— However, the seeds for today’s hellish climate of snarling, vitriolic political correctness were sown during that complex decade —
Below is a link to the Dean Martin Roast of Sammy Davis, Jr., particularly the regular and massively popular Foster Brooks portion of that great and hilariously funny show. The show aired sometime back in the early 1970’s or late 1960’s when, supposedly, race relations were a lot worse.
Sammy Davis, Jr. was a wonderful, talented entertainer, with a cool, clear baritenor (my word) voice. I loved a couple of his songs, most notably, “I gotta be me.” Here’s a nice recording:
Listen to the intro, as Sammy introduces the upcoming song. What a speaking voice! The very definition of the word: velvet! And I still like the song a lot after all these years. I’ve never heard a rendition of it done better than this one.
In the very top-linked video, there are some seriously politically incorrect moments, and everyone — including the great Wilt Chamberlain, the wonderful Nipsey Russell, and Sammy Davis, Jr. himself, all laugh. Sincerely, loudly, full-throated and heartily. No one’s offended or “aggressed.” All recognize that what’s being said is humor, therefore — read it well — not to be taken seriously.
People actually knew what that meant then.
The moment at about 2:45 — “Sandy Duncan, Jr.” — is, in my very humble opinion, one of the funniest moments in television history. And Foster Brooks was one of the funniest men in television history.
It was a different day and age, and in some respects a much saner time. Also, a much more insane time. It was the ’60’s, after all!
Watch the top-linked video, and remember that this was one of the most popular shows in America at the time. It was a television show that black and white Americans alike loved to watch and laugh at. Remember that for all its faults, the decade that was the 1960’s, despite all the mindless blather coming from the left, was a golden decade for race relations.
However, during that decade, the race hucksters who would do their level best to poison relations between black Americans and all others — Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and so many more — were hard at work spreading the lie that America was nothing but a hellhole for black people, instead of the blemished, but still fertile land of opportunity that it had become, and was improving upon.
That lie grew and grew and grew and grew and is growing still. And it’s caused no end of mischief and damage in this the greatest country that’s ever been in human history.
Now, please say a prayer for free speech in America.