Friday, September 30, 2005


Democratic Underground members are sharing another racial guilt trip, courtesy of the Al Gore Wonder Machine, aka the internet. Let us therefore delve deep into the angst and guilt of those brave, misunderstood, oppressed citizens...
One word that identifies subconscious or latent racism in my opinion Posted by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Sep-30-05 08:18 PM I picked up on this a long, long time ago. Why is it that in any newspaper or magazine article you read about any high profile Afro American,in any field, you will almost always find somewhere the adjective "dignified" or the word "dignity"? You don't find this adjective used all that much except in the circumstance I have just described. Look up Sidney Poitier or Colin Powell or Julian Bond or Martin Luther King or Maya Angelou or Clarence Thomas or Barack Obama or anyone else you can think of that is portrayed in a positive light and I guarantee you, you will find the word "dignified" in there somewhere. As though it sets them apart from , well, those . . . undignified people.
Even a compliment is underhanded, these days... Especially when you cannot ascribe any negative qualities to an ethnic group. There are no black criminals, no black crooked politicians... Referring to a minority individual in positive terms demeans the rest of that minority, i.e. the ones that are not included in the praise and the honor. Example: you cannot say " New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is a hero who did what he could, in a dignified manner, to evacuate the citizens of his city, even when faced with both the worst hurricane the Gulf Coast has suffered in a long time, as well as an neglectful, racist federal government who denied him the means to save the poor, black citizens of his fair town." After all, if you said that, you'd be implying that all the other black people in the country couldn't hold a candle to the man, and such a negative comment cannot be tolerated in a diverse, pluralistic society, blah, blah, blah… So let me suggest this instead: " New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is an incompetent and opportunistic nitwit who has no business leading a city that is situated more than ten feet under sea level, as proven by his quasi-criminal attitude when he failed to do his duty and evacuate citizens when faced with an ass-kicking hurricane." True, therefore non-confrontational… Voila! Another emotional crisis averted! Let us delve deeper into our eeeevil, racist mind...
Good point. Another dead giveaway is the subtle inflection placed on third-person collective pronouns: they, them. Posted by newswolf56 on Fri Sep-30-05 08:22
Racism is always subtle, you see. In the days of Jim Crow, it was the blatant and outright "N word". Can't do that anymore, right ? So now, we talk about "them". Not that we would refer to any individual we disapprove of, regardless of race, with a "subtle inflection placed on third-person collective pronouns". Negating the use of certain forms or grammar, as well as certain tones of voice, has the effect of restricting the way we can refer to individuals or groups negatively, lest we return to our "good ol' boys" ways. And since that is unacceptable, we have no choice but to refer to all humanity in glowing, inclusive terms. In doing that, we have also fallen into a world ruled by a twisted, deconstructivist version of "hear no evil, see no evil, do no evil". After all, if you can't talk badly about anyone, even if it is deserved, "they" can't be that bad, right ? For example: "Senator Robert Byrd is a Democrat who, in his politically formative years, was a high ranking member of the West Virginia Klu Klux Klan who frowned on using subtle inflections placed on third-person pronouns in a racially divisive manner. Instead, he lynched, or at least cautioned and incited the lynching of black people, therewith shunning unwelcome and subtle forms of racism." See? You shoud feel all warm and fuzzy inside by now... And we stupid white people thought we were cured...


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