Editor Emeritus of The Hawaiian Maui Wowie Free Press
* This is a first in a series by Middle Finger News celebrating Black History Month (well that is if we decide to do more, we have other things to do just like y'all ya know).
We begin our series with a true success story of a man named Barry. Barry was born it is believed somewhere in the southern hemisphere during the dark backward days of the 1960's.
Barry began growing up a very confused young boy. His mother was white, his father was a Kenyan and had been married to another woman other then his mother and his step-father was Indonesian. He was living in an Asian culture, going to a Catholic school and surrounded by Muslims. To top it off, everyone kept telling him he was a Black African American Negro of Color.
While playing with balls was one of his favorite activities, Barry struggled mightily at sports being left-handed and somewhat uncoordinated, something that would follow him his entire life. But what he lacked on the playground he made up in charm. At the age of ten, Barry was shipped off by his mother to live under the thumb of his white communist oriented maternal grandparents in the white supremacist world of the United states. While growing up in Hawaii Barry felt the sting of racism all through his teen years.
While in Chicago in 1989 Barry had meet a rather large and unattractive south side ghetto girl named Michelle Robinson who took little interest in the big eared community organizer. He chased her till she caught him. They tied the knot in 1992.
Finding it difficult to satisfy the appetite of Michelle who was eating him out of house and home, Barry joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and general mayhem in the courts to help pay the feed bill. But in 1995 Barry scored big cheese with his manuscript of "Dreams from My Father" to the tune of 1.6 million and he and Michele moved on up like the Jeffersons to Hyde Park in Chicago.
Barry went on to be considered one of Chicago's most celebrated Community Organizers, best known for his efforts in registering over 160,000 low-information voters all across Chicago who were too damn lazy to get there asses on a bus and get down to the courthouse and sign up to vote.