Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The N-word

Ben's hankering for an after-school snack. "Mom, can you get me some food? I want the N-word."

"No noodles!" I replied. He's had about five separate servings of ramen noodles, pasta, or mac-and-cheese in the past three days. N-nough is N-nough!

(If you're looking for perspective on Michael Richards' racist outburst, read Leonard Pitts' column in the Chicago Tribune, arguing against the use of that other N-word. Free registration required.)


meno said...

I wanted to say something meaningful on the post about your geandmother, because it was really a great tribute and i loved it, but i just couldn't think of anything.

I love Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner. I think it's the color.

H. Lewis Smith said...


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The book is written in a manner that all can understand. The points are well-taken and the wording is easy to follow. There are quotes from great people in our history including Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, James Baldwin and many, many others. Smith has mixed history with honesty, love with life, education with effects. This is a great book for educators, parents, managers, professionals, newsmen, and anyone else wanting an in-depth look at the N-word, the effects and the solutions. A MUST READ!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking to that article. There's another interesting take on Michael Richards at Kung fu Monkey

Mona Buonanotte said...

My kids are head-over-tail in LURV with that Kraft microwavable mac-and-cheese stuff in flavors like lasagna and cheesy beefy mac. Damn those grocery store ladies and their free samples!

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E. said...

Does Ben like Soba noodles? My boy is also a noodleholic, and I like to feed him the soba b/c it's buckwheat and has a bit more substance than most semolina or rice variety noodles. He loves it with cashew-ginger sauce or esp. peanut sauce (so much so that a mom at his preschool asked my Old Man for our recipe for noodles and peanut sauce b/c our son has talked it up so much to her son!)