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June 17, 2010

Good Hair My Ass…

I am floored by this story. Truly. Okay…not really. I’ve worked closely with educators and I’m not surprised by ANYTHING some teachers feel comfortable doing and saying to children.

A young biracial girl in the Seattle School District was recently removed from her honors class by her teacher. The teacher claimed she was allergic to the girl’s hair product. Organic Root Stimulator to be exact:

Apparently this child was the only person of color in her honors class, and among all of those children, the little mulatto was the unbearably smelly one. Coincidence?

Probably not.

To make matters even more hilarious (and ridiculous), the teacher is a dog owner! And sure, she could have a hypoallergenic dog (which would explain why she is unbothered by dog hair/dander). But between cleaning dog shit, dog baths, dog perfumes, flea baths and dog farts, it’s hard for me to believe Olive Oil moisturizer made the teacher sickly.

The little girl was ordered to sit and do her work in the regular class. The class that happens to be full of brown and black children.

The father has blogged about this incident, and doesn’t hesitate to call it what it is. He even goes on to mention that the media attention focused almost entirely on the girl’s White mother (remember what I said about White women and the multiracial movement, and their ability to demand privilege for their “not so black kids”), and he believes this was done to give the impression that the girl is White (or to not overstate her non-Whiteness) and therefore make her worthy of public sympathy. In centering her mother the ugliness that is racism won’t be overtly assumed, but would be more seriously handled. After all, Black children being streamlined out of honors classes is no new phenomenong. Teachers and administrators have been doing this for YEARS. The hair product defense is the funniest I’ve heard yet. The girl’s White mother just “couldn’t comprehend it”.

But her father knows the game. And now she does too.

The NAACP is apparently representing the family (sigh…”real negroes” to the rescue AGAIN). So while the White mother is in her confused stupor, the NAACP does all of the dirty talk for her. The White mother is the face we sympathize with, the NAACP is the organization that mobilizes (and takes the abuse for being “race-baitors”). When will Blacks stop assuming the role of whipping boy for any and every person with a tan? Let’s find out just how Black this child was before she encountered a teacher who didn’t give a damn whether she looked like Whoopi Golberg or not. Even the father believes that she was moved to the “regular black class” to be put in her place… a place they likely made sure she didn’t belong.  Where is project RACE and the millions of mulatto organizations sprouting up by the second? Why aren’t they up in arms?

June 16, 2010

Slim Thug’s Seal of Approval

I wish I knew where to begin, but I don’t. I’m not going to focus too much on the “black women are terrible and need to sacrifice their lives on the bloody  cross of Jesus for any nigga available” rhetoric because frankly, it’s a dead horse that I simply I don’t feel like beating. Besides, Professor Marc Lamont Hill did a decent job of checking “Dim Thug”. Thug actually had the nerve to respond to Dr. Hill by stating that they are different men in different industries and therefore, they meet  “different types of women”. However,  in his initial interview he praises his mulatto girlfriend for being smart and non-gold-diggerish like the Black women who don’t want to be slaves to their husbands. His mulatto broad cooks and cleans and shuts the fuck up and never asks for money. Dim Thug attributes her stellar feminine behavior to “the White in her“:

My girl is Black and White. I guess the half White in her is where she still cooks and do all the shit that I say, so we make it. She just takes care of me and I like that. She don’t be begging and I don’t gotta buy her all this crazy ass shit.

Guess what school he claims his obedient girlfriend went to? Columbia University. The same institution that happens to employ Dr. Lamont Hill. Now why on earth would she date slim thug if, by his admission, she is basically out of his class?

Pay attention:

Black people, especially Black men, fetishize mulatto women. Mulattos, especially mulatto women, know this-and will welcome it with open arms if it privileges them.

PERIOD.

People generally do NOT turn down undue advantage. People generally do NOT surrender the possibility of an easy or easier life for racial solidarity or sisterhood. This is why White feminism has failed to appeal to most women of color for over a hundred years. And the mulatto (ambiguous looking) woman is in an interesting place here, because some are in a position to manipulate their identities. So when non-biracial Black women note that they are privileged, they are called jealous and hateful. But when a Black man basically states that a mulatto woman has inherited superiority through white lineage, the world sort of ignores the implication of that statement. The fervor surrounding Slim’s statements focused on his hate for Black women, but the colorist angle-the implications about mulatto-ness- was virtually dismissed by everyone. Including Black female bloggers. I’m surprised by this.

As I stated in my earlier post about the position of Mulatto women in the Black community, it is her Whiteness that gives her value and her Blackness that makes her inferior to the White women his brother is fortunate enough to encounter. Slim thug essentially says that mulatto and white women are worthy of “positive stereotyping” (though any feminist will contests the classification of his rant as white/mulatto positive). Kola Boof (love her or hate her) speaks the ABSOLUTE TRUTH on this-with far less apprehension. We live in a patriarchal society that privileges women who meet stereotypical feminine ideals. And regardless of the anti-feminist ideology, a part of that privilege includes the RIGHT TO WANT MEN WITH STATUS WITHOUT BEING MALIGNED FOR IT. It includes THE RIGHT to leverage your “beauty”/appearance for social and economic gain. Click on the Kola link to read a much better essay on that fact.

Despite the blatant objectification of his girlfriend’s race by Slim Thug, I would bet my life the girl will “ride or die” with him. I bet she won’t take offense to what his statements imply about her or her even her naturally dim-witted and docile mother. Why?

He may claim she doesn’t ask for anything, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t actually GETTING anything.

April 3, 2010

President Obama Checks Black on Census

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This is gonna hurt some feelings….

