February 21, 2007
Random Race-Related Reflections
The “Society/Culture” category on Snarkmarket is getting ridiculous.
1) This one really isn’t about race, per se, but it’s about Barack Obama, for whom race will be the designated press narrative pretty much through the duration of the 2008 election. And it’s less a reflection than a question: I know Timothy Noah’s been doing the Obama Messiah Watch, tracking Obama hype through the pressosphere, but is anyone doing an Obama backlash watch? I feel like every campaign reporter in America has gotta want to be the author of the Obama Controversy. Someone with a sharper attention span than me should totally be keeping track of the attempts. Wonkette, meanwhile, has a list of valid reasons for a Baracklash.
2) I’m slowly catching up on the first season of the Boondocks, and it’s super-smart. Much higher and more consistent quality than the strip. The cast of characters is just brilliant — unconventional configurations of familiar racial archetypes. And I love the texture of the show, like the recurrent ‘Gangstalicious’ single “Thuggin’ Luv” you hear from episode to episode. Favorite moments?
- The alternate-history Martin Luther King, Jr., episode, where he survives his assassination and awakes from a 40-year coma to witness 9/11. When his response includes an appeal to non-violence, civic leaders immediately distance themselves from the legend, saying, “That’s not the Martin Luther King, Jr., I know!”
- The courtroom party at the end of the R. Kelly episode.
- The news footage of the Gangstalicious fight at the Grammys.