Not necessarily

This story is about a fifth grader who was not allowed to perform in a talent show wearing a Barack Obama mask.  Here’s what his father had to say:

Kelly said that as a gay couple, he and Lechert consider themselves particularly sensitive to issues of minority groups.

“We are white, but we’re a minority class,” he said. “We have some insight into this process of what is and what isn’t offensive. There was obviously no intent to harm here — or really any possibility of offending anyone.”

*bzzzt!* Sorry, wrong answer. Feel free to talk with people of color in the GLBT community. Read R101, focusing on 1, 11 and 15. Also please note WHIB 14a. Thank you.

8 thoughts on “Not necessarily

  1. When asked what was offensive about Dru’s skit, Powell refused to discuss it.

    “I won’t say why it’s inappropriate,” he said. “I’m not saying anything to The Oregonian. Why? Because I don’t want to.”

    WTF is up with this? It seems unnecessarily hostile on the part of the newspaper to quote his exact words in refusing to discuss it. Obviously the reporter had said something to piss the principal off for him to respond that way, but they don’t quote THAT. Most newspapers would just leave it at “so and so refused to discuss it” and be done.

    Also, my fellow white people need to figure out that when you are unwilling to err on the side of caution in not offending people over race, it doesn’t say anything positive about the amount of goodwill you bring to the discussion.

  2. Why do people, particularly white people, choose to identify the President as biracial when HE chooses to identify as black? I mean, before he became popular, there was much less talk about his mixed parentage (although he has always been very open about his family background on both sides).

    Anyway, I think they should have opted not to use that particular mask for the dance. Clearly they wanted to send a message, and, based on the song they chose, it wasn’t particularly flattering to our President. But of course, they would have to see beyond their privilege in order to recognize those facts.

  3. I have seen *two* videos of this kid dancing with his Obama mask on, and at least *four* separate pictures. The Oregonian writer didn’t bother to interview anybody on the other side of the issue. As human notes, I think she probably tried to provoke the principal.

    Draw whatever conclusions you will.

  4. Umm, because you know white people will either assume she speaks for her entire race or will make her out to be one of the “good ones”?

    The videos are on the Oregonian site.

  5. @ Just A Thought: I know, right? White people are suddenly all about President Obama being biracial. White people are used to being reflected in their leadership – if they ID him as Black, they don’t see themselves reflected anymore, they dont’ feel included — and they’re not liking that idea so much. Better to talk up his “White heritage” and celebrate his “multiculturism”, never mind how he IDs himself.

    I guess the one-drop rule is applied only when convenient.

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