Why is it…

June 7th, 2007

…that conservative blacks are often accused of not really being black, discount cialis cure but liberal whites are never accused of not really being white?

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  • 1. folkbum  |  June 7th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    This country has a long and shameful history of whites accusing each other of not being white enough. There are probably still places in the US where it’s not all that uncommon to hear someone called a “n*****-lover” or a “race-traitor.”

    It took 400 years for that sort of thing to finally become inappropriate to say in public. It won’t be long until almost no one says it in private. It will go underground in the black community, too, eventually, and then die a private death. It won’t be long until we’re having this conversation about people being accused of “not being Latino enough.”

  • 2. folkbum  |  June 7th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    –Sorry, more–

    Which is not to say it’s excusable what happened to James T.

    It is interesting to watch the way some civil rights activists’ statements about Obama not having been a part of the struggle–or one woman’s essay saying Obama isn’t “black” in the collquial sense of the word, which includes being descended from slaves–get equated with the kind of crap being slung at James T. The (mostly white) commentators making those equivalencies seem to lack all sense of scale, not to mention an eye for detail and an ear for the nuanced.

    David Ehrenstein discussing the Obama candidacy in the context of an African-American filmic and literary stereotype does not excuse Rush Limbaugh’s parody song.

  • 3. Administrator  |  June 8th, 2007 at 7:24 am

    You raise a good point, Jay. But I was talking about public and political discourse. In fact, I’m sure that in bars plenty of people are still called n-lovers or oreos by people of both races.

    But that sort of ignorance should have no place at a national, journalistic, or political level.

    It was wrong when white people would call someone a n-lover. It’s just as wrong when someone like Eugene Kane carries the water for people who call Clarence Thomas an Uncle Tom.

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