My Top Interracial Moments of 2013

2013 was quieter than usual on the blog, but not when it came to stories about race and relationships in the 21st century. Here are the interracial moments that caught my eye (and side-eye) the year:

The Declaration of Kanye West

"And a lot of what the Kardashians do that I don’t think they get enough credit, is they prep America to understand interracial relationships because I'm not talking about me...whatever they say in the barbershop don't matter 'cause I don't get my hair cut there! But, for the people that do get there hair cut there, and if there is like a white woman that's getting talked down to by her friends because, you know, she's dating a black guy, now you got a point of reference...because don't act like interracial relationships ain't been a problem..."
Clearly, I need to spend more time in barbershops in 2014 because that seems to be where all the deep conversations about interracial relationships are happening.  (See also, Cornball Brothas: Two Robs Don't Make a Right and What Would You Do: Black Guy Brings White Girlfriend to Harlem Barbershop.)  

 Charles "Dead Giveaway" Ramsey

"Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is WRONG HERE...either she homeless or she got problems. That's the only reason she runnin' to a black man!"
I realize that while breaking the story about the rescue of Amanda Berry may not have been the right moment to say this, but instead of trying to muffle laughter (and failing miserably), the reporter could have responded: "Or maybe, Mr. Ramsey, a little pretty white girl or woman runs into a black man's arms because that black man is her friend, relative or heck, her spouse?" One can only hope that Mr. Ramsey will share his further musings on race in his forthcoming memoir.

The Cheerios Commercial

Rarely do I see a commercial featuring a family where the parents and children actually look they could be related biologically in real life.  General Mills took the radical step of depicting a biracial/multiracial child in a family with parents who are an interracial couple. And what happened? All of racist hell broke loose of course; because we've progressed so far as a society; because we have a black President; because New York City has a black First Lady; because I drink my coffee black, because it's 2013, because it's the 21st century, all post-racial everything, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry: MC (Microphone Controller) of the Year

Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe

State Senator Dorcena-Forry on carrying on the half-century-long tradition of the state senator from the First Suffolk District hosting the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Breakfast even though she isn't an Irish-American man from Southie: 
“I have four bi-racial childrenIrish-American and black. I’ve been to Ireland four times. We celebrate the culture in my house. My two oldest sons were baptized in St. Augustine’s chapel in South Boston. I’m not just a random black woman who has this seat.”
To paraphrase: "Don't get it twisted. I am not the one."  

A true gem. Hope lots more people get to hear this story in 2014.

Thank you for another great year of "challenging the assumptions." I wish you grace, peace, and laughter in the New Year.

1 comment:

  1. I was disturbed by the Cheerios commercial. It seemed like an attempt, by a non-Black business executive, to dip into the interracial pool. I applaud the attempt. However, I don't appreciate the black male/non-black female combination being used time and time again. The executive would have really been on the cutting edge if the husband was non-Black and the wife was. Let's try that on for size.