Have we heard nothing, or are we just not listening?

For those of you who did not hear or read Barack Obama’s comments on race in this country, please go here now and absorb.

For those of you who did hear Barack Obama, can you imagine how a silly thing like a magazine cover garners such racial divisiveness? Here’s more on what I’m talking about:

NEW YORKWhen Vogue announced its April cover starring LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen, the magazine noted with some fanfare that James was the first black man to grace its cover.

But the image is stirring up controversy, with some commentators decrying the photo as perpetuating racial stereotypes. James strikes what some see as a gorilla-like pose, baring his teeth, with one hand dribbling a ball and the other around Bundchen’s tiny waist.

It’s an image some have likened to “King Kong” and Fay Wray. …more of the article…

To imagine that a fashion magazine cover, photographed by arguably one of the most famous photographers, is under fire for some racial connotation conjured by commentators after this brilliant discourse on race in this country is absurd. Blatantly absurd. Apparently a very slow news day if this is the sort of thing that warrants discussion.

I have very little in the way of contributing any more eloquently to what Senator Obama has to say on the subject. However, I will say this. If we as a country are prepared to advance any further as a society, we’re going to have to move past this stumbling block. I’m not saying forget it; I’m not saying relegate it to a historical dustbin merely to be resurrected on an arbitrary month as patronizing deference to a proud people. I’m saying that it needs to be dealt with, understood, and then we need to move on. And one way to move on is not to characterize a photo of a black man and a white woman in a fashion magazine as communicating a “King Kong” vibe.

In other news, how about those Louisville Cardinals? Taking on all comers in this NCAA tournament. Earl Clark is a monster…a big basketball eating monster. His numbers are magnificent in this tournament and I’m of the opinion that if he gains 10 to 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason that he could challenge for the Naismith Award next season. His wingspan is ridiculous. He’s like a rebounding pterodactyl out there. Simply stunning. But the main thing is that they’re all playing as a team…every one of them. I say let Hansbrough and friends bring it! North Carolina is going down!

And finally, because it’s been so long…how about a 55Fiction for Friday?

Jonas placed his hand against the cold glass of the window.  Absently stroking the cat, he gazed out into the sunny day.  The shade of the great oak in the yard beckoned.  He imagined a light nap in his hammock with a cool refreshing lemonade.  “Well, Dudley, ” he said wearily “that grass won’t cut itself.”

See you in the funny papers!

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3 thoughts on “Have we heard nothing, or are we just not listening?

  1. Move on, indeed!

    Its funny how the interpretation is based on the viewer. I see that photo (and the rest of the series) as a composite of yin & yang, feminine & masculine, soft & hard, streghth & beauty. Now if someone wants to go a step further and attached a King Kong/Faye Ray/angry black man/helpless white girl cogitation to it needs to further examine their own views of racism.

    What about the one shot of Jared Rome? One could interpret that pose as having a caveman-like quality with him throwing the “helpless” model across his shoulders and a primordial “Ugh” coming from his mouth and club at his side. But I guess Geico has taught us that a defensive argument for caveman equality is futile and the fem fatale is always sexy. So much for feminism. *I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning*

    ….moving on.

  2. “And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,”

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