mr. McNalley you'e on the air with Walter.
McNalley:(Irish accent, obviously drunk)Ah, I'e been a listenin'to the show for
a about three weeks now since my wife booted me out of me own house screamin like a banshee bout me being a drunken bum.Her words, not mine.Anyway, I want you
to know I like what you have to say.
Walter: Thanks, for the personal history there
McNalley:Call me Jimmy.
Walter:Ok, you got it.Jimmy, what do you have to say about the state of the
Blackman in the 21st century?
McNalley:Well, Mr. Odell, thats Irish isn' it?No matter, we Irish have been the
blacks of Europe for Centuries
and I know your plight.
Walter:Never said I had a plight, but go on.
McNalley:I know what its like to be poked fun of as being a drunk just because of where God graced me to be born.
Walter:Jimmy, are we drunk tonight?
McNalley:I had a few but why does it matter?Me wife had done left me and I have
no reason to go on livin'.
Walter:Well, now Jimmy that sounds just awful but do you have anything to say on tonights topic?
McNalley:Are you daf man!Im tryin to tell you but you just won' listen.I told you my wife wont let me back in and I have no hope!Do
you hear me Walter?
Walter:I do man.I can tell youre hurting.Perhaps you can call back tomorrow morning at when Dr. Flagen has her call-in show?Thanks (Click)
That was Mr. McNalley.I think we can take a couple of things from what just went on even though Jimmy never really seemed to
be on topic.One is that others are still struggling to find where they too fit
in.The black man is not alone.And
two, stereo-types can be reinforced by just a few.And if you are one of those
few then don' complain when people call you what you are.
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Walter:We are back, our next caller is D Pity from Independence.Youre on the air with Walter.
D Pity:Sup Odel?
I know how you feelin'
Life aint appealin'
Gone are the days of stealin cars
Niggas got a get his
spreadin out like an atomic cloud
Cutting my way like a field plowed
Walter: Whoa, D Pity, powerful words but some
of our listeners may need a translation.What are you trying to say about the
Blackman in the 21st century?
D Pity:You know whats I'm talkin bout dog.
Walter:D Pity, I think my listeners need a bit more.
D Pity:You gots to be foolin,
in the back ground the sound of an angry mother yelling)
Marvin!Marvin! You get off that phone right now!And you better not be calling that..that jiggaboo station again!
(whining) Mom! Um, I have to go. Sorry Mr. Odel.Love your show you are really cool an all. (click)
Walter:Hmmm, something tells me that was no brother.
I think what we can learn from D Pity Marvin,
is that just because you think you may have it bad, there are others out there who might envy what you've got.So, take the time to look at the good in your life, focus on what you have, not on what you don't.Well be right back after this commercial.
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Walter: Were back.I have Tammy from Joplin on the line.Tammy what have you to say about tonights
Tammy:I think you should get over yourself Odel..Blackman, poor, poor Blackman.You dont know how good you have it.Try
being a woman.Black or white or whatever, men, ALL men, are in the drivers seat.
Walter:Problem with men, Tammy?
Tammy:No problem, just dont see why any man would complain.
Walter:I think there is a deeper issue eating