Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Clueless no more.

I think I've said all I have to say about the Trayvon Martin case. At least until the grand jury says whatever it has to say, or there is some other major development.

So today, I am going to share with you with two interesting pieces of trivia. One I've known for awhile, and one I just learned.

1) When basketball first came out, white people said black people would make unsuitable players. I learned this from watching a documentary about the Harlem Globetrotters. I can't remember if it's because they thought black people would be too dumb, or weren't up to the physical demands of the game. I spent way too much of this morning trying to refresh my memory via the internet. But let me tell you, typing reasons black people are not well-suited for basketball into google doesn't get one very far.

2) Fried chicken was brought to the United States by Scottish immigrants.

I don't know how you'd make the first one a trivia question. Maybe you could just make it true/false. Either way, some interesting race and ethnicity related tidbits you probably didn't already know.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that I have recently added an option whereby you can have new posts emailed to you. This is good if you are a reader who has this site bookmarked, because Lord knows I update this blog...sporadically. It will save you some valuable clicking time, because the new posts will just come right to your inbox. You can sign up over on the sidebar to the right.

Finally, I also wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for reading my blog. Whether you've been reading from the beginning, or have just recently come aboard; whether you frequently leave comments, or never leave them; whether you agree with me, or just like to come and shake your fist at the computer screen: I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read what I have to say (:

Comments? You know what to do.


  1. I appreciate your taking the time to write

  2. OK MBFS, now I want to know the whole history. How did FC become associated with black folks? Because Scots settled in the south and enslaved folks? Because chickens could be owned by slaves so they fried them -- not hard to see why they would fry it, it tastes great. Where did they get the fat to fry it in? I'm betting rendering pigs. And I guess corned beef and cabbage didn't make it there . . . because?
    a)Irish didn't settle in the south,
    b)Corned beef doesn't really taste so good . . .well cabbage anyway,
    c)the spices needed to corn beef were not available?

    1. I'd like to know where the stereotypical association of black people and fried chicken came from as well. And why is it used (or perhaps just interpreted as?) disparagingly?

      I am black. And I do love my fried chicken. Doesn't everybody?

  3. I always enjoy reading. Thank you for writing.

  4. Sabria4:03 PM

    I love your posts! I even offered this blog up to Gayle King, when she had a morning drive show on Oprah Radio. I suppose she was too busy. Her loss.
    Thanks so much for taking your precious time to write such thought provoking tidbits.

  5. Sabria4:05 PM

    And your blog is bookmarked on my iGoogle homepage. When it changes, I know you've said something new and as Halle Berry said in Monster's Ball: "go-o-o-od!"