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Mark Mays does a fine job of encapsulating A Week in Race Issues with a story at Dork Nation. It looks at the ascendancy of Michael Steele to the national national Republican Party chairmanship, the weirdness recently transpiring at MBA, and Scene's choice of cover art last week.
You can read the whole story here
--it's worth your while. But we'll offer a few of the more delightful excerpts. On why Michael Steele will make a good Republican boss, even if he's a black guy
: "He's not going to act like a runaway slave and leave the plantation like Powell."Why MBA students should watch their chants when a black kid is at the free throw line:
"Take it from a brother who was at one time one of a very few brothers
at a posh private institution. Context does matter. Think about it this
way. Say you, White parents, lived in a district that bused in a lot of
Black kids, and you, being the good liberal you are, sent your kid to
the neighborhood school. Then, when your son stepped on the basketball
court, the chant started "White Boy White Boy." Perhaps the meaning is
to be understood as support, "that one White kid can really play," but
you, sitting there amongst a sea of Black faces might start to fidget,
wondering if you might get police protection for your kid..."
Why Scene has a lingering problem with readers for its lack of coverage of the black community:
The Scene should not write off the concerns expressed and immediately
take a defensive stance. Their joke about having featured many
Tennessee Titans on the cover was pretty funny. What? That wasn't a
joke? Oh, nevermind. The paper could do more in covering issues about
and issues that concern the city's Black community, even more music
coverage would be a start. It is possible that people are using the
Ganaway matter as a gateway to air grievances that have been a matter
of concern for some time.