Cory Booker Wants to Eat White People.

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
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  • OK, I admit it: I’ve had a man-crush on Cory Booker for years now. He’s my nominee for second black President. Have you seen _Street Fight_ about his first mayoral run?

  • b: it’s been in my netflix queue for a minute, but it’s way down on the list and you can’t “Watch Instantly” on Macs.

    i’ve heard good things about it.

    Did you read the stellar New Yorker profile on him from last year? GQ (or Esquire, I can’t remember) had a pretty long profile of him this year, and judging from the histrionic letter to the editor that ran in the next issue, he was not a fan of the piece.

  • the black scientist

    I like this guy. (“Delicious,” though? “Beautifulness?”). I’ve been meaning to write a blog about him for a minute. Street Fight is a really dope doc. Sharpe James was a mess…

  • Young_

    Besides his educational pedigree, I’m really not sure why so many people like him so much (upper-SES, highly-educated people at least). He’s the un-Obama.

  • rikyrah

    not a fan of Booker.

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  • Whoa … Rikyrah, please explain. What’s not to like?

  • almeda

    gd: they’ve actually started beta for watch instantly on macs, if you’re interested:

  • almeda: you are a godsend. i was seriously just lamenting the fact that it was too cold to go out and that iTunes doesn’t have anything i want to watch.

    God bless you.

  • Young_

    blackink, the real question is what is there to like? He’s ok and I know we all like to support educated brothers and all, but he in no way deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as guys like Obama or Harold Ford Jr. In fact, it’s almost a racist slight to Barack et al to do so. Besides his lack of actual accomplishments and the fact that despite all the promises of hope and change, Newark may actually have gotten worse during his tenure in many respects, he’s just a very annoying politician. He recycles the same jokes, puns, anecdotes, and insincere self-effacing humor in all his speeches and public appearances, with only slight variations depending on whether he’s addressing a white ivy league audience (who tend to be head over heals in love with him) or more skeptical Newark residents. At the very least, those other new wave “black” (in quotes for a reason) politicians have polish, charisma and gravitas that this man may sadly never acquire.

    I’m still afraid to watch “Street Fight” because I’ve heard that it’s amazingly biased and unbalanced booker-cheerleading and doesn’t even discuss the fact that people in the community opposed him for substantive grounds too (i.e. his position on vouchers, etc.)

    But I’m tired and grouchy right now– maybe I’ll feel differently tomorrow…

  • Young: Harold Ford, Jr.? Really? Ford was on the wrong side of any number of issues (he was pretty gung ho about the marriage amendment, the war in Iraq and he voted FOR that horrible bankruptcy bill), and is/was generally a pretty conservative cat.

  • Young_

    You’re right G.D.– Ford has taken some problematic positions and putting him in the same sentence as Barack is also ridiculous. I’m mad at myself for having done so… guess I’ve been more subliminally brainwashed by all the “post-racial”, “new black leadership” talk than I had realized. However, for what it’s worth, I will say that Ford has been impressive on other issues, has sounded particularly impressive post-Congress and clearly has a polish/charisma/gravitas that Booker lacks.

    By the way, I’m new here and want to give you all props on running such an interesting blogsite.

  • Young: which issues do you think Ford has been impressive or out front on? he’s a pretty run-of-the-mill center-right Democrat.

    Just watched ‘Street Fight’ last night, and it doesn’t take any great pains to be unbiased. Still, was a nakedly ambitious Cory Booker worse for Newark than having the deeply corrupt Sharpe James running the city with unchecked power?

    and thanks, fam. we hope you stick around.

  • the black scientist

    the thing about Street Fight is the director set out to make a documentary about the election, but the rambo style totalitarian sharpe gang made that basically impossible. so yeah, it turned into a booker doc, mostly by default and then probably by preference.