There's probably a lot to like about Michael Fisher, maybe one day I'll find out. But not on this blog. He stepped over the line and he had to be called on it, so he has been booted and banned. He joins Chance with the legion of racial crackpots who are too fatheaded to deserve my patience and company. Oh well.
I can't say that I've really bothered to understand, in a deep way, where he's coming from. But at this point I have to take a guess. I would guess that he's just quite accustomed to having his opinion respected through force of personality when it comes to matters of black this or that. The problem is that there's nothing that I can see him saying that merits any extraordinary measure of respect - the sort which I might allow for some passionate overkill. He impresses me as the kind of brother who gets props for doing typical things. Nothing wrong with that, but you can only take that so far. There's a reason why men like Amiri Baraka and James Baldwin and Richard Wright are notable - it's not because they talk a good game but because they think a good game. And when I have men like that I have little need for men like Fisher. Especially when they decide to descend to a certain level.
Rather like Eddie Griffin, there's a whole lot of comedy that's appropriate for its place, but sometimes you have to pull the plug. I don't doubt that Fisher will retain his audience, just not here. It's too bad, but that's the way it goes.
I think Fisher can continue to do well at his blog cataloging a rogues gallery of racial offenders that make life uncomfortable for self-respecting blackfolks. It's ironic that he'd have to add his own name. But in the end, all that Class Three Racism is just background noise - the cost of doing business in America. So that he'd be a part of it comes as no great disappointment. Dick Feynman once said, simply because one lives under the effect of gravity all one's life does not make you a physicist. Simply because you live in a country where racism exists doesn't make you qualified to understand it, nor immune from it.
There's not much else to say. I've considered ways and means of destroying his website out of fulfillment of a threat, but that would really be silly. I'm just insulted, not hurt. As for his pronouncements about me and my motivations.. judge for yourself. I'm not going anywhere.