A reader emailed me this Black Voices story, “The Coonery Paradox,” by Jam Donaldson, the creator of the failed BET show “We Got to Do Better,” nee “Hot Ghetto Mess.” In the article Donaldson chastizes people for not getting the satirical angle of the show and that it was about calling out what she calls “coonery,” not about endorsing stereotypes. Yet the show faced a ton of criticism before and after it aired and was quickly cancelled.
Here’s what Donaldson writes:
We rarely publicly castigate those who are in the media making us all look bad, but God help you if you ever point out the fact that they’re making us look bad. Then you are automatically a self-hating, Uncle Tom, elitist, wannabe-white sell-out who is exploiting their people. The Coonery Paradox.
More after the jump.