Political Button of the Day: Dick Gregory Plays the Retro Race Card

Gearing up for Election Day, I will occasionally share a favorite button from my modest-but-quirky political memorabilia collection.

1960s comedy and activist icon Dick Gregory, also well known for his “Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat,” has been back in the public eye recently as a political commentator on the Don Imus radio show.

Gregory has never been anything but blunt when addressing race relations, going as far as to title his infamous autobiography, “N****r,” and he wasn’t bashful 40 years ago. Vote for me, I’m the black guy, his buttons said.

Can you imagine Barack Obama taking that approach?

On a side note, Gregory recently chimed in on the Bill Ayers-Obama controversy with some refreshing moral clarity. If Bill Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist, he asked Imus, then where have all Obama’s critics been when it came to challenging Ayer’s cushy position and title at the University of Illinois at Chicago?

Our tax dollars have been subsidizing a university that embraces a retired domestic terrorist and gives him academic legitimacy. Where was the outrage before Obama entered the presidential race, and why is there hardly any outrage directed at the university now (compared to the focus on whether Obama is just Facebook friends with Ayers or really is his BFF)?

I know the answer to that last question. It’s because the powers that be in academia are absolutely delusional and have a double standard about tolerating right wing vs left wing extremist ideology. Check out the new documentary, “Indocrinate U.”

Oh, off the soap box and back to the button. It’s a gem, isn’t it?

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In case you are wondering why I would mock FOX News for deleting letters in Jesse Jackson’s profanity, but won’t just write out the name of Dick Gregory’s autobiography, it is because I don’t want to turn up in the search engines for that word along with every racist kook on the Internet.

If you like offbeat political and pop culture memorabilia like this, then please check out my new Slate magazine slideshow devoted to the fake presidential bids of Archie Bunker, Fred Flintstone, Snoopy, Charile Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt, Barbie, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mr. Clean, Captain Morgan the Rum Pirate, Fonzie, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla, and MAD magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman!

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