2009-10-31

Halloween Tribute To Duane Jones





Perhaps most of you are too young to know who Duane Jones is, or maybe you just don't know him because he pretty much just starred in low budget horror films, but Duana Jones is a cult figure. He is significant because he was the first African American cast as a hero in a mainstream horror film, and that film is the classic Night of the Living Dead. He was also noted as the first African American actor to star as a non-ethnic lead in a major motion picture for the same movie.




It should be noted that Duane Jones should be known as Dr. Duane Jones. he taught acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was a professor of theater at State University of New York at Old Westbury.

Happy Halloween!!!!!!

Black Happiness-Tasha Reid aka Yoon Mi Rae



* Black Happiness by Tasha

My skin was dark from my past
People used to point at me
Even at my mom Even at my dad who was black, and in the army
People whisper behind my back
Said this and said that
I always had tears in my eyes
Although I was young
I saw my mother's sadness

Everything
seemed like it was my fault
Because of my guilt
I washed my face everytime during the day
With my tears I melt the white soap
I always hated my dark skin
why O why
Does the world judge me
When I hate the world
I close my eyes

I put my soul into the music my father gave me
I feel the volume
And fly higher and higher
Far away
la musique

(When I hate the world)
(Music soothes me)
(you gotta hold on)
(and love yourself)
(When I hate the world)
(Music raises me up)
(so you gotta be strong)
(you gotta hold on)
(and love yourself)

Time passed and I was thirteen
My skin was dark brown
Music doesn't judge color
They give me light
I lead my music
We lean on eachother
I don't feel lonely
Then one day
I was given a chance
I held on to my microphone

And suddenly I was on stage
I say goodbye to music and ask it to come back
Then I became nineteen
I have to lie
I put white makeup over my face
They told me to wear a mask
They said my mom's race was okay
But not my dad's
Every year my age was nineteen
During times when time stopped

I felt like I was in jail
And I leaned on myself
I spent endless, painful days
I ignored their warnings
And because I missed music
I tried to escape
But no, I got caught
I prayed all night
And now I'm free

2009-10-30

Blackface Has Made A Comeback-Thanks Tyra!!!!






Tyra should know better. Making it "biracialface" instead of "blackface" doesn't change that it is still stupid as hell. Skin color is not an option or clothing choice. It is emotionally charged and Tyra of all people should know that. Now we will have idiots supporting blackface with the old addage "black people do it too" excuse to justify stupidity and racism. How long has this show been on the air, isn't it like on it's 800th season? It's obvious they are running out of ideas.

There is a huge complaint that within the fashion industry there is a lack of diversity in the models used. I guess this is how they resolve the problem, instead of using actual people of color as models, we just paint some existing (mostly white) models up, and diversity has been achieved. Racism in the fashion industry has been eliminated. Thanks Tyra!!!!!








'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 13: Biracial Photoshoot, Ravishing or Racist?

Last night on America's Next Top Model, Tyra took the final 6 models to Hawaii, where they underwent 'transformations' to embody two distinct ethnic heritages for a 'hapa'-inspired photo shoot.

Since the final photos of the models--who each donned darker hair, painted skin, and color-corrective contact lenses to take on the various ethnic looks--hit the web yesterday, a debate is waging about whether the photo shoot is an intentional publicity stunt (perhaps meant to play off of French Vogue's recent Blackface spread that sparked much outrage), an innocent (and some might say successful) attempt to celebrate Hawaii's diversity, or just another poorly advised photo shoot from Ms. Banks, just as insulting in its ignorant conception as its offensive execution.

After all, it's not the first time Tyra has come under fire for telling her ANTM models to act out something in poor taste--and this time, without so much as a word during the show about the possible repercussions of putting white models in exotic costumes and dark makeup. Such a stunt treads dangerous ground--even for Tyra, who frequently breaches the topic of race on her talk show and often firmly, openly denounces behavior she believes is discriminatory. As a black woman, does she have greater license to commission such work?

