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RANT The tendency for people to dress up as folks of other racial and ethnic groups for Halloween is the subject of Jen and Carmen’s joint rant today. The rant was inspired by this post on the blog Rice Daddies, and the subsequent discussion.
RACE CHANGERS UPDATE Jen and Carmen bring you our first Race Changers update and discuss the issue of racial profiling. They ask whether people would be less inclined to see protests to racial profiling as “political correctness” if they were likely to be the target of such profiling themselves.
When Oprah interviewed the cast of Crash, she asked each person to tell their own “real-life Crash moment.” No, not a moment in which they were embroiled in a completely unrealistic situation with two-dimensional Asian caricatures and absurd dialogue, but a moment in which they personally experienced the effects of racism.
Terrence Howard told the story of how his father got into a fight that ultimately put him in jail and landed his family in poverty. But according to some of the comments that were left in response to our post, some believe he took a bit of artistic license in his interpretation of the story. Here’s the beginning of Terrence’s story:
“I’m the product of a mixed marriage: My father’s actually mixed and my mother is mixed but my father looks more white than my mom,” Terrence explains. “We’re at a department store in 1972, right before Christmas, and my mom’s taking us all around to go get clothes and my dad’s standing in the Santa Claus line. … My dad is 5-foot-8, weighs 125 pounds. There’s a guy standing behind him [who is] 6′-4″, weighs about 260. The man said, ‘Why did you let those niggers cut you?’ And my daddy said, ‘This is my wife.’ … The man turned around and my father turned back to talk to us…
Asians? What are those? I guess we were all too busy getting good grades and doing kung fu to take time to talk to The Gallup Poll about interracial relationships:
The Gallup Poll published their findings from their annual Minority Rights and Relations poll. Part of the survey questioned Americans on how they feel about interracial relationships — specifically between blacks and whites. Not surprisingly, they didn’t bother to survey people’s attitudes on any other couple configurations! Next, they surveyed people on their own dating trends. Apparently, Asians and Native Americans (if we are going by the usual 5 category “racial” breakdown) are not important enough to figure into any of this. The survey asked white, latino and black correspondents whether or not they had ever dated other races, including Asian, interestingly enough. But then Asians were not included in the questioning at all. Strange to say the least.
“Aging members of the Black Panthers gathered for an unprecedented reunion this weekend in Oakland, California, the city that marked its painful birth as an urban radical movement exactly 40 years ago…”
“these students’ behavior had an implicit institutional license. Of 1300 students at UT Law School, only about 70 are black. How can white students be bound to respect a racial group whom they hardly have to interact with?”
“Dying While Black addresses inequalities in health and health care for minorities, particularly African Americans…African Americans still suffer from the generational effect of a slave health deficit. African Americans lag behind on nearly every heal
Ugh. Here we go again. “the photos — in which partygoers carried 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and wore Afro wigs, necklaces with large medallions and name tags bearing traditionally black and Hispanic names — upset some black law students…”
“biologist Bert Ely of the University of South Carolina and colleagues found that fewer than 10 percent of African-American mitochondrial DNA sequences that were analyzed can be matched to any single African ethnic group…”
Thanks Jennifer! “Human rights groups in Malawi will seek a court injunction on Monday to stop pop star Madonna from proceeding with the adoption of a one-year-old boy in the impoverished African nation…”
Thanks Luke! “Lyons said that Piniella was “hablaing Espanol” — butchering the conjugation for the word “to speak” — and added, “I still can’t find my wallet.”…Lyons claimed he was kidding…”my comment about Lou taking my wallet was a joke and in no
Thanks Tariq! Part of The Washington Post’s continuing series on Being a Black Man. Black women speak about the importance of marriage, marrying a black man, interracial dating, and marriage expectations.
Thanks Mark and Phil C! “The Nazis may have taken it to murderous extremes, but eugenics existed long before Hitler’s 1933 rise to power. A new exhibition in Dresden…looks at the pseudo-scientific foundations of racism.”
Thanks Tariq! “there has been a remarkable convergence in television viewing habits…Now, there is almost a perfect match between what blacks and whites are watching and while many of these shows have black characters, none feature a predominately black
“The WWE has…a new Asian wrestler character..he is wearing a confederate flag-emblazoned leather vest and is standing beside a pick up truck. “I’m a redneck,” Yun announces. “Ain’t no yeller about me.”
“I was hoping to create a character who you really saw as three-dimensional. Usually, the fat kid is the sidekick, or the comic relief…I wanted shift the focus to him and say ‘this kid is a full person and he has the same kind of sexual desires that R
“for Angelina Jolie to don brownface in order to play a person of colour is to fit into a history of racial makeup used by White actors to not only caricature the real-life “inspirations” but to deny actors of colour jobs in Hollywood…”
“I argue that a lot of the subtle racism is coming not just from the tribemates, but also from the editors who are, consciously and unconsciously, inserting more racial stereotypes into the story than that really need to be there…”
Thanks Ji in! “They end up treating the whole of Africa as a helpless baby to be adopted by Western parents. Madonna’s child charity is called “Raising Malawi”, as if the country were a toddler to carry on her back…”
Okay, I’ve lived in New York City for over 11 years now and am just as jaded and indifferent to celebrity spotting as the next person.
I walked past Oprah on the street just last week. I once had separate sightings of Dave Chappelle (pre-Chappelle Show days), Q-Tip, and Posdnuos from De La Soul on the same block within 10 minutes of each other. For some odd reason I’ve run into Tom Arnold, Carrie Fisher and Malcolm Gladwell multiple times each.
So why can’t sh*% like this happen to me for a change??? From Gawker Stalker:
Saw Keanu Reeves at The Pinnacle Deli, alone and incognito, then chatting up (in a very friendly manner) a gorgeous titian-haired petite thing who was celebrating her 20th birthday with friends – she approached him shyly and he came to their table and sang Happy Birthday to her and gave her a kiss, then sat down with them. He looks very young and stunning, if somewhat rugged, in person.
He sang to her? Ugh!!!!!
(And by the way yes, Keanu posts now have their own official logo. Props to Corbin for coming up with the tagline!)
As we’ve noted on Racialicious, Dave Mays and Benzino – the disgraced owners of The Source magazine who were recently forced out, are launching a new weekly hip hop magazine. The folks at Idolator imagine what the first cover might look like. Funny stuff.
Okay, I’m going to blatantly recycle Angry Asian Man’s material here. Since he says it best, I’ll leave you with his words:
10.06.06 I saw this commercial months ago, but kept forgetting to write about it… Basically, it’s David Carradine continuing to cash in on public perception that he is some kind of wise Asian man: Yellowbook.com commercial. Quit faking! You’re not Asian!
LOL! Indeed… Good to see in the comments though, that people are calling Carradine out on it.
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