Just in case you were too busy partying to visit us, here’s a quick roundup of almost everything we published over the past two weeks, in (mostly) chronological order.
We have some new readers. Some of the older readers have been forgetting the spirit in which we maintain this board. So, here are some reminders about the comments:
If you are not here to talk about both race and pop culture, you should not be here.
If you are not here to share and learn from people of different backgrounds, you should not be here.
Stop playing the Oppression Olympics.
When whites fantasize about becoming other races, it’s only fun if they can blithely ignore the fundamental experience of being an oppressed racial group. Which is that you are oppressed, and nobody will let you be a leader of anything.
Of all the varieties of irritating comment out there, the absolute most annoying has to be “Why can’t you just watch the movie for what it is??? Why can’t you just enjoy it? Why do you have to analyze it???”…If you have posted such a comment, or if you are about to post such a comment, here or anywhere else, let me just advise you: Shut up…when we analyze art, when we look for deeper meaning in it, we are enjoying it for what it is.
Jeff Yang and I had a long (think two hours) conversation about the Princess and the Frog…But what stood out to Jeff the most upon viewing the film wasn’t racial politics. It was conservatism, which he writes about a bit on his blog.
If you were to read “100% Cablinasian” outside of the context of Racialicious and outside of the context of my writing, it propagates stereotypes about black folks. That’s unacceptable, and that’s why I am writing about Tiger Woods again…
There are two problems with painting Woods’ philandering as being about blackness:
Problem 1): Doing so effaces Woods’ mixedness
Problem 2): Doing so reduces black folks to gross stereotypes.
I raised Problem 1, but I didn’t raise Problem 2, which is this: using Woods’ behaviour to talk about how all black folks think about relationships, is inherently stupid. Black folks are not a monolith, black folks obviously have a vast range of ideas about Woods’ identity (if they have any at all), and black folks have a vast range of ideas about Woods’ philandering, if they have any at all.
I didn’t speak to Problem 2, because that’s not what I wanted to write about. I realise now that was a big mistake…
While I made a lot of mistakes in “100% Cablinasian,” I said some things that I still stand by…my issue is not that all mixed race people should be seen as mixed race. It is that mixed race people should have the right to self-identify. So, if a mixed race person of black parentage wants to be seen as black, we should call ‘em that. If a mixed race person of black heritage wants to be seen as Cablinasian, they should be seen as that. If a mixed race person of white parentage wants to be seen as white, we should call them that…
While some people view Tiger’s fetish for whiteness and see black internalised racism, as a mixed race person I recognise a pattern of anguish typical to mixed race people in a racist culture: a hyper-consciousness of how others perceive your looks and appearance; imposter paranoia – the constant anxiety that others’ affection for you is based on racial qualities you don’t actually possess; and an unshakeable feeling that you are never enough of anything.