Angela Chasisms: On Attraction

Angela Chasisms: Existential moments when you feel like the way you’re thinking about something is exactly the way that Angela Chase would think about the same thing, so you like, think about it, like in that way, that like, she does. This week: Attraction.

ON ATTRACTION

When someone asks you what your “type” is you know exactly what they mean and you know exactly how to answer. There is this entire coding system that we’ve adopted to answer that question without sounding, like, racist. When you hear someone say with a twinge of exoticism in their tone: “I like brunettes with dark features” you know that they’re talking about a “Jewish,” Moorish or, like, Middle Eastern looking person. They don’t need to name it. Or, someone will say: “Oh Jack? He only dates dark chicks. Isn’t that so weird? Would you have guessed?” That means that Jack only dates brown or black women and because it’s something to note, Jack is probably white. And yet, more often than not you’ll hear: “I don’t have a type, I just date whoever, I really am attracted to so many different ‘types.’” And on some level those people are probably telling the truth. But that doesn’t mean that they actually date the people they purport to be attracted to.

Most times, when you actually look around, people date people that look like them. Intellectually, we all know that white people aren’t only attracted to other white people. I mean, secretive interracial relations during slavery prove that people of different races have always been, like, carnally into one another.  But when it comes to being publicly with someone outside of your race, it’s like, a thing.

I guess attraction is learned, like, algebra, or, something.  So, then what about people that have been in actual interracial relationships? Are they trailblazers? Did they have to, like, unlearn the behaviors so many of us can’t seem to break from? I guess, in a way, it’s sort of heartbreaking to think about all of these people that could be together that won’t, because they can’t like, step outside of themselves.

I once learned of this guy, James W. Rouse who developed one of America’s first “planned communities” in Columbia, Maryland in, like, the late ‘60s or something. His hope was to gather people from different races, ethnicities and socio-economic classes and put them together in one place so that the civil rights legislation of the 1960s could have proof that a pro-active, self-sustaining integrated society could, like, actually exist. It was pretty forward thinking I guess. I wonder how much it worked. A part of me wishes we were all forced to live in planned communities. I envision every town and city having these billboards all over the place (no longer owned by Clear Channel) where instead of a white couple drinking Corona there’d be, like, an interracial couple drinking Budweiser. And the slogan would read “The American type of Beer.” TC mark

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    interracial couples is the new beer

  • Anonymous

    these are my favorites.

  • Anonymous

    Angela said like a lot, but you are like, writing an article, not like, speaking, or something. You like, don’t need to like, insert phony pauses to like, make you sound deep and pensive, and stuff.

  • arch

    the subject matter is really interesting and the diction is great except for the use of the word ‘like’. annoying.

    • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

      But that’s what makes it so perfectly Angela Chase!

    • nicole

      i don’t  really see why people are protesting so much; i think the writer captured angela’s tone perfectly, down to the emphasis on certain words (the italicization) as well as the verbal tics, etc. both times i’ve read the articles on angela chasisms i’ve marveled at how her voice just seemed to RESOUND in my head and i loved it

  • ross

    i, um, like, um, don’t know, like, how to write, so um, like, i just insert dumb, like, phrases all the time, like… this article.

    • em

      It’s supposed to be written in the style of speaking that Angela Chase, a TV character, would use. Clearly that went over your head. Maybe read the description or know what you’re talking about before posting a comment next time.

    • em

      It’s supposed to be written in the style of speaking that Angela Chase, a TV character, would use. Clearly that went over your head. Maybe read the description or know what you’re talking about before posting a comment next time.

  • Doddle

    come to err like east London we all er like mix it up like er rabbits black white havin like sex OMG!

  • http://allnaturalytwashedblipsterbitch.tumblr.com Alice

    Some of you don’t seem to get the point of this column. 

  • http://allnaturalytwashedblipsterbitch.tumblr.com Alice

    Some of you don’t seem to get the point of this column. 

  • Marcus Halberstram

    What did I, like, just read, or something? I’m all for colloquialism on sites like TC, but this is, like, taking it too far. I can only imagine how often you say “like” in real conversation.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a reference to a show (character name in title) you’ve probably never watched, so, yeah.

  • Guest

    so boring

  • Stefan

    where do all of these stupid commenters come from.

  • Rlujan1

    Columbia, MD is pretty diverse and somewhat progressive, and does actually, like, exist… but it’s still an overpopulated suburban nightmare:)

  • lou lou

    I mean, I get what you’re doing but I feel the tone is wrong. Angela Chase was a sixteen-year-old girl. She was thoughtful and analytical but not necessarily eloquent. She wouldn’t have use words like “exoticism,” or  “puport,”  – I’m saying this as an avid MSCL fan. I do think this is an interesting article on it’s own, though, like, if the speaker was you and not Angela Chase…just sayin’.

    • Guest

      i agree. you, the author, seem to be losing angela’s voice in the articles. the first one was so strong and spot on, but unfortunately i’m struggling to hear angela in these last two, and instead they are coming across simply as commentary and not much else. that’s not to say the commentary is bad, just that it’s not achieving what you’re going for, being angela chase’s view on various topics (a great idea, by the way). keep up the hard work and maybe try to keep angela very present in your head when writing these

  • Enrique

    i don’t know, this doesn’t sound like angela to me at all. too bad, your other ones were really good!

  • Amanda

    “I wonder how much it worked.”

    Try Google.

  • BigOlDyke

    I grew up in Columbia. We left when I was 11 because of racial issues.
    I could care less what somebody’s skin color is; not everyone felt the same way about me. My bike got stolen a lot, our cars were broken into, our windows broken, and our lives threatened. Because I’m white. Rouse had a great idea though! Maybe it’ll work someday.

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