I don't have all the answers, but I do know that Tyra has a greater responsibility than most--especially as a role model to young women--to encourage education and respect among women of all cultures. It's certainly not for me to say whether Tyra's intentions with this photo shoot were to do so or not, especially because such an argument is squarely beside the point. It's the result we should be concerned about--as in, how Tyra's many diverse viewers--Black, White, Asian, Latina, and everyone in between--responded to the 'hapa' photo shoot.

Did you find the photo shoot inspiring, beautiful, and celebratory--or insulting, offensive and demeaning of other cultures?

Are people just being too sensitive--or was a little more sensitivity needed in avoiding this tasteless stunt?

2009-10-26

Who Else Can We Offend?

I Guess Martin And Marcos Are Hard To Pronounce?

I understand a boss if he has a preference that his employees speak English while working, but to demand they change their names to sound more "Anglican"? Can a boss tell you to change your name? If your name was Trevion or Keisha would he have the right to change your name to sound more "white", even those these names are considered uniquely American, but black American? I don't find Marcos or Martin hard names to pronounce. Neither are Juan or Rosa. Will having a hispanic name detract people from using your business? Does refusing to change your name to something more "white sounding" give a boss the right to fire his employees? If he had white employees would he require Sebastian or Katherine to change their names if they were hard to pronounce?

Even if the employees choose to speak their language on their lunch break, does a boss have a right to demand you speak English to ensure you aren't talking bad about him or her?



Hotel Owner Tells Hispanic Workers To Change Names

By MELANIE DABOVICH, Associated Press Writer
14 mins ago

TAOS, N.M. – Larry Whitten marched into this northern New Mexico town in late July on a mission: resurrect a failing hotel.
The tough-talking former Marine immediately laid down some new rules. Among them, he forbade the Hispanic workers at the run-down, Southwestern adobe-style hotel from speaking Spanish in his presence (he thought they'd be talking about him), and ordered some to Anglicize their names.

No more Martin (Mahr-TEEN). It was plain-old Martin. No more Marcos. Now it would be Mark.
Whitten's management style had worked for him as he's turned around other distressed hotels he bought in recent years across the country.

The 63-year-old Texan, however, wasn't prepared for what followed.

His rules and his firing of several Hispanic employees angered his employees and many in this liberal enclave of 5,000 residents at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, where the most alternative of lifestyles can find a home and where Spanish language, culture and traditions have a long and revered history.

"I came into this landmine of Anglos versus Spanish versus Mexicans versus Indians versus everybody up here. I'm just doing what I've always done," he says.

Former workers, their relatives and some town residents picketed across the street from the hotel.

"I do feel he's a racist, but he's a racist out of ignorance. He doesn't know that what he's doing is wrong," says protester Juanito Burns Jr., who identified himself as prime minister of an activist group called Los Brown Berets de Nuevo Mexico.

The Virginia-born Whitten had spent 40 years in the hotel business, turning around more than 20 hotels in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina, before moving with his wife to Taos from Abilene, Texas. He had visited Taos before, and liked its beauty. When Whitten saw that the Paragon Inn was up for sale, he jumped at it.

The hotel sits along narrow, two-lane Paseo del Pueblo, where souped-up lowriders radiate a just-waxed gleam in the soft sunshine as they cruise past centuries-old adobe buildings. One recent afternoon, a woman slowly rode her fat-tire bicycle along a cracked sidewalk, oversized purple butterfly wings on her back and a breeze blowing her long, blonde dreadlocks.

The community includes Taos Pueblo, an American Indian dwelling inhabited for over 1,000 years, and an adobe Catholic church made famous in a Georgia O'Keeffe painting.

After he arrived, Whitten met with the employees. He says he immediately noticed that they were hostile to his management style and worried they might start talking about him in Spanish.

"Because of that, I asked the people in my presence to speak only English because I do not understand Spanish," Whitten says. "I've been working 24 years in Texas and we have a lot of Spanish people there. I've never had to ask anyone to speak only English in front of me because I've never had a reason to."

Some employees were fired, Whitten says, because they were hostile and insubordinate. He says they called him "a white (N-word)."

