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Here's some background/prep reading to a post I'll be doing tomorrow, the second part of When Bloggers Rule . It won't be about the deranged little cretin that is used as illustration in this point. Just need to establish a representative example for what I will discuss. Enjoy.
From Hi. I'm Black!!! ( A great new Blog. I'd have voted for him if he had been in long enough to notice.)
The New Blog Showcase
So, I entered the New Weblog Showcase at Truth Laid Bear.
I've come to the conclusion that I should have read the damn rules and waited until this coming week. Apparently they have a rule against entering the contest twice. Great. I signed up on Saturday, so I get 2 whole days to compete. Yea.
Anyway, at least I got some pub. Some people did find my site via the showcase and especially via Tiger: Raggin' and Rantin'.
Tiger: Raggin' and Rantin' (I did vote for Tiger.)
4.5~Hi! I'm Black: Shell Vacations Club & Their G-- D--- Salesmen!!!!!!!! ~A latecomer to the contest. I was a bit alarmed when I read the Blog title expecting some racial diatribe about victimization and was pleasantly surprised. Except for the DAILY DOSE lists to stories which point to stories regarding racism and black issues, the general tone of most of the posting are such that race issues are not of any concern. Having read the entry post prior to the remainder of the blog, I was mindful that the blog title might be soley informational. I personally did not think it mattered, as I thought this was a delightfully well written tale about being kidnapped by time-share salesmenpeople. Been there, done that, got the steak knives to prove it. I really liked what I saw in this blog.
From Mac-a-racist (http://macaronies.blogspot.com/)
The Showcase: Right Wing choices and new blogs I passed on
I did read Hi. I'm Black's entry about attending a sells talk. In fact, I wrote a review in which I said Glenn was being gutsy to use that title for his blog considering the bigotry so very present in the conservative dominated blogosphere. But, then, I looked at the entry objectively. There wasn't much of anything there -- just an uninspired description of the salespersons and their techniques. I had already hit the Publish button for that list of recommendations. I went back to Edit, opened the file and erased Glenn's entry. No link. No vote. Later, while browsing, I saw several bloggers of the Right patting Glenn on the head for being a black guy who did not say anything they found disagreeable. He achieved that by not saying much of anything, period.
Hi I'm Black Am I black enough?
I was reading a critique of my blog over atMac-a-ro-nies, and she mentioned how some right-wing bloggers were "patting me on the head" because I was the black guy who didn't pump up the black vs. white deal. I presume that he's talking about Tiger from "Tiger Raggin' and Rantin'".
Am I not black enough for you? I know I have at least one black reader, Sheila. Am I black enough?
This post really has nothing to do with the Mac-a-ro-nies site. I don't want to make it seem like I'm pissed about her post, cuz I am definitely not. Her post just raises some questions for me like:
How does one become black "enough"? (that question is akin to 'What is the meaning of life?)
Does being "black enough" mean having just enough of a hard-ass edge that white people treat you with kid gloves? Do I have to dress in designer clothes, with brand new Nikes and a doo-rag on my head? Do I have to recognize Jesse Jackson as my "leader"? Do I have to have a chip on my shoulder for hundreds of years of government oppression?
I'm sure many white conservatives would love it if blacks just "got over" slavery. It DID end 150 years ago (actually by my count defacto slavery ended 150 years ago, dejure slavery only ended 40 years ago). I think that some black people have too big of a chip on their shoulder, sure, but I don't think that racial reconciliation (pipe dream) means that we have to "get over" slavery. Forgive, but don't forget, no?
My point is this: If you're reading this blog because you think I'm some smooth-steppin', big grinnin', "Yessa Massa!", Uncle Tom kind of Negro, get the f--- out of here and never return to my blog.
If you think that you can refer me to your friends as the one black person you know of that "gets it", get the f--- out of here and don't come back.
I may not constantly talk about how my people are oppressed, yaddah yaddah yaddah, but DON'T EVER THINK that I'm some kind of apologist, wish-I-wasn't black, kind of Negro.
Uncle Tom doesn't live here.
From the comments on another thread on Hi I'm Black:
Hi, its me, from Mac-a-ro-nies. And, I am a SHE. And, Native American and African-American. I wasn't putting you down in my remark about the 'head pats' from some conservative white male bloggers. I was calling THEM on being patronizing. (Incidentally, Tiger refused to cite my blog after I won the contest. That tells ME something.)
Posted by Mac Diva at June 11, 2003 05:41 AM
(Although Tiger did review the entry, thus casting a vote for it)
Oh, yes, I got called a racist and stupid because I told her people were pissed with her lies and maybe she could admit it. Whatever. This is a mighty hypocritical accusation considering where she got the title, "Silver Rights" and how cute she thinks that story is.
Anyway, I look forward to your next installment of, "When Bloggers Rule".Posted by serenity at June 13, 2003 12:11 PM
(Incidentally, Tiger refused to cite my blog after I won the contest. That tells ME something.)
This comment was posted on my blog:
It seems rather odd you didn't mention the name of winner, Tiger. Posted by Mac Diva at June 9, 2003 01:32 PM
My response was thus:
As for not mentioning the winner of the contest, I figure anyone that wants to know who won will check out NZB's site as he was the one holding the contest.
That post merely mentioned that I had gotten third place. It was not the purpose of the post to rehash what NZB had already posted on his site. I am unsure what Mac Diva has assumed by my having posted my placement in the contest and not having mentioned the placement of anyone else in the contest. I think maybe she reads too much into everyone else's actions and overlooks her own actions.
As to whether I am a racist or not, I would ask anyone to read this post and decide for themselves.Posted by Tiger at June 13, 2003 03:24 PM
We're eagerly anticipating :-)Posted by Glenn at June 13, 2003 11:23 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(3) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)