obama in moscow

For Russian Blacks, Obama Visit Stirs Special Interest

By Kevin O’Flynn

MOSCOW — The visit to Russia by Barack Obama, the first black man to be elected president of the United States, is significantfor many Russians.


But for Russians of African descent, in particular, the new U.S. leader is a potent symbol of triumph over the same challenges they themselves face in a country where dark-skinned people remain rare and often unwelcome.


Yelena Khanga is one of Russia’s best-known black citizens. The popular host of a top-rated 1990s chat show about sex — “ProEto,” (About That) — she became one of the few black faces regularly seen on Russian television.


Khanga’s grandparents came to the Soviet Union in the 1920s to escape the racism they had endured in the United States as a mixed-race couple.


Today, Khanga says Obama’s election to the American presidency, and his current visit to Moscow, have special meaning for her.


“He did what my grandmother and grandfather dreamed about in their day,” Khanga says. “They couldn’t even have dreamed that, one day, America would have a black president. The only dreams that they had — my grandmother was white, and my grandfather was black — was that Americans would someday allow mixed couples to live in peace, have children, and let the children have decent lives. That is what they dreamed about.”


…Still, Khanga — whose great-grandfather was a slave in Mississippi — says she believes the scourge of racism was far worse in the United States, where there were 4 million African slaves by the time slavery was abolished in 1865 and where it took another century before school segregation and other forms of racial discrimination were formally outlawed.

Khanga notes that there was a very small percentage of mixed-race and black people in the Soviet Union.“I was part of the first generation — now, of course, there are a lot more,” Khanga says. “But…we did not have the history of racism as they did in America. Not everything was easy, and I can be the first to tell you what kinds of problems we had. But, of course, you can’t compare them to the kinds of things that happened in America.”

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I really enjoyed this article.  You can find the whole thing here where it’s much easier to read.

re:re: anti-miscegenation 2009

From someone’s (http://secretsthatsell.tumblr.com/post/97524473/via-farm1-static-flickr-com-im-doing-my-media) media (ethics?) class:

This Benetton ad was offensive to many readers. Yet its message —that race should not matter—certainly is not offensive. Why do you think the ad was so controversial and, eventually, pulled from distribution? Would you have pulled it?

 

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Uh, no, I would not have.  And it was controversial because we are living within the confines of antiquated thinking.  Average people thinking average old thoughts questioning nothing criticizing everything and keeping things the same.

anti-miscegenation 2009

Some of us haven’t come very far….

A recent picture on the cover of Go! magazine, a regular section in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

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The photo of a couple kissing corresponded to the story “The 7 Best Places To Smooch.” 

Many readers did not seem interested in the kissing locations.  They could not see past that insidious, hideous photo. Some reader comments:

From 1buschstadiumplz: “Haven’t read the story but dont like to see blacks and whites kissing;”

From taxpayer came this remark: ”This doesn’t surprise me at all. Libs take every opportunity they can to shove miscegnation in our faces. Now that TV has to show blacks in every commercial, notice that they are always posed beside a blonde woman. Not a brunette, a blonde. Its done for shock value. Sickening that a once proud newspaper would resort ot this. Joe Pulitzer is turning over in his grave in shame.”

Reader greggh tried a middle-of-the-road approach:  “I’m not judging the concept of biracial couples at all, but in a city as racially polarized as St. Louis, I’m shocked that the PD would go so out of its way to be so gratuitously provacative. This completely undercut the message of the article.” 

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Gratuitously provocative?! And all that other stuff!? How can this be in this lovely “post-racial” society we’ve cultivated? Oh dear…

partially reblogged from: http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com/2009/04/black-man-kissing-white-woman-on-cover.html

Here are a few provocative photos I found on the internet. Viewer discretion is advised.