Friday, December 13, 2013

Continuing With We Are Respectable Negroes' Twice-Annual Fundraiser and Offering Thanks and Thoughts by Way of Fred Sanford and the Whopper Chopper

I would like to thank all of you who donated to our annual fundraiser here on We Are Respectable Negroes which is now at the end of its second week.

I would like to conclude the fundraiser by early next week at the latest. We are three-quarters or so of the way to this year's goal. I am so very moved and flattered by both the many kind donations, as well as the very nice emails and notes that folks have sent to me so far.

As readers of WARN know, I am fascinated by the meta-game of writing online and the particular branding and character development that is necessary to become a "professional" member of the chattering classes. At various times, I have described this process as akin to professional wrestling and playing the slots at a casino. As hinted at by my chosen avatar Fred Sanford, many of the travails of this journey can be explained by the TV show Sanford and Son. As such, there are few problems and experiences in said milieu which cannot be worked through after an extended viewing session of that brilliant sitcom.

In all, this was a good week for We Are Respectable Negroes. My essay on how the Tea Party GOP views poor black and brown children as "useless eaters" has been shared on Facebook about 7,000 times. Thank you.

[Because of the urging of some readers who know more about these matters than me, I will be adding a "Facebook Friends Sharing" box/profile on the sidebar. I have underestimated the utility of Facebook as a means of circulating what we are doing on We Are Respectable Negroes. I am also seriously thinking about adding a link which will include all of the books and other materials that have been discussed here on WARN so that readers can purchase them through Amazon. I am still undecided on this latter option. But, more than a few readers have suggested that it could be very helpful and convenient for them. Any thoughts or suggestions?]

With a few exceptions, my piece about Dasani and the Tea Party GOP's War on the Poor is one of the most widely shared essays ever here on WARN. This week, I have also finalized more guests for the podcast series. But ultimately, and being real and honest, I was most moved and impressed this week by the donations, kindness, and good energy, the readers of the site have shown towards me.

Just touching base. If you can do so, after taking care of family, pets, and other obligations, please throw some change into the donation bucket if you are so able. Once we conclude our fundraiser, I can stop nagging for your spare change. Goods things are coming--as they have this year for the site--in the near future. Thank you again for making that happen.

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