Weird, yet profound. Larry King is said to have recently forecasted that within ten years we will have a U.S President that is not only a woman but is a lesbian ( right wing conservative scream here), and now King discloses that his son wants to be black.
Interviewing a visibly uncomfortable Bob Woodward on his eponymous CNN show last night, Larry, 75, gushed: “My younger son Cannon, he is eight. And he now says that he would like to be black. I’m not kidding. He said there’s a lot of advantages. Black is in. Is this a turning of the tide?”
Well the statement certainly invites laughter or at least a smile at first glance. But although there still remains a great many disparities in terms of income and race between whites and other ethnic minorities and they will no doubt remain, as everyone has said almost non-stop, the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency is a testament to how much progress we made. Think about it, less than two centuries ago, African-Americans were not viewed as Americans, in fact they were treated under law and under the rules of society as property, inanimate objects often battered by their masters and white counterparts. Even as much as 40 years ago vestiges of segregation remained strong not only in the south, but even in Northern parts of the country. Seriously could anyone honestly say or feel 200 years ago, forty years ago, or even 20 years after seeing the inequalities, savageries, and hardship visited upon an African-American that they didn’t even respect much less want to be?