What happened when I had a black boyfriend

CATEGORY: RaceGenderBy Kailyn Jennings

I’m a skinny, knock-kneed, white girl from a small farm town in upstate New York. I have blue eyes, pale skin, brown hair. I’m quiet and usually buried in a book. I’m average.

Imagine people’s surprise when I began dating the 6-foot-7-inch Division I basketball player. The black one.

I can’t count the number of times people asked me what it’s like to date a black man. The only thing different about dating a black man is people asking me what it’s like to date a black man.

Those same people usually asked if I was okay, too. Am I okay? Not with people being blind to their own ignorance.

They may have been blind, but they certainly still saw color.

During a visit to my hometown, my boyfriend and I went to pick a friend up from a party. There, I hugged other friends I hadn’t seen in months, excited to finally introduce them to my boyfriend.
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Nota Bene #114: Big Star

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Why Rush wants to own an NFL team

UPDATE: We’ve revised this post to replace disputed Rush comments with confirmed-by-video ones. After all, we want to be fair. And balanced.
Rush Limbaugh wants to be an NFL owner. Or does he? Jason Whitlock says it’s a publicity stunt, and he may be right. Glenn Beck has been getting a lot of run lately and Rash needs to maintain his position as the Barking Right’s alpha blowhard. Whitlock also wonders why the NFL’s uber-dominator, Commish Roger Goodell, didn’t immediately neuter this, the Mother of All Bad Ownership Ideas. After all, a high percentage of the league’s players, coaches and fans are black, and Rush has a history of saying bad things about black people. Some samples: Continue reading

A housing bailout might be a boon, but Bush's housing bailout is a bust

By Martin Bosworth

For those who don’t know, last week President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson unveiled a “mortgage rescue plan” (NOT a bailout, they desperately stressed) that would enable qualifying homeowners to qualify for a five-year freeze of their mortgage at the current rate, preventing the rate from resetting into a payment they can’t afford. The detailed version of the plan is here, and you can read my overview article discussing the plan as well.

The general consensus of the plan is that (to use a scientific term) it sucks. Homeowners who aren’t behind the 8-ball are angry at what they perceive as the government subsidizing irresponsible behavior of people who were “living beyond their means.” Wall Street is furious at the idea of investors in mortgage-backed securities not recouping the full value of their investment. And consumer advocates are disappointed that the plan doesn’t cover people who have already fallen behind in their payments and are facing foreclosure. Continue reading