They say a lot about your character. If you are not that race, it will be perceived as racist. If you don’t think it’s racist, it’s probably racist.
As someone who lives in a predominantly white country, but a mixed city, you see this casual racism everyday. We see it and most of us say nothing because we already have institutional racism going against us. Most of us are not about to get the label of crybaby or whatever else added to our list of issues. It’s not good, but it’s what happens. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
Fortunately for us, there’s always one person who tries to do the right thing.
The latest incident here is regarding the now former England Women’s Football Manager. He was sacked today after weeks of controversy regarding a comments he made to different players. I don’t even care about that right now. The entire English FA is a joke.
What I care about is the reaction. People are saying that they stand by him (do you even know him?) and that it’s pc gone mad (classic racist logic) and he shouldn’t be fired for a bad joke.
A bad joke?
Mark Sampson, the manager of the England women’s football team, is alleged to have told one of his black players to make sure their Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a game at Wembley, according to extraordinary new evidence the Guardian can present as part of the Eni Aluko hush-money case.
That’s not just a bad joke, it’s racism. Yes, there was an Ebola crisis in certain parts of Africa at the time, but not in Nigeria. And even if there had been, it’s still not funny. The worst part is that people think that any black person should be okay with this joke. I think I read that the player laughed in disbelief because she didn’t know what else to do.
It’s a very strange situation when people (with or without authority over you) make these statements and it’s a choice between speaking out and not being labelled as sensitive or easily offended and keeping quiet and feeling like you’re betraying yourself in your gut.
So, the next time you think about making a racist joke – don’t.
It’s that simple.
I should note that he technically wasn’t fired because of his alleged racist statements but because of his behaviour in a previous role. So, I’m sure he’ll have another cushy job in less than six months.
I’m not going to spend a long time talking about this, but I ventured into the #racism tag on here and surprisingly, it was full of all kinds of crazy opinions.
The hot topic seemed to be comments said by a Cambridge University student on Friday/Saturday, during a ‘riot’ that took place in East London.
The Cambridge University student who praised rioters who threw petrol bombs at police and claimed “all white people are racist” has defended his comments.
Jason Okundaye, 20, head of the Black and Minority Ethnic society at the university, came under fire on Saturday after posting a string of posts on Twitter.
His remarks followed violent protests in Hackney, east London, on Friday night (July 28) over the death of Rashan Charles following a struggle with police.But commenting on his social media posts, Okundaye said: “My tweet about all white people being racist was pulled out of context and separate to my tweets in support of the Dalston protests.
“My tweets on white racism had been said before, in response to people acting as if racism is exclusive to working class people.
“I stated that regardless of sexuality, class, gender or age, all white people are racist i.e. not just one type of white person.”
And the reference to ‘geddit’ refers to my previous tweets on how all demographics of whiteness can and should be called out for their racism and how it specifically manifests in their groups e.g. white middle-class people refusing to hire Black people killed, or white gay men stating ‘no blacks, no asians’ on dating apps such as Grindr.
So basically, this student called all white people racist.
Apparently that’s racist.
He also said that all white people could ‘geddit’.
Apparently that’s inciting violence.
Unfortunately there are some people who think black people are afforded special treatment these days. They think equal opportunity is some sort of ploy to steal everything they have. It isn’t. Some of them even think that they’re a minority now. They’re not. They’re really not.
What really pisses me off is the people that hear the word ‘racist’ and instead of taking a breath and calming down, they proceed to show you just how racist they truly are. Some of y’all would make shitty lawyers.
In my opinion, what this student said wasn’t racist. I don’t know how calling white people racist is racist. I can’t follow that logic. Either it’s true or false. What is racist is the people on Twitter calling black people ‘sub human’ and ‘ferals’. Or the people who say we should go back to Africa.
The difference is that I see that nonsense everyday, be it on comment sections, Twitter, wherever and it’s disgusting, but I can’t really do anything about it. I reported those tweets, but that won’t stop anything.
Here, we have one admittedly inflammatory comment and now everyone is up in arms. Now they care about racism (but only so they can tell us how NOT racist they are, while being racist).
They’re talking about expelling this student and prosecuting him for ‘inciting racial hatred’. That’s bullshit. I’ll admit that when I first read the news, my reaction was dude, what are you doing?? You can’t say that. Especially as a Cambridge student. Didn’t your parents tell you when to shut up! Also, hello, Cambridge!
