Monday, 2 September 2013

Race posing in Second Life

Well I finally found people playing black avs in Second Life.  The problem is they are playing Miley Cyrus concepts of blacks.

This place was actually a top destination in Second Life.  At first I figured it was kind of cool to see black music and culture being mimicked like this.  But after a few minutes Soul Vibrations Dance club looked like a collect sambo minstrel show, a sad parody of black culture.  But then again maybe this is what empowering looks like.  As a white academic who has studies in Chicago and London I have prejudices about the liberated ancestors of slaves.  Perhaps my desire for serious Malcomn X figures is itself a kind of racism.

Second Life, as it matures and becomes kind of sick actually gets a bit more interesting all the time.  

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