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Black Anomalies 2 – Joseph C. Philips

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We all know that cookies and milk, and peanut butter and jelly are fine examples of things that were made for each other, but there is also that curious phenomenon in which two things just don’t work together. Hot cooking oil and water simply do not mix. Superman and kryptonite is a match made in Hell. Going to Universal Studios Hollywood and having fun is an example of two things that never occur simultaneously.

Now presumably “African American” and “Conservative” are contradictory concepts, but our next Black Anomaly has somehow managed to unite the two concepts in his one person, making him fully African American and fully Conservative.

His name is Joseph C. Philips. You may know him as Lt. Martin Kendall from The Cosby Show, Attorney Justus Ward from the popular soap General Hospital, or as JT Morse on the Fox series Vanish. Or you may know him for his roles in the movies Strictly Business, Let’s Talk About Sex, or Midnight Blue. He’s also made appearances on C.S.I., Las Vegas, The King of Queens, Popular, V.I.P., and Living Single among others. But most recently, in addition to writing essays, he’s managed to write a book in which he boldly speaks his mind regarding important issue like politics, family, and religion.

Now, not only does Philips hold “white” conservative views, but apparently he talks like a white boy too. In fact, He talk like a White Boy is the name of his book! Years ago while Philips was still in junior high school one of his peers commented on his speech: “He talk like a white boy!” the little girl exclaimed to their class after Philips had finished answering their teacher’s question. This ailment of his, so eloquently pointed out by his 7th grade classmate, has stayed with him since. Only now, not only does he talk like a white boy, but he holds conservative views which are often taken as antithetical to the Black community. If ever there was a glitch in the matrix Joseph C. Philips is it and this makes him my second Black Anomaly!

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Written by Tim

February 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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