published Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The Strut

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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Lr103 said...

I knew it! At some point Bessie Smith will become white. LOL!!

In part, black folks only have themselves to blame. When you don't appreciate what you have and take care to preserve it and value it, others will see its worth and take it away from you. Then proceed to make money off it. That goes for your communities, your schools and your children. Private prisons and the justice system are making a killing off incaracerating your offspring. They're not going to easily give up their cash. Their primary source of livelihood.

No one wants to attend a FUN even where they're going to have to wear bulletproof vests and chance having to duck and dodge flying bullets. That takes the F.U.N. out of having a good, fun time.

March 31, 2012 at 11:24 a.m.
fairmon said...

Perhaps the River Bend has outlived the initial intent and is now too political. The demise of the event entirely would be consistent with most things that get too big and out of control.

March 31, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.
tifosi said...

Love the Blues. Thoroughly enjoyed B.B. King the other night. Ever since I arrived in Chattanooga two years ago, I have wanted to attend the Bessie Smith Strut, but have refrained since it always seemed to turn violent. I will attend now.

March 31, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.
dude_abides said...

What African American bands are prepared to spit on their heritage, both ethnic and musical, to play at this sham event? Maybe the "Friends" will be happy with two Christian music nights, because that's what it looks like. lol Picture a bunch of pasty skinned 60 year olds with Callaway ball caps 'getting their groove in place.' Those Buddy Waters fans... those Muddy Guy fans... those Z.Z. King fans. Hell, any white band that plays an event like that would be a sell out! Somebody ought to find out which bands are under consideration and let them know what they're getting involved in.

March 31, 2012 at 12:13 p.m.
joneses said...

The most entertaining part of the Bessie Smith Strut now is the Democrat black leaders calling the liberal democrat Ron Littlefield a racist. You got to love it! But wait, they stopped saying his decision was based on racism. What happened, did you lilly white liberals instruct them to stop because it is bad publicity or because Littlefield is just another white racist from Lafayette, GA that you liberals do not want exposed? Actually Littlefield running from the gangs is par for the course for him. Littlefield finds it easier to run from the gangs versus standing up to them. Littlefield has now escaped to the river front.

March 31, 2012 at 4:44 p.m.
mymy said...

Noun 1. strut - a proud stiff pompous gait prance, swagger gait - a person's manner of walking

Verb 1. strut - to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others; "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house" strut verb swagger, parade, stalk, peacock, prance He struts around the town as though he owns the place.

This could fit many. Add your favorite:

  1. Clay
  2. TFP
  3. Littlefield
March 31, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.
jesse said...

the strut is (was) the best part of riverbend!maybe in the 21st.cen.dodgin bullits just goes along with digin the BLUE'S! moving the strut will kill it!5 years from now it will be GONE!along w/them dudes that cooked ribs on the sidewalk, and the chance to get it on w/folks you only see at the "Bessie Smith strut"!a piece of chatta. is going down the tolit thanks to ron and all because of FEAR! i wish mayor ron would move to f--ing DETROIT or someplace before he compleatly drives chatta,into the DIRT!!!

March 31, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.
chet123 said...

I HAVE NEVER ATTENDED THE STRUT....IT ALWAYS MADE CHATTANOOGA BLACK LOOK FOOLISH(OR THEY MADE THEMSELVES LOOK FOOLISH).....I WOULD LOVE TO SEE BLACK FOLK STRUT TO THE LOCAL LIBRARY AND CHURCH..OR THE SINGLE MOTHERS STRUT TO RAISING THEIR CHILDREN..........THERE'S A HAND FULL OF BLACK GETTING FILTY RICH OFF WHITE TRADING....BUT IF BLACK CANT BE INDEPENDENT IN THEIR OWN NEIGBORHOOD AS IN THE PAST....THEY SHOULD JUST CLOSE SHOP..

THIS TOWN NEED AN HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE...AND I SAID AN HONEST CONVERSATION

RON LITTLEFIELD IS NOT RACIST....HE IS A GOOD MAN!

March 31, 2012 at 7:16 p.m.
jesse said...

you know joneses and chet 123 are on opposite sides of the political spectrum BUT they BOTH make my a$$ tired!

March 31, 2012 at 7:16 p.m.
chet123 said...

THE DIFFERENCE IS CHET(THATS ME) IS A HEAVY-WEIGHT AND JONESES IS A FLY-WEIGHT

March 31, 2012 at 7:19 p.m.
jesse said...

maybe in your mind! i looked up lightweight in the dict,and sure nuff there was a picture of "chet123"rotli!ytou are about half smart BUT you insist on making a dam* fool out of yourself every chance you get!!lol

March 31, 2012 at 7:26 p.m.
chet123 said...

and you talk about your butt being tired.....YOU ARE AS BAD AS I AM JESSE.....

March 31, 2012 at 8:59 p.m.
chet123 said...

PS I USED THE TERM HEAVY AND FLY HA HA HA

March 31, 2012 at 9:01 p.m.

http://www.amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html

Some of the people on the forums need to get in touch with their privilege, starting with Chet. I haven't seen that much racist rhetoric come out of someone's mouth in a while. If you want to have a conversation about race then get in touch with your own.

March 31, 2012 at 10:19 p.m.
shifarobe said...

Bessie Smith looks Samoan rather than black in this cartoon. What kind of creatures were those in the last cartoon, some weird cat, dog hybrid? I can draw a better cartoon cat than that, Clay.

What privilege are you referring to, danny??

March 31, 2012 at 11:42 p.m.
dude_abides said...

"I can draw a better cartoon cat than that," -shifarobe

You can't even draw a logical conclusion, shifless.

April 1, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
sage1 said...

Come on now.....RL is the best mayor we have ever had.

April 2, 2012 at 4:52 a.m.
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