How To Tell People They Sound Racist by the inestimably brilliant Jay Smooth
I don't really see that ignorance on display here. What was so implausible about the story he told her? It actually seems laudable that she was writing a story about him, and trying to share that with readers. By interviewing him, isn't she trying to learn about his history?
Does Nigeria have a particular culture of preposterous humour?
This thread is seriously the perfect encapsulation of internet progressivism. From the assumption that the kid was trying to subvert the Anglo-paternalistic paradigm (instead of just telling a tall tale), to the accusations of racism, to the well-favorited, credulous assertion that a country's official language is at all representative of the tongues people actually speak, to the haughty laughing at the stupid reporter who had the temerity to believe - when told by an actual African - that an African animal lived in an African country - man. It'd be nice if we could just admit that we don't know fuckall about Africa, either, and stop posturing so much.
It can be racist to believe something that a person of another race tells you is their personal experience and history?
oft repeated attention-seeking lies, and the colour of his skin is irrelevant to his choice and purpose for lying.
It’s easier to tell the same stories everyone else does. There’s no particular shame in it.
It’s just that it’s lazy, which is just about the worst possible thing a spec fic writer can be.
Oh, and it’s not true.
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