My little retrospective on “racial masking” leads us to the current example of Charles Knipp, a white gay comedian who performs as “Shirley Q. Liquor,” an ignorant black welfare queen with 19 “chirrens.”
In January 2007, I wrote about blogger Jasmyne Cannick and her protest campaign against Knipp’s grotesque caricature (which gay audiences seem to love).
The protest continues. There’s a new website called Ban Shirley Q. Liquor. Bloggers such as Invisible Woman, the Villager and Craig Nulan – among many others – are spreading the word.
(Plug the name “Shirley Q. Liquor” into my black-blogosphere search engine, and see how far and wide the word has spread.)
I’m curious to know what you think of this: