INCOGNEGRO: Black Progressive Media Goes Undercover At GOP’s "Right Online" Conference In Minneapolis

While I and about 2500 other Progressive bloggers, media people and acvocates wandered around the Netroots Nation Exhibit Hall on Friday night  Elon James White of This Week in Blackness and Blacking It Up and Cheryl Contee (Jill Tubman) of Jack & Jill Politics infiltrated the Right Online conference masquerading as black conservatives!

I look hard for people of color in the audience. There’s a black hotel security guy at the door but not sure he counts. There’s the brother in a grey suit sitting next to us. Middle-aged, I’d guess. And hey, is that Dinesh D’Souza over there?

Conscious that our every move is being watched, I use jazz club rules and clap hard every time the audience claps. Black conservatives tend to be pretty hardcore as if they have something to prove so I also nod my head a lot. Elon claps at first but then mostly folds his arms in front of his chest and scowls at the proceedings. I clap and nod even harder to compensate. We mostly communicate with each other via our iPads. We also keep an eye on both the #RO11 and #NN11 twitter streams. Elon and I agree not to tweet until later in the afternoon (despite desperately wanting to live tweet the hell out of Right Online from the inside) so as not to blow our cover. Again, we knew we were being watched.

PLEASE head over to Jack & Jill Politics and give the article a read.  Its amazing

Great work by Elon James White and Cheryl Contee.

 I am just so not worthy

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