09/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Note to White Folks: You're Embarrassing Me

This is nothing new. It started in my family. Like when my father told me he wanted to go to the fights "to see the Nigger get beat." And then my mother tried to persuade me to not listen to black R&B. Thankfully, my grandmother had sense enough not to hate anyone.

And then all of the people in my neighborhood moved out when Black folks started moving in. Within a year, all of the homes in my neighborhood were occupied by someone different from the ones who had lived there the year previous.

This was embarrassing to me.

It never stopped. It has never stopped. You know the history.

They keep following the wrong leaders. They swallow any bullshit crackpot theory thrown at them. They believe Fox News is fair and balanced. They really do.

See, most of them are boomers or around that age one way or the other. They're standing up at town meetings this week and shouting what amounts to, "We want everything that's bad for us and the country. Oh, and by the way, I want to see the Nigger get beat."

Maybe you're not old enough to remember a Bob Dylan song, revolutionary in it's time. When many civil rights activists and sympathizers were busy hating the perpetrators, Dylan sang:

A South politician preaches to the poor white man,

"You got more than the blacks, don't complain.

You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain.

And the Negro's name

Is used it is plain

For the politician's gain

As he rises to fame

And the poor white remains

On the caboose of the train

But it ain't him to blame

He's only a pawn in their game.

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid,

And the marshals and cops get the same,

But the poor white man's used in the hands of them all like a tool.

He's taught in his school

From the start by the rule

That the laws are with him

To protect his white skin

To keep up his hate

So he never thinks straight

'Bout the shape that he's in

But it ain't him to blame

He's only a pawn in their game.

So when you see those folks standing up at town hall meetings, put your anger where it belongs, and direct your boot square in the ass of insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, the rest of the health care system and their mouthpieces, both in and out of Congress.

Still. Why do white people continue to embarrass me? They might as well hit themselves in their own heads with their own hammers...or hammers provided by those whom they follow. Hard.

I know we elected an African-American to be president. But it has just made these people come back that much harder. I know we outnumber them.

I just wish they'd stop embarrassing me.