An Open Letter To BET Founder Bob Johnson

Sent this in an email and I wanted to get a TSF live discussion going.

Dear Bob, The comments you in made in attacking Sen. Obama this past Sunday at a South Carolina church–before your introduction of Sen. Hillary Clinton–demonstrates it doesn’t matter how much money you have it can’t buy class or, dignity. Bob while you were shucking, grinning and jiving in front of the Clintons, are you that stupid you didn’t care you came across as a boot licking, Uncle Tom?

Your attack on Sen. Obama continues to prove how ruthless you continue to be. In your own words this is what you said, “As an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues – when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book – when they have been involved,” Johnson said.

We all know that Sen. Obama wrote about his teenage drug use – marijuana, and alcohol in his memoir, “Dreams from My Father.” That’s old news. Bob for you to attack Sen. Obama character shows what a coon you really are.

Bob you are the founder of BET–which is the laughing stock of African Americans who care about positives images. Yes, you are successful as a capitalist but a failure in having any morals and helping to support your own race. That Sen. Clinton or anyone would want or accept your endorsement is appalling and in my opinion, calls their basic character–let alone judgment into question. Over the last 25 years you and BET have done more to propagate some of the most harmful, destructive, and degradation of African Americans in the history of popular culture.

The booty shaking videos, misogyny, gangsterism [sic] violence, alcohol and drug use you allowed to air on BET on your way to becoming a billionaire was done all for the love of money. And now you want to take cheap shots at Sen.Obama? I am amazed how you are allowed to speak and move in decent society. But, I guess in your case, money triumphs over morals. After seeing you put on your best Stephen Fetchit routine this Sunday–while Senator Clinton sat back and enjoyed campaigning with you–I now understand a lot better why the country is calling for Sen. Obama and change!

Signed, Najee Ali Founder / Executive Director Project Islamic HOPE

18 Responses to “An Open Letter To BET Founder Bob Johnson”

  1. Cevidence Says:

    I was completely blown away when I heard what Johnson had to say. I couldn’t believe it… I said…I’m losing my hope in politics in this country…slowly but surely…

  2. .”.Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.”- Albert Einstein

  3. He fell and bumped his head. First of all he shouldn’t try to speak for all black people. Second of all, he can support anyone he chooses but to go after Obama like that was ridiculous. I lost all respect for him.

  4. so before I go raking Bob over the coals, what happens if Obama wins the nomination and Johnson has to support someone? He’ll go running back to Barack, and making us as black folk look foolish in the process…old man done gone off the deep end

  5. It was amazing that Johnson had the nerve to say afterwards that he was criticizing Obama’s work as a community activist in Chicago.

    Oh please.

  6. HarveyDent Says:

    I lost what little use I had for Bob Johnson when he said on an NPR interview that no other Black person could create a business as successful as BET. I almost drove off the road that he had the gall to say such words but he’s just a prime example of the generation that took advantage of the sacrifices leaders like MLK, Malcolm, Medgar, etc. made in the ’60’s while not giving anything back. People like him, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Clarence Thomas, and Ward Connerly.

    To combines quotes from PE: Every brother ain’t a brother but they gonna scream and howl when we shut ’em down.

  7. I have no problem with Bob supporting Hillary. But to support Hillary by downing Obama, is just bad business. He’s not an Uncle Tom though, he’s just plain I’m sure Sheila Johnson would attest to

  8. I agree with the letter 100%. Bob shut the F up, go drive your Porsche into a ditch. I still ain’t forgot you kicked Tavis off and sold Black Entertainment to white corporate interests. Disgraceful!

  9. Nice quote Morpheus. And it hasn’t gotten better in the last 60 years, only worse.

  10. Johnny G,

    Too funny!

  11. Fantastic article…couldn’t agree more. Maybe it will even spark a Spike Lee “Waaaake Uppppp” moment for Bob. Gotta keep it hopeful.

  12. Adrienne, there are few people more naively optimistic than I, and it is pretty much a certainty that Bob Johnson will never “wake up”. That is because he has never been asleep. He has always been a businessman. His favorite color has always been green. He will do what is right only if it becomes profitable to do so.

    Miz, this & Davey D are good posts…

  13. Totally agree Modi, from the very beginning Bob Johnson has NEVER had a belief that he owed anything back to the roots from which he sprung.

  14. Helen Harris Says:

    I agree with the comment re: Obamb. Johnson is the biggest uncle tom of the day

  15. Johnson is straight capitalist, not a social service provider. My issue with BET, when I was watching it (I am in my 40s and no longer watch it regularly), was a lack of balance. I miss the news programs.

  16. I can understand why all of you guys are embarassed by this guy. He is just a symptom of the immoral election and campaign rules in the country at the moment. And as someone else noted-and I do watch BET some-it is truly ironic that given some of the content on there, he has the nerve to point out some drug use (which is already on the record) – when, do you really think Robert Johnson hadn’t done drugs in his time? I mean, most people have. And the drug laws are silly so why would this be a damning indictment of Obama? What a cheap, low political attack from Johnson.

  17. I’m still attempting to findout, what exactly the Clintons did for “Black Folk?” I do know that more black men and women were incarcerated, more black children were forced into poverty via welfare reform and we want even talk about NAFTA. But, Bob Johnson was made richer by the Clinton policies, I’m not angry at Bob for that, money is important under capitalism, it’s amazing that wealth does nothing to stop you from being a slave. Mr. Johnson is the classic example of the LYNCH CONCEPT, “IS WE SICK BOSS?” IN MY OPINION BLACK FOLKS DID MORE FOR THE CLINTON’S THAN THEY DID FOR US.

  18. Abdul,

    I agree how did poor blacks here or in Africa benefit from his policies? Sure Clinton broke bread with blacks and hung out in Harlem but what else? Remember the genocide in Rwanda went down on his watch. We did nothing to help them. We were helping in Bosnia though. I know our favors to other countries is all political bs but America under Clinton’s leadership still let the bodies flow without any assistance.

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