the king grew vain;
Fought all his battles oer again;
And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.
I've linked the place before, but it really can't be done enough: Y? The National Forum On People's Differences is described thusly:
Y?, the first and only site of its kind, gives you a way to ask people from other ethnic or cultural backgrounds the questions you've always been too embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask them. If you have the courage to ask, Y? will evaluate your question, consider it for posting and try to get someone from that background to answer. If needed, we'll get an expert to weigh in.
You'll also have a chance to answer questions related to your own demographic background.
Y? The National Forum On People's Differences has no agenda or cause, other than to get people talking across their differences - a running dialogue Y? believes most of us would like to see occur but that has yet to fully unfold through the conventional media.
So, if you were to find yourself thinking, "Why does it seem that black people, particularly women, are afraid of dogs - even friendly ones?", there are a number of people reading the site willing to volunteer answers. Not only does this prevent embarrasing yourself by asking one of your black friends (assuming you have any, he muttered at the warbloggers under his breath), it prevents the embarrasment of not asking, and coming up with bizarre theories based on nothing. Everybody wins.
The site is listed at Racial Issues and Identities: A Guide to Resources on the Web from the liberalmedia New York Times, if that influences your point of view in any way. The list is a bit out of date -- they include (the wrong address for) netnoir, which I barely remember, and I've been on the web a hell of a lot longer than most of you. As ever, The Wayback Machine is your friend.
The title/opening quote refers to how people seem to be covering very old territory in some of the race/attitude discussions popping up lately, and to be honest I feel like a grad student auditing an undergrad course. I keep thinking, "Doesn't everybody already know this stuff? And aren't you oversimplifying to the point of being misleading?"
For instance, without naming names, if I never have to hear about someone's racist relative (uncle, grandparent, cousin, etc.) again, it'll be too soon.
Or maybe it's PMS. Yeah, that's probably it.
np: My Scarlet Life's cd Buzzbomb
Almost forgot, looking up netnoir on the archive, I also hit Café Los Negroes, which remains the epitome of cool six years later (even though you might have to check different versions to see stuff). Think they were why I didn't really think that much about this site's name. How was I to know the Limited Black English Proficiency types would wig out?