Before I get to catching up on stuff from the weekend, there were a few things I wanted to address in regards to my “Black Race” entry. I was extremely happy to see that it got featured over the weekend. First off it was something I wanted to get people talking about, and second I am fairly certain that it is the first featured post I have ever seen that has the N word in it. I’m all about breaking barriers down here on xanga. Some said it couldn’t be done and others said I would have to censor the N words, but I guess I showed all of them. (I am not certain that this is an accomplishment that I should be proud of but whatever I guess.)
I would like to talk about Kool-Aid next. There were a slew of comments that centered around the reference to Kool-AId. In the Obama bucks cartoon the reference to Kool-Aid was most certainly and without a doubt racist. You put Kool-Aid on a food stamp next to ribs, fried chicken, and watermelon, then you are clearly trying to make a statement. “Don’t drink the kool-aid” on the other hand is a reference to Jim Jones and the Guyanese cult mass suicides at Jonestown. However any responsible journalist would be aware that this term has a double meaning in some instances. Thus putting out headlines that read “Don’t Drink the Obama Kool-Aid” is just plain irresponsible.
Newsflash; Sterotyping and Racism are not mutually exclusive people. The argument that this cartoon is an example of only stereotyping and not an example of racism is just as ridiculous as Diane Fedele saying that these are just foods. Racism is a learned behavior. Sometimes we are aware of what we learn and sometimes it just becomes part of our consciousness. Stereotypes are an example of this learned behavior. Whether or not one adheres to sterotypes on purpose or unknowingly is irrelevant. They are both examples of learned racism. One is definitely worse than the other (the absolute worst is when someone is racist on purpose, then claims to have not known any better), but in any case they are both examples of racist behavior.The problem is that people tend to get defensive when they are told they are being racist and they are unaware of it. This is not the answer. The correct thing to do is to realize a mistake was made and then fix it going forward. Acknowledgement is always the first step.
Lastly I would like to announce my submission for the Xanga Douchebag Awards (which I will have an update for later on). I was not going to submit anything originally since it’s my contest, but this is just too fucking douchy. So in posting this I knew I was going to get some longer than usual comments since it’s such a juicy topic. I also knew I would get a bunch of different opinions on the matter and while I disagreed completely with some of them, I was still happy to read them. But then there was one dude who just blew any asshole comment I’ve ever gotten right out of the water. Not only was this guy more radical than any other radical to chime in on the matter (and boy were there some radicals), but this guy also had the nerve to leave me a whopping 43 paragraph long comment. Yeah I said a 43 PARAGRAPH LONG COMMENT!!! Here let me give you the intro to this madness;
I have read your blog and if you read mine you just might get a glimpse of the real Obama
The genocide of the tribe of Cush is just the tip of the iceberg (so to speak) this man makes what Adolf Hitler did to the Jews tame by comparison. – bobwentz
Real nice isn’t it? And again I would like to stress that he had 43 paragraphs of this bullshit to spew. Fucking bobwentz Asshole! Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll be back later with the douchebag finalists.