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November 11th, 2004

Kill Whitey! @ 01:11 am

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Date:November 11th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm rather amused myself.

While I'm sure that they have the best of intentions, their implementation is terrible. If they're really interested in a level playing field, they should be promoting general understanding and respect for all cultures, rather than trying to adopt a "don't touch it if it's not from whitey" routine.

Define 'whitey'. Do they mean people of celtic stock? nordic stock? slavic stock? albinos? arayans? How
'white' do you have to be to be 'white'? Is 10% "brown or yellow" enough? 25%? Something based on the
albedo of the skin tone?

It's discrimination plain and simple to say "people who look like that aren't allowed to do this".

Take the phrase:

it is racist for a white person to dress up as a person of colour. period.

Well - almost. It's racist to say that a white person can't dress up as a "person of colour".

Eliminating racism (and prejudice) isn't about elevating different groups, or treating them differently. It's about treating everybody the same way, whatever they look like.

*sigh* I can hope that the world will shake this particular delusion out of those young'ns. I think the world's had quite enough 'noble savages', 'wronged people of colour' and 'inscrutable asiatics'. Pfeh.
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Date:November 11th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
Amazingly well-put.

I once witnessed an incredible episode of doublethink, in which a South Asian woman (who, minutes before, had been swilling Guinness and affecting a bad Irish accent) yelled at me and the people who cooked with me for MAKING CURRY FOR DINNER the week before. Because even daring to make curry was an instance of cultural appropriation and insensitivity; apparently, preparing a delicious and time-consuming curry is racist to do for a special dinner, because calling curry 'special' entails exotifying the curry, hence the culture that the curry is originally a part of.

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