by Latoya Peterson
Rachel Simmons, advice columnist to Teen Vogue, sent me an interesting query from one of her readers. The question? “I Like Him, But What If He’s Not Into Black Girls?”
Jacqueline, a biracial girl who just transferred to a predominately white area, writes:
For the most part, I’m treated like everyone else. But when it comes to dating and someone asks, “What do you think of Jackie?” People either respond nicely or say “I’m not really into black girls.”
This comes across to me as extremely unfair. I have a great personality, I get good grades, I try my best to be nice to everyone. The point is, I’m more than the color of my skin, and what’s wrong with black girls anyway?
Poor kid – I sent it around to the team, figuring we could all relate. And we could.
by Latoya Peterson
Earlier this week, I received an email from a new reader:
My name is B and I live in Florida. In fact, the neighborhood where I reside is a very desirable, mostly residential area centrally located near downtown and only a few short minutes to our lovely beaches.
The reason I am writing is because I just received the current issue of our neighborhood newsletter. The publication is several pages long and is in a glossy magazine style format. It is widely read not only by the neighborhood residents but also by other neighborhoods because of a general curiosity of all the events that take place here year round.
Well, each month, a regular feature is written called “Mr. Trivia, things you need to know, things you wanted to know, things you would care less if you ever knew!” I read it regularly and consider it mildly entertaining. However, this month, I was left with distaste after reading its opening paragraph.
“Senor Trivia est en Mexico on vacacione. He has ad to muy tequila. He as me too rite de newleter fo viktor pak. I not god en Englsh. He sho me ow to copy on cumputr. I hop u lik me yob. Senor Mex trivia.”
The article then continues in its regular format citing various facts and then ends with:
“I ride burro now and bring this to u.
Senor Mex trivia.”
I mentioned my dissatisfaction about the article to a friend and she felt I was overreacting. I’d considered writing the editor of the newsletter stating that I thought it bordered on a negative racial stereotype, though I have held off from doing because of my friends comment about my “overreacting”.
What do you think?
Race, Culture, and Identity in a Colorstruck World