Keeping in mind that I am most definitely not Your Negro Tour Guide, whose current column is on Reparations if you're interested.
- We don't care about arrest records:
In fact, Malcolm X's record gave him additional credibility, and unfortunately the same holds for some rappers, though this is less true than back in the day. Still, anyone think The O.D.B. is going to be shunned when he's released? Well, any more than he was before, and this is assuming he ever actually cleans up his act enough to get out. . . the point is, calling someone a convicted felon or ex-felon really ain't impressing anyone, so you maybe want to give it up.
- We don't care much about extramarital affairs:
Or at least don't act Shocked and Offended about them. A casual glance at decades-old blues and R&B lyrics should tell you that. MLK's messing around wasn't exactly classified information, you know. So mentioning Jesse Jackson's isn't going to get much of a reaction either. This is another of those weird situations where the Black community is actually closer to European than [white] American positions. In fact, it's us, Europe and most of the planet against the mainstream US and Islamic fundamentalists. Try not to think about that too much. You might realize something.
- We're oddly forgiving:
Mentioning this got me banned from Mister Charlie's, in fact. It's related to the criminal record thing, I guess; belief in redemption and all that. It's related to the previous item in how some of us were bemused by the mainstream media claiming we'd "forgiven" Clinton. No, like most of the planet we were wondering what the big deal was. Yes, he got a blowjob, and he lied about it, and. . .?
Should probably put more thought and research into that. Or toss it out and see if anyone kicks it over, so I know where it needs firming up.
Update: Oh, right. Forgot.
Assimilation means adopting positions closer to those in the mainstream, which is why over-assmilated types like those beloved by the right wing are often called "not black."
Mind-numbingly obvious point, I know, but I've learned you cannot overestimate the stupidity of the American right wing.