Re: ESPN keeping racist comments quiet
posted at 8/8/2013 12:48 PM EDT
In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
In response to NonChalant1's comment:
I had to log in just because of how idiotic PatsEng and some others sound by saying that a black person calling another black person a house n-word is racist. No, it's an insult. It's calling them a sell out and someone subservient to others who is ashamed of their race. That is not racist. It's this type is misusing the word racist that allows the false equivalency and dodging and deflecting that goes on in society. It's how people use the term "race card" to avoid responding to things that are actually racist. They act like the person who brings up something that has racial connotations is automatically the racist one and it allows them to avoid dealing with the substance of what someone is saying. It's lame.
People need to stop twisting the term racist for their own usage and to deflect to equate the actions of completely opposite actions. I may be a person of color, but given schooling, most of my friends are white and they'd call you an idiot for saying that using the term uncle tom from one black person to another is "racist." By definition a racist is, "a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others." Hugh Douglas is completely wrong, but to try to flip this situation into a way to defend the response to Riley Cooper is nonsense. I'm happy your sort is the minority among my age group in New England.
calling someone an "uncle tom" is absolutely racist, it basically means that person doesnt act black enough for you. similar to what that idiot on espn said about RG3, calling him a "cornball brother". clearly all three of these people made mistakes in what they said, cooper and parker apologized and were punished. hopefully the same is true for douglas.
obviously what douglas said isnt as bad as what cooper said, in context. but still, its a dumb thing to say and he should be docked in some way for it.
You have no business telling an African-American what is or is not racist among their own community. You sound ridiculous. Once again, you morph the word racist to fit your definition because it carries a heavier and more vile connotation. Calling someone an oreo, banana, or the various other terms that mean someone does not identify with their own culture are not racist. It does not speak to racial superiority or hatred of another race. What you are doing is partaking in the evaluation of one's "asian-ness" or something along those lines which is offensive often times because it involves stereotyping what you think someone of a similar background to you should act like. But it's not racist. If anything, it's being upset that one is not acting according to what you feel someone of your racial background (which you love) should act like. Further, historically and presently, the term often has bearing. It is frequently lodged at people who partake in the practice of denigrating and disowning all people of their own racial background. People who hate what they are so they bleach their skin, or get eye surgeries, or things of that sort. People who hate who they are and anyone who shares that racial background even though obviously people do not have to be, and should not be defined by their race (though especially as a minority it is part of your identity). Think of Dave Chapelle's "Black White Supremacist" skit, that type of person is who that term is frequently lodged at (and ignorantly act educated people of color by others at times...I know, I've been the victim) and there's nothing racist about what it's being tossed that way.
By the way, I'm not defending Douglas' stupidity. I was just arguing against the way people are defining racism. Douglas is in the wrong and should probably be fired. Or he would be if it were me.