According to Paul Mooney racism is here to stay. At times I feel he’s right. This provocative comedian goes right for the jugular in his cutting edge comedy. He is thought provoking and blunt. His brand of comedy is not for the weak. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable. The truth can be unnerving, he does not sugar coat it.
Paul Mooney doesn’t pull any punches, his comedy is very direct. If you are faint of heart and have a tough time with the truth, don’t listen to Paul Mooney. If you want to get your eyes opened, then Paul Mooney is your man.
The great intellectual W.E.B. Dubois wrote extensively on the subject of race and the caste system it created. In his critically acclaimed book, The Souls of Black Folk. He eloquently dissected the issue of “life behind the veil.” This is the role of duality that all blacks deal with in America. Being black and being American. Paul Mooney is a little more direct in addressing this issue of life behind the veil.
It’s an awkward and sometimes difficult dance trying to balance the two worlds. At the time of it’s writing in the early 1900’s this “dance” was part of survival mode, particularly for Southern blacks. Not finding an adequate balance between the two worlds could have deadly consequences for blacks, especially black males.
Even though Jim Crow has gone (maybe evolved) we still live behind the veil that Dr. Dubois talked about. There is our professional life and then there is our life when we are at “home.” The survival mode that was necessary to function in a more brutally racial time has evolved to a much more subtle dance to gain acceptance in a white world.
There is a certain decorum that is expected for success and acceptance. The best example of this is President Barak Obama. He did everything right. His Ivy league education, his speech, manner and calmness around hostile whites is amazing. Most of us couldn’t pass this test.
President Obama is the epitome of twice as good to be equal! With all of his qualifications he is still suspect in the eyes of the far right. The right wing will never accept his presidency. These idiots are still asking to see his birth certificate! As a liberal Republican, thank God for Obama! Paul Mooney would have been more blunt on this point.
Mr. Obama is painfully aware that if he were to take on any issue that would impact or help the black community is presidency would be doomed. It’s not fair to put this kind of pressure on the man. Those who scrutinize his every move would love to stoke the fires of racial indifference and pile on. Until we can deal with each other as human beings we are indeed domed to live in a world where racism, subtle and otherwise will flourish. This scenario seems to prove Paul Mooney correct on his assessment of race relations.