Picture Racism

Dear Old Phart,

There is a meme circulating on social media that shows a picture of five African American women standing in line. The women are dressed in scantily clad swimsuits. They are all different skin hues ranging from very dark to almost white. The white colored African American woman is standing in front.

I and my cohorts have  been discussing whether this picture denotes white privilege as the light colored African American woman is standing in front. The picture makes a powerful statement about diversity within a community but why did the artist place the lighter skinned woman up front?

Sensitive Soul

Dear Sensitive Soul,

First, never use the word meme. That is a made-up word coined in 1976 by a renowned English evolutionary biologist born in Nairobi.  His name was Richard Dawkins–not to be confused with the more renowned Englishman Richard Dawson,  the former host of the TV game show Family Feud.

Second, how do you know the women are African American? Maybe they are from France. Maybe they are from a country in Africa. My guess is that since they are all standing together in revealing  swimsuits, they are from the Greek island of Lesbos. The fact that you thought they were American shows you are a jingoist chowderhead.

Now, to answer your question about the pale-hued woman of African heritage who was standing in front. Sometimes a picture is just a picture.  I think what the artist was trying to say is that everyone should just lighten up.

Old Phart

Musical Merry-Go-Round

Dear Old Phart,

My boyfriend likes hip hop but I like popular contemporary music –think Taylor Swift. We are constantly arguing over song selection. Plus his music gives me a headache. How do I shake it off?

Whiz or Whizout Kahlifa

Dear Whiz,

One person’s symphony is another person’s cacophony. Ditch Kahlifa and find someone who listens to classic rock. He may have a few grey hairs but you can always get him to spring for a vacation at an exotic resort. Beats celebrating your birthday with Master Hip Hop at the local Steak and Shake.

Old Phart