“Son of a bitch” has obvious, gendered implications as well. In fact, the insult is less about the son and more about the mother who established lineage. The mother must the original animal to create another animal.
Last week, as I read about the courage of Jemele Hill in addressing the disturbing messages coming from the White House, my own racial cowardice was thrown into relief. Those people who know me would be shocked by my calling myself a coward. After all, I was a red, black, and green diaper baby, a […]
For the last few days, I’ve been reading about Miley Cyrus’s VMA—ahem—performance, which included her attempt at the African/American dance called “twerking,” and which apparently convinced a lot of people that it was okay for women (of any race) without rhythm to try anything that involved booty-shaking. There were a lot of parents upset that […]
Years ago, in graduate school, I was one of only three African Americans in my Master of Fine Arts creative writing program. That was in the fall; in the spring, one of us dropped out. And then there were two. I remember sitting in my graduate poetry workshops surrounded by folks who didn’t look like […]
Because the finger point gesture establishes superiority, the gesture is even worse if a White person does it to a Black person, due to the racial history of this country.