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According to the New York Times President Obama declared himself African American on his census form. No explanation accompanied the article but I am curious to read the online responses to this. It seems as though people (the very people who want the choice to self identify) have a huge problem with his choice. So much so, that many REFUSE to simply call him Black. So I’m sure a few people are (or will be) stewing over this reaffirmation of his identity.

March 17, 2010

Oh Kendra…White Women/Mixed Kids

Every time I start to wonder if I’m doing “too much” by contributing to this multiracial discourse, something tells me I’m not. It’s like Vito Coreleone:

In one of my earlier posts I discuss the foundation of the modern multiracial movement, specifically the role of White women and their desire to preserve social whiteness for their children by changing blood quantum social and legal practices, while keeping racist scientific reasoning to maintain the racial hierarchy that privileges benefits them. Note that they didn’t want to remove the idea of blood quantum, they just didn’t want it to apply to their children. Kendra, former “girlfriend” to Hugh Hefner is the mother of a biracial child. After years of ghetto posturing she was finally able to find a black-ish  man (extremely mediocre NFL player) who took her seriously enough to actually marry her. Within a year, they had a son.

Pay attention to her response regarding racism to Star Magazine:

STAR: Because Little Hank is biracial, do you worry he will face racism?

Kendra: No. He’s 50 percent me and 50 percent Hank. Hank actually has a lot of red in his beard. Right now Hank Jr. has auburn hair and blue eyes–he’s beautiful.

So let’s deconstruct what Kendra is basically saying. 1.She is saying her child is beautiful because he has auburn hair and blue eyes. 2. Hank Jr.  won’t actually look black enough to experience racism (because only REALLY black people do) 3. The auburn hair is meant to signify Whiteness (I think Malcolm X was called “red” as well, lol), so they will know they can’t treat him too badly.

We all know Kendra isn’t bright. She spent a good chunk of her formative years on drugs, mustered up some money to buy herself some tits, and shot to fame playing cum-bucket for an octogenarian. But I just want to expose my readers to one of  the foundational faces of the multiracial movement. So Kendra REFUSES to deal with the possibility that when this child grows up, he may get darker (as many children of African heritage do), and may be confused by his subordinate position in this world based soley on his shading. Even if that shading isn’t the darkest on the spectrum. I just hope her son doesn’t grow up blaming Black people for his confusion.

And I should add that Kendra could be right. Her son could look entirely White as an adult. But then I must ask, how would she explain to him that she spent her youth snorting coke and giving blow jobs to men on the brink of death until she finally convinced a black guy she was hoodrattish enough to be relatable to blacks, and therefore marriage-worthy?? I have a feeling that struggle will be as difficult as the racial one.

Next up on the discussion agenda is Toure Neblett. Yeah yeah…I barely know who he is too.

March 2, 2010

Does Paula Patton Know Something I Don’t???

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Paula Patton recently interviewed with Women’s Heatlh Magazine. Here’s what she had to say:

I find [the term biracial] offensive. It’s a way for people to separate themselves from African-Americans….a way of saying ‘I’m better than that’.

I’m black because that’s the way the world sees me. People aren’t calling Barack Obama biracial. Most people think there’s a black president.

I’m intrigued. Will comment later. Thoughts???

November 26, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

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“Tis the night before Disney makes history (damn near 100 years after it’s first animated feature film). I’ve purposely stayed away from reading too much about the movie-I want to go in with a fresh mind and a clean lens. It ain’t easy being a skeptic. I, like your average American girl, was raised under the tutelage of the Disney Princesses. Ariel, Pocahontas, and Jasmine have all contributed to my formative ideas of what it is to be a woman. Dainty, scantily clad, whiny, and reasonably rebellious until my prince finally came and gave me a reason to shut the fuck up and live happily ever after. But I digress…

I’m sure (I hope)  the formation of the Tiana character received much attention and input from African Americans and Louisiana natives. Apparently, (as with all Disney flicks) there are some obvious improbabilities; for instance the flick is set in the early 20th century but no reference to the racial climate of a segregated state is presented in the film. Louisiana was a “peculiar state”, indeed. Despite oppressive racism and segregation (the home of Plessy v. Ferguson)  de facto multiracial communities did exist.

I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed that the prince isn’t Black. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s disappointing. Recently it’s been made known that films with Black couples are deemed less digestible for domestic and international audiences (see recent UK photo shop controversy). So the assumption is, if the main character is Black, the spouse should not be Black (think about Will Smith’s career as of late). What’s funny is, there is NO WAY they would have a Black prince getting romantic with a White princess on the big screen. Can you IMAGINE Ariel or Belle pining after Prince Jamal in some tight corset with her bosoms heaving while staring lovingly out the window?? HELL NO. But it’s okay for Pocahontas (yes, I know it’s based on a historical occurrence but let’s not act like they didn’t fuck up the whole story anyway), and Tiana. It sort of harks back to European imperial notions of White female purity. Certainly their bodies can’t be defiled by romantic interactions with non-Whites. But the bodies of women of color are already tainted and therefore need no protection from men of other races, especially not from White men.

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It’s obvious that Prince Naveen is purposely darker than the average White prince, but if he’s supposed to be biracial, they sure did push it with his appearance. Then again, Prince Naveen’s racial ambiguity is very much a reality in Louisiana historically, so I can’t be too mad about that. Plus, they did a great job with the Princess’ facial features! I wish they would have kept the initial Afroish hair though:

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Anyway, I’ll report back if I actually get a chance to see it this weekend. I heard it’s sold out of some theaters already. I have no intention of fighting my way through crowds cuz I have no qualms getting hype with a 10 year old! LOL.