Sometimes, things don’t get any more socially relevant than this. Aaron McGruder is such a genious. I’ll continue to update this page as this Afro Denial and Ethono-ambiguo Hostility Syndrome unfolds. Please read, enjoy and leave comments if you are so moved.
I resent racial Categories. Why must I be forced to choose between two parents?!?!!!
I understand, Jazmine. I’m mixed too.
You are? What?!!
Absolutely. I’m part Black. Part African Amerian. Part Negro and part Colored. Poor me. I just don’t know where I fit in.
You’re making fun of me!!!
So you really couldn’t tell I was part black when we met?
Really? Not at all?
I didn’t even think about it.
I just thought you were having a really bad hair day.
Hey, Huey. What’s that in your hair?
It’s an afro pick. It’s for people with afros.
Would you like to borrow it?
No! Very funny Huey.
Are you sure?
Here… Take my pick. Really. Think of it as a gift.
I don’t want your stupid pick Huey… I don’t care what you say. I DON’T. I DON’T. I DON’T!!!
(Sigh) So sad.
You’re suffering from “Afro-Denial.” Textbook case.
This looks serious. I better start planning the intervention.
There is no such thing as “Afro Denial.” I bet you made that up!
Wait… Here it is.
AFRO DENIAL: A psychological affliction where patients exhibit self-delusional behavior. Believing they have straight-flowing European supermodel-type hair. Thereby refusing to accet the coarseness and/or nappiness of their actual hair.
Well. I think you and your book are STUPID. SO THERE!!!
Hmmmm… Sounds like Ethno-Ambiguo Hositility Syndrome…
Hello. Is Thomas Dubois in?
He’s busy right now. I’m his wife. Is there something I can help you with?
I’d much rather speak to Mr. Dubois. It’s kind of a “Black Thing.”
I’ve been active in the NAACP for years. I may be white, but I’ve dealt with a few “Black Things” before…
Your daughter, Jazmine is suffering from both “Afro-Denial” and “Ethno-Ambiguo Hostility Syndrome.” I suggest an immediate intervention of positive Nubian reinforcement.
I see… Uh Tom? Sweetie? There’s a “Black Thing” at the door for you…
I appreciate your cooperation.
Listen Huey, you have to try to understand how sensitive Jazmine is about her hair. She sees her mother’s hair and she doesn’t understand why her hair doesnt look the same way. My wife doesn’t have a clue what to do with it, and neither do I. Meanwhile, we’ve tried everything to straighten it. Every relaxer ever made. Nothing works.
Have you tried emphasizing the natural beauty of her african features?
…Or how about LYE? You know. BURN her hair straight. Like the old days. That might work…
I have nothing to say to you, Huey, until you apologize.
Well, I will say some of my recent observations may have been better left unsaid.
Oh! I Accept! Now we can be friends again. I knew you were only teasing about that Afro stuff.
I didn’t say that. You certainly do have an afro.
Stop saying that. I have GOOD hair! I don’t have an Afro — your just mean!!
Please get a hold of yourself.
No!!! I hate you. Leave me alone!!!
(Sigh) Tis a long, hard road to afrocentric wellness.