T'es trop grande !! Aucun homme nevoudra de toi, ha.
Pffft elle a un accent.
N'importe quoi ses fringues. Elle a trouvé ça où ?
Mais c'est pas possible, on dirait pas ke t'es américaine ! T'es intelligente !!
It's sad that she appears not to realise that this is racist.
It kind of negates the effectiveness when the stereotypical manner of your video is just as bad as the thing you're making fun of.
Unless the other person already agrees with you, you're redefining the terms of the argument. This does not go over well with people. It's a bad rhetorical strategy. It gets especially bad when people are condescending about it - "oh, you silly, don't you know that 'racism' actually means 'prejudice + power!'" This usually causes people to push back harder.
Isn't the very fact that the word "ghetto" is used for run down inner cities a legacy of anti-semitism? "Ghetto" being the area of Venice the Jews lived in and so forth.
Growing up I was constantly labeled an "oreo" by my black peers because of my proper speech and "valley girl accent". But contrary to my tormentors' taunts, I didn't "want to be white" or think I was better than them; my lilting voice and preppy attire was the result of my Catholic school elementary years combined with my suburban West Palm Beach upbringing.
After I entered high school, the teasing subsided and my circle of friends grew to include girls from all walks of life; but I always seemed to fall in with the white girls from upper middle class families. I quickly became the "token black girl" in my group, which came with a whole host of awkward questions and first experiences for my peers. Unfortunately, the awkward questions and comments didn't stop after I graduated from high school. Throughout college and even today, in corporate America, I find myself fielding inappropriate questions and swatting hands away from my waist length dreadlocks.
Over the years I've found that dealing with white people faux pas can be tricky. If I get upset, I could quickly be labeled the "angry black girl." But if I don't say anything or react too passively, I risk giving friends and acquaintances permission to continue crossing the line. So I decided to create my own parody, "Shit White Girls Say...to Black Girls," to make all people laugh while, hopefully, opening some eyes and encouraging some of my white friends and acquaintances to think twice before they treat their black friends and associates like petting zoo animals or expect us to be spokespeople for the entire race.
I'd add that it's also not helpful to do this by employing a belittling phrase like "white women's tears" that also has a pretty strong undercurrent of sexism.
I thought the whole "white woman cryin'" thing was talking about when white women manipulatively and fakely pretend to be hurt and vulnerable in order to shut down and avoid conversations of their racism, get white men on their side to gang up on the person who is trying to talk about racism.
For whatever it's worth though, I don't think it's a derail to tell someone that I'm not interested in discussing anything with them unless they treat me with basic human respect.
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