Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Time to Expand the 'Family'

Sometimes you see things on other blogs, and they inspire you.

This idea is straight from Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Black Snob:

I was a little hesitant to go against Negro Code.

We all know Negro Code, passed from generation to generation. A basic Black Folk 'Do's and Don'ts'.

Well, this little part of Negro Code is:

Thou Shalt Not Out Passing Negroes.

For most of us who didn't have family that was 'passing', we got our introduction to the topic when Mama would let you stay up past your bedtime to watch, on 'Latenight Feature' ..

Imitation of Life (either version, but I like the Lana Turner one better).

You sit there, watching it with Mama, and when Annie plays along that she's Sarah Jane's servant, you naively turn to Mama and ask, ' Why did she go along with her, Mama? Why did she lie like that?'

Mama, in her sage voice would reply, ' Because Annie knows just how much pain Sarah Jane is in.'

Child: 'Pain? Mama, she didn't look hurt.'

Mama: ' She's hurt in the soul, Child. To the bottom of her soul.'

Thus the lessons learned about 'Passing'. And while most Black folk will study ' SUSPECT' folks, for the most part, we follow Negro Code.

But, you know, we're now celebrating ' Post-Racial' and ' Race Transcendant' America, so I guess all those Negro Codes should be thrown out the window. And CNN is celebrating being ' Black in America', and tonight is about ' The Black Family'

So, let's give a shoutout to ' Family' that might be hesitant as to whether they'll be allowed to pick up their ' Black Card'.


Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Former Congressman Bob Barr

Now, this reminds me of that Whitney Houston joke:
I'm not saying that she's a crackHEAD...I'm just saying, she's crackISH.


I'm not saying that Bob Barr is Negroid....but, he does seem to be NegroidISH.


Ensayn1 said...

Nice post!! I did say to my close friends that there are three Black people running for president Barack Obama, Cynthia McKinney, and Bob Barr!!! LOL

The Angry Independent said...

I don't know what the fascination is with Bob Barr and his race.

The idea that you can determine Race/ethnicity by looking at someone is a little silly.

These Black bloggers don't do us any favors by doing this.... despite the perceived entertainment/gossip value. This is the kind of typical foolishness from Black bloggers that I like to shy away from.

Now if Dr. Henry Louis Gates reveals tomorrow that Barr has been passing, then I will say...let him have it. But until then.....