So, yes, that WAS me you heard on The Michael Baisden Show Wednesday afternoon...
See, what happened was, we were trying to book Baisden for OUR show on Jena. For those of you who aren't fully aware, the nationally-syndicated radio host Michael Baisden — better known for features like "Madd Issues" Monday, "Pleasure Principle" Thursday and his self-published tomes on issues like Why Men Cheat — is one of the prime movers behind the "Jena 6" support rally.
...Thousands of people gathered in Jena, a small town of only 3,000 people to show their concern about what they see as racial inequality in the justice system.
We wanted to know what motivated Baisden to put the force of his show, and his personality, behind this cause. I don't know exactly how many people heard about the rally from him, but I do know it was an awful lot.
The only problem is...Baisden was on a bus...on his way to Jena. So, what to do? We tried burning up his cell phone (he was not pleased), calling his "people" (who were also on the bus). So producers Jamila Bey and Wendy Johnson got the bright idea to call into the show (he's on the air from 3-7 pm ET weekdays). All of a sudden we hear...Jamila's on the air!
She was talking to Baisden about why she wants HIM to talk to ME! And then...she hands ME the phone! What could I do?
So, we chatted. I had to know how and why, of all the causes in the world, this one so engaged his attention. We had a nice chat, but hey Michael! How about some reciprocity, man? I STILL want him to come on my show. He said (on the air) maybe next week.
So, TMM fans — do me a favor — burn up his phone and tell him to get on my show.
We were delighted to hear the voices of the people who were able to join us — Lindsay Dial, a 30-year-old contract compliance officer, who boarded a bus from Atlanta to make the rally, and pastor Eddie Thompson, who lives and serves a church in Jena — to give their respective views on why one wanted to come, and the other wishes she hadn't.
What about you? Is this the Selma moment for a new generation?
Another bid for relevance by the "old guard" civil rights leadership?
An absolutely crucial moment, a waste of time?
Tell us more...