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Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2-3, 2013: The Crowd-sourced Super Bowl!

[In this week leading up to Super Bowl 47—that’s XLVII if you prefer how long-dead Romans would have referred to it—I’ve highlighted some AmericanStudies issues and questions related to football in our past and present. This Super Bowl of crowd-sourced posts is drawn from the response of the AmericanStudier who was game to share her thoughts—so get off the bench and join us, please!]
Responding to Monday’s RGIII post, Monica Jackson writes, “Not sure how relevant my comment will be because I did not hear about the Parker-Griffin thing until now, and I'm one of the people who watches E! and Style like it's what I do for a living. But, this reminded me of the twins show Tia and Tamera because they had a very in-depth discussion on one show about what it's like being black in America and how people identify you or want to put a label on you. It's especially hard for those of us who are mixed. The twins said they both identify themselves as black, even though they are half white because that's what our society would label them. I used to feel that way, but after being in Hawaii for so long (where everyone is mixed), i'm completely content not even thinking too much about it (unless someone asks me), but then every day my cousins/aunts/mom remind me that I'm legit half Native American and have seen the reservation many times and kind of have an obligation to do my part in preserving the race, hence the Native American literature symposium (which I am actually really excited about). So much pressure! Especially when all of the white people label you as black and all of the black people know you're mixed and don't fully accept you. Can't I just be f***in' American?!”
Next series starts Monday,
Coach Ben
PS. You know what to do, playa!

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