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The Naked Reader Book Club: Playing the Race Card

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Annalena Hukari  

Very interesting article! I always feel relieved when I'm reading something I can learn from and take away someone else's perspective about a subject. Now I ponder my own "motives" or can it be true that some of us white women feel less insulted being with a non-white man?! I mean that in the way that every white man I try to have an intelligent conversation with doesn't seem to understand that he has what he has because white men (specifically) have been able to accumulate "stuff" from the dawn of time while women and minorities have been disenfranchised until just recently (still under many contemporary circumstances, disenfranchisement continues). So my choices in men, as a white woman, has reflected my annoyance with white men and their lack of TRUE understanding, while I can have a conversation with a man of any other race and know that they value what they have and who is around them more...if that makes any sense. Either way, I understand that there are many other white women who just want a black man (that phrase "I just want a Black man" was actually quoted by a former friend of mine, I still don't know how to respond to that) and other racial fetishes. I hope that at the end of the day, people would just learn to look for a mate who cares for them and respects them and doesn't emphasize the outward (socially constructed) shell.


As a black woman, I've had similar issues. Men saying "Wow, this is the first time I've been able to talk to a black girl, you're practically white." And other rude things, some people...



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