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Racism is over!
posted by BitterOldPunk (63 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
The one-trick pony seems to have stopped doing its trick. They haven't updated in two months.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:49 PM on July 5, 2009


Mocking the bandwagon is a little played, dontcha think?
posted by Wanderlust88 at 8:50 PM on July 5, 2009


Finally.

The strife was upsetting the horses.
posted by codswallop at 8:51 PM on July 5, 2009


I remember damali ayo from college. She would wear White Sox caps and black out part of the "o" so that they said "Sex." I can see Obamistan, the Land without Racism coming from her sense of humor.
posted by jonp72 at 8:52 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Capital letters in proper names are also over, apparently.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:00 PM on July 5, 2009


Listen, I just saw Transformers 2, so I can't take this seriously.

black autobots: "Uh, ye-ah, we don't do readin'"
posted by lattiboy at 9:02 PM on July 5, 2009 [7 favorites]


It was just a matter of time really.
posted by Sailormom at 9:04 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Listen, I just saw Transformers 2, so I can't take this seriously

Lesson: Avoid Michael Bay films.
posted by IvoShandor at 9:07 PM on July 5, 2009


Hey man, racism and stereotypes are two completely different things!

Michael Bay is your stereotypical shitty director!
posted by Industrial PhD at 9:09 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was never racist anyway - in fact, some of my best friends are [insert race here] - but still, [insert race here] sure do fart a lot, don't they?
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:09 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Capital letters in proper names are also over, apparently.

bell hooks did it much earlier.
posted by jonp72 at 9:11 PM on July 5, 2009


The header picture with Obama's face in the sun/flower thing makes me cringe.
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 9:12 PM on July 5, 2009


the people responsible for this must break a lot of keyboards with those heavy hands
posted by pyramid termite at 9:15 PM on July 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


Meh. I find this kind of sarcasm more annoying than funny.
posted by lullaby at 9:16 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Mefi Klux Klan rides again.
posted by item at 9:18 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


... if you want it.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 9:18 PM on July 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


The schtick gets really old after a few posts, and it's not particularly funny to begin with.
posted by Autarky at 9:33 PM on July 5, 2009


are we daring the publishing industry to give these bloggers a book deal by giving the two of them publicity? if so, this would be a new low for the industry.
posted by the aloha at 9:39 PM on July 5, 2009


Knapsacks for everybody!
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 9:41 PM on July 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


There's the kind of satire that's funny or thought-provoking, and there's the kind that just smugly sucks the air out of the room. And is boring.
posted by Methylviolet at 9:47 PM on July 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Guys, this FPP isn't true because I'm still racist.
posted by Avenger at 9:51 PM on July 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


There's the kind of satire that's funny or thought-provoking, and there's the kind that just smugly sucks

ftfy
posted by pyramid termite at 9:56 PM on July 5, 2009


Flagged for "do-we-really-need-another-site-with-this-same-stupid-gimmick?"
posted by paisley henosis at 10:07 PM on July 5, 2009


Run Hadji, Run!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:32 PM on July 5, 2009


Huzzah! I can finally embark on my rural Alabama leg of the door-to-door fundraising campaign for Gay Atheist African-American Theatre's production of my original drama: Black Gay Jesus and the 4 Billion Year Old Earth.
posted by jimmythefish at 10:43 PM on July 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Meh. I find this kind of sarcasm more annoying than funny.

Meh. I find this kind of comment more annoying than interesting.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:50 PM on July 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


BitterOldPunk: "Racism is over!"

Of course, I missed it as I was AFK over the weekend. Who won? What was the score?
posted by not_on_display at 10:55 PM on July 5, 2009


I know all us MeFites are above this sort of thing, but I know an awful lot of people who would be earnestly enlightened by this site.
posted by LogicalDash at 11:10 PM on July 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


I laughed, anyway.
posted by klangklangston at 11:31 PM on July 5, 2009


The best way to erase racism would be to stridently condemn all people who only procreate with people of their own race. Better yet, prohibit it and enforce inter-racