Coffee Rhetoric: Race and ethnicity in the United States
Showing posts with label Race and ethnicity in the United States. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Race and ethnicity in the United States. Show all posts

June 16, 2015

Notes on a Scandal: Rachel Dolezal and the ‘Trans-Black’ Con

By now, you’ve probably heard the sordid and bewildering story of world-class Decepticon, Rachel Dolezal, explode across your social media timelines. Each day since her cover was blown Rachel's alternate reality shatters in a million little pieces, as more information is revealed about her real identity. In the event you’ve been luxuriating on a remote island, off the coast of I’ve Got Fancier Shit to Worry About, here’s the gist of the situation: Rachel Dolezal—a White woman, and (now former) president of Spokane Washington’s NAACP chapter—has been living a good chunk of her adult life masquerading (with the help of slightly darker makeup, box braid extensions and Afro-textured wigs) as a biracial woman with a Black father, and reaping the benefits of colorism’s complexion hierarchy.

In an elaborate 21st-century minstrel tale that probably makes Vijay Chokalingam envious, Rachel was able to craft a highly derivative life, as if she’d taken her cues from the scripted pages of a psychological thriller. 

March 25, 2012

Toni Morrison Talks Race

May, 1993 interview featuring Charlie Rose interviewing literary giant, Toni Morrison. In this short clip, Charlie Rose asks Morrison about her experiences encountering racism. Toni rejects responsibility of having to shoulder the burden of explaining racism and how it functions, by redirecting the question back to Charlie Rose and white people to explain.