Fired hotel manager Kathy Archuleta says the workers initially tried to adjust to his style. "We had already gone through four or five owners before him, so we knew what to expect," Archuleta says. "I told (the workers) we needed to give him a chance."

Then Whitten told some employees he was changing their Spanish first names. Whitten says it's a routine practice at his hotels to change first names of employees who work the front desk phones or deal directly with guests if their names are difficult to understand or pronounce.

"It has nothing to do with racism. I'm not doing it for any reason other than for the satisfaction of my guests, because people calling from all over America don't know the Spanish accents or the Spanish culture or Spanish anything," Whitten says.

Martin Gutierrez, another fired employee, says he felt disrespected when he was told to use the unaccented Martin as his name. He says he told Whitten that Spanish was spoken in New Mexico before English. "He told me he didn't care what I thought because this was his business," Gutierrez says.

"I don't have to change my name and language or heritage," he says. "I'm professional the way I am."

After the firings, the New Mexico chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, a national civil rights group, sent Whitten a letter, raising concerns about treatment of Hispanic workers. Whitten says he sent them a letter and posted messages on the hotel marquee, alleging that the group referred to him with a racial slur. LULAC denied the charge.

The messages and comments he made in interviews with local media, including referring to townsfolk as "mountain people" and "potheads who escaped society," further enflamed tensions.

Taos Mayor Darren Cordova says Whitten wasn't doing anything illegal. But he says Whitten failed to better familiarize himself with the town and its culture before deciding to buy the hotel for $2 million. "Taos is so unique that you would not do anything in Taos that you would do elsewhere," he says.

Whitten grew subdued as a two-hour interview with The Associated Press progressed. He said he was sorry for the
misunderstanding and insisted he has never been against any culture.

"What kind of fool or idiot or poor businessman would I be to orchestrate this whole crazy thing that's costed me a lot of time, money and aggravation?" Whitten said.

Whitten should have dealt with the situation differently, especially in a majority Hispanic town, said 71-year-old Taos artist Ken O'Neil, while sipping his afternoon coffee on the town's historic plaza.

"To make demands like he did just seems over the top," he says. "Nobody won here. It's not always about winning. Sometimes, it's about what you learn."

2009-10-21

The Blackface Debate Continued-Spike Lee Had It Right


Someone the other day asked me how I felt about Bamboozled after I shared my views about blackface and why I felt it to be offensive. I briefly stated that I wasn't offended at Bamboozled because the circumstances in which blackface was used was completely different than the context we have seen recently in Australia and in French Vogue.




I guess for those who have never seen the movie, I will give a synopsis. A black network executive is told by his white boss that he is "too white" and all his television shows about blacks are too "whitewashed". The executive isn't able to quit due to a contract, so he concocts the Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show for the sole purpose of getting fired. It is literally a minstrel show staring Mantan and his best friend, Sleep n' Eat. The show displays Mantan and Sleep n' Eat's exploits in the watermelon patch. Mantan is a nod to Mantan Moreland, and Sleep n' Eat is a nod to Willie Best. His boss loves it and the show becomes a mainstream hit, not only appealing to black audiences, but other races as well. Fans of all ages and races are referring to themselves a "nigger", and no one is offended because "it's all in good fun."



The movie is pure satire, but the sad thing is I see it happening every single day in the entertainment industry. There isn't much difference between this:



and this:



I don't normally agree with Spike Lee, but he is right on this one.There is a certain expectation of what black is, and as a black person you are supposed to fit into this mold and be part of a great big monolith. I remember growing up getting asked by white kids why I didn't "act like the others", not realizing that they had never met the others, just saw them on TV. I never once questioned why these white children didn't see me as the norm, since I was the only black person they knew in real life. Why was I "other" and the people on TV appropriate in their stereotypical "blackness?" Why is it people always asked me why I talked different? Why did they ask me what is it like to live in the ghetto, when I lived in their neighborhoods and had never lived there? Or if I could dance for them. Or if I used Crisco in my hair. These kids had never seen me in the ghetto, had never been friends with black people prior to me, but they knew how black people were supposed to be because of what they saw on television or what their other friends and family told them. They had no real direct experience with black people, just perceptions to go on, and they stuck with those perceptions. Why?

