Feb. 12th, 2007

lurkitty: (albert)
I'd like to offer certain members of the media, Glenn Beck in particular, a new accessory: a brown paper bag.

Mr. Beck and other denizens of the conservative media seem overly concerned as to whether or not Barack Obama is Black. They have appointed themselves the arbiters of Negro-ness, saving the African American community from this fakir. Of course, the African-American community doesn't seem to care as much as they do. The discussion there seems to be about policy and performance.

Back in the last century, Mr. Beck, there was a way. It was called the paper bag test. If you held a brown paper bag next to your face, and your skin was lighter than the bag, you could pass as white.

Of course, back then, if you had one Negro parent and one white parent, you were called Colored, or worse.

Not colorless, Mr. Beck, or did you just make a slip of the tongue?

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