March 24, 2007

The many excuses for racism

How to Suppress Discussions of Racism
  • "I'm [a member of an oppressed group] and I'm not offended."

  • "It's just a book/film/comic book/TV show!"

  • "Pointing out racism just makes it harder for us to achieve a colorblind society. You shouldn't judge people based on their race."

  • "Minorities can be racist too, you know!"

  • "You'd rather have boringly flawless and politically correct minority characters?"

  • "Since everyone knows those are racist stereotypes, no one takes them seriously anymore and they can't do any harm. You're just missing the joke/clever subversion of the stereotype."

  • "It's not racist, it's historically accurate!"

  • "It's not racist, it's a fantasy!"


Rob said...

If people criticize me, it's usually for being too negative. That's because I focus on the ongoing stereotyping of Indians.

So thanks for thinking I'm a Pollyanna, although it shows you don't understand my mission. Oops.

By the way, the interjection is spelled "poof," not "pouf." A pouf is "a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century."

Rob said...

Yes, "pouf" has several meanings, but none of them apply to your use of it. Let's face it: you spelled "poof" wrong. Oops.

If encountering this blog twice makes one a pervert, what does that say about you? You make a point of responding to the majority of entries. Why would you waste so much time if you think my views are mistaken, misguided, or monotonous?