Today’s post was supposed to be a discussion of the data mining program I wrote for the previous two posts. While I was attempting to use it the other day, however, I discovered that the website had changed it’s HTML format in a way I haven’t figured out how to exploit yet. So in lieu of a exposition on Excel VBA, I offer the following question for general consideration:
Do white people smell funny/bad/distinctive to black people?
This question involves one of my earliest childhood observations about race, yet it was something that, at least among upper middle class whites in the South, nobody ever talked about. I mean, it was so obviously going to be a sensitive issue.
The only public mention of the issue I can recall was in a short story I read in a literature class in college. It was in (I think) an anthology entitled (I think) Tales of the Southern Gothic, although 15 minutes of googling has failed to turn up a book by that name. One of the contributors was still alive in the 80s and came to speak to a packed auditorium on our campus.
Anyway, this was primarily an issue among blacks I knew in school in the South, but it hasn’t really been one since then, mostly because I don’t know a lot of blacks now, and the ones I do are other professionals.