There wasn't anything humorous at all about Colin's post, and it is sad that such things are still going on today.
Many of your fellow conservatives would find your emotional reaction
to its posting to be evidence of a "P.C. mentality," whether fair or not.
Right...more of what us people of color should be thinking.
I'll let you off the hook though, because despite our differences, I do think you are a nice person. I certaintly enjoy our debates.
But as far as the personal part....I don't care if you were molested...beat....made to wear ladies dress...sh*t on...etc. Other then a horribly disfiguring accident, you will alas still be "white". There is no comparison between this undeniable fact.
Hell even if fat, there is a chance you can at least lose the weight. For us minorities unless we go through a chemical peal, there will always be that stigma.
You as a "white" person will never be judged in the same way because of it.
Thanks for the compliments, Genesim, and I agree that you are probably a nice person. (Hey, anyone who goes to the mat for Elvis Presley's "From Elvis Presley Boulevard" can't be all bad.
) Your essential good nature
comes shining though in spite of your notorious heavy-handed persona
on FECC. It sometimes takes awhile but it is there.
But I do find your assumption
that the violin must play louder for you to be pretty obnoxious and I don't want to get into comparing my father and mother, my life, etc. with your own saga.
(See how we have to start doing the Oprah thing?
) Why must we play that card? So let's assume that Elvis' music was one thing
that touched a chord in all of us, particularly his melancholy material,
one that so many of us can relate to. Common ground exists
for all of us.
And frankly, (and you'd better sit down) I vividly recall a photo of you on the old MB. Friend, you did not appear
then to be a "person of color" as commonly understood. I had a friend once in high school that none of us noticed was born of a Japanese mother and "white" man.Later, I realized I had noticed some Asian features, but for him to go around calling himself a "minority" would have been a bit rich. Are you sure you don't pass for white? Not that it really matters.
The "one-drop rule" (that black blood makes you "black") rule itself was a racist construction, given that someone could be 99% white.
Besides, I don't think any one race has a monopoly on being essentially
this ("noble," "good
dancers,") or that ("criminal at heart," "given to looting,") etc.
Well, if you are more liberal on the race question than it is a rare example of you departing from your conservative views -and you're entitled to that as any American. I,likewise, am a blend politically, and so it goes
What GG and you are disagreeing about is not
cut and dried. As someone
who has dabbled in cartooning, I know that exaggerating facial features
(be they eccentricities or common ethnic tendencies) is by definition
part of the job. However, in the US in particular, minstrelsy and other
buffoonish "entertainment" made such characterizations of blacks
verboten. (As a result, some caricatures of black politicians (etc.) seem
overly nice, compared to say those of President Bush, often likened
to a monkey.)
For the record, I find Condi Rice to be a weird combination of an
attractive black woman but also one who does have a bit of a face
only a mother could love, depending on the angle. But I digress.
It's funny but we don't dissect photos of, say, Dick Cheney's beer
gut or fashion choices. Women do
have it harder in public life.
But I vote for no-holds barred free speech time and again.
We can deal with hurt feelings later. These people are paid handsomely.
Hell, Miss Rice even has an oil tanker
named after her. She's
on easy street, especially now.
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