Black History Month with Rahsaan Roland Romney
Until recently, I had no idea that Mitt Romney was the Leonard Zelig of the the civil rights movement:
Romney has repeated the story of his father marching with King in some of his most prominent presidential campaign appearances, including the "Tonight" show with Jay Leno in May, his address on faith and politics Dec. 6 in Texas, and on NBC’s "Meet The Press" on Sunday, when he was questioned about the Mormon Church’s ban on full participation by black members. He said that he had cried in his car in 1978 when he heard the ban had ended, and added, "My father marched with Martin Luther King."
Mitt Romney went a step further in a 1978 interview with the Boston Herald. Talking about the Mormon Church and racial discrimination, he said: "My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit."
Yesterday, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom acknowledged that was not true. "Mitt Romney did not march with Martin Luther King," he said in an e-mail statement to the Globe.
To be fair, here is a list of some things that Mitt Romney did do-
- August 23, 1963: Convinces Martin Luther King to conclude his "I Have A Dream" speech with "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!", instead of "I’m going to Disneyland!".
- December 14, 1966: Tells Ron Karenga that Kwanzaa sounds "less gay" than "First Fruits Festival".
- October 16, 1968: Offers Tommie Smith John Carlos his black socks to wear on their fists on the medal stand at the Olympics.
- July 14, 1970; Plays congas on The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
- November 19, 1970: Nails Angela Davis. Nine months later, Tagg Romney is born.
- June 13, 1982: Convinces Michael Jackson that he thinks he would look "really swell" as a white woman.
- March 3, 1991: Forgets that he is Rodney King’s designated driver and King is forced to drive himself home.
- March 9, 1997: Kills Biggie Smalls for "disrespecting" him.
- May 13, 2005: Double-dog dares Michael Vick to top strapping a dog to the top of a station wagon.
The good news is that, should Romney not get the nomination, he’ll be going back out on tour with Parliament Funkadelic. What? Who do you think wrote Atomic Dog?
Bow wow wow, yippie-yo yippie-yay.