When we challenge these people and their perceptions we are "sensitive", "too politically correct", or we can't take a joke. We see entertainment and blame the entertainers, when we need to blame not only the entertainers, but the corporate entities that actively market them. We always talk about how other blacks and their perceptions of what "acting white" is, without taking into consideration what whites think "acting black" is, and it is usually without the luxury of knowing what "black" is up close and personal.

2009-10-20

The strengths of mixed-race relationships-It's Not All Doom and Gloom

As someone who is interracially married, I often get the questions of how do I cope. I am overtly aware of racism, and yes I acknowledge there are inequities based upon race in the society in which we live. I found this article discussing the viability of interracial relationships. It shows that despite how bad things can be, for the most part, they aren't all as bad as it is assumed to be.

Despite the inherent difficulties of mixing two cultures into one romantic union, some mixed-race couples actually have stronger relationships as a result of the unique experiences they endure, psychologists say.

Because they have to discuss and endure such painful realities as racism and conflict with extended family members and others, they may have an easier time negotiating the day-to-day struggles of any marriage.


Maybe the article has a point, if you are concerned with dealing with racists on a day to day basis an argument over who will do the dishes, isn't all that hard to deal with. Personally me and my husband don't talk race on a day to day basis, but it does come up at times.

Another thing to consider is the type of IR relationship, different types, elicit different responses and stereotypes:

Society, however, has a history of frowning upon cross-cultural marriage. Stereotypes regarding why people marry someone from a different race further complicate matters.

For example, black women who date white men can evoke powerful emotions based on historical perceptions.

'In slavery times, white men had black concubines who had no choice about participating in the relationship,' said Hall, a researcher who has studied interracial relationships for more than 15 years.

'People may assume he's with her for her sexual prowess or that he thinks owns her.'

When people see a black man with a white woman, they often believe he married her to move up the social strata, she said.

In Asian-American female-white male couples, people assume the husband is the dominant partner and the wife is compliant and docile, Kitano said.


There is also the belief that family reactions due to the race of one's partner can cause friction or issues within a relationship. My husband and I did not have this issue with his family, my family wasn't exactly crazy about my relationship, but they still gave him a chance, and actually like him. For others though, this isn't always the case.

A quote from the article I found interesting about the children of interracial marriages:

Families also argue that interracial couples are selfish for getting married because their children will have identity problems. Research indicates that interracial children are no less well-adjusted than other children of color, even though they face regular adolescent crises as well as racism.

But according to the results of a 1990 study conducted by Ana Mari Cause, PhD, and associates in Seattle, biracial children do just as well socially as ethnic-minority children.

In 1978 in Los Angeles, Hall interviewed 30 adults over age 18 to determine their adjustment to being biracial. Results revealed that most had high self-esteem and good adjustment in the majority of the participants.


All in all it seems the excuses as to why people should not get married or have children have been disproved and really have no real standing if we look at most studies done that give a more in depth look than personal perception.
If we are concerned about racism of biracial children, shouldn't we be concerned about all children of color? Asians, blacks, and hispanics constantly experience racism from childhood well into adulthood. Biracial children deal with racism from both sides, but so does a black kid who grew up in a predominantly white area and that does perceived "white things". I'm sure the same thing happens with asian or hispanic children in similar circumstances. We all know what the terms oreos, coconuts, and bananas mean when it comes to people of color.

2009-10-16

Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License in Louisiana


This judge feels the interracial relationships tend not to work out and has concerns that the children of such unions will not be accepted by blacks or whites.

The judge forgot to think about a few things:

#1 Interracial marriage has been legal in all 50 states since 1967 (Loving v. Virginia)
#2 People have children all the time without being married.
#3 He lives in Louisiana. Louisiana the home of Placage. Let's just say race mixing was common, very common for a long time in that state.
#4 Mixed race children have been able to cope with being mixed race for centuries now.

Thanks to Z Moss for referring this story to me.

