Friday, February 10, 2006

Minutea Between Two Slices of Miscellanea

I have never done the “Random Thoughts of the Day” post before, but today there are so many small, minuscule things on my mind, and no one big issue, I feel I should pass it along. I realize this is almost as much of a cop of to a post subject as writing about what someone else wrote about, or letting a commenter take over your blog for a day. So perhaps this is White Dade Copout Week, who knows. I’m busy, leave me alone…

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Graig, who overcame our mailing of the infamous Christmas Card to the Dean of Admissions at University of Nevada-Reno’s Graduate School for Behavioral Psychology and was accepted for the Fall 2006 semester. We’ll miss your bug-eyed face, Graig, but you are getting the fuck out of Miami, and I know that’s what you’ve always wanted. Best news I’ve gotten all week Except for maybe….

I would also like to congratulate Matt Johnson for FINALLY DTB-ing and, more importantly, being happy about it. I would like to thank all of you (Ali) that took part in the White Dade Campaign to save Matt Johnson as it seems to have worked. I guess he wasn’t one of my friends in an interracial relationship that I would describe as “Happy.” As I told him, you will now learn the true meaning of the phrase “Happy to be single.” He has talked about my rules of breaking up in his blog today. I think you should all give him a visit.

To all of my commenters: Congratulations. You have been deemed some of the nastiest, most insulting commenters on the ‘net by Miss FeistyRed. Like the Raider Fans of the Blogosphere. Keep up the good work. I believe her exact words "Not all comments sections can be as...insulting as White Dade's..." The vitriol has seemed particularly heated the past couple of days, thanks mostly I think to JenJen’s frustration with her workplace and certain “anonymous” commenters really pouring it on thick this week. At any rate, keep it going. A good comments box makes for a good blog.

Call me a big sissy girl if you want, but "One Tree Hill" continues to come up with some of the most mind-numbingly entertaining television around. This year’s 11-cheerleader dogpile catfight was one of the most pornographic things I have ever seen in an 8PM timeslot. Last episode had ditzy cheerleader Bevin teaching black basketball star “Skillz” how to swim. And the race issue was mentioned multiple times. You don’t get that on the OC. Maybe it’s just because the show is based in North Carolina

Speaking of “One Tree Hill,” Danneel Harris’ charceter Rachel has officially replaced Alice from “Closer” as my new fictional character obsession. Tall, athletic, sexy redhead with a little girl voice and an evil streak that would make Dick Cheney jealous. I want to marry that girl.

And also, why is the whole “Bad at swimming” thing the only negative stereotype about African-Americans that it is socially acceptable to joke about publicly? I’m sure a PC show like “One Tree Hill” would not have had a humorous scene involving, say, street crime or incarceration, but swimming is all fine and dandy to laugh at. Not that I was offended, it just seems funny that this is the one area where a lily-white production such as “OTH” can make an ethnic joke and not have Al Sharpton protesting at the WB by the next afternoon. Anyone care to enlighten me?

16 Comments:

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think Al Sharpton would protest the WB? Lets be honest here, the WB has put more black people to work than the Drug Czars of South America!

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Betty said...

According to your commenters you are the biggest Asshole in the world.

 
At 6:27 PM, Anonymous JJ said...

not sure, but my cajun born husband who may or may not be part Black (always a family discussion at the holidays), will be glad to know that the fact that Black guys can't swim is public fact. Because he's always whispering the story (true story) when he saved a Black man from Mississippi from drowning in Newport Beach and thinks this is some trait of the race only he knows about. This story is always retold upon Black man sighting at the beach. He feels like a citizen watch dog ready to save a guy. I was shocked my self to see WD knew about it.

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger mrshife said...

All I know about the bad at swimming is that when I was in Navy boot camp we had to pass a swimming test. Nearly every single black guy failed and had to spend a week learning how to swim. I am not trying to play up stereotypes I am just relating one of my life experiences.

