It’s been a big week for egregious malakatude. Tim Graham, director of something, something at the Malakatude Research Center is the 3rd candidate I’ve considered but he takes the cake. (From pie to cake in less than 24 hours. How do ya like dem apples?) I know very little about him other than, like most wingnuts, he “don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology,” which is why he wins the booby prize as malaka of the week.
Graham not only put his foot in his mouth but he did so on the Tweeter Tubewhere he commented about Karen Finney’s selection as the host of a new MSNBC show on the weekends. Okay, time to end the mystery:
I decided to be merciful and not post a screen shot of Graham who is a pasty white boy but for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lovely and talented Ms. Finney here’s a picture:
That’s right, Karen Finney is a light skinned black woman who is related to Robert E. Lee on one side of her family. In the bad old days of Jim Crow, one drop of African blood made you black and inferior as far as the law was concerned. I wrote a long paper in law school about the history of anti-miscegenation law and racial classifications in Louisiana and learned all the bizarre and, uh, colorful terms applied to mixed race folks:octoroons, quadroons and griffes to name but a few. Anyone familiar with NOLA Creole society would look at Karen Finney and declare that she’d pass the “brown paper bag test” since she’s so fair.
Where am I going with all this historical ephemera? Ms. Finney is classified as African American because that’s how our society sees her. I firmly believe that race is fundamentally a societal and political construct as opposed to a biological one. The world would be a much better place if we didn’t believe in race but we do. It’s a highly sensitive topic and an inappropriate one for winger jocularity. That’s why Tim Graham is malaka of the week.
Since I’ve already quoted him, I’ll let Sam Cooke have the last word: