LAST WEEK, JAMES T. HARRIS went from being an average guy to one of the most reviled men in Black America. At a Waukesha, Wisconsin, town hall rally with Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin on Thursday, the African-American radio host from Milwaukee pleaded with McCain to step up his attacks against Barack Obama. “We have the good Reverend Wright. We have [the Reverend Michael L.] Pfleger,” Harris said to the cheers of thousands of white audience members. “I am begging you, sir. I am begging you. Take it to him.” In a show of true solidarity, Harris, 44, and the Republican nominee then hugged.
As this moment spread throughout the media, many African-Americans likened his impassioned remarks to racial betrayal and subservient shuffling. Theories circulated that Harris was a plant for the McCain campaign. Black women's fashion magazineESSENCE talked with Harris, who describes his political beliefs as being “right of Rush,” about how he ended up at the town hall, receiving an avalanche of hate mail.
"You know, this is sort of a sampling of the emails that I've been receiving," Harris said. " Hey Sambo, maybe Master McCain will let you shine his shoes since you did such a good job licking his boots."
Of course, Obama will remain dumb and numb to this sort of rather unsavory activity of his own camp following, capable only of acknowledging criticism aimed at him.