1. "A lot of white people like black people. They buy hip-hop, they watch black athletic and sports figures, and it’s superpopular — from jazz through hip-hop. Having a black friend is a mark of progressive success as a white person. And the black person is usually seen as their asset. It’s like: I’m cooler by proxy. … What black people get in the white community [is having] a covert operative behind enemy lines. You have a trusted source who can shuttle information back and forth. It’s like the Cold War. It’s a back channel that prevents race wars from blowing up. So if your white friend has a question about something, they can ask you, their trusted black friend, and you can feed them real or false information, depending on your purposes, but they don’t have to make an assumption or a leap that ends up in a more awkward, more public moment."

    — Baratunde Thurston on learning how important it is to have a black friend if you’re a white person, and vice versa

  2. Baratunde Thurston

    Fresh Air

    How To Be Black

  1. It was my first day at Sidwell. A black student who had been at the school for a really long time was assigned to be my buddy and adjust me to the environment. And he asked if I knew what an Oreo was. We were in the first stairwell of the upper-school building, in the southeast corner, I remember all this. And I really thought he was talking about cookies. I said, ‘Yeah, it’s the cream-filled cookie from Nabisco.’ And he’s like, ‘No, no man. Oreo’s someone who is black on the outside and white on the inside.’ And then he made an example. He pointed to a kid across the way and said, ‘That kid’s an Oreo.’ And I didn’t know the kid’s name at the time — I saw this nerdy black kid with glasses hanging out with white friends … And that was the first introduction of this concept, inauthentic blackness because you’re comfortable around whiteness.

    — Baratunde Thurston on the term “Oreo”

  2. Baratunde Thurston

    Fresh Air

    How To Be Black

  1. A lot of white people like black people. They buy hip-hop, they watch black athletic and sports figures and it’s super popular — from jazz through hip-hop. Having a black friend is a mark of progressive success as a white person. And the black person is usually seen as their asset. It’s like: I’m cooler by proxy.

    — Baratunde Thuston, on why it’s important for white people to have a black friend

  2. baratunde thurston

    how to be black

    the onion

    race

  1. I hate the franchise. I think it is bad for America and little girls. You basically got this stalker vampire who’s basically abusing this low self-esteem child, and that is hailed as a great image of love and respect. Because I have read the books and suffered through them, I wanted to prevent others from falling into that same fate. So on opening weekend, I go to the theater, I sit in the back to not disturb people, and I live hate-tweet the film. And that just means I tweet in real-time with hate. I absolutely disdain this franchise. So I’m describing the storyline through my eyes and what the story really means, and it’s proved very popular. And most importantly, I’ve prevented people from spending their hard-earned money.

    — Baratunde Thurston hate-tweets Twilight. Here’s why.

  2. baratunde thurston

    twilight

    hate-tweeting

    the onion

  1. On today’s Fresh Air, Baratunde Thurston explains How To Be Black: “My version of being black adheres as much to the stereotypes as it dramatically breaks from them. And that’s probably true for most of you reading this: if not about blackness itself, then about something related to your identity. Through my story, I hope to expose you to another side of the black experience while offering practical, comedic advice based on my own painful lessons learned.” View in High-Res

    On today’s Fresh Air, Baratunde Thurston explains How To Be Black: “My version of being black adheres as much to the stereotypes as it dramatically breaks from them. And that’s probably true for most of you reading this: if not about blackness itself, then about something related to your identity. Through my story, I hope to expose you to another side of the black experience while offering practical, comedic advice based on my own painful lessons learned.”

  2. how to be black

    baratunde thurston

    the onion

  1. #HowToBeBlack tourcast day 1: I met Terry Gross

    howtobeblack:

    Today’s guest: Baratunde Thurston. He’ll talk about black identity, growing up straddling two worlds, his childhood, the DC crack wars, comedy, politics, and live hate-tweeting Twilight.

  2. baratunde thurston

    the onion

    how to be black

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currently in our office and taping an interview for tomorrow: Baratunde Thurston

    baratunde:

    #caesartunde

    View more Baratunde on WhoSay

    currently in our office and taping an interview for tomorrow: Baratunde Thurston

  2. Baratunde Thurston

    the onion

    how to be black