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February 17, 2006

Black White: A Prediction & Some Advice

Much of my FX viewing has been interrupted of late by promos for an upcoming reality show called 'Black White'. The premise is basically an unfunny rendition of an old Eddie Murphy joke. What happens when a black man (or family in this case) dresses up in whiteface, and vice-versa. My prediction? Not much, just about as much as one could expect from several episodes of a reality series.

Reading the preview somewhere in the news, I figured as much. It's somewhat interesting that the original white guy in blackface expected to be called a nigger, and wasn't. Big surprise there. No white person has called me a nigger to my face since highschool, as in the late 70s. In fact, the last time it happened was somewhere around 85, from a passing car. Whatever to that.

As usual, Ice Cube and the rest of the usual suspects are going to tell us how good it is for us to share and bond and express our deep innermost feelings on this most sensitive of subjects. I say phooey. Is it just me or is all this 'constructive dialog' starting to sound boring, repetitive and self-serving?

My advice? Go rent Sounder.

Posted by mbowen at February 17, 2006 12:18 AM

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For what it's worth, I was last called a nigger to my face by a white person in 2000.

But hey, I live in Atlanta.

Posted by: Rashid Muhammad at February 17, 2006 10:37 AM

I saw clips on Oprah. Not sure I need to watch it.

Posted by: Qusan at February 17, 2006 12:44 PM

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