Sometimes you see things on other blogs, and they inspire you.

This idea is straight from Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Black Snob:

We voted on it, because I was a little hesitant to go against Negro Code.

We all know Negro Code, passed from generation to generation. A basic Black Folk ‘ Do’s and Don’ts’.

Well, this little part of Negro Code is:

Thou Shalt Not Out Passing Negroes.

For most of us who didn’t have family that was ‘passing’, we got our introduction to the topic when Mama would let you stay up past your bedtime to watch, on ‘Latenight Feature’ ..

Imitation of Life (either version, but I like the Lana Turner one better).

You sit there, watching it with Mama, and when Annie plays along that she’s Sarah Jane’s servant, you naively turn to Mama and ask, ‘ Why did she go along with her, Mama? Why did she lie like that?’

Mama, in her sage voice would reply, ‘ Because Annie knows just how much pain Sarah Jane is in.’

Child: ‘Pain? Mama, she didn’t look hurt.’

Mama: ‘ She’s hurt in the soul, Child. To the bottom of her soul.’

Thus the lessons learned about ‘Passing’. And while most Black folk will study ‘ SUSPECT’ folks, for the most part, we follow Negro Code.

But, you know, we’re now celebrating ‘ Post-Racial’ and ‘ Race Transcendant’ America, so I guess all those Negro Codes should be thrown out the window. And CNN is celebrating being ‘ Black in America’, and tonight is about ‘ The Black Family’

So, let’s give a shoutout to ‘ Family’ that might be hesitant as to whether they’ll be allowed to pick up their ‘ Black Card’.


Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Former Congressman Bob Barr

Now, this reminds me of that Whitney Houston joke:
I’m not saying that she’s a crackHEAD…I’m just saying, she’s crackISH.


I’m not saying that Bob Barr is Negroid….but, he does seem to be NegroidISH.

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