Listen to Public Enemy’s Fear Of A Black Planet, and in the typical chaotic mix of samples you’ll hear a simple but strange cultural fact:
Black man, black woman: black baby
White man, white woman: white baby
White man, black woman: black baby
Black man, white woman: black baby
Nobody seems to question this: last night saw the election of the first black President of the United States – there’s not a newspaper or network in the world, left or right, which doesn’t confirm this. Some quote King in celebration; the KKK invoke King as the reason Obama should not be killed. King – a black hero.
This proves how shallow racism really is. Despite all the talking about how ‘they’ run faster than white people, served up as proof that there ‘must be some difference’ (what’s wrong with your eyes? Of course there are physical differences!) which would then justify differential (read: racist) treatment, in the end it is all about colour and nothing more. Barack Obama is a nigger because he’s darker than a white man. And since no black groups in the US are calling him a cracker, even though he is whiter than a black man, this view is held across the board. Black man, white woman: black baby.
And if we keep this idea up, soon we’ll all be black. The question is what the racists will then come up with to prove their superiority. I’m guessing it’s going to involve a colour chart and a light meter.