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Time machine: October 2005

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Here’s another installment of our Time Machine series… when we take a look back at what we were blogging about a year ago this month.

Terrence Howard’s real-life “Crash” moment

crashWhen 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…

National survey on interracial relationships leaves out Asians

yellow missing piece of the puzzleAsians? 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.

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Brangelina and the Temple of Doom

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

brad pitt angelina jolie pune rickshaw maddoxAs we’ve discussed before on Racialicious, Angelina Jolie has been cast to play Mariane Pearl, the wife of the late murdered journalist Daniel Pearl.

They’re currently shooting the film in Pune, India and the crowds are going crazy:

The couple were chased by photographers, cameramen and reporters, forcing them to turn back after a 20-minute ride that took them past stores in downtown Pune, in western India.[...] Several traffic signals slowed their short rickshaw ride. At every red light, security men traveling in a rickshaw behind jumped out and surrounded the three-wheeler to prevent the media from snapping pictures of Pitt and Jolie.

indiana jones and the temple of doomIs there something familiar about the scene? It was nagging at me but I couldn’t figure it out, until one of the commenters over at Sepia Mutiny made the connection:

Ok, humor me for a second folks. In the picture where they are in the rickshaw don’t Pitt and Jolie look like Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? Really. The part of Short Round is being played by Maddox.

See here. Re-make!

Bingo! Total 80s flashback! :)

Candidate criticized for publicizing his interracial family

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

politics(Thanks to Tariq for this tip!)

A local South Florida politician is coming under fire for pushing his candidacy by drawing attention to his interracial family. Nick Sakhnovsky is white, his adopted son James, is black, and his wife Alice is black too:

The billboards feature the ubiquitous picture of Sakhnovsky and his adopted son, James, 9, standing next to a gold and white logo with a dark hand and a white hand on the verge of a handshake. “For all of us! Elect James’ Dad,” the ads say…

Sakhnovsky even registered himself as Nick “James’ Dad” Sakhnovsky with the Florida Division of Elections.

Usually I would say hey, the guy has an interracial family. What’s the big deal? All politicians use their families as campaigning tools — why should it be different for Sakhnovsky?

But I am a bit disturbed by this case. It would be one thing if he included photos of his family in a matter-of-fact way, but he seems to be going out of his way to say “hey look at me, I’m the father of a black son!” Just the fact that he’s identifying himself as “James’ Dad” smacks of exploitation to me.

It’s also interesting that Sakhnovsky is positioning himself as a candidate who understands diversity because he has an interracial family. I guess it’s the old “I can’t be racist, I’m in an interracial relationship!” posturing that we’ve documented extensively here on Racialicious.

As the underdog in the race for state representative in District 93, Sakhnovsky hopes his focus on diversity will translate into votes among all races.

“I basically have a unique ability to bring different perspectives to the table in Tallahassee,” he said. “I live this kind of diversity every single day.”

…He has made diversity the theme of his campaign, emphasizing his interracial family at every turn, and claims that he is in better position to represent the entire district because of his appreciation for diversity.

So here’s a question for you: If you know that a politician has an interracial family, would you think that he/she has a better grasp of race and diversity issues than a politician without an interracial family? What would be your gut reaction?