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Chuck Lorre

November 24, 2009

K: so I was watching Big Bang Theory and at the very end of each show there’s always this sort of long text that appears from the producer, Chuck Lorre. Today I decided to pause my DVR to read what it all said…I believe it actually changes each week but here’s what it said…(yes i’m bored enough to actually type this out for you)

“I have long believed that part of our problem with resolving race issues in America is our inability to accurately name what we are. Aside form the occasional Johnny and Edgar Winter, there are no white people. Any child with a box of crayons can tell you that white people are in fact, beige. The sickly ones are gray. Following this crayon logic, one can easily see that there are really no black people. They are brown. Or perhaps raw umber. Or maybe burnt sienna. Frankly, every time I hear someone comment on America’s first black president, I can’t help but thinking, “no he’s not. He’s more like caramel.” Which is why I think we should all get in the habit of calling each other what we really are. How can you racially slur a man by calling him “beigey” or “umber”? The answer is you can’t. Because that’s exactly what he is. The melanin doesn’t lie. Buy a box of Crayolas and see for yourself. We are all members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Can I hear a Kumbaya?”

Of course, only AFTER I type this do I realize that these things are probably on the internet somewhere, and lo and behold, they are. Chuck Lorre is a funny guy.

One Comment leave one →
  1. smartiepop permalink*
    December 3, 2009 11:27 am

    S: Wow Chuck Lorre is one thoughtful guy! How many people do you think actually read this stuff? We should start posting the really good ones since we got SO much traffic! And start discussing. Because that’s what we do.

    That being said, I think there’s a lot of truth to this. One of things we try and talk about when we (i.e. race scholars) teach what race is, is that if you lined up every person in the world you would have a really hard time drawing hard and fast lines around racial groups because there are small changes that create a spectrum within all of the characteristics we use to identify a person’s race. And it would be even harder to claim anything psychological (like level of intelligence) since discrete groups would be hard to determine in the first place.

    Can we pick our own colors? I would like to be caramel latte. =)

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