Public Enemy was one of the most influential musical groups of all time. And PE’s uncompromising message of Black Consciousness and rebellion was never more incisive and hard-hitting than on their seminal 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. But Professor Griff, your brief contribution to the track “Louder Than a Bomb” almost ruined it for me.
“CIA, see I ain’t kiddin’,” spat Chuck D with righteous anger. “Both King and X, they got rid of both. A story untold; true but unknown. Professor Griff knows…” At this point, Professor Griff, you chose to interject, “Yo, I ain’t milquetoast!” That makes no goddamn sense in that context, man.
The term “milquetoast” is derived from Caspar Milquetoast, the hapless protagonist of H.T. Webster’s The Timid Soul comics, which ran from 1924-1952. It refers to an exceptionally weak and submissive individual, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the assassination of key civil rights figures by the American government.
Chuck D was just asking you to back him up on his assertion that the CIA covertly murdered black leaders; he wasn’t calling you a pussy. Frankly, your response seemed oddly defensive. What’s your deal, anyway?
When Media Assassin Harry Allen was asked by Flavor Flav, “Yo, Harry, you’re a writer. Are we that type?” Harry didn’t blurt out, “I would have never touched her if I knew she was only 14!” No, he answered, “Don’t believe the hype,” like a normal person.
Get your shit together, Griff. You Jew-hating lunatic.