[Image: Two images. The first is of the late comedian Mitch Hedberg, a white man with shoulder length blonde hair, holding a microphone and smiling. The caption reads: “I don’t need a receipt for a donut. I’ll just give you the money, you give me the donut. End of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I just cannot imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a donut.”
The second image is of comedian Patrice O’Neal, a black man speaking while holding a microphone. The caption reads: “I do a lot of stuff to protect myself. I keep my receipts. I collect receipts cause that’s a trail of where you been man. Everywhere I go I get a receipt. And I never go more than a half hour without buying something cause you could kill somebody in a half hour, and then you need an alibi.”]
Perspective and receipts.
White people hate receipts. My momma always told me to get a receipt for this very reason
Damn. Truth. And white supremacist shielding in a nutshell.
Also, it’s even doubly ironic because Mitch Hedberg was well known to have used a lot of drugs and a lot of his stand up was based on being a “stoner”. Which means that basically, he was funny by flaunting publicly that he did narcotics. And yet, even as a drug user, he never felt the need to keep receipts. Never imagined why - even as a person who regularly did things that broke the law (yes, even a shitty law) - he’d need to prove he bought a donut somewhere.
Patrice O’Neal who has never publicly - to my knowledge - talked about doing drugs, much less based his comedy on it - keeps receipts and can well imagine that he needs to have every half hour of his life accounted for.
Seriously. PERFECT EXAMPLE OF RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY.
Reblogging for commentary; also, RIP to two of my personal favourite comedians.
I love this post and these comments because they show how even in small banalities (in this case, two comics talking about really simple and ‘non racial’ things) you can really see how the lives of POCs are micro-managed as a response to macro-oppression.
the the little nuances in live, the small details, that make up the huge life style change, with regards to different races of people…because it’s necessary to adapt and survive in the environment one finds him/herself in. the small things add up, to forma a larger entity, a unique identity caused by a whole sum of factors; that is, as a reaction to them, to survive and potentially thrive.