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March 07, 2008

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nishani frazier

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/books/04fake.html?ref=books&pagewanted=all

(sorry this is long, but i have to say it) I knew that story didnt sound right from the get-up. At the heart of this story is a telling revelation about how the view of black folk as the "other" engenders the ABSURD when it comes to perceptions about life in the black community.

For entertainment sake, I thought I would note a couple of reasons why anybody black would have known this story was bull shit:

1. Its Big mama , not big mom. Also well known terms in the black community include Ma-dear, mama-dear, Big ma (not used that often).

2. black women in the ghetto are not given white foster children - black foster children yes....because that's how "you people" live.....but not white foster children.

3. No child or teenager knows enough to buy a burial plot once you started running drugs. Instead, black children do what any group of children at that age would do with lots of money, and no savings account, 401K, or stock broker. They buy clothes, jewelry, electronics...I'm supposed to believe that the KEEN awareness of one young white girl about "ghetto life", led her to buy a burial plot...and that everybody else didnt bother? (p.s. I'm sure this story is chock full of details like this which illuminate how even in the face of being raised by "the other" - she was the exception- afterall, she was white. Which is why the publishers latched on to her like hungry leeches)

4.) If she lived in a black community, what funeral home director in the black community would accept money from a child for their own burial plot without letting "big mom" know?

5.) Not every black person cooks with pork or knows how to make buttermilk cornbread from scratch without measurement...which I'm sure is much to the shock of white america -- or atleast the NY Times writer who was so impressed. p.s. I know white women who can cook buttermilk cornbread without measurement. If you're that impressed, I'll pass their info along.

6.) She claims that she got a lot of this information while talking to kids, black panthers at starbucks- As a historian and a black person--- what kids are black panthers? Typical "other" observation...gangs, 1960s political organizations (black panthers), NAACP (my own personal throw in since she cant tell the difference)...same thing...whatever.

7.) These gangs/black panthers can be seen in their natural habitat--------Starbucks. No doubt before a day of drive-bys, they stop to get their lattes first.

and 8.) my favorite: You want me to believe that in order to verify your "hardcore" status to the publisher, you got what amounted to a recommendation letter from a gang leader.....lmao

The building blocks of racism are notions of exclusion and perceptions of people of different races as "the other". Thus all these folks can participate in the absurd formulations of black life in LA through a white girl's eyes who "lived the life" WITHOUT asking the questions which many black people would find obvious to ask....mostly because her story is just so damn stupid. Where were the black people? No where...not among the critics, not among the journalists, not among the publishing house...and most importantly people---- NOT in that book she wrote.

p.s. Finally, on a personal note. What kind of jacked up sister do you have, that she would blow up your spot like that? You cant call your sister before you decide to call the NY TImes?

Jil McIntosh

So did anyone actually see this "pit bull tattoo" on the esteemed author?

nancy

What Nishani said.
I'm seven pages into "Love and Consequences" and it's just jaw-droppingly... wrong. As in, one of the Blood's biggest and most successful OGs would spent a lot of time with an 8-year-old white foster girl, explaining the history of the Bloods; more, that he would say to her, "Be true to the game, live by her rules, and she will always bless you." And then, when said white girl was 12, would give her a "job" wherein she was responsible for checking out prospective drug buyers to make sure they weren't cops. 'Cuz, you know, the best person to do this is a white little girl. It's delusional. Also, the writing is pure writing-degree writing. It's fine, it moves, but there is zero soul. Then again, maybe I need to wait for the parts where people say, "Fo sho" and "Aiight homie."

Kate

No one knows if the sister called Peggy first. It's possible that the family is used to her spinning tall tales.

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