Buy black? … I don’t think this is what African-American community leaders mean when they urge folks to do so: Artist Keith Obadike auctions his blackness on eBay. (via afrofuturism mailing list)

Artist and composer Keith Townsend Obadike is auctioning his blackness online at ebay.com. This project is the most recent part of his “Black.net.art” actions. Obadike’s past projects have explored issues around race, sexuality and community online. This auction is open to bidding by individuals and institutions. The auction runs Aug 8-18 2001 and is listed under Collectibles/Culture/Black Americana.

This heirloom has been in the possession of the seller for twenty-eight years. Mr. Obadike’s Blackness has been used primarily in the United States and its functionality outside of the US cannot be guaranteed.

Buyer will receive a certificate of authenticity.

Benefits and Warnings

Benefits:

1. This Blackness may be used for creating black art.

2. This Blackness may be used for writing critical essays or scholarship about other blacks.

3. This Blackness may be used for making jokes about black people and/or laughing at black humor comfortably. (Option#3 may overlap with option#2)

4. This Blackness may be used for accessing some affirmative action benefits. (Limited time offer. May already be prohibited in some areas.)

5. This Blackness may be used for dating a black person without fear of public scrutiny.

6. This Blackness may be used for gaining access to exclusive, “high risk” neighborhoods.

7. This Blackness may be used for securing the right to use the terms ‘sista’, ‘brotha’, or ‘nigga’ in reference to black people. (Be sure to have certificate of authenticity on hand when using option 7).

8. This Blackness may be used for instilling fear.

9. This Blackness may be used to augment the blackness of those already black, especially for purposes of playing ‘blacker-than-thou’.

10. This Blackness may be used by blacks as a spare (in case your original Blackness is whupped off you.)

Warnings:

1. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used during legal proceedings of any sort.

2. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used while seeking employment.

3. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used in the process of making or selling ‘serious’ art.

4. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used while shopping or writing a personal check.

5. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used while making intellectual claims.

6. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used while voting in the United States or Florida.

7. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used while demanding fairness.

8. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used while demanding.

9. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used in Hollywood.

10. The Seller does not recommend that this Blackness be used by whites looking for a wild weekend.

�Keith Townsend Obadike

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