A comment in another post reminded me of this Ta-Nehisi Coates post about Michelle and Obama giving each other “dap” last night. I wasn’t even aware it was considered a “black thing” (nor did I know the name), since I remember my thoroughly white lacrosse team doing it in undergrad, and as one of Ta-Nehisi’s commenters noted, “Is that really “so black”? Howie Mandel does it on his show, for heaven’s sake.”
Again, I didn’t know there was an ethnic/racial component to this, since it seems to be something pretty widely dispersed in American culture, but this just may be more evidence that I have no idea what is going on in the larger world around me. However, this post at Slate describes the difficulty that reporters had describing the event:
The presidential campaign—well, one in particular—has introduced a new greeting to the political world: the fist pound (also known as daps). Last night, we saw perhaps the most high-profile pound of all time, as Michelle and Barack Obama bumped fists on national television before he took the stage. (Video here.)
What’s hilarious is watching the formal, AP Stylebook-loving media trying to figure out what to call it. In an article about Obama’s body man Reggie Love, the New York Times called Love’s preferred greeting a “closed-fisted high-five.” Last night produced other assorted references…
He then goes on to list numerous reactions, my favorite of which is this comment (since scrubbed) from this Cal Thomas Human Events piece:
Michelle is not as “refined” as Obama at hiding her TRUE feelings about America–etc. Her “Hezbollah” style fist-jabbing–mouth-twisted anti-American speeches is STRAIGHT from ISLAM!
It is going to be a long election year.
*** Update ***
I wonder what people think of this COMMUNIST-STYLE CHEST BUMP.
*** Update #2 **
Due to the unbearable whiteness of being me, I have been mistakenly calling this fist-bump as “daps,” when it is more accurately referred to as “dap.” Duly noted.