So you named your blog “Pass the Doucheys on the Right-Hand Side”. And you call yourself a “Negress”? Really???
What does it mean???????? *
Umm, it means I’m black.
I am also unapologetically liberal, especially when it comes to people.
I don’t think all conservatives are idiots or douchebags by any means, but I DO think an awful lot of the people they elect to serve them are. As a matter of fact, I think their government and media representatives are douchebags of the highest order . Some of my more conservative friends will probably hate this blog. Some, who are really more aquaintences than actual friends, will never be invited to see it. Others will be invited, and they will most assuredly disagree with some of what I say, and agree with some of what I say, too. My mission is not to beat them up about their beliefs, but to speak my mind about things that bother or intruige me, and share my experiences openly and honestly.
I say “Southern” because, despite having lived 35 of my nearly 43 years of life in the Deep South, I have never really been a “Southerner”. I was born in California and moved to Florida when I was 8, then South Carolina at the age of 23, and to this day true Southerners will ask me “Where you from, honey? You ain’t from ’round here.”. I am a marvel in these parts, I guess – a black woman with an unrecognizeable accent and no ebonics in her speech pattern …that’s unheard of (unless your last name is Huxtable and you live in a TV), judging by the looks of wonder I get from strangers when they hear me speak.
I say “Negress” just to get the race thing on the table and out of the way. A lot of people - black, white, or otherwise - get very bent out of shape over labels and what is appropriate and what is not, and while I certainly don’t (and would not want to) speak for everyone, MY take is this :
I’ve never been to Africa, I’m AMERICAN, “black” is a misnomer because my skin is actually a lovely shade of brown, “colored” is the past tense of what you do to the pages of a coloring book,”negro” sounds very Foghorn Leghorn-y, and “negress” usually comes with a nice side dish of “uppity”. And then of course there is the dreaded “N”-word which needs to go away, but of course never will. To that one I say this – no matter what your skin color, if you really WANT to use that word, ask yourself “why?”. If you really don’t want that word to be used, ask yourself, “why?”. If you’ve been using that word yourself, but think others should not – ask yourself “why?”. And if you think everyone should just shut up about it and move on to something else already, you guessed it - ask yourself “why?”.
Get back to me when you’ve figured that box of snakes out, will ya? That and gravity have me stumped.
* Or it could just mean I had a Musical Youth earworm going when I was trying to name my blog. And I’m a bit of a snark-hole.