When you’re black, you know that there will always be people ready to help you fail. You know that there are certain things you have to be careful about saying, especially around certain people. Forget context, you have to be mindful at all times. Perhaps Jason forgot himself and was so frustrated that he tweeted what he did. Maybe he was just fed up. We’ve all been at that point. I don’t think he deserves to lose his education over that.
I find it highly ironic that an MP had this to say:
Just a few weeks ago, I was being told that a term used by one of his colleagues – ‘nigger in the woodpile’ – was just from back in the day and that outrage over the word was political correctness gone mad.
Now… an opinion is ‘racial hatred’. Y’all need to make your mind up.
Or is it that certain people can say what they want and to hell with the rest of us?
Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris has been suspended from the Conservative party after she was taped using the phrase “n****** in a woodpile” in a discussion about Brexit.
These days whenever I hear that [insert white person with some kind of public role] has said the word nigger (at this point, why bother using asterisks?), I always chuckle to myself.
Not because it’s funny but because we [black people] know that white people say it behind closed doors. We know that white people won’t be happy until they can say the word whenever they want without any repercussions. Slavery wasn’t enough. The Jim Crow era wasn’t enough. They want to take the word back.
You guys can have it. Seriously. Say it all you want, and if there’s some blow back, know that you knew what you were signing up for. Maybe we can brand the letter R on the hands of all the white people who want to say it.
People are saying that nigger in a woodpile is an old fashioned term and that it’s inoffensive. Yeah, now (and that’s HIGHLY debatable). Back then it obviously had a wider connotation. Either way, it’s still a phrase that needs to be left behind. However, if you’d like to say it, I have my R brand ready for you.
Anyway, my tongue in cheek suggestion aside, there’s been the usual response.
Why are these people so offended?
Excuse me? Who are these people that you’re referring to. Black people? Why are black people offended at the use of a historical term that was used to denigrate them? And that aside, I personally wasn’t. I can’t think that too many of us are. Unsurprised, that’s for sure.
These people have come and taken our jobs. We should send them back to where they came from.
LOL. Lazy response. Do better.
Black people often use the ‘N’ word about themselves
What’s your point? It’s been explained to the death why it is that some black people use the word. I used to take the Oprah stance on the word before I realised that black people have earned the right to take back the word if they please. I don’t look down on anyone that says it. Unless you’re not black. If you’re white you can’t say it. Simple. There’s no magic sparkle that happens when you say it. I promise you.
PC in this country has gone so far we have disappeared up our own arse.
This is always the default response people have when they’re told off for being offensive idiots. It’s not PC gone mad, it’s just that you’re still a dick. Deal with it.
They call us names too
Really…how many of ‘them’? And do they have the same historical connotation and racist background? No? I didn’t think so.
I can’t think of anything more tiring than debating whether or not white people can say nigger when the answer is glaringly obvious.
“It is not the colour of their skin, but the smell of the curry.”
Basically, this landlord in the UK refuses to rent his properties to anyone of Indian or Pakistani origin because of the smell. He also refuses to accept a whole bunch of other people, like people with kids under the age of 18, single parents, low income workers and people on housing benefits.
Apparently asking a reasonable question is an arrestable offence.
A reporter was arrested and could face jail for asking Health Secretary Tom Price whether the new Trump healthcare bill will make it harder for domestic violence sufferers to obtain insurance.
Jeffry Young, a New York-based reporter from the non-profit Public News Service, was arrested by West Virginia police as he shadowed Mr Price and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, holding out a recorder as he persistently asked about claims that insurers could refuse to service abuse survivors or could charge them substantially more.
Theresa May thinks the collapse of the pound was like rain on someone’s wedding day.
At a Canary Wharf press conference, she delivered this Donald Trump-esque gem of a paragraph: “If you look at what happened to sterling, sterling had started to fall back before the referendum vote came through. So there have been adjustments to sterling. It isn’t just that sterling has gone down. We’ve seen currencies move around as currencies do.”
– cancelled because I have a headache –
I wish we could just cancel politics. It’s a never ending stream of bullshit.
I’m sure that you guys have heard about this mess. Obviously I can’t pass up on this snarkfest!
PepsiCo pulled a commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner on Wednesday after the ad prompted outrage and ridicule from those who said it trivialized rights protests and public unrest in the United States.
The ad, released late on Tuesday, shows the fashion celebrity and reality TV star in a photo shoot when she sees protesters marching. Removing her wig and makeup, Jenner joins the crowd and hands a baseball cap-wearing police officer a can of Pepsi, prompting him to smile while marchers cheer and hug.
I watched it myself (here) and I had so many questions.
My first was, “that’s a wig, right?”
And then, “what the hell is this Kendall Jenner looking at? This seems like an awkward place to have a modelling shoot. Right by an open door/window/??”
And then, “What? Now this (presumably) Muslim woman is drawing randomly? Why? She’s just here to tick off a box probably sigh.”
And then, “dafuq is this weak sauce protest for? What conversation? Is this a stock footage protest?”
Followed by, “why is there street dancing? I thought this was a protest? Is dance protesting a thing that exists outside of straight to DVD movies?
And then, “Why is this Muslim artist lady so frustrated? Bruh!”
And then, “Oh, so it is a wig? Oh, okay, she’s taking it off? That was pointless. Oh… She’s joining the protest? Baby girl coulda done that with the wig on, but okay. Also, dark lipstick is not the appropriate shade for protests. Got it.”
And then, “Oh, snap, the police are here for this dry protestless protest? Wait… Where’s she going with that can of Pepsi? Oh, hell no! ”
Followed by, “Oh, so Muslim artist lady is happy now that she’s got her camera to capture this beauty. Oh dear.”
Followed by, “what the fuck are they cheering about? WHY IS THE COP SMILING? Is this a street party of a protest?!”
Long story short, Kendall Jenner’s soda brings the police out of the stomp-the-yard.
I think the worst thing about this isn’t even the secondhand embarrassment or the complete cluelessness or the fact that using police brutality to sell anything is fucked up, or the fact that throwing every minority you can think of in the ad is besides the point or the fact that Kendall Jenner taking her wig off is supposed to mean something to any of us.
It’s the sheer pretentiousness of it all.
The random cello in random places. The drawing and photography. The way all of the protestors look like the kind of preppy people you see in catalogues. Who in their right mind is EVER going to watch this and think, “I feel like being less of a bigot today. Let me go out and buy Pepsi”? They won’t even think, “Let me go out and take Pepsi.”
They’ll go out and buy a Diet Coke.
I can’t understand how they all sat through the concept meetings and no one – no one, I say! – No-one thought, hmm, maybe we should just make a fucking commercial about drinking Pepsi instead of trying to cash in on interpersonal and racial tension! Seriously. Even I could come up with a better idea in two minutes.
Wrap Kendall Jenner in blue foil and voila. New concept. She could be like the human embodiment of Pepsi.
Okay, so, that’s a terrible idea but not as bad as the nonsense they put out. I want my two minutes back. Pepsi have wisely pulled the ad but that they released it at all shows how tone-deaf they are.
A+ casting regarding the guy with the cello, though, he was cute. Playing on the roof for no reason is a mark in the minus column and featuring in the ad at all is a deal breaker but whatever. He’s got bills to pay. I respect that.
“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout.”
…too little, too late.
They also apologized to Kendall Jenner for putting her in this position. Sorry, what? Is she going to give them back her check? The fuck does she need an apology for? She needs a Diversity & Culture lecture. Possibly two or three. In fact, they ALL DO!
I was watching the Daily Show when this came up – apparently Rachel Dolezal has changed her name.
Daily Mail reports that, last October, the 39-year-old has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo, a name so black it she shares it with a police brutality victim. Distancing herself from “Rachel Dolezal” might get her foot in the door with some employers, but it’s hard to forget that plantain-colored face. Phone interviews are probably still her best bet.
Nkechi Amare Diallo.
This woman has really lost her damn mind. You are white, lady. No Igbo (Nigerian) first name will change that. No fake tan will change that. No braided extensions will change that. She could buy stock in cocoa butter tomorrow and her whack ass would STILL be white.
This is borderline insulting to anyone with a West African name. She honestly irritates the heck out of me. She needs therapy, not a name change. Ugh. Why are we even still giving her airtime? She needs to go and be ‘black’ far away from the public eye.
…because the number of people not even bothering to hide their stupidity is definitely growing. Certain people need to come with a damn mute button to spare us all from their nonsense. This includes racism apologists/defenders and everyone who talked out of their mouth sideways about the terrible incident that occured in Charleston yesterday and people defending Rachel ‘I don’t understand the question’ Dolezal. Sigh.
ETA: I might just have to make a page just for stupid people.