What is the most racist day of the week?
How many black people were at the Republican National Convention?
How can you win any argument on race?
Thurston – great grandson of a slave, graduate of Harvard, comedian, digital director of the satirical newspaper/website The Onion and self confessed data geek – offered the packed house at Bomhard Theater something rarer than a snail darter in America: a humorous and enlightened discussion on race.
His wide ranging talk was built primarily on personal anecdotes and observations generously spiced with intelligence and wit.
And while the topic of his talk was his book “How to be Black,” Thurston also showed the audience what it is to be a creator of content in early 21st century America.
Long gone are pastoral scenes of the solitary artist with pen and paper.
Today’s writer lets strangers observe the process in real time, has a street army promoting his work, has tweets flying, gathers data on ebook sales versus printed book sales and the supply chain implications, hosts promotional parties with DJs and whiskey and gives fascinating talks in Louisville, Kentucky.
Not a bad life for a “happy and funny” guy from Washington Heights.
As Thurston said near the end of his talk, “There are ways to talk about race that aren’t productive. Dealing with race using humor helps start the conversation.”
I could not agree more.
Answers to the above questions for those who did not attend:
c) get a Black Card
Hats off to IF for bringing another great person to Louisville.