2009-10-13

Cultural Stereotypes Party



Note the disclaimer at the top of the video. I actually wasn't looking to deal with race this morning, I was subscribed to her because she has great make up tutorials. I thought she had a cool channel, and then she and others who commented, pulled the "political correctness" card. We all know how I feel about people getting pissed about being called out on doing racist stuff because of the evil "political correctness"

Lot's of people like to have cultural stereotype parties and they are usually in bad taste and tacky. It is apparently the cool thing to do amongst the younger set. I guess lacking empathy and compassion is just par for the course for the younger people? Or is she and others just doing racism 2009 style? I guess blackface is making a comeback. Maybe by the time my kid is in high school, lynchings will be back in style, and damn anyone who stops them because of horrible political correctness.

Note to white people: Just because there is a minority present to your racism, doesn't necessarily make your racist actions OK. I will blog about that later.

Nor just because stereotypes about a particular race exist, doesn't mean that it is based upon truth.






Also can anyone tell me why when folks do blackface, they do literal black face? I mean how many black people do you know that are literally black? At least try to use some realism when perpetuating your racism.

2009-10-12

Are Black Women Not Yet Discovered?

I found this comment interesting and would like to post it so that I can ensure everyone can read it. This was written by Aabaakawad:

Hopefully this thread is not dead yet.

As a white man who tends toward seeking Black women (not exclusively of course), I am wondering if there is hope in presenting a new appealing archetype to the general society. A branding (in the marketing sense) of the Black Female Talented Tenth. The reality of the BFTT pretty much already fits the archetype I am proposing, but the society at large hasn't caught on to this yet.

Let me explain. I have long known there is a valuable (but not valued) impressive set of successful, intelligent, romantically-loyal, moral, affectionate, psychologically tough, sexy, but lonely, black women. And they are tragically underserved in the marriage market. Over the past year, I have been pleased to learn that most of these women (essentially you gals here really) are at least open to considering non-black men.

Ladies, the problem clearly is not that you are not worthy, but you that you are undiscovered! Progress is already underway for firming up this archetype to be understood by the larger society. Currently, observant men are starting to to be aware of a proto-archetype {single | black
| lonely | professional | female}, and the other positive descriptors {successful | intelligent | loyal, moral, affectionate, tough-minded | sexy} are accreting apace.

This process must be encouraged! Anything that can be done in a coordinated way to foster the growth of this meme must be pursued. Remember, in its essence, the archetype is in fact in line with reality. Given that, it is mostly a matter of exposure, discovery by the society/media at large.

I have been up 26 hours, so I don't have the insight at the moment to present strategey and tactics in the service of this goal. I have to sleep. But I'll be back this evening to see what you all have thought up.

Wishing you all progress.

2009-10-11

Linguistic Privilege Eradicated-He Says He Isn't Racist



Thanks Macon D for keeping me informed on this.

Is this is what as meant as true equality? This man proudly proclaims he uses the n-word and put it on a sign to show his disdain of the Healthcare Plan. He is protected under free speech, and per the county he lives in, nothing can be done about this sign because of the 1st Amendment. He says he is doing this in dissent of the President's plan, not the President. He does not agree with healthcare reform. I guess this was the best way to vocalize this. He claims he isn't racist, he just uses the N-word. He is also a card carrying member of the NAACP. He also has a mannequin dressed in a Klan Robe inside of his restaurant. If you chose, you can go to their website, where the restaurant is labeled as a "The Original Klan, Klam, & Oyster Bar." Also interesting is the front of their menu indicates "We Cater To Hangins." I've recently had discussions on the n-word here and here. Primarily in response to someone who feels that equality cannot be reached because whites don't have the linguistic privilege that blacks have to use the n-word. Oh and Affirmative Action is a double standard for whites even though white women and other minorities aside from blacks benefit from it. I should also note the owner of this establishment often hosts Klan rallies. Even though this sign might be considered appalling, this isn't his first sign to stir up controversy. Here are some examples of others, some complete with matching Negroes participating in such buffoonery:








Now that whites openly feel comfortable using the n-word without feeling using the n-word is racist, has equality been reached?

Tall Enough



I found this over at CW's site.

2009-10-08

Blackface Is Making A Comeback?

For some reason, when I saw Robert Downey Jr. play a white actor playing a black guy in Tropic Thunder. I laughed. I thought it was hilarious. I didn't get offended. I will admit when I first heard about it I was uneasy, but the execution didn't make it seem like he or the film were making fun of black people, but rather making fun of a white Australian man who is trying to obtain and capture the black experience, and missing the "experience" all together.

Tropic Thunder clip "Theme from The Jeffersons"


Now let's go over to Australia. Harry Connick Jr. was recently on a show in Australia called "Hey Hey It's Saturday", which appears to be a "Gong Show" type variety show where regular people showcase their talent and then are judged. Harry Connick Jr. was one of the judges, and apparently his appearance was controversial because he had an issue with an act called the "Red Faces." The group referred to itself as the "Jackson Jive" and were parodying the Jacksons. I guess it was the manner in which they parodied the Jacksons that Connick took issue with. He gave them a zero, and at the end of the show explained why he was uncomfortable. The show did issue an apology for showing the act. In the twitterverse reaction varied, I managed to talk to one Australian guy about this, as he felt it was people being overly politically correct. You guys know my feelings on political correctness. Maybe it was a cultural thing, this took place in Australia after all, but of course these are the same people who gave us this commercial.



OK, now I watched this, and found it unfunny. Maybe I have a horrible sense of humor, but it was a little too much for me. The blackface, the afro wigs, the white suits purple shirts, as well as the name "Jackson Jive" rubbed me the wrong way.

Maybe it was a bit too much like this:





Sometimes blackface doesn't work. I matter of fact, most times it doesn't. Remember the Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg debacle? I guess Ted thought he might get a free pass because he was dating Whoopi, but he didn't.



It just didn't work, much like these don't really work either:




I mean I do think most people have a sense of humor, I really do, like I mentioned before I liked "Tropic Thunder", and I remember folks being a bit upset, but no one took to the streets to protest, I also remember this movie, Soul Man, which I probably should have been offended at, but wasn't. It was about a white man passing as black so that he could get a scholarship after being admitted to Harvard Law. I guess they were giving away scholarships to black people en masse back then. It was one of the first movies I saw with an interracial relationship between a black woman and white man (Rae Dawn Chong and C. Thomas Howell, who in real life were married). Of course Rae Dawn Chong was really only half black, her dad is Tommy Chong. I so digressed on that.



I was however offended at this movie, and the reason had nothing to do with race, it was just a bad movie:



I am also offended at much of the modern day Minstrel Show performers such as Lil Wayne and T Pain.



I do wonder why in blackface, they go for the full jet black "look" vs. a more brown or tan approach?

2009-10-07

White House Ball



The other day, while twittering, I came across this photo. Now I knew right from the start this was a photoshop job. I couldn't imagine the Obama's wearing this in private, much less in public. Apparently, not everyone felt that way, some folks actually thought the photo was real. Enough so that the urban legend website Snopes, had to address the issue.

Why would anyone believe this to be true? I know it is believed that the Obama's are classless and don't deserve to be in the White House, but are we willing to believe they live the "Pimps Up, Hoes Down" lifestyle?

2009-10-06

Can We Use A Dating Site To Determine Racial Trends?



I found this link to a study about OK Cupid, a dating site. I am lying, my husband found this link for me. Isn't he the best? (the answer is yes) It was interesting and showed per matches and replies what ethnic groups responded to who. I found it odd that men of all races seem to be more open to dating other races of people according to this study, but when you go by racial break down, white men and women are more likely to prefer to stay within their race, in comparison to other groups.



What I found odd about this chart is that all other races of men were more likely to reply to a black female than a black male.



This is a bit depressing. Black women receive fewer responses than other races of women. Black women as per usual, compared to other races of women have to put in more work, with less results when it comes to dating. Per the article:

The data show that black women reply "about a quarter more often" than women of other races, that white men get more responses, and, to quote from the post, "White women prefer white men to the exclusion of everyone else--and Asian and Hispanic women prefer them even more exclusively. These three types of women only respond well to white men. More significantly, these groups' reply rates to non-whites is terrible."


I also find it interesting that my stereotypes were confirmed by this study (no it still doesn't make it true), but it seems asian and hispanic women in general are eager to date white men, and do so exclusively.

An interesting thing I find, in regards to my responses from white men on the blog, white men tend to believe that black women aren't interested in interracial dating, but this study shows that white men are the ones not interested in black women.

And now we see why white men are today's punching bag - at least on the OKCupid blog. They respond less than any other group, and they respond least of all to black women. And speaking of black women, who we saw in the last table responded more than other groups: These ladies are receiving fewer responses than their peers of other races.




Now this chart shows who is likely to date within their race vs. outside their race. No surprise asian females are the most dating to dating interracially almost to the detriment of asian men. Black men even more so. Hispanic men are a bit more eager to date outside their race than hispanic women, even though per the study, hispanic women are eager to exclusively date white men. The surprise comes from whites, who often times are the ones who say race doesn't matter, white men and white women overwhelmingly prefer to date only other white people. The white men are 40% more likely to prefer to date other white people, while white women have a 54% preference to date within their own race. It seems all other races of people are more open to dating interracially than white people.

I would say if we were to use this study, the whole concept of "demographic winter", where folks are scared the white population is becoming extinct, is false. White people more than any other group seems to want to stick to their own, and seem to be prepared to make plenty of all white babies for years to come.

2009-10-05

Can A Half Black/Half Asian Woman be an "Idol" in China?




The is Lou Jing. She is a contestant on a show called "Let's Go! Oriental Angel", which is an "American Idol" or "Pop Idol" type show in China. She is a finalist on the show. If you can't tell she is half black, but she never knew her black American father and was raised in China with her Asian mother. Her mother is from Shanghai, Jing herself was raised in Shanghai and speaks fluent Shanghai dialect. Apparently even though Jing was born and raised in China, she is still a foreigner because of her skin color. Various comments have been made about her and her mother, and many of them according to American standards, would be racist as all get out.

Some examples of comments made about her and her mother:

Shanghai people’s value plunges.
A bastard, brought her out to show off because of the foreigner descent.


The girl is ok, her mom is a whore, married and still mess around with black guy, maybe it’s the great “love”, it’s a pity the black guy was just playing her, Chinese girls please have some self-respect.


Her mother still has the face to go on stage, she is shameless, and this kind of thing is definitely scandals you should keep in the family. She still dares to go on stage, maybe she does not feel ashamed, instead feels proud.


Is this the legend of the bastard? And an unwanted bastard, Her mother is a shameless woman, pregnant by a black guy, and then abandoned, was it good when he was pleasing you? Still obsessed with him after several decades? Not feel ashamed, even go on TV to look, looking for what? Looking for lost big XX? Looking for climax never had again? Shameless! Why are Shanghai women always the target of criticism? It’s because of shameless bitch like her!
Dragon TV please help this bastard find her family. Let the black father with a big XX hurry back, address this old woman’s needs!
Black Dad, come back soon! Someone cannot forget your big XX.


This woman has no sense of shame, married and you cheat, give birth to a black kid so there is no way to hide, if wasn’t for that her husband will have to raise their children. Cheap is the word, in order to run with a foreigner, even do with black people.


There were people who opposed these comments, but even then, some of them were kind of backhanded compliments:

Why all people in here are like this? What kind of world is this!!!!

Her mother, I don’t know. But everyone is discriminate against blacks? If her father is white, what will you say then?


People, please be kind, girl herself is not wrong. Why can’t she go on TV? F* that, I cannot help but to curse. I think even she is a little dark, but very cute~


You guys are a group of twisted people.


I guess it is good to know even if she is "a little dark", she can still be deemed attractive.

It appears that Chinese media has discussed the racism on the internet, and even as they do that, the comments reflect even more racism.

Someone in one of the comment did make a great point, if this girl was mixed with white, would she have gotten a different response. It seems Asians are ok with white, but black is unacceptable.