Crossing the Line: The content may be fake but the hate is very real – Rep Allen West

One website’s feeble attempt at satire reeks of racism.

By Andre Showell for BET NEWS

Webster’s dictionary defines satire as a literary work holding up human vices and follies through ridicule, scorn or wit. But a so-called satirical website called “Free Wood Post” recently posted something that was more hurtful than comical.

It’s a fictitious article about Republican Congressman Allen West called, “I’m Black by Birth, Not by Choice.” The title alone is enough to make me want to click away from the page. But I resisted and proceeded to read it in its entirety. It contains an excerpt from a fake TV interview in which West discussed how he felt being a Black congressman during Black History Month.

The excerpt reads:

In light of this month being Black History Month, I feel no way involved with this negro celebration of half accomplishments and borderline Communist agendas. View the list of these “fearless” leaders of black America. Black inhabitants of America knew their place at the table, and knew they could not eat off the same plate of the more than welcoming white men and women of the time. These men, I use that term lightly, like Malcolm X pushed themselves into the homes of innocent white Americans. This action riled up the Negro, and scared the living hell out of people. I am no way apart of this community of transported Africans, I myself am an American. I’m a good ol’ boy from the great state of Florida, and a citizen of this great nation. I know God recognizes me as my true self, a proud, strong white man given dark pigmentation. God had to give the blacks at least one intelligent person, so he chose to give me dark skin. I curse my birth as a black man every day. I’m black by birth, not by choice. It will all be sorted out when my name is called, and I step in front of the great white Jesus himself.

You would think that the authors would poke fun at West’s politics as a Black Republican since political leanings are fare game when it comes to satire.  But it appears that, in this excerpt at least, West’s only vice, or folly worthy of ridicule, scorn or wit, as the definition explains, is the fact that he is Black.



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