Friday, June 1, 2007

Elian Mumumbo?

All I'll say about Elian is thank God he's Cuban. 'Cause if he was Haitian you'd've never heard about his ***. If Elian Gonzales was Elian Mumumbo from Haiti, they would've pushed that little rubber tube right back in the water. "Sorry little fella, all full. Good luck!"
- Dave Chappelle "Killin Them Softly"

Turns out, Chappelle was not too far off in his criticisms of the myth of equality as it pertains to asylum in this country. Peep this New York Times article on a study of asylums and the rampant inconsistencies that plague this increasingly politicized structure.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/31/washington/31asylum.html?em&ex=1180843200&en=7a3ea462ea883220&ei=5087%0A

8 comments:

Elizabeth said...
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Elizabeth said...

accoloades to chappelle...except for the caricaturization of haitians with the mumble-jumble word "mumumbo" - using normative stereotypes to characterize haitians the way 18th century europeans would speak about cultures they did not wish to understand - incomprehensible, unintelligible nations that seem the less for their approachability.

mumumbo or maybe "raphael" or "auguste" or "hamidan".

i think the line was "i laugh but i'm crying inside"...

Melay said...

when i first saw the stand up, i thought he was saying "lumumba" which would have been a more interesting statement on the meaning of "political" asylum in this country.

but alas, chappelle actually meant mumbojumbo.

what i think we can look to is "bring the pain" when chris rock admits to failing a black history course for "not [knowing] shit about africa"- lack of contact. rock addresses africa as a place that's so far away some slaves are still on their way over.

lack of cultural contact- can we talk about it?

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