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Tuesday, October 2, A.D. 2012
Beauty and the Beat

If you have not yet seen this parody of undertow culture by way of Beauty and the Beast, then enjoy:

I have only heard “bougie” used by educated, upper middle class black friends, and I suspect that its use might be a Howard cultural marker, though I am not sure. Regardless, I am glad that the videos’ producers felt comfortable enough to make fun of their own ethnic group’s lower class manners. We all know that coastal white elites have no hesitancy in ridiculing poor whites. This is a sign of health.

Earlier in the year, I read several articles written by blacks critical of Key and Peele. The general opinion of these articles held that Key and Peele were race traitors for daring to ridicule ridiculous things in black American life. I think that such reveals the widespread myopia and ethnic narcissism of American black “intellectuals.” The world’s Cornel Wests in waiting never consider human life or human history beyond the horizon of their racial obsessions; they see everything through their specially tinted black lenses. Were such self-absorbed folks able to look farther afield, they would realize that most of what they say is foolish. In the case of black comedians who ridicule ridiculous things characteristic of blacks, they would see not racial treason but the normal tendency of modern acerbic comedy, wherein the comedian as social critic attacks what he knows. It is shocking to consider, but black comedians probably know more about the inanities of their own cultural background than those of another. Just as Jewish comedians have the best insights to make Jewish jokes and Southern comedians have a bigger arsenal of humorous anecdotes about idiocy in Old Dixie, so also black comedians know best the silly characteristics of black American life.

However, if people believe that it is always and everywhere Selma, Alabama in March of ‘65, then they will circle the tribal wagons accordingly. American blacks and their leftist white enablers/inflamers never look at reality as it is; they only ever see Klansmen in white faces and poor, oppressed Kunta’s children in black ones.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, October 2, Anno Domini 2012
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