Malaka Of The Week: Joshua Black


Obama Derangement Syndrome and malakatude frequently intersect. This week there was a headlong collision between the two thanks to our “honoree,” Joshua Black. Black is a Republican running for a seat in the Florida House. He’s also a taxi driving African-American who is the latest teanut to talk about harming the President of the United States;

A Republican candidate for a Florida state House seat said Monday that President Barack Obama should be executed for war crimes, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“I’m past impeachment. It’s time to arrest him and hang him high,” read a tweet that Joshua Black, whose website said he formerly practiced street evangelism in St. Louis, Mo., retweeted. Black, who is African-American, added: “Agreed.”

Black also tweeted that “execution is the appropriate punishment for traitors.” According to the Times, Black explained that he advocated for Obama’s death because the president had ordered a drone strike that killed an American.

“He should be executed for treason,” Black, who works as a taxi driver, according to the Times, said. “I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn’t be allowed to kill Americans without a trial.”

Benedict Arnold, it should be noted, was not executed. Black later acknowledged the error on his Twitter page.

Black’s campaign website said that his political involvement began in 2012 “as I tried to influence the Republican presidential primary.” He also proclaimed on the site that “Republicans have a serious communication problem.”

Where do they find these people? Under rocks? In a maggotty abandoned refrigerator? I realize that the modern wingnut says stupid and inflammatory shit to get attention BUT far too many of them do so by issuing death threats against President Obama. I guess Black thinks this is okay since he’s, well, black. That’s another reason why he should be upbraided and not just for ignorance of history. Hanging a black man in Florida was called lynching back in the Deen/Robertson good old days.

I’m not sure if the Secret Service has paid Mr. Black a wee visit to see if he’s had his distemper or rabies shots. I’m also worried about this guy schlepping people around the Tampa area in his taxi. I hope he can do so without the voices in his head urging him to make like Travis Bickle.

Here’s the thing. I intensely disliked Nixon, Reagan, and President Beavis but I never uttered even the emptiest threat against their lives. I wanted them out of office, not dangling at the end of a rope. Also, using the word treason in this context drains it of all meaning and significance. There are very few traitors in the real world, which is another reason why Joshua Black is malaka of the week.