Last night, Bill Maher lamented President Barack Obamaâ€™s â€œprofessorialâ€ personality, noting with a hint of betrayal in his voice that he was expecting a â€œreal black presidentâ€â€“ you know, the kind that â€œlifts up his shirt so they can see the gun in his pants.â€
Ice Cube as Doughboy in the modern classic “Boyz ‘N The Hood” famously lifts up his sweatshirt to flash a loaded weapon to a potential enemy. Is that how Maher views all black people or the president alone? Does he expect that every African-American he encounters is armed and prepared to harm him? Bill Maher fails where Jon Stewart succeeds and this is a great example of the comprehension gap Maher owns proudly. I’m not of the opinion he thinks anything of the sort about blacks in this country (aside from the fact that he is a comedian and his entire shtick is to be politically controversial). However, he can safely maneuver the long way to saying “Nigger” and no one cares.