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Kim Kardashian, And Sympathy For Slow Learners

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Hello. My name is Damon Young. And I’m a slow learner.

What’s a slow learner, you ask? Does this mean I’m not actually very smart? Well, I am very smart. The results of the aptitude tests I took in 4th grade — the one I laminated and carry around in my attache — proves it. I had no trouble picking up math, language, science, and recess and shit. What I mean by slow learner is that sometimes it takes me a while to learn things that really shouldn’t take long to learn at all.

For instance:

I didn’t realize YOLO was an acronym for “you only live once” until at least a year after the song was released. I even remember listening to a song where Rick Ross actually said “YOLO, you only live once” and I still didn’t think to connect the two.

I have this conversation…

“I had no idea you liked me back in 2005. Why didn’t you say anything?”

“I did say something to you. And I sent you a picture of my boob.”

“I thought you were just playing!”

…at least once a year.

Judging by the multiple injuries I’ve had in the last couple months while attempting to play in two rec basketball leagues, I’m just now learning I’m actually not 23 anymore.

I don’t like turkey lunchmeat. I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal. I presume many people don’t like turkey lunchmeat. Well, I’ve been eating turkey lunchmeat for 20 years, and I’ve never liked it. But I kept eating it. Until one day a couple years ago when I finally said “Wait, why am I eating this? I don’t like it and I know I don’t like it. Why not just buy some ham?”

Because of my own relationship with slowlearnedness, I have some sympathy for Kim Kardashian, who apparently just learned like yesterday that racist exists and is kinda bad.

From Jezebel:

“To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought,” quoth Kim. “It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle.” 

Although I do wonder how someone who’s been with Black men her entire adult life and has a dad who’s famous for defending the guy on trial in a case that produced the MOST RACIALLY POLARIZING VERDICT IN AMERICAN HISTORY can just now realize racism is, like, a thing, I can’t be too hard on her.

I mean, I had no idea “The Weeknd” was just one person until two months ago, so I can relate.

—Damon Young

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • http://livingfiesta.com/ Esta Fiesta

    LOL the shade…

  • Miche

    Wait.. The Weeknd is only one person…?

    • Productivity, LLC

      Great I’m not only person just learning the weekend is one person. Pop culture illiterate

      • k. lynn

        Add me to that list of the pop culture illiterate.

        • Ms TLC

          Same. 0,O

          • kidvideo

            Ditto…

            • nillalatte

              me three, four or five? I had no clue about The Weeknd either.

              • Val

                I can top that. I have no idea who or what The Weeknd is.

                • Abhorsen

                  Square

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Oooh you people just need to spend a day around kids…you know when they aren’t being nice to adults. You learn everything that way

      • Miche

        Lol. I work in Middle and HIgh Schools all day long…still don’t know a dayum thing about the current happenings. I think it’s one of those things where I cover my ears and “lalalala” everything out lest I accidentally hear something I have to report. “Dangit, Joquan, don’t TELL me you are going to get high this weekend!!!!”

    • panamajackson

      Yes. LOL. To be fair to most of y’all, he sucks so its understandable that you’d not know.

      Yeah, I said it.

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

        He does suck. I only know that he exists because a former partner insisted upon playing his music whenever we had chex.

        • http://www.BlackLatinaFabulous.com/ Maris

          That….had better have been AMAAAAAZING chex.

          • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

            It was……It really was.

            • Kema

              Probably due to The Weeknd playing.

        • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

          Ms. AfroPetite:
          Uh…TMI?
          O.

          • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

            No. It’s just music that was playing in the background. Where’s the TMI?

  • Tanya

    I see why she’s being mocked but I also feel that it takes courage to publicly admit that she viewed racism as not her problem. You could date all the Black men you want and not give racism any thought as long as you’re not on the receiving end. Having a biracial child does make you think about it because now this child you love dearly is at risk. My mother experienced this. She couldn’t care less about “Black problems” while dating until she had children with a Black man and was forced to accept reality.

    • SailorMoon

      I also surprised she admitted that she believed racism was someone else’s battle, but at the same time I don’t feel comfortable giving white people a pat on the back for acknowledging racism.

      • Ms TLC

        Agreed. There’s something arrogant about a person who grew up in this racist A country, who dates black(or any other minority) people and having a “I give not plucks” attitude about racism. Brave my arse!

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Given how much shade she got for every black dude she dated BESIDES RAY J, I dunno how she didn’t have an inkling. People took shots at her all the time, but I guess sitting on her throne made the voices sound very tiny.

      • http://www.BlackLatinaFabulous.com/ Maris

        That’s because until recently, the comments only came from BLACK PEOPLE. I can see her doing a “I love who I love, let the haters hate”. Sh*t didn’t get real for her until WHITE PEOPLE started donning blackface and threatening her on the street calling her a N*gger-lover.

        • Ms TLC

          Makes sense.

    • Abhorsen

      I always wonder how bi racial families deal with racism..it must be complicated

      • IcePrincess

        It is. My son is biracial, and he gets really frustrated about it sometimes. He’s 5.

        • Abhorsen

          Ey,in what way.

      • LMNOP

        I don’t know. I have a biracial black daughter, and I’m familiar with the whole “mixed kids have issues” thing that people say. But it’s more disturbing to me that some people grow up in a racist society and DON’T have issues. Especially white people. Kim Kardashian is hardly a unicorn in her ignorance of racism, and white people being indifferent towards racism is, I think, a huge part of the problem.

      • panamajackson

        Interestingly, my mother is the one who harped on race. My father was very much, “America is racist” and that was that where my mother is the one with all the stories about how people reacted to her. Some of the stories are absolutely horrid.

        Real spit, in 79, as a baby, my mother informed me that a litle shallow baby grave was placed on our front lawn. Like wtf. Im like folks gave that many fcuks. In Panama??

        • Ms TLC

          Jeez that’s evil! WTF?? Not surprised just the evilness of it, is so.

          • panamajackson

            I’m surprised. Some of my mother’s stories are truly mind-boggling. I can’t imagine being a 22 year old white woman from France dealing with sht like this just b/c you have a little colored baby.

            • Abhorsen

              Man,i feel you. It’s disturbing how low people can go just to hurt someone.

            • nillalatte

              Not to diminish what you’re mother has endured, but I can relate.

        • Abhorsen

          Wow,that is bananas

          • panamajackson

            Yeah man.

        • LMNOP

          Oh my God.

        • Val

          Racists never fail to find new levels of evil. Wow.

        • Rachmo

          :-(

    • Tentpole

      Her father’s money and status shielded her from the truth.

    • WIP

      It doesn’t take courage if you don’t realize what you’re saying could be viewed as controversial…

      • LMNOP

        True. I feel like she is either a) not that smart or b) very smart and playing the dumb girl, because she knows that saying dumb ish like this will bring her attention, and she has already made both a name for herself and millions of dollars for doing little more than bringing attention to herself.

      • afronica

        Kim is ’bout as deep as a puddle on a dry day, and this comment proves it (again).

        ETA: And for those who will call me a hater, I’ll grant you that she’s a gorgeous woman. Absolutely beautiful and absolutely dumb.

    • Asiyah

      I would agree, but isn’t your partner’s problem ultimately your problem too? So it really was her problem as she dated several Black men. Not to mention the fact that she prides herself in her Armenian heritage. Armenians are often confused with Arabs so they’ve been discriminated against as well. She’s been in this bubble of superficiality for years.

      (I’m sorry if I seem hard, Tanya. I’m really not lol)

      • Abhorsen

        Never go to Armenia and say they look like arabs. Those guys are christian

        • Asiyah

          I’m aware, just like I’m also aware that there are Arab Christians. Furthermore, lots of Armenians in the Arab world. They know they look very much alike.

      • Instagram Model

        Hey bae!! :))))

        • Asiyah

          hola boo boo! :D

  • girlgetalife

    So…all the black men she’s been with – none of them ever talked about
    race/racism in her presence? If they did, she just dismissed it as
    ‘their’ problem? Good woman, she is. o_O

    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

      I’m sure the black men she’s been with are “New Black” and are at a point in their lives where they are “color blind’.

      • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

        @Ms. AfroPetite:
        There is a good volume you can procure from Amazon for one penny, called “Soul Vibrations: Astrology for African Americans”, by George Davis & Gilda Matthews. It is a basic Sun Sign book, but also packs useful and instructive info, including a brief history of the Art and the role Black folks have played in its development, as well as a listing of notable African Americans by Sun Sign. You can use this listing to form the basis of your personal astro-database as you grow in your studies.

        All astrologers begin their training by first getting the Zodiac down pat – the Signs in their proper order, then understanding the “families” of Signs, by Element and Modality. After that, they learn the ruling planets for each Sign, and only after doing this do they move on to other aspects of the Art, such as Aspects, Houses, and so on.

        Knowing the Signs well, is absolutely fundamental to any astrologer, for without it one cannot be an astrologer to begin with. Indeed, knowing the Signs very well forms the basis of good astro-analysis and prediction.

        For example, you were born with the Sun in Pisces, the Moon in Virgo, and a Sagittarius Ascendant. Now, what do all of these Signs have in common?

        What they have in common is that they all belong to the Mutable Family of Signs, which highlights the concept or idea of change, volatility, transition and sometimes, endings. It suggests that the native (you) can be highly reactant, volatile, “flaky” and so forth. On the higher end however, it can represent someone who is highly adaptable, a quick study, and so on. Indeed, knowing the Signs of the Lights (Sun and Moon) as well as a person’s “Rising” (Ascendant) alone, yields a wealth of information aboutsaid individual. For example, Geminis are notorious flakes; however, someone who is born with say, a Taurus Ascendant and a Scorpio Moon, will present themselves much differently than the stereotypical Twin would. This is because the Signs of their Ascendant and Moon are Fixed, and as such”ground” the inherent Gemini life energy (Sun) to be witty, communicative and a Jack-of-all Trades/Master of None vibe.

        See what I mean?

        You have the gift, my dear. In fact, if you work at it, you can even make a nice bit of coin at it, too.

        The choice, is yours.

        Don’t embarass me.

        ;)

        O.

        • Ms TLC

          Yes! Gemini season is almost upon us!!

        • menajeanmaehightower

          What does this book say about Libras?

          • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

            @Ms. Mena:
            Welp, that depends; what’s your birthday?

            O.

            • menajeanmaehightower

              I have to put all of my business on this blog? Do you need the actual date?

              • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

                @Ms. Mena:
                Understood; email me: theobsidianfiles@hotmail.com, and we can discuss the matter further if you like.

                O.

                • menajeanmaehightower

                  Sept. 28th.

          • Rachmo

            Probably that we’re the $hit?

            • menajeanmaehightower

              I’m sayin!

            • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

              Well, Librans ARE people-pleasers, as a rule, so yea, kinda.
              At any rate, you (Ms. Mena) are cool, nothing to worry about. The “storm” is well ahead of your Sun Sign, at least.
              O.

              • menajeanmaehightower

                I don’t think that we are people pleasers so much as we are balancers. It also takes a lot to get us rattled but once we’ve been rattled, it’s best to leave.

                @rachmo:disqus, agree or disagree?

                • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

                  @Ms. Mena:
                  Yes, you are right: Librans are very much “balancers” – but harmony, in this case meaning, people getting along and liking them particularly, is very much a part of that “balance” to which you refer. Because if it is one thing that really upsets Libran folk, its ruffling feathers and being disliked for it…
                  O.

        • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

          I’m a witch? What gift?

          • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

            @Ms. AfroPetite:
            LOL, nah, not a Witch (although, I can’t necessarily rule that out either; just not my area of expertise…). Astrology is quite distinct from other Occult Arts.

            I am talking about the latent astrological skill and ability that you were born with. You have it. I always scan the horoscopes of people I “read” for, to see if they have the gift, too. Especially if they’re Black.

            You have it, but, as with all things, the Choice is yours, and yours alone, to decide if you will develop your latent gifts along these lines or not. You had mentioned in a previous discussion that you were interested in learning more about the Art, and I have always taken it upon myself to do what I can to assist sincere aspirants.

            And I think you’re sincere.

            Now don’t embarass me. ;)

            O.

            • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

              I’m trying to take over the world. If I can’t do that I will no longer research this gift.

              • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

                @Ms. AfroPetite:
                LOL, don’t all Sagittarian natives? But they aren’t necessarily the best at follow through…especially when things get a bit tedious. In your case, this will be doubled, because of what I said about you upthread a piece.
                You have great potential, but you must hone it. You have a tendency to be hit-and-miss, and a bit lazy, too. Fortunately Saturn is well placed in your chart, and is in aspect to your Sun, so there is hope.
                O.

                • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

                  Please stop telling people about my life! I’m currently in the “miss” stage due to said laziness. Let me live!

    • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

      I mean she dated RAY J though. I doubt he’s breaking down critical race theory in his spare time. Only time he probably talks about race is when he’s describing the bodies of women he’s slept with.

      • Val

        Yeah and then there’s Reggie Bush. Enough said.

    • panamajackson

      Considering the men she’s dated, none of them were “regular” Black dudes so to speak. All folks of stature with celebrity it seems so their athlete or “star” status might have had them thinking less about it. And it aint like they were all that bright either.

  • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

    I mean I doubt Reggie Bush was reading some James Baldwin to her so I can easily see why a white woman who dates Black men would be oblivious to racism. I’m 96% sure this white girl I work with calls her Black boyfriend “n*gga” and hee doesn’t say ish about it to her.

    • nillalatte

      Just wrong and stupid.

    • Val

      “I’m 96% sure this white girl I work with calls her Black boyfriend “n*gga” and hee doesn’t say ish about it to her.”

      I think there’s an entire chexual subculture based on that sort of thing.

      • nillalatte

        Actually, you’re right Val. I am absolutely floored by my daughter and her friends, a couple of her closest friends in particular, they throw the “n*gga” around all the time like it don’t mean a thing. Seriously. I’M the one telling them to cut that sh*t short. But, they use it so much with each other they don’t pay attention(?) to the words use. Or maybe it’s because they’re all mixed kids and could not care less. *shrugs

        • Abhorsen

          We all live in the same building but we have different views

        • Val

          If you think that’s something you should see a bunch of Asian kids calling each other that in public like it’s nothing.

          • nillalatte

            I already do. My younger daughter was ‘officially’ drafted into the Asian Nation when she was in high school. I think that’s how a lot of their vocabulary developed. I seriously think in some parts of the country, that word has morphed into a different meaning. It’s not being used as a slur or evil intent adjective, but as an noun.

            P.S. I think I got that right. I’m terrible at grammar structure.

      • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

        You’re right. It’s called raceplay. There are people of color who get their rocks off being called all sorts of racial slurs and degrading stereotypes. *kanyeshrug* It’s a free country, and more power to them, but I can’t mess with that at all.

        • http://justfourguys.com Obsidian

          @Mr. Todd:
          Indeed – nor is it anything new, or distinctly “American”; it exists in many cultures, and not just among Blacks, or Whites, etc. Kink is truly Universal.

          I’ve experienced it firsthand – a fiesty Taurean Latina with the Moon in Aries(!) lady in my past got down like that. She would get all hot and bothered and call me all kinds of Black so-and-so’s, throw dishes, curse up a storm, then want to make up, LOL. After the first few times, it got tired, and besides, I couldn’t see how I could explain such a situation to the judge and walk.

          So, alas, I had to bid her adieu.

          O.

        • LMNOP

          Todd, our in-house expert on weird ish people do in bed.

      • Tentpole

        Remember, colored people opened that door awhile back and that’s been a topic on here many times.

        • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

          You mean when we were getting raped during enslavement?

          • Tentpole

            Nope, I am refering to changing the impact of using the word nig ger

            • LMNOP

              And if Malik had ESP, he would have understood what you were saying, lol. But he was just going off of the vague comment you made.

              • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

                LMAOOOOOO

            • Ms TLC

              Wow, I’m really new so I’m unfamiliar with each persons, persona?? I would have NEVER gotten that from your comment, though. Thanks for clarifying…

        • Ms TLC

          Huh??? What doors?? What does this comment mean??

    • SweetSass

      Bwahaha…. the shade of it all!

  • laviyah

    who is the weekend?

    • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

      emo artsy version of drake that only sings.

      • Jay

        A nappy-headed, nihilistic, Canadian version of Miguel on Molly…

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Ummm…you need to add to Urban Dictionary like ASAP…that was perfect

        • Ms TLC

          I still don’t know who he is and this description tells me why… LMAO!

        • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

          Miguel has far greater range than The Weeknd though.

        • WIP

          BOL, that sounds personal

          • Jay

            Not at all. House of Balloons is one of my favorite mixtapes ever.

            • panamajackson

              I like one song on that mixtape. I wanted to like it more. I felt like I was supposed to. But I just couldn’t.

              • Jay

                Whaaaa? House of Balloons is best listened to in the company of a strange woman and in an **ahem** altered mind state. Under those conditions you’d be hard pressed to find anything better to spin. The way you feel about HOB is how I feel about everything he’s done since. So bad I want to like it but it’s all mad mediocre.

                • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ RubyWooWho

                  No, no it isn’t.

                  • Jay

                    Not sure what you disagree about…

                • panamajackson

                  Trust me bro…those conditions have been met. I still didn’t feel it.

            • LehcarB

              High For This never gets old to me

        • panamajackson

          Yeah, I lthink he’s more this version than the Drake version.

    • h.h.h.

      (Drake)*(The Dream) = The Weeknd

      • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

        You ain’t right for that. LOL

        • panamajackson

          It’s also very possibly true tho. I like the Miguel comparison upthread tho.

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        Accurate.

  • B.A. Pace

    The mother of a black woman has no idea that she just gave birth to a black woman.

    • panamajackson

      This is actually very deep. Like. Yeah.

    • Tee Tee

      Technically – the child is mixed though no? Or is this by the one drop rule standard? #curious

      • Deezy

        I’m biracial, black is still the dominant race. She’ll still be perceived as a woman of color, racially speaking.. black. My mother is black, my father is white, I’m ethnically mixed and my race is black.

  • Keisha

    It’s Kim K. I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised. It would be different if I considered her to be a socially conscious intellectual human being, but I don’t.

  • kidvideo

    Yeah…Kim is gonna be a horrible mother, and she’s gonna treat this kid as a fashion accessory.

    • Tentpole

      No she won’t. She will make sure her child is raised by a professional and Kim will give her child all the comforts she had as a child.

  • Ms TLC

    I typed a response but its not here???

    • nillalatte

      Disqus is racist. ;)

      • Ms TLC

        Ha! It showed up though, so hmm??