Jul. 19th, 2017 08:12 am
supergee: (irony)
Reading about the subprime scandal, I learned that Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, is a dark-skinned Italian who was once refused service at a Southern restaurant because of his pigmentation. When he told them he was Italian, the reply was, “That’s what they all say.”

The confusion remains:

* Mike Tirico

* Vivian Liberto (Johnny Cash’s first wife): Maybe Yes / Maybe No
supergee: (pissed)
Yesterday I linked to George R.R. Martin’s lj post about how he will be playing a modest role in the TV adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death. VICE, in an inadvertent satire of cultural appropriation, made it a story about him, with a picture of the book cover with her name cut off. It’s simply an “African sci-fi novel” (by someone who was born in dark, exotic Cincinnati).


Jun. 2nd, 2017 07:04 am
supergee: (spectrum)
I’ve been passing all my life. I’m about half Jewish and a quarter Slavic, but the rest is Hungarian, which is to say descended from the (Asian) Huns. Fortunately for me, that didn’t count, and I was officially, hegemonically White. Now it has been theorized that Ashkenazi Jews are not White either.

If humanity survives and looks back at us, the great fantasy of “race” will look even stupider than big-time “amateur” sports and punishing the poor by making them have more children. It was even worse 60 years ago. The treatment of Black people was significantly crueler than now, difficult as that may be to believe, and we had a totally unwarranted certainty that we could tell which was which. Those who wanted to could tickle themselves with fantasies of (in President Eisenhower’s charmingly Freudian phrase) “a big, overgrown Negro” menacing a nice blonde lady like Carol Channing.

There is no such thing as race, and people are punished for being the wrong one.


Mar. 30th, 2017 05:17 am
supergee: (magenta)
“Why do you say, ‘I don’t see color,’ as if it were a good thing?”
Because, as Dr. King said, it would be a good thing if the whole country did it. But the Power Structure sees color, and so do millions of stupid white people who get one vote each, so we have to. It’s one of those things we can’t escape, like government and bondage to our bowels.

ETA: Thank to several helpful comments, I realize this should have been something like “I wish I lived in a world where I didn’t have to see color, where we didn’t have that particular element of collectivist politics that makes many people suffer and gives the rest of us another civic duty.”


Oct. 28th, 2016 06:43 am
supergee: (disgust)
Just the other day on Facebook, John Clute, who definitely knows more words than anybody else now that Bill Buckley is gone, mentioned hypodescent: a system of racial classification where even "one drop" of blood defines a person born of mixed parentage as belonging to the subordinate (in socioeconomic terms) group. Today, we have an example: a Republican saying on television that Tammy Duckworth doesn’t look white enough to have ancestors who fought in the American Revolution.

ETA: And someone with a Spanish name is accused of Extreme Cultural Appropriation for attempting to make off with the obviously Caucasian word hence.
supergee: (reclining)
Michelle Obama admits that she is Black.

Thanx to Garry Wills


Nov. 24th, 2014 03:22 pm
supergee: (monster)
Ta-Nehisi Coates takes the gospel of Giuliani one step further.
supergee: (gator2)
Black dentist in trouble at her practice because her colleagues snooped on her private Facebook posts and didn't like what she said about the Ferguson shooting. (That bites.) So she quit. Anybody want a good dentist who doesn't keep her mouth shut?
supergee: (irony)
In the Worst Insult to a Black Person Evar, a Black progressive erroneously called a Black conservative "white." Needless to say both all the other Black conservatives are enraged.

Thanx to Feministing


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