Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"People just come up and touch your hair?"

"I also think in this day and age, it's the easiest thing to just label somebody as a racist, and kind of, it's often an unfair thing, 'cause it's a very difficult thing, to, to defend yourself, unless there is actual proof."

"Did you worry about hurting her feelings when you made this video?"

"I guess the flip side is you don't want people watching everything they say, and feeling like everything is a minefield. Which, around this subject, I think a lot of people do."

Okay, seriously, Mr. Cooper? You have completely missed the point. This is a prime example of why certain people should not be allowed to go on national TV and talk about topics which they have no knowledge of and clearly cannot relate to.

The video was not about calling people racist. (Although, I definitely would say, and have said, that all of those comments are racist.) The video was not about Franchesca making fun of her white friend. The video was not about censoring white people, even those who regularly say ignorant things to black people. The video (and the second video, hooray!) was about black women and the offensive statements that they have to deal with on a daily basis. This was not a time to deal with some audience member's "privilege tears" (at 4:45), Anderson Cooper. This was definitely time for an Oprah moment.

I was irritated when I watched that Anderson Cooper video on the YouTubes yesterday morning. I felt better after I watched the following video last night:

This guy gets it. And he is articulate as well. ;) He made me miss Mr. Smooth.Link


Monday, January 23, 2012

"We all want to see a black film made . . . just not distributed."

"Is there a guy named Pookie in the movie?"

"We are not racist. I have one African-American friend who I am very close with."

Oh, the sad hilarity. I need my own African-American friend.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"No. You're black. That's it."

"To have somebody that didn't know anything about my culture telling what Latino was . . . How do we speak again? . . . How should I dress?"

"You're not one or the other. You're both, and you should be proud of both, and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. There is nothing to be ashamed of."

I know where the Dominican Republic is! How do people not know that? It's on the other side of Haiti. Next you'll be telling me there are U.S. citizens who have never heard of St. Thomas. A likely story.


Monday, January 09, 2012

"Hey, do you know a Tyrone Jenkins?"

I found this video while looking up stuff about this gentleman who was featured in this article.

The article was inspiring. The video was both highly amusing and depressing due to my ability to relate to it, because 1) I've been there, and 2) I'm still there! I remember dealing with the questions and statements featured in the video while I was in college. Over a decade later, I continue to hear the same inanity spewing from people who you'd think would know better.

Below are my attempts to the thoughts or questions posed in the video. If you have either asked or been asked any of these things, please share in the comments! And yes, I do have white friends who happen to be female. I also have white friends who happen to be male. I have multiple friends of various colors and genders. The asking of and being asked these questions is not exclusive territory for any of them.

Begin video now:

  • You do sound racist. Prefacing your racist statement does not eliminate the racism.
  • I don't need to hear about any of your racist relatives and/or friends. Telling me about how terrible they are doesn't make you look any better just because you are not like them.
  • There is plenty of White Entertainment Television. Switch your TV set to On. Turn to any channel. If you are in the United States, there is probably a white person on your screen. If there is not, wait five minutes and there will be. I myself partake of an unhealthy amount of White Entertainment Television on a daily basis. It is hilarious and/or compelling, depending on the genre.
  • I don't complain about slavery all the time: I try to sleep eight hours a day, and I also carve out moments in my schedule for meals. If your ancestors were slaves, though, I would like to hear about it. I appreciate the histories of all people.
  • Yes. No matter what 30 Rock tells you, it is bad to do blackface.
  • It is not okay for anyone to say the N word. Except Mark Twain.
  • I need more black friends, too.
  • No. No twinsies.
  • I have my own lotion, and plenty of it. I learned in Girl Scouts to "be prepared." Yes, I was a Brownie. No, that's not racist!
  • Stop saying ghetto! This makes me Hulk angry. More Lou Ferigno classic Hulk than contemporary Bana or Norton. I also enjoy Lou in The King of Queens. Funny!
  • I don't care what you think about "black guys." I didn't ask.
  • That does not look like me.
  • I didn't do anything to your computer. Stop being weird.
  • Take your stinking paws off me!
  • No, it's not all real. No. No.
  • That's how my hair grows. Don't hate.
  • I have actually heard the phrase "Brillo pad" used multiple times in reference to a black person's hair, in person. How is that okay to say?
  • Yes, that did hurt. Get your mitts off me!
  • Yes, we can. So can you.
  • Cheetos?
  • As I mentioned before, the only person I know named Tyrone is white.
  • I have never been "holler"ed at, but I have gotten "girlfriend" multiple times from the same two people, one lady and one gentleman. If either of you is reading this, welcome to my blog! And please stop calling me "girlfriend." It makes me embarrassed. For you.
  • He could "get" what? Herpes? What are you talking about?
  • You don't like rap? You're the one watching the Kanye video, buying the Jay-Z album, drinking Vitamin Water, wearing your FUBU hat, Sean John jacket and Apple Bottom jeans.
  • Oprah!
  • Stereotypical? Like Oprah?
  • Oh, but I am.
  • I have seen it! It's hit or miss. And racist.


Monday, January 02, 2012

"Top Gun."

(There is supposed to be an embedded video up there, but it isn't working. Boo. But you can watch it here, and have a laugh!)

I miss you, Big Gay Sketch Show.