Moorbey'z Blog

 

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Never let it be said that I don’t have a sense of humor, for those who know me will attest that I can be as silly as a goose. I find laughter healing and restorative.

And yet, some attempts at comedy leave me cold, especially when the butt of the jokes are Black people – or children.

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy, Dwight Henry as dad in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy glides through the bayou with Dwight Henry as her father in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Which brings me to the present dust-up surrounding the adorable little girl, Quvenzhané Wallis, the leading actor in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a film on Katrina-era New Orleans.

 

According to published reports, the satirical news journal, The Onion, referred to the child with an epithet, shall we say, which rhymes with the word “runt.” Incredible.

The Onion promptly issued its mea culpas – “our bad!”…

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