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Jackson's response

Not to me, silly. To Loren Feldman.

HOW TO: Race Bait for Fun and Profit

He includes this thoughtful video from Gena Haskett.

As Bill Cammack pointed out in a comment, I haven't said jack about this issue. Mainly, because I was very busy and unaware of it until some time after the fact. I hardly read the Yahoo videoblogging list unless somebody Twitters about a specific issue, which is how I found out about Feldman and the controversy.

But also: I've participated in long, multithreaded, passionate conversations about race in the blogosphere before. (Just ask George Kelly.) Suffice to say, I reserve the right to thoughtfully observe this one mostly from the sidelines.

August 13, 2007 at 03:39 PM in Videoblogging | Permalink


I could easily imagine Feldman's video being a skit on Saturday Night Live with a black guy doing it. Black comedians make fun of black stereotypes all the time. I took Feldman's video as over-the-top satire. That's not to say it's not offensive -- satire is often offensive. It's not to say, either, that I think it is "OK". I can easily see why people are pissed off about it. There is a long history of white people making fun of black people and then being shocked that black people didn't find it funny.

But as Gena says, the "bogeyman" is not Loren Feldman, it's actual, real, harmful racism not ill-conceived satire.

Posted by: Michael at Aug 13, 2007 5:59:57 PM

hehehe Just to clarify, Chuck.... "someone who didn't have jack to say" wasn't referring to you. :D

I'll also add that when I've said that people were "conspicuously absent" from that conversation, I was talking about the people who are normally first to cry "FOUL!!! :(" when something appears amiss, prejudiced or unfair.

From what I've seen of your posting history on the yahoo group, there's no reason I would have expected you to say anything, public OR private about this particular situation. My point was that as public as other things have been recently, I didn't find it feasible that you were told something in a private telephone conversation in the middle of the night. :)

Posted by: Bill Cammack at Aug 14, 2007 8:29:40 AM

Whew... okay, glad we cleared that up. :-)

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at Aug 14, 2007 11:44:43 AM

Ahh, Gena. My hero. My calm, well-spoken, intelligent, clear-headed, looking-at-the-big-picture hero.

All I could bring myself to do was call Feldman an asshole in his comments section.

Posted by: missb at Aug 14, 2007 3:24:59 PM

Yeah, Chuck, just because you authored the tweet heard around the world doesn't mean that we expect you to dispense your wisdom on every single bloggy controversy. Just pick and choose those where your actions will cause the most trouble.

Posted by: Michael at Aug 14, 2007 3:27:04 PM

Will do.

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at Aug 14, 2007 3:59:52 PM

Wow, everyone's getting all emo.

Posted by: Michael at Aug 14, 2007 4:41:48 PM