Today is Election Day 2012, and as I was trying to write this post last night, anxiously awaiting the outcome of the vote in America, I realized I needed a laugh. Race is a tough subject and I’ve been writing about it for weeks now; about the racial codewords in use in media today, about how terrifying Race is to talk about, about how I grew up an outnumbered white person in Hawaii, how the Census predictions say White people won’t be the majority in America within 30 years, and whether the N-word can have new meaning to a new generation.
Pretty serious, right? And I feel like it’s just the start of a bigger conversation for me, with my kids and with my friends, here in multi-cultural LA.
And since this is the last post in the series, I want to take a moment to acknowledge all the other bloggers who’ve been writing about the topic as well. All the amazing posts are compiled and archived on Monica’s Tangled Web, and as I mentioned before, we’re all writing about Race because of the documentary Race 2012, which aired on PBS a few weeks ago, and which can now be seen on PBS.org.
So since these posts have been so serious, and the Election has been so hard-fought, especially these past few weeks, I thought it would help to lighten the mood a little to watch comedians DL Hughley and Louis CK do what they do. And they do it so well.
DL Hughley has made a documentary called The Endangered List about what it would take to put the Black Man on the Endangered Species List, and you can watch clips of it on Comedy Central.
And then along comes Louis CK hosting Saturday Night Live, doing a skit about Abraham Lincoln that’s just killer.
Just a little something to enjoy while we wait for the polls to close. And racial harmony to begin.
Sarah Auerswald is the CEO and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Orange County.