If I Were A Poor Black Kid

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 15, 2011

There is a fuss going on now about an article at Forbes magazine, If I Were A Poor Black Kid . The online version has an ad for the Cadillac SRX crossover. PG was reading a facebook discussion of the article, and decided he wanted to read the original. He googled white guy writing about being a poor black kid for freakin’ FORBES, and the fun began.

Or maybe the boring, predictable responses start. Angry Black Lady Chronicles tells of the day when her (white) mother took a day off, from her job as a copy editor, to get young ABL enrolled in a tougher math class. Freethoughblogs chimes in with Forbes’ Gene Marks Needs To Check His Priv. (This piece has advertising for Extended stay hotels.) The last line of this lengthy feature sums up his thoughts…
“Or, as in your case, not so smart but privileged.”
If you want to read denunciations of the Forbes article, open your eyes and take a look. You might want to hurry up. because, soon, there will be another article, somewhere, that people don’t like. Maybe you can talk about the War on Christmas. This is an example of Christian Privilege gone awry. It is a safe bet that many poor black kids are Jesus worshipers. Maybe one form of privilege will outweigh another. Maybe people will learn about a grain of salt.

It is ironic that the piece was published in Forbes. Malcolm Forbes was fond of saying that he was loaded with “sheer ability, spelled i-n-h-e-r-i-t-a-n-c-e.” The elder Forbes had a lavish lifestyle, with Elizabeth Taylor as a beard. His son, Steve Forbes, (Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr.) was quoted as saying
“My father once spent $5 million on a birthday party for himself in Tangiers. Why can’t I spend a few more running for President?”.
Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .

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  1. Greg Laden said, on December 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    (This piece has advertising for Extended stay hotels.)

    Ah … love the non sequitur!

    I blog on a network that sells its ad space to a broker that uses smart computer algorithms to figure out what to put up as ads. So, I get Christian Dating Service ads on posts about how Christians are annoying, and I get Michele Bachmann ads on posts about how Michele Bachmann is annoying.

    So, maybe it is not such a smart computer algorithm after all….

    soon, there will be another article somewhere that people don’t like.

    I’m working on that one now!

    • chamblee54 said, on December 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Part of the facebook thread that prompted this post whined about how the Forbes writer gets paid by the click. The idea was that we should not send him any more traffic. Of course, when you have a facebook controversy about a post, that draws attention…and traffic… to the post. Maybe, if the goal is to draw eyes to your post,then a gratuitous ( thank you spell check) controversy is a good thing.
      Why would anyone think a feature in Forbes magazine, written by a white man fantasizing about growing up in the hood, have any worthwhile information? Did anyone force people to read that article?

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