Monday, June 18, 2007

Two Families Who Should Really Go to the Loving Decision Conference

Just four days to go before the Loving Decision Conference 2007. Registration is still open for the three-day conference dedicated to examining the "Next 40 Years of Multicultural Communities." The conference is being held at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago and will feature authors, educators, activists, artists, and sociologists on hand to discuss (and celebrate) the issues surrounding multicultural identity.

I'll be there talking about some of my favorite subjects like, Black hair as an expression of cultural identity, multi-culti relationships and parenting SpaNegro boys. I can't wait to be in a room full of like-minded meltingpot folks!

Of course there's that element of preaching to the choir. Many of the people who have registered to attend the conference are doing so because they, like me, want to commune with Our Kind of People. On the other hand, those who would benefit most from attending the Loving Decision Conference probably have no clue that such an event exists.

For example, the two families I'd really like to see in Chicago this weekend are:

1. The Andrews Family from Long Island.
The Andrews are suing their infertility clinic for inseminating Mrs. Andrews with the sperm of (gasp!) a Black man. Their daughter, Jessica looks Black which fills Papa and Mama Andrews with unspeakable dread. Despite the fact that Mama Andrews is a Dominican woman with light brown skin. The Andrews complain, "We fear that our daughter will be the object of scorn and ridicule by other children.” Why? Because Jessica has “characteristics more typical of African or African-American descent.” (Ouch)

Of course there are so many legitimate medical malpractice issues on the table, but in the meantime, this family needs to get their act together and figure out how to live harmoniously in a multi-hued family. Move on from the bitterness. And stop giving their beautiful brown daughter a color complex. If there was a poster family in need of a trip to the Loving Conference, I'd say it was this one.

2. Britney Spears, Kevin Federline and Shar Jackson

Not that I'd personally like to spend any time with any of these people, but their lives seem to be ridiculously intertwined and just plain ridiculous. And at the end of the day, whether K-Fed ends up with Brit Brit or Shar he's got a passel of differently hued offspring that need tending to. And whether they like it or not, both Brit and Shar will probably be babysitting K-Fed's kids at some point or another so they should all attend and take notes to take back to Hollywood.

And that's all I have to say for now.


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