Can you imagine Chris Hayes hanging out in the 9th Ward in New Orleans? Me neither. It would be like something out of “Mork and Mindy.”
He loves to use “Fear of a Black Planet” puns like “Fear of a Black Congress” and I’m sure “Hip hop makes him feel invincible” but real life blacks would gross him out. As the saying goes, Northerners love blacks in theory but hate them in practice whereas Southerners hate blacks in theory but love them in practice. Liberals want their blacks wearing leather elbow patches on their tweed blazers and listening to NPR. If they’re politically active, they want their blacks to be articulate and hard-working and very, very active. They want them writing books about the black experience and doing talks and stuff. Problem is, that’s not very black. So, whites simply invent them. If you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Rachel Dolezal was a great example of this and today Nero introduces the latest example. Blacktivist Shaun King seemed to good to be true because he is. He’s white. He’s not half white. He’s 100% white. Check it out.
Full disclosure: I’ve done this too. Back at my old magazine, I got so sick of trying to track down black writers, I just invented pseudonyms for myself that sounded African American. I did the same with women too such as Christi Bradnox. It was fun.