The director of Project 21, which is described as a public-relations network for conservative African-Americans, recently appeared on C-SPAN to address some controversial remarks made by the president of the NAACP, Kweisi Mfume. Mfume, you’ll remember, outraged conservatives by giving a speech in which he said that members of some black conservative groups were “like ventriloquist’s dummies [who] sit there in the puppet master’s voice, but we can see whose lips are moving, and we can hear his money talk.”’
According to Reuters, Mfume’s accusation is quite strong:
They speculate that Project 21 is a target of this shocking claim, and solicit a quote from the director:
Now let’s get back to that C-SPAN interview. The director himself didn’t originally intend to appear on the show. He arranged for a spokesman to make the appearance. Unfortunately, the spokesman had vehicular difficulties and couldn’t make it. He called the director to give him the bad news, and the director did his best to get another member of the group to show up, but couldn’t raise anyone on the telephone.
So the director sat in the guest chair himself.
You know where this is going, right?
The director of Project 21, a leading voice of conservative African-Americans… …is a white dude.
He doesn’t look terribly comfortable as he apologizes to the African-American host of Washington Journal:
There are some truly priceless moments here.
I like the parts where Mr. Massie is speaking, while the camera shows every facial fidget of Mr. Almasi. I’m not sure if his rigid, thin lips are just a nervous reaction, or if he’s actually doing his damndest to keep them from moving. :dubious: