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Deborah (CMB mod)

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Johnson

Subj: Re: What does it mean to be black?
Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 01:32:11 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: What does it mean to be black?
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 12:27:20 pm EST

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> If nothing else, it speaks to a bias toward white as the normative position.
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Only in your mind.

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> > If nothing else, it speaks to a bias toward white as the normative position.
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> Only in your mind.

First, watch the snide remarks please. Consider that is all you write, it is difficult to interpret it any other way.

Secondly, I see his point, and no, it is not all in his mind. (Pardon Neil, I'm not trying to speak for you but I've had the same response as you appear to have as well, so I'll elaborate from my own POV).

The question "what does it mean to be black" can indeed be interpreted as how does that make one different from white. The underlying assumption there (of the original question, NOT by Neil). It is similar to a book I read recently.

The book was an Indiana-Jones-type adventure, and in an info-dump section where lots of data on the ancient Celts is given, one character asks (as if making a "very important point") "How do they treat their women?"

Now the character may well have been asking what the role of women in Celtic society was, and if there were gender roles. HOWEVER the phrasing of the question is rife with bias. How do "they" treat "their" women? So if "they" are Celts, all Celts must be male, right? Implying women are something lesser? Simply objects to receive whatever treatment is dished out? With absolutely no say in the matter?

Now don't get me wrong. I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt. I assume the writer simply did not give the phrasing all that much thought. But the question does indeed seem to assume the male is the "norm" and that women have no real influence on society or their role in it.


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