For a minute there folks, I was worried about looking like me. But then Larry King came along a few days ago during an interview with Washington Post guru Bob Woodward and put my mind at ease with this revelation on Larry King (sometimes) Live:
"My younger son Cannon, he is eight. And he now says that he would like to be black. I'm not kidding. He said there's a lot of advantages. Black is in. Is this a turning of the tide?"
If Larry King wants to help his kid grow into a wise young man, he'll encourage young Cannon to appreciate and enjoy his own skin.
He'll explain to young Cannon that to black people being black has always been in, because we've never had the option of de-blacking ourselves when it wasn't popular. Well, Michael Jackson had that option, but not the rest of us.
He'll explain to young Cannon that while it isn't unheard of to be privileged based on something as superficial as a look, historically looks haven't been a tremendous advantage to black people. And besides, if young Cannon wants to get ahead he should work hard...and drop his dad's name as often as possible.
Finally, maybe young Cannon can explain to Larry King that the "I wanna be black" ship of this generation sailed back when Michael Jordan entered the NBA, and M.C. Hammer introduced genie pants for public consumption. There is no tide to turn.
But speaking of being in, what the hell happened to my holiday party invitations? My Christmas party invite count only rose by one last month.