Re: Why does every conversation about David Ortiz have to be so venomous (on both sides)?
posted at 2/2/2014 1:47 AM EST
In response to EnchiladaT's comment:
It's not always so clear.
moon I don't believe one can be a true racist if they have friends, good friends, of another color or race... you can say "telling, very telling, classic" all you want.
I totally disagree with your labeling as much as I would a pure racist verbally abusing others of different skin. In fact I am at the point where I don't care for people that take your stance any more than I care for the pure racist.
You are all the same to me, and both are a problem.
Today many in the "PC community" are taking a new tact. They may say or believe in something like this, "Look how well the Indian immigrants have assimilated into our culture and succeeded better than others..." (or "model minorities") It's really a back-handed way of demeaning other cultures, and like more overt racism is based in ignorance and lack of a fuller understanding of the actual factors involved differing ethnic groups coming to America and how the shade of ones skin color still effects your chances to succeed 9at least financially). Just read the book "Tiger Mom" and see for yourself how racism can take many forms.
How many of you have heard someone say something like, "Those Indians always win the spelling bees, because their culture demands that their parents push them to learn..."? It's oversimplifications like this that are based in narrow-mindedness & ignorance, which happens to be the hotbed of racism. Clearly, if India shared a border with the USA, we'd be hearing another story from the same mouths of those praising their culture now. India is a mess. Over 25% of the country is illiterate. That's more than Mexico, but only the top money earners in India can even afford a plane ticket to the USA. I read somewhere that the $1000 it costs to fly from India to the USA is like a year's pay for the average Indian. The top 10% income bracket in Mexico is not coming to America, if it was, the dialogue would be changed.
Yes, the left and right are both continuing the ignorance. Maybe things are improving, maybe not so much. It's still a fact that the color of one's skin plays a significant factor in opportunity and the chance for success, and it's not because of any racial or ethnic inferiority or superiority; it's because of varying levels of discrimination, bigotry and racism.
I'm sticking to my position that some of all this wildly excessive vitriol is racially motivated. I don't cry "racism" behind "every shadow". If that makes me equal to a racist in your mind, then there's not much more to say, but I'll end with this: I don't lump everyone into one clear group of pure racists or pure non racists, in fact, I believe probably all of us have some form of harmful racial or ethnic prejudice in us some where, even if unconcious. It's not as clear as night and day.