Cook. White male; w/ glasses.in his/her open letter critique of the racial makeup of the contributors to the 2007 Oxford American Southern Music Issue.* Resist as I might to this pigeonholing, there is no denying that I am a white male with glasses. The briefest of glances in my direction will bear me out. I am H-O-N-K-Y and have, as they say, no alibi.
I try to hide it, I do! I attempt a degree of coolness hoping to inspire one to say, "That guy is so cool, surely he cannot be white. It must be the sun glinting off his coolness that blinds me." Further one would add, "And for sure a guy that cool is not spectacled, as he oddly appears to be."
Alas, the truth can finally be told: fishbelly white with a persistent lazy eye.
*at least I live in the south, unlike some other people I could mention....