 
At 1:28 AM, Blogger nicole said...

Whoah, whoah, whoah...vitriolic posts?? What have I been missing here?

Guess I need to start leafing through some of these recent posts.

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger angel, jr. said...

Great random thoughts. I wonder why I don't have random thoughts.

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, in my 6 years of lifeguarding I made about 4 real rescues....less than 1% of people that I actually lifeguarded for were black people and 3 out of the 4 rescues were of black people or, in one instance, an entire black family who fell out of a canoe in 4 feet of water! That stereotype is more than appropriate...

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger coloradohurricane said...

All my thoughts are random.

I've also heard blacks can't ski either.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

I tihnk having friends that rip on you as much as mine do jsut makes you not realize how nasty your commenters are. But, like i said, I like it and encourage it.

Yes, when I was in the Marines it was the same way. It was weird seeing these tough, mean guys who were like the best recruits in out platoon cower at the swimming poor. I mean, shit, we are MARINES, right?

But still, nobody answerd my question: Why is it okay to joke about this, and not much else?

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous rumandpopcorn said...

I don't know where the blacks can't swim thing started, but being of West Indian parentage, it's a widely held stereotype--a lot of my older relatives believe most American-born black people can't swim. Of course, our people have to be great swimmers...we're on an freakin' island!

Anyway, this goes to your real point. I think you can joke about it, because as stereotypes go, it's not that bad. Considering all the other stuff, the disinclination to swim speaks to nothing more than...that. It dosn't seem to measure, intelligence, bravery, courage, or anything else. We just don't like to swim and never bothered to learn, and it's accepted even if it's still an unfair stereotype.

I can swim, by the way, courtesy of a mandatory HS phys-ed requirement. Maybe we need more of those in the inner city to eradicate this "problem".

By the way, I'm glad I was able to help Matt Johnson. I feel so proud...

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger White Dade said...

Thanks, Ali. Dolphins Runing Back Ricky Williams was the only person who ever gave an answer to this question when I heard it posed before, about the African-Americans not liking to swim. Someone asked him if he surfed much growing up in San Diego and he said,
"Nah, us black people, we don't like the water too much. We had that one big boat ride and that was enough."

Before anybody attacks me, remember Ricky said it, not me.

 
At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget that probably 99% of lifeguards are white people, and there is no way in hell that a black person is going to trust some cracker to save their life. So yeah, I think they just stay away from it. As for the stereotype, I don't know why its okay, I would put money on the fact that black people don't find it as offensive as other stereotypes. You know, like he's black so he's stupid. Or she's black, so she's stupid. Or my all time favorite, someone took my kids, probably a black man is to blame. Which leads me to the other stereotype about black people don't seem to get upset about and that is black guys infatuation with fat, ugly white girls. What's up with that?

 
At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Johnson said...

"Which leads me to the other stereotype about black people don't seem to get upset about and that is black guys infatuation with fat, ugly white girls. What's up with that?"

Well, that's one stereotype that Matt Johnson doesn't fit. I may sleep with fat, ugly white girls from time to time but that's due to being intoxicated rather than any genetic disposition towards them and I sure as hell wouldn't date one. I only date bitchy white women who are as trustworthy as a terrorist on 24 who promises to let hostages go after getting information from them and then blows their brains out.

 
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being ripped on by your friends means you can trust them. They don't care what you will do if they tell you the truth. It's unfortunate more people aren't like WD.

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust his friends?? That is ridiculous, believe me. Plus, if more ppl were like WD, the world would be full of ugly, metro-sexual, WB-watching racists.

Just playin', trying to keep in line with us commenter/friend's lofty asshole standards.

Your Valentine...
Jay

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Johnson said...

i"Plus, if more ppl were like WD, the world would be full of ugly, metro-sexual, WB-watching racists."

You also forgot to mention the fact that he's a self-loathing Jew who makes more anti-semetic remarks than any white supremacist out there.

 

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