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Jamie Foxx Says “It’s Always Racial” For Blacks

By November 29, 2012

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How often do you think about race? Oscar winner Jamie Foxx says that he thinks about it all the time. He stars in Quentin Tarantino's slavery revenge film "Django Unchained," which debuts on Christmas. Promoting the film in a Vibe magazine interview, along with co-stars Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCrapio, Foxx said that black people are always sensitive about race.

"I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese," he said. "I'll be like, ain't this a b---h. Y'all didn't know black people was coming. What's with all this white s--t? By the same token, if there is fried chicken and watermelon I'll say ain't this a b--h? So, no matter what we do as black people it's always gonna be that. Every single thing in my life is built around race." Foxx added that while he contemplates race often, he doesn't always voice his thoughts.

I'm not sure I like the example Foxx used, but I think he has a point. If you're a person of color in the United States it can be quite difficult to determine if someone is treating you a certain way because of race. If I feel that someone is being condescending or dismissive of me, I do wonder if the behavior is race-based. Like Foxx said, however, I don't verbalize these thoughts and I don't think most black people do unless the behavior is blatantly racist or they've been repeatedly slighted.

The problem is, no one wants to own up to racism, but racial discrimination is still going strong in society. As long as that's the case, minorities in the country will always be sensitive about how they're treated. The danger in making this admission, of course, is that people can use it to dismiss blacks as simply playing the race card. Believe me, African Americans don't want to feel as if race is constantly at play in their lives. Unless covert racism disappears, though, there's really no alternative.

 

 

 

 

 

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December 4, 2012 at 10:34 am
(1) Freedman Indian by Blood Choctaw/Cherokee/Delaware says:

Under normal circumstance, I don’t think about race or ethnicity. However, when I think about the fact that the Government is directly responsible for the disenfranchise of Native Americans by Blood from their tribes to steal oil off our land, then I am guilty. I have presented proof of my blood and yet the government has not re-enrolled my family. My grandfather was born on the reservation in Atoka, Coalgate Oklahoma on the Choctaw Reservation. His mother was a full-blood Choctaw, his father was Jewish. Three of my great-grandmothers were Cherokee, two (2) were 1/2 Cherokee, one (1) was full-blood. All have land allottments in Oklahoma, my grandfather on the reservation also has land there. We receive a check from the Mustang Oil Company in Oklahoma in the amount of $2.50 or $3.00 about every 5 years. When we ask who is staying on our Native American Allotted Land, they tell us “For confidential reason, they can’t tell us.” Unbelieveable!!! They actually removed my family and others off the Rolls to enroll White men!!! Dawes actually said that in his book. It’s not about racism for me, it is about the truth and what is right!

December 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm
(2) a says:

To: Freedman Indian by Blood

Do Not Give Up. I hope you get real financial reparations. To receive only $3-$5 every few years for your land is thievery. Can you not get a native rights lawyer to bring your case before the courts?? All the best to you.
Fight the Power!!

December 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(3) A BROWN says:

Dear Freedman Indian by Blood

DO WHAT YOU CAN TO GET YOUR FAMILY RE ENROLLED. WRITE TO OBAMA IF YOU MUST, CALL A NEWSPAPER, GO TO A NATIVE/ ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS COMMUNITY GROUP. GO TO THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE OR JUST INNUNDATE THEM WITH LETTERS. SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER.

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