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The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, September 15, 1994 - 5

Black, white and alone al over

I am Black. I also support racial
tolerance and integration between
Blacks and whites. It is always good
to know that regardless of the shout
for racial separation coming from both
Black and the white camps, there are
many who refuse to limit their circle
of close friends to just those with
similar skin color.
However, racial separations do still
exist, here at the University and
abroad. We all know about the rac-
ism, prejudice and biases both Blacks
and whites exert on each other on the
job, in the classroom and even in their
subconscious. (It still amazes me how
some whites will still cross the street
as if by reflex when they see a group
of Black males approaching.)
I have noticed one common prac-
tice of University students which is -
with negligible exceptions-a split
among racial barriers. This practice is
the Friday night party. (This practice
may also take place on Saturday, Sun-
day, Wednesday ... After all, this is
the University of Michigan. But, for
the sake of simplicity, I will stick to
Fridays.) This is also one such prac-
tice where Blacks and whites can learn
much from each other.
I warn you now, I will be making
a great number of stereotypes. I real-
ize that you may not conform to these
stereotypes, but you must be willing
to concede that many do. If you're

one of those diehard PC non-viola-
tors, you will probably die of shock
upon reading this, so don't. Also, I
don't want to receive too much hate
mail. Hell, if I was a sociology profes-
sor, this would be considered prize
literary work; so chill.
Also, I acknowledge that this is-
sue doesn't just apply to Blacks and
whites. Everyone-Latinos, Asians,
Native Americans, Russians, etc.-are
affected by racial separations. How-
ever, I haven't the time nor the news-
paper space to include every ethnicity
represented at the University.
Every Friday evening, hordes of
University students prepare for a night
of drunken revelry. Whites dress in a

variety of denim jeans and plaids and
head for the various historically white
frats and sorority houses on State
Street or Washtenaw. Meanwhile,
Blacks deck themselves in overpriced
name-brand clothes and gym shoes
and head to either the Union, where
many parties sponsored by histori-
cally Black frats and sororities are
held, or to someone's pad for a house
Already, the racial separation is
apparent. Few Blacks attend "white"
parties, and even fewer whites attend
"Black" parties fearing that Blacks
will take revenge on them for what
See PARTIES, page 8


The Holy Cows
fhe Holy Cows, those local music people, will be playing up a storm tonight at the Blind Pig. Not to be confused with
e national band the Cows, the Holy Cows are as surely a product of our neighborhood as construction and pizza
places. If you don't go and support local acts like (or specifically) this, then the local scene fairy will come to your
place of residence and beat you about the head and neck with a two by four until you either come to your senses or
pass out like a water buffalo with tuming sickness. And Gone Daddy Finch will be there, too, so move your weasely
little bottom down there.

Fall Lessons
Every Sunday Night
Main Dance Room, CCRB
7:00pm Beginning Lessons
8:00pm General Dancing
Everybody is welcome!
No partner necessary!
It's Free!
There is no pre-registration.
Just show up at the beginning of
the lessons whenever you like.
Dress is casual
For More Information
Call: 663-9213

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Blues and Jazz Festival - Taj Mahal
The photo says it all. Taj Mahal is a master of blues and R&B,
simultaneously intense yet mellow, traditional yet innovative. His voice is
*rresistable, and his flowing stream-of-conciousness stories are rooted in
Afrocentricity and steeped in the pride he has for his musical elders. This
pride is not just a scholarly one: "Man, there ain't no dust on my guitar!" he
exclaims. Indeed, he is headlining on the final night of the Ann Arbor Blues
and Jazz Festival, an event as historical yet as timeless as "Taj" himself.
His 1993 release "Dancing the Blues" is a living testament to the music
that first enraptured and inspired him: the post-war R&B of the forties,
fifties and sixties. Cuts like "Strut," "Blue Light Boogie" and "Blues Ain't
Nothing" are Taj Mahal originals that pay respect to the elders in the best
possible way: a new interpretation and recreation of their R&B / blues
standards. See Taj Mahal play the music he loves on Sunday the 18th at
*Gallup Park. Gates open at 11 am; 1-day passes are $10 for students with
ID, $13.50 in advance, and $15 at the gate. Call 747-9955 for additional
information. This is an opportunity to see one of the greats; don't miss it.

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