Judge of Characters: Black Men, White Wives ... This Is America

Donald Glover basically broke the internet when he released his video for “This Is America,” a disturbing visual with enough interpretable art all up and through it. Even the biggest art intellectual likely needed to go back and watch it 47 times.

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I know I did. But that’s a testament to good art, right? You end up consuming it more than once and discussing it at length with your friends in group text. And sometimes those discussions veer into other conversations. Well, Glover’s “This Is America” veered into his personal relationship with his baby mama, Michelle—a white woman.

Folks started sharing their disdain for Glover’s swirly love and then pushed the discussion even further by asking whether or not black men who make inherently black art lose their credibility when marrying and/or dating white women.

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I’m not going to question whether or not someone in an interracial relationship can capture the true nuance of black life and make it art because, guess what? They can. I’m just wondering why all these creatively genius black men end up with white women. Also, I am not mad, just curious. Check out this week’s Judge of Characters, all about black art and white wives.

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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EvenBaggierTrousers7

This kinda hits home. I guess I’m sort of a “creative” (I write plays and have one being performed in a black play festival in Texas next month #selfpromo) but not a famous or super talented one by any means. I met my SO - not black - at my regular poetry night at a Mexican-family owned bar more than 15 years ago. I wasn’t looking for a particular race of person, but we met, hit it off and been together every since.

that being said, I try to write plays that include the black experience from my perspective. In addition to submitting plays to black play festivals, I write plays that include the “black perspective” from MY perspective: a play that tries to explore how those racist ads make it all the way through, a play about changing neighborhoods (gentrification) and who owns a neighborhood, a play about Trump voters who think they’re not racist and the black neighbor who is a victim of their racism, etc.

The black perspective isn’t reflected in who you choose as a mate/life partner. I’ve met black people who have black spouses but are card-carrying Republicans who think BLM is hurting “the community.” Being “black” isn’t necessarily a reflection of who you marry or live with. It maybe be a factor in some cases, but to use that as a measuring stick of “black” is insufficient evidence.