Monday, February 01, 2010

Remembering Black History

I wrote this Objective Perspective of Black History Month a while back, somehow it still feels relevant ...

In the long and storied history of the universe, nothing has come so far and overcome so much as Black.

Some have theorized that in the beginning there was only Blackness. And it wasn't a color. It was just a void. Nothingness....

(continued at McSweeney's...)

Black History Month: An Objective Perspective


  1. I just loved your movement of black history in McSweeney's i read the thing all the way though a few times. Feeling as thought the story had just began, made me realize our story is far from over.
    Well done.

  2. I posit that the reason this piece "still feels relevant" is mainly because it was published in McSweeny's. I mean, it is essentially based on a single, cleverish pun, no? I mean, the individual jokes get an inner chuckle, but what's the point? Granted, the "pun" between blacknesses isn't, granted, a coincidence (it means something that the color used to describe a particular race is the color with all this particular symbolic value), but what do you expect people to get out of this joke besides a kind of pshaw-ing/dismissal of black history month and an admiration for the cleverness of The Assimilated Negro?

  3. Anonymous2/09/2010

    well i'm no litcrit expert, but i thought the joke was that the color black, the black market, black sheep...are under this hugely ridiculous umbrella of black. the anthropomorphizing of the color black highlights by its absurdity the preposterousness of a month created to celebrate a group that is so varied and uncategorizable.


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