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'Black Man!'

File this one under quirky observation.

On Sunday, Post writer Keith Richburg filed an interesting story from Shanghai about racial prejudice in China on the eve of President Obama's arrival there. The story explored the negative view of blacks in the wake of a half-Chinese, half-black singer named Lou Jing winning "Go! Oriental Angel" -- that nation's answer to "American Idol." Folks used the internet to call her a "black Chimpanzee" among other things. "[T]he widely held view here," Richburg reported, "[is] that black people are inferior, that white people are wealthy and successful."

Then came the picture on the front page of Wednesday’s Post of Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao at an arrival ceremony Tuesday in Beijing. Looking at the soldier to the left of Hu, the one second to the right of Obama and the one at the end, I couldn't help but wonder what they were thinking. Surely, it wasn't this. Whatever it was, I bet there was more than a modicum of disbelief.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 18, 2009; 1:10 PM ET
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RFLOL - I remember that episode:).

Posted by: rlj1 | November 18, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What about the article today about them playing some big band music then busting into "We are the World" at the state dinner. It's the ReeeeMiixxx! I'd have paid to see that.

Posted by: Dremit97 | November 18, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Not that it is directly related to this blog, but has anyone else noticed the very frequent use of the tem "man child" by Obama bashers in this and other forums? I assumed, and it may very well be, that it was something that the users had picked up on Fox from one of their 'news sources.' Regardless, a bit more thought on this term as I encountered it more and more led me to the conclusion that it's their way of calling the president "boy" without using that obvious and abnoxious racial slur. Am I missing something here?

Posted by: MemphisSlim | November 19, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

No MemphisSlim, you're not missing anything. You're absolutely right.

Posted by: goaway5 | November 19, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Pretty amazing facial reactions.

Made me think of the scene in the premiere of "The Cleveland Show" when he first meets his neighbor, Tim: Cleveland screams, "A Bear!"

Tim points at Cleveland and shouts, "Black guy!" then adds, "See? It don't feel so nice."

Posted by: TheProFromDover | November 19, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

For the average Chinese person, even those from cities with millions of people, seeing any non-Chinese person in real life isn't an everyday event.

Posted by: mike78smith | November 19, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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