“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, June 20, 2008

"We need a real Chocolate City...some folks need to get used to this" - Spike Lee

Spike Lee backs Obama
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:08pm B
By Randall Mikkelsen

SILVER SPRING, Maryland (Reuters) - Director Spike Lee, whose movies often cast a sharp eye on U.S. racial politics, predicted a presidential victory for black Democrat Barack Obama that would mark a "new day" for the United States.

"It's going to be before Obama, 'B.B.,' and after Obama -- 'A.B.' -- and some folks need to get used to this," Lee said. "And I'm going to be at the inauguration -- getting my hotel reservation now."

The director of films including "Do The Right Thing," and "Malcolm X," spoke on Thursday evening at the Silverdocs film festival outside Washington. The festival is one of the major showcases for nonfiction films.

Silverdocs honoured Lee for his documentaries including "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," about Hurricane Katrina, and the Oscar-nominated "4 Little Girls," about the fatal 1963 bombing of a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, a milestone in the civil rights movement.

Lee said that like Katrina in 2005, the levee breaches now flooding the Upper Midwest were a sign of misplaced priorities by the national government. "That's going to change, though," he said. "We need a real Chocolate City," an apparent reference to the prospect of the United States under Obama, who would be the first U.S. black president if elected in November.

The term "Chocolate City" has been used affectionately by African-Americans to refer to Washington and other predominantly black cities, and was the title of a 1975 album by the funk band Parliament. Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was criticized for racial divisiveness after Katrina for urging residents to rebuild a "chocolate New Orleans."

Lee later explicitly endorsed Obama, as someone who would set the right course. "It's not an if ... he changes the world. He changes how the world looks at the United States," Lee said.

It would be good for artists, too, who he said reflect the atmosphere around them. "It's going to be a new day. Not just a new day, a better day."
(more here )

It may take some getting used to.


  1. Life is going to be like a box of chocolates, left in the sun.

  2. spike lee, hamas, rev wright, bowtie louie, ayers, plo

    that says it all...

    this dem's voting for any one but barry

  3. talk to y'all in a few weeks...

    ...Anchor's Aweigh

  4. What is any one's position of border security?

  5. Poor old Spike. Victim of the White Oppressor's system.

    I feel for the guy. I really do.

    Must suck to be a multi-millionaire.

  6. Don't fall overboard Ash, we all love ya.

  7. I hear the messiah/12th imam voted for the big security bill. Right in there to tap your phone with the best of them, and monitor the bar too.

    You're on notice Doug. Words and phrases. Words and phrases.

  8. Poor ol' Ash. No wonder he's a little, er, uninformed. He's always either at the
    Country Club, or on the Racing Yacht. Too much leisure, not enough real world input.

  9. This is taken from BC, and we already know this stuff, but it's good.

  10. Republica del Norte.

    all coming to rat's home soon..

    the palestinians of the america's

    murder the occupier....

    all's fair against the white man, jews & crusaders...


    Rat, get your ammo stocked, keep it dry and be ready to fight