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Wednesday, 26 September 2007 08:45

A Cup o' Kapeng Barako 


The other day when I went to my favorite neighborhood Starbucks to get my daily jolt of caffeine and to read my favorite newspaper, The New York Times, the girl barista who I suppose only wanted to be friendly, asked me, “What’s your nationality?”


I’ve been asked this question before.  Several times, in fact.  So I now have a response that I have fine tuned to a tee.


First, I gave the girl my best smile, and then I said, “Ah, my dear, actually, I am half-white and half-black.  From the waist up, I am white and from the waist down, I am black … and I got rhythm.”


Then after a short dramatic pause, I said, “And in Chinese, my name is Hung Lo.”


Whether that poor girl was amused, shocked, or scandalized, I couldn’t tell, but she gave me a look that says: “You dirty old man!”  Yes, I know, I am such a bastard.  I shouldn’t be scandalizing Starbucks’ baristas.  So I promised myself that next time I am in there, I’ll behave.


But really, I do feel a KINSHIP with blacks.  When I was in the Navy as a steward, I’ve worked with them and lived with them in the same berthing compartments aboard ships.  They called me, “homey” or “homeboy” and sometimes, “cuz” or “bro.”  


(Editor's Note: Here are some of the reasons why probably our columnist, Jesse Jose, feels so much kinship with Black Americans. QUOTE. The Filipinos treasure the exploits of the more-than 6,000 Buffalo soldiers that America sent during the Filipino-American War from 1899 to 1901. At least 20 of the Buffalo soldiers defected to the Filipino Army and they died fighting for Philippine freedom and democracy. When peace was declared on July 4, 1902, by then President Teddy Roosevelt, more-than 1,200 of the Black-American soldiers stayed behind and married Filipino brides. UNQUOTE. To view the entire article, please click on this link


I had a lot of fun being with them.  We laughed a lot.  We told outrageous stories and jokes to each other and laughed outrageously. 


And we laughed at those dorky white officers we served on ships’ wardrooms.  To their faces, we addressed the white officers as “sirs” or “misters.”  Behind their backs, we called them “dorkies” and “honkies.”


That was in the 60’s.  From that experience, I’ve developed a feeling of KINSHIP with blacks and that good feeling of kinship has remained inside of me.


So, I take it personal when I heard about this “whites only” shady tree at a high school in Jena, Louisiana, where black students could not go and hang out.  When one black student had the temerity to go under this tree, the white kids hung nooses from this tree.  In return, six black students beat up a white student for it and got into real trouble and will do time in prison … while those white students who hung the nooses skated.  The charge against those black kids: ATTEMPTED MURDER.  The injury sustained by the white kid: A black eye and a minor concussion. 


Attempted murder for giving somebody a black eye?  Indeed, I take that personal.  Because that’s lopsided Dixie justice.  Y’all know what I mean?


And, I take it personal when in Tulsa, Texas, 38 blacks were convicted of drug dealing on a sole, personal, and perjured testimony of a white cop known for describing black people as “niggers.”


And, I take it personal when in Paris, Texas, a black girl shoved a teacher’s aide and was given seven years prison time by a judge who had earlier given probation to a white arsonist.


And, I take it personal when white people say that “blacks and other ‘coloreds’ are of a savage, yet simultaneously childlike, lower order and that if anyone sought to mix blacks and whites, whites must resist by any means possible.”


And, I take it personal when people say that “inequalities because of skin color is now an ABSURDITY that we have left in the 50’s” … because that’s not true!  Because those things that I mentioned above happened only most recently.  Not way back in the 50’s.  But now.  Year 2007.


A cheer for Hillary and Sally


This week, Ms. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner and United States president in waiting unveiled her proposed health-care plan, calling for mandatory universal coverage for 47 million uninsured Americans.illary ClintonHillary


Under this proposal, Americans with employer-provided health insurance would be allowed to keep it, while the UNINSURED would be required to purchase public or private coverage that would be subsidized by the federal government at the cost of $110 billion.  The gist of her plan is to require everyone to enroll, and setting it up so that the insured would never lose AFFORDABLE coverage, even if unemployed.


“Part of our health-care system is best in the world, and we should built on it,” Clinton said.  “Part of the system is broken, and we should fix it.”


How true!  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  But it’s broke.  So, right on, Ms. Hillary, you go, girl, come 2009, fix it, please.


Did y’all see on TV the Emmy last week?  Did y’all hear what Sally Field said?  While accepting lead actress award for her TV role as a mother of a soldier in Afghanistan, Ms. Field tried to make a statement about women and war.  But as y’all know, the only thing viewers heard was: “Let’s face it.  If mothers ruled the world, there would be no god….”


Fox, which aired the show, took the cameras off her and CENSORED the rest of her sentence, which ended, “… damn wars in the first place!” 


Yeah, Miss Sally, you go, girl!  Pox on Fox!  And, on Bill O’Reilly, too.



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