Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

Racism Rant

White people as a general rule get uncomfortable if racism is being discussed in mixed company. It is a topic that they would rather not have brought up or at least have a chance to demonstrate how not racist they are to the persons of color in said company. This is always amusing to watch, but on Friday I came to a strange conversational cul de sac that I thought was rather alarming.

A person was discussing how they felt that films should be for everybody, not specific audiences. I countered that for all of its artistic elements, cinema is an industry and has to at least try to make a profit. Furthermore, I said, no filmmaker is without their own tastes and interests. He contested that to categorically call this film a black movie or that film a gay movie was to take away from what they are as dramas. I agreed that pidgeonholing films like that would tend to trivialize them, but that films do have target audiences, and that is who the films would be promoted towards. He said that was wrong, that movies are just movies, they should be just presented for what they are...

...and as I was talking to him, it occurred to me that at no point did he acknowledge that most of the times the situation is to a certain extent just calling a cigar a cigar (naw, you weren't going to catch me that easily). Yeah, a Spike Lee movie is primarily a drama, but usually he examines racial tensions or class distinctions. And he often makes films (Crooklyn, X, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, etc.) that are geared towards a specific audience, persons of color. Does this mean that another person can't see it? No, of course not. I have. But I certainly don't pretend that I grok them on the same level as a person of color because I know that my background is different. And I realized that the reason why he wasn't acknowledging this was because he was falling into what I suddenly realized is the new face of institutional racism.

It's not intentional, but white people have gotten to a point where it isn't enough to consider persons of color equal, but they now feel that they should pretend to be color-blind. Yeah, it sounds really nice on the surface, but at what point does ignoring the distinctions between the races, genders and whatnot stop being altruistic and start being just another form of racism/sexism/whateverism again? Instead of dealing with something that is different, they are ignoring the distinctions, and that is just as wrong as discrimination. There are cultural differences that exist within our society as a whole, and many of these are along racial lines - although I would make the case that they are primarily along class lines - and by pretending that a person is no different from you, are you not also detracting from their identities and experiences?

I mean, how damaging has this attitude been already? Most urban and suburban white people in the United States are under the delusion that everything has changed, that racism is a thing of the past and that black people are much better off today than they were fifty years ago. In fact, they welcome the opportunity to make friends with persons of color so long as they don't try to move into their neighborhood. This has led to a huge amount of white apathy towards civil rights issues because the assumption is that there isn't much to do anymore and has created a backlash against affirmative action programs, their purpose now so twisted by political opportunists abusing the very racism they were put into place to combat that most Americans don't even realize why it is necessary.

The cultural distinctions are recognized, but they lines upon which they are aren't racial anymore. This was made possible by absorbing of many of these elements into the mainstream. Aspects of cultural identity have now lost their original context, and therefore are no longer representative of the cultures that spawned them. An excellent example of this in action would be the genre of rap music.

I'm not saying that there haven't been very important improvements both legally and socially. But the fact of the matter is that if one adjusts the dollar amounts, the average income for a family of color is the same percent of the average income for a white family as it was eighty years ago. That's not much improvement, but it is also not being acknowledged very often to the public.

I'm telling you, it was The Cosby Show that did it...

Yoinked from hadara are more memes:

How You Life Your Life

You have a good sense of self control and hate to show weakness.
You're laid back and chill, but sometimes you care too much about what others think.
You prefer a variety of friends and tend to change friends quickly.
You tend to dream big, but you worry that your dreams aren't attainable.

This is mostly off... in particular the part where I tend to change friends quickly.

The Harlequin
You scored 36% Cardinal, 46% Monk, 50% Lady, and 29% Knight!
You are a mystery, a jack-of-all-trades. You have the king's ear, but also listen to murmurings of the common folk. You believe in the value of force and also literature. Truly you are the puzzlement of the age.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 50% on Cardinal
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You scored higher than 58% on Monk
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You scored higher than 76% on Lady
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You scored higher than 9% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

I don't get this one at all, but here it is...

I am a bird in hand!
Find your own pose!

Bird in Hand Traits and Tendencies
Bird in Hand is the preferred position of couples who are both on their second marriage (or similarly committed relationship). The experience and wisdom that comes from possessing and then losing love makes Bird in Handers unusually grateful partners, and they revel in the relief of finding themselves in each other’s arms night after night.

Comfort Zone

Bird in Hand is a Wind Sleeper pose. Other Wind poses to explore and potentially enjoy include Pinching Koala and Tree and Excalibur.


Only by making yourself truly vulnerable can you achieve a paramount Bird in Hand. Divulging an embarrassing memory or infection just before bedtime can help set the mood. Or, if you are ticklish, try an arrangement that exposes your most sensitive corners.

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