Grrr! The Man's Keeping Me Down

Let's play the blame game.

Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) blamed racism after she was stopped by a white Capitol police officer because he didn't recognize her.

By now you know the story of how McKinney was entering the Longworth building when she breezed past a metal detector. When McKinney ignored calls from the officer for her to stop and show identification, she apparently ignored him and then turned and allegedly struck him after he grabbed her wrist.

Sounds like racism to me. Yup. And I know about racism.

Just the other day, I was stopped by a FOX security guard because my identification was not visible as I entered one of the rooms that is staffed with a guard. These are doors that I pass through every day, and the guard knows I pass every day.

But he has a job to do, so I showed him my identification. What's the big deal?

Do you think he stopped me because I have olive skin? After all, my mother is from Chile, even though I look like someone out of central casting on "The Sopranos," and I do speak semi-fluent Spanish.

Surely that qualifies as a case of Latin profiling, no?

Look, we all know there is racism in this country and that we still have a long way to go in that area. If you don't believe me, just watch the Oscar-winning movie "Crash."

But what is so poignant about the movie is that every character who believes he or she is a victim of racism harbors their own racist views toward the people they believe harbor racist views toward them.

In short, it takes a racist to know a racist.

McKinney held a press conference in which she got no support from any other members of Congress -- black, white, Republican or Democrat. She was, however, accompanied by two noted civil rights leaders, the singer Harry "Come Mr. Tallyman tally me bananas" Belafonte, and Danny "Lethal Weapon" Glover.

I will be holding my own press conference about my Latin blood profiling at a later date, and I've got calls in to Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek and Charlize Theron to join me.

What do they have to do with my plight? Well, nothing, really, I just thought it would be a good opportunity for them to get face time for a national cause, and for me to get some face time with them.

Once they agree to attend, you can bet that the building security guards will shudder at my Hollywood support, and they'll agree to settle for millions of dollars for me to go away.

What a country!


Congratulations to "Hammerjack" author Marc D. Giller on having his first published book optioned for a film.

Giller was a "Stupid Lit'l Dreamer" not so long ago, plying away at his love for writing. Bantam Books published his science fiction novel two summers ago, and it's now in paperback. Click here to watch my interview with this great guy. Incidentally, when Giller came to New York for the interview it was his first trip to the Big Apple.

The sequel to that fast-paced futuristic drama (think Philip K. Dick) is "Prodigal," which is due out soon.

Good luck in Hollywood, Giller. Don't forget us little people. We'll keep our eyes open for "Hammerjack" on the screen.

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