The Blackest White Folk We Know. LOL

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

I found this funny article on The Root Henry Louis Gates media outlet. It is called The Blackest White Folks We Know. And the winner is….

So the first thing that I have problems with in this article is that Glenn Beck is called black because he did a black history lesson on his show. If attempting to teach black history is a signifier of blackness then a majority of white slavemasters from the 17th and 18th century were black. LOL.

On a more serious note this whole article without intentionally attempting to do so shows us what a racialized society America really is. Two sets of behaviors and cultures are considered white or black along with all of the connotations and history that those terms conjure up. Remember when Bill Clinton was considered black because he smoked weed, played the sax, and was a ladies man. In the same way, I am sure there could be an article about the whitest black folk we know and I wonder what the qualifiers for whiteness would be? Education. Good Manners. Affluence. An article like this shows us how much race is not necessarily a skin color but a social construct.

At the same time it also makes me think which one of the people mentioned in the article could be called “ontologically black” as defined by James Cone. Hmmmm…


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