Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Because I'm White Isn't It?

Yes I, White Bhabi, pick on my poor husband relentlessly many days. Most of the time it's all good fun and even though he's giving me dirty looks, he's laughing with me. I use the title of this blog against him in our joking many times. For those of you unfamiliar with why that may be funny let me explain.

In the US many minorities have had to fight for their equality. Unfortunately, racism exists everywhere and not everyone who is not white is treated like an equal all of the time. So many black people, will sometimes use the question "It's because I'm black isn't it?" This is used in movies to make light of a situation or to create humor in a scene. I think I heard it the most in Martin Lawrences' National Security (Special Edition) where he said many times "Is it because I'm black?"

Of course, I'm not black so I altered this to fit my situation being a minority here in India. I only use it to pick on my husband though and occasionally I use it with family members when we are joking around as well. So now that I've explained all that let me get back to the topic.

Hubby is very protective of me and being overly independent I sometimes have trouble responding well to his warnings. Our latest venture is a criminal who lives in the neighborhood who was recently released from prison. This man likes to sit on his terrace and face out so that he can see all the neighbors. He does nothing but stare. So hubby's response is for me to sit out of this mans line of sight and stay out of it so this man can't see me. I do my best to understand these things but sometimes I just have to listen to him and let it go. This man doesn't look like a normal neighborhood citizen. He looks like a rough and haggard vagabond.

That didn't stop me from first giving hubby a look, smiling coyly and saying "It's because I'm white isn't it? You don't want the neighbors to know I'm here because we don't match?" And then in my best Scarlett (Gone with the Wind ) voice "You can't hide me away from the world foreva' hubby. You just can't." Then I stomped over to the chair and sat down like a spoiled brat as Scarlett would have. Hubby, not having a clue who Scarlett is just gave me this look as if I was never going to listen to him lol. Then I busted out laughing and clued him in on the joke.

I just know I'm in for a whole world of trouble once we get to the US. I can almost hear him say "It's because I'm brown isn't it?"

4 comments:

  1. I can empathise with you. Good one...

    I don't know why u did not use the original "Dats coz I'm black in it" as that's the funny version. I don't know your reasons but I am guessing it might be more difficult to make people in pun bad understand or white people would use the proper "because" and "isn't" instead of what I quoted.

    This is your first post I have read but will keep a look out. Good luck!

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  2. Original comment from Nav:
    I
    can empathise with you. Good one...

    I don't know why u did not use the original "Dats coz I'm black in it"
    as that's the funny version. I don't know your reasons but I am guessing
    it might be more difficult to make people in pun bad understand or
    white people would use the proper "because" and "isn't" instead of what I
    quoted.

    This is your first post I have read but will keep a look out. Good luck!

    First...I have no idea why commenting is having issues lately but it's been hiding a lot of my comments and Disqus is not picking them up. Anyway, here is my reply.

    I worded my form of it more politically correct to give it a snooty tone on purpose. Rohit is unfamiliar with US humor mostly because he's not been exposed to it much before me. He is however familiar with British humor so I worded it like a British prep school kid would have to make it more funny to him. I had to be in character or he might not think I'm joking lol.

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  3. wow wow post :)

    i just typed narcissistic in google search bar, i am feeling lucky to landed up here !
    TAKES

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  4. Lol, well I'm glad you like my blog.

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