Laughing to keep from crying.
Silverman is marshaling fellow comics for a fund-raiser in Texas titled, “Live From N*****head: Stripping The Paint Off Of Good Ol’ Fashioned Racism.”
The title refers to the controversy over Perry’s West Texas hunting campground where the candidate has entertained friends and supporters. The campground’s former name, “Niggerhead,” was painted on a rock at the entrance for many years.
“This is a never-forget moment,” Silverman said. “The show’s provocative name holds a mirror up to an ugliness that seems to have become yesterday’s news without having barely even made news.”
The show will be announced Friday and held at the Paramount Theater in Austin on Nov. 1. Silverman plans to donate all proceeds to the NAACP.
Asked about the mocking use of the N-word in the title of a show to benefit the civil rights organization, Silverman told EW, “The positive thing about N-head and other outwardly racist actions — like trying to put the Confederate f—ing flag on Texas license plates — is that it’s no longer just a gas in the air. It’s something you can point to. It’s something you can fight against and expose. So I see this as an opportunity that should be taken.”
Right on, Sarah.
And just because I meant to post it two weeks ago, here is Wyatt Cenac’s hilarious bit on The Daily Show about Niggerhead Ranch:
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[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]