Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A bull named "White Boy"

I saw a news story on a local TV station recently about a family who found that their pet bull had been shot and killed.  The focus of the story was on the needless killing of an animal, of course but there was another detail of the story that I found compelling.  The family that owned the bull was African-American and the bull was named "White Boy", presumably because he was white.

I love my pets (they're dogs, not bulls) and would hate for someone to senselessly shoot them as someone did this family's bull, so I sympathized with their loss. The key reason that I identified with them however, was that they have the same sense of humor as I do.  I thought "White Boy" was a great name for that bull, especially for a bull owned by a black family! I would also like "Honkey" or "Cracker", as well.

It says a lot about someone who has the courage to take on a stereotype or prejudice and make fun of it.  I think its refreshingly disarming and honest.  Can't you just imagine this family hollering out, "Come here, White Boy! Get in this pen before I have to take a stick to you!"

I sometimes think that we've become overly-sensitive about racial prejudices.  We may be well-meaning in our careful choice of words but, holy cow (no pun intended), why can't we just be a little more light-hearted and a little less sensitive?