Identifying Questions Absurdism is a kind of humour that employs the use of bad reasoning as its source of new reasoning. How does Taylor use absurdism to springboard his discussion on race? What are,

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Identifying Questions

Absurdism is a kind of humour that employs the use of bad reasoning as its source of new reasoning. How does Taylor use absurdism to springboard his discussion on race?

What are, to you, his most effective examples or points?

Beneath any humorous social commentary is a rather trenchant message. What, behind the jokes, is he really commenting on?

Who, in your opinion, would either not understand this, or dismiss it outright as silliness (meaning it is irrelevant)?

What is the danger of the above attitude?

Identifying Questions Absurdism is a kind of humour that employs the use of bad reasoning as its source of new reasoning. How does Taylor use absurdism to springboard his discussion on race? What are,
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W e in th e In dig enous c o m munit y h ave b een w re stlin g w it h t h e c o nce pt o f id entit y fo r a w hile n ow , a nd w e n eve r g uesse d it c o uld b e fig ure d o ut s o s im ply . N ow if th at’s th e a cce pte d w ay o f m easu rin g s o m eth in g lik e th is , I b elie ve th at q uit e p ro bably w ould m ake m e B la ck. Y es, I w ill s a y it , s o m e o f m y b est fr ie nds a re B la ck. A nd to s e al th e d eal, I e at C arib bean fo od. S am e p rin cip le c o uld b e s a id w it h C hin e se ( p ro b ably m ore C anto nese th an M an darin ). D efin it e ly In dia n ( th e s u bco ntin ent k in d, n ot th e fe ath ere d k in d). A nd G re e k a nd Ita lia n a nd s o o n. M y p oin t b ein g I fin d s u ch c rit e ria – w ho is in y o ur s o cia l b ubble a nd w hat y o ur S kip T he D is h es d in ner o rd er c o nta in s – a lim it e d w ay to e va lu ate a p ers o n ’s c o nnectio n to th eir e th nic h erit a ge o r r a ce . I a m b y n o m eans a n e xp ert o n A fr ic a n-C an adia n, A fr ic a n-A m eric a n o r s im ply A fr ic a n c u lt u re s in g enera l. If I a m to r e ad th e s u bte xt o f th e d iv e rs it y p ers o n ’s s ta te m en t, th ere is o nly o ne k in d o f B la ck p ers o n o n th e p la net. A nd th ey a ll h ang o ut e atin g r o tis a nd je rk c h ic ke n. If th is is s o , I h ave g re atly o ve re stim ate d th e v a rie ty o f B la ck c u lt u re s in th e w orld . I s a y th is r e sp ectfu lly b eca use , a s a F ir s t N atio ns m em be r, I a m n o s tr a n ger to th is p ecu lia r t h re ad o f lo gic , a nd it ir k s m e g re atly . M an y p eople m ake th e s a m e a ssu m ptio ns w it h In dig enous c u lt u re s. W e a re a ll o ne m ass o f In dig ene it y – d rip pin g in le ath er, d re a m ca tc h ers a nd fe ath ers a nd s m ellin g o f s a lm on r o lle d in b alo ney. O nce , b ack in th e 1 980s, a w hit e p ro duce r I w as w ork in g w it h o n a d ocu m en ta ry to ld m e to m y f a ce th at h e d id n’t c o nsid er m e v e ry “ In dia n” ( a s w e w ere k n ow n a t th e tim e) b eca use I k n ew to o m any s ta tis tic s a bout In dig enous p eople ., i. e . h ow m an y r e se rv e s th ere w ere in C anada, r a tio o f N ativ e to n on-N ativ e s in th e g enera l p opu la tio n. E vid ently h e fe lt r e a l In dig enous p eople d id n’t c a re a bout s u ch th in gs. W e o nly w ante d to s kin s o m eth in g. A th ousa nd y e ars a go I w as w ork in g o n a d ocu m en ta ry in N orth ern O nta rio . T he c re w w as f o llo w in g th e lif e o f a n In dig enous w om an tr a p per a nd h er lit tle g ir l, w ho h ad m ove d in to th e w ild ern ess. T he lit tle g ir l, n ot r e ally b elie vin g I w as N ativ e d ue to m y e ye s a nd c o m ple xio n, a ske d m e if I w ante d s o m e te a. B usy a t th e m om en t, I d eclin ed. S he im media te ly c rie d in v ic to ry , “ S ee! Y ou’r e n ot In dia n. A ll In dia ns d rin k te a!” H ad I b een o ute d, I p ondere d. I w onder if L uth er d rin ks te a. W hen it c o m es to th e v a rie d a nd a m azin g w orld o f In dig enous c u is in es, th ere is p ro bably m ore I n dig enously s p ecif ic fo od I h ave n ot e ate n th an I h ave e ate n. T o e xp la in , I h ave h ad m y s h are o f b annock in m ost o f th e 1 0 p ro vin ce s a n d a fe w o f th e A m eric a n s ta te s. B ut I h ave n ot h ad a ny e lk . I q uiv e r d elic io usly a t th e th ought o f ta sty c o rn s o up, b ut I h ave n ot c o nsu m ed E ast C oast e els . Y ou c a nnot s w in g a d ead c a t o n p ra ctic a lly a ny In dig enous c o m munit y w it h out c o nsu m in g m oose s te w /c h ili/ b urg ers e tc . ( a nd n o, w e d o n ot e at d ead c a ts ), b ut I h ave n eve r tr ie d c a rib ou. M anoom in ( w ild r ic e ) is a s ta ndard in m y c o m munit y , b ut I h ave n eve r h ad th e o pportu nit y to d evo ur o olic h an o il ( fis h o il) . A nd th e lis t g oes o n. E vid ently , b y th is s ta ndard , I a m n ot a v e ry c o nvin cin g In dig enous p ers o n . I d o, h ow eve r, h ave m any In dig enous fr ie nds, w hic h s e em s t o b e a n im po rta nt c rit e ria , b ut I w ould h ate to h ave m y I n dig eneit y m easu re d b y w ho I m ay b orr o w m on ey fr o m o r a sk to fe ed m y c a t. S o I r e la te v e ry m uch to Id ris E lb a a nd h is c h ara cte r’s d ile m ma. S to ry c o ntin ues b elo w a dve rtis e m ent F ull d is clo su re , I h ave n eve r w atc h ed th e s e rie s L uth er, a nd a s a r e su lt , I d on’t k n ow h ow r e le va nt h is s kin c o lo ur is to w hat h e d oes a nd w ho h e is . B ut fo r th e h ead o f d iv e rs it y to c o m ment o n it , it m ust b e p re tty d am n im porta nt. I b elie ve L uth er is a c o p o f s o m e s o rt. I a m a p la yw rig ht/film make r o f s o m e s o rt. F re quently I w ork in a p re dom in antly n on-N ativ e e nvir o n m en t. It’s th e n atu re o f b oth jo bs. I a m a ls o a w are t h at L uth er is a fic tio nal c h ara cte r a nd, in th eory , I a m a r e a l p ers o n . B ut in th is p ost- J o se ph B oyd en/M ic h elle L atim er e ra , it u nnerv e s m e to h ear p eople p assin g ju dgm en t o n w ho m ay o r m ay n ot b e w hat th ey m ay o r m ay n ot b e , b e th ey r e a l o r n ot r e a l. M ake s e nse ? I d entit y is s o c o m ple x. N ow I m ust in fo rm m y fa m ily th at I ju st m ay b e B la ck. D re w H ayd en T a ylo r is a n A nis h naw be p la yw rig ht a nd h um oris t.

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