Friday, April 28, 2006

"It's great to work at Goldman Sachs, absolutely wonderful. But I'm not Goldman or Sachs, you know?"

In one of the four memorable Black History Month keynote lectures I experienced during my undergraduate career, Boondocks comic strip creator Aaron McGruder offered his take on contemporary matters. A candid speaker, McGruder's lecture touched on everything from the 2000 election results in Florida to Al Sharpton's viability as a legitimate presidential candidate.

At some point during the course of his lecture, McGruder made it a point to offer his opinion of BET founder Bob Johnson. In McGruder's estimation, Johnson was/is "a nigger millionaire". As I understood the term (the other Brothers should feel free to correct me here), a nigger millionaire is characterized as a black person who has amassed a great amount of personal wealth at the peril of his/her people. That said, the majority of Johnson's critics link his wealth to the seemingly 24/7 objectification of young black women (see inset picture) that has given BET lasting power (for better or worse).

As he embarks upon an ambitious Wall St. venture ("the creation of Wall Street's first black-owned fullscale financial services operation") , offers a portrayal of Johnson that calls the sentiment of his haters into question.

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