Friday, November 21, 2008

Melanin and The Mind of the Cells

[Friday, November 07, 2008 9:48 AM Is "Suntanned" an Ugly Word for Blacks? Keith Josef Adkins
Barack is not suntanned, he's a man of African descent... But is the term "suntanned" an overt dismissal of Obama's African-ness or his blackness? Or is this just a jovial slip from someone who isn't aware of the tough social and political terrain one must journey when the skin is chock-full of melanin as opposed to just being tanned?
Posted By:
Hummingbird (November 9, 2008 at 2:58 AM)
Why is he even referring to his skin color anyway? I could think of tons of other adjectives to describe this awesome man having nothing to do with his skin color.]

Considering Obama's mixed-parentage, his victory would seem a semi-final (to borrow a pet notion of V.P. Singh). But the way this derivative has been leveraged in his brand-building is mind-boggling, for the corporal-actual has been privileged over the empathical with regard to cross-cultural sensitivity. [TNM]

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