June 18, 2014

Kim Kardashian discovers racism exists

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and baby North at a Vogue photo shoot

Kim Kardashian on having a bi-racial child

I discovered this via Jezebel and I'm surprised to say that it is indeed a thoughtful post. I don't have anything against Kim,  I'm not terribly aware of celeb goings-on. Nothing like becoming a mum to mixed race children to wake you to the complexities of prejudice in the western world. I find it hard to believe the Kardashian sisters never faced any kind of race-based discrimination before? Perhaps wealth and privilege can totally hermetically seal you against life. Perhaps they never ventured into the sort of redneck country where racism grows ripe and flourishes.

However, they have encountered a backlash from the moneyed folks of the Hamptons:

Residents want to keep the Kardashians out.

This desirable zip code is described by Forbes as the favoured home for many multi-billionaires. Its hard to translate this nicely, but, yes its a haven for rich, white people. While the Kardashians may hail from Armenian stock they're as much born and bred in America as any other Hamptonian (is that even a word, do I even care…?).

What people are saying about her daughter's hair

Alyssa Lyons with her daughter

What People are saying about my daughter's hair

Alyssa Lyons, like me, has a multi-ethnic family with children who inherited their genes from a diverse range of nationalities. In her case, the comments they attract have ranged even farther from "Are they really your children?" Were I in her place I would be hard put not to smack the commenter…

You see, my daughter is multiethnic, born of a Puerto Rican and Irish mother and a Jamaican father, and her ambiguous racial identity lends itself to commentary about her hair. Sometimes, I wonder whether people are simply complimenting on my daughter's hair, and question myself for racializing the issue. I've considered that maybe people are simply complimenting her and that I shouldn't take it too seriously.  
But then I realize -- it's always about her hair.

Grrr. Again, it's an increasingly multi-ethnic world. Have these people been living under a rock somewhere? Have they not noticed all these people with a mix of racial features and colouring walking around? On the other hand, if they have lived all their lives in a town like ours, they've probably never seen a "coloured"/"ethnic"/"multicultural"/(insert dainty PC term here) person before in their life. Much like the ones who still glare at me as I go past.

No TV for model Mom

Model mom Amber Valletta tossed the TV to save her son:
Model mama Amber Valletta chucked the family's boob tube hoping to inspire creativity in her seven-year-old son, Auden. And, it seems to be working considering the imaginative lil guy has turned the couch into a doghouse, alien spaceship and the Yellow Submarine.
:reports Lilsugar.

[Image from Cookie magazine's article]
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