Monday, March 23, 2009

A Rant In Three Parts: Part Two - Tammy Bruce Doesn't Know A Damn Thing About The Black Experience - Not A Damn Thing

As Dirty Harry says "A man's got to know his limitations"... so does a woman.

Tammy Bruce's limitations in understanding what First Lady Michelle Obama was talking about in the first damn place is clearly apparent. Somebody should tell her whiteness is showing. If white folks want to critically comment on black folks lives and their personal experiences, then white folks like Ms. Bruce need to work a bit harder at being informed and insightful about the black experience before they start running their mouths.

I would imagine if any researcher decided to collect data on African Americans possessing an undergraduate degree and one advanced degree, they would discover that this group of African Americans would most likely have one disheartening shared experience. I would bet money that the average African American holding more than one degree has been challenged at least once in their lifetime of "acting white", "sounding white" or "wanting to be white" by another black person.

I would also be willing to bet that those same black folks that have been subjected to such lunacy had the same response as First Lady Michelle Obama. The reading is for white folks, speaking the Queen's English is acting white, and getting good grades means you want to be white, is a fucked up psychosis that has hampered the black community for years. This limited mindset has infected too many in the black community and subjected many others in the black community to an additional fuck-up pressure they don't need.

If Tammy Bruce knew anything about black people or gave a damn to know anything about the black experience before shooting off her mouth, she would have known that Michelle Obama's story is shared by many other African Americans. It's a fucked up problem, but it's our fucked up problem. We don't need any incorrect and ill-informed interpretations from someone like Tammy Bruce. And we sure as hell don't need a white woman saying that an educated black woman that enunciates and articulates clearly of having a "weird, fake accent."

And since when is telling children of color to achieve the best they can in their educational pursuits and offering your own successful experiences as an example, a problem for anyone, much less patronizing? Isn't that stuff that black conservative intellectuals like John McWhorter are always saying themselves or does that make them trash too?

1 comments:

PioneerValleyWoman April 2, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

Prof. Tracey:

If Tammy Bruce knew anything about black people or gave a damn to know anything about the black experience before shooting off her mouth, she would have known that Michelle Obama's story is shared by many other African Americans. It's a fucked up problem, but it's our fucked up problem. We don't need any incorrect and ill-informed interpretations from someone like Tammy Bruce. And we sure as hell don't need a white woman saying that an educated black woman that enunciates and articulates clearly of having a "weird, fake accent."

And since when is telling children of color to achieve the best they can in their educational pursuits and offering your own successful experiences as an example, a problem for anyone, much less patronizing? Isn't that stuff that black conservative intellectuals like John McWhorter are always saying themselves or does that make them trash too?

My reply:

What is striking in all this is that all those black conservative Republicans are nowhere to be found on this matter. Aren't they the ones who have been arguing forever that the liberal culture has made mediocrity mainstream in the community? Aren't they the ones that the mediocrity has pushed them towards conservatism? Shouldn't they be up in arms defending Michelle Obama since she is very much like the ideal they envision, except that she is a Democrat? They can't go there, perhaps for that very reason, it would make them seem to actually like those Democrats, and they can't have that. No putting "skinfolk" before their "whitefolk." Hmph!

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