April 27, 2011
The Colored Problem

From Chuck Lorre Productions, #269:

I have long believed that part of our problem with resolving race issues in America is our inability to accurately name what we are. Aside from the occasional Johnny and Edgar Winter, there are no white people. Any child with a box of crayons can tell you that white people are, in fact, beige. The sickly ones are gray. Following this crayon logic, one can easily see that there are really no black people. They are brown. Or perhaps raw umber. Or maybe burnt sienna.

Frankly, every time I hear someone comment on America’s first black president, I can’t help thinking, “No, he’s not. He’s more like caramel.” Which is why I think we should all get in the habit of calling each other what we really are. How can you racially slur a man by calling him “beigey” or “umber?” The answer is you can’t. Because that’s exactly what he is. The melanin doesn’t lie. Buy a box of Crayolas and see for yourself. We are all members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Can I hear a kumbaya?



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 27, 2011 05:32 PM
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Posted by: Pat on April 28, 2011 4:07 PM

You don't know how on-the-money true you are.

When I worked for Crayola and we introduced our Multi-Cultural crayon box of 8 (which actually was a collection of our stock line colors of Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber etc..) I distinctly remember watching two kids at an NYC show trying to figure out what hue their respective skin colors were and one decided his was most definitely Burnt Sienna. "Call me Burnt!"

Right on1


Posted by: Steve on April 28, 2011 11:02 PM

Voter registration asked for my skin color. I wrote "sallow."

Posted by: JoyfulA on April 30, 2011 1:31 AM
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