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  •  Why Would Someone Choose to Be Black? (5+ / 0-)

    This is a really interesting question and the answer looks directly into the heart of what it means to be a human being.

    Why do suburban white males love rap music?

    Because the black voice is a sacred voice in our culture, even as the culture despises black people. It's sacred because we only permit the "other" to engage in certain kinds of critiques against the mainstream.

    From the other perspective ...

    I happen to be a homo type person.

    If I had a choice, would I choose to be straight?

    No freaking way.

    Despite the extreme limitations that you put on my external life, I know that people who are living inside the mainstream can never dream of tapping into the kind of inner richness that I am able to experience by living on the outside.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:47:07 PM PST

    •  white kids, like white folks loving black culture (4+ / 0-)

      more generally, is an old story of white privilege in action. you can be a tourist and indulge but none of that comes with any real personal cost. old story.

      there is a whole separate conversations with white kids, hip hop, and race minstrelsy that could be had and whole books written about (and have).

      moreover, a love of "black culture" does not translate into a love of black people.

    •  Really interesting (0+ / 0-)
      ... the black voice is a sacred voice in our culture, even as the culture despises black people.
      I think you've hit on something there.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:19:19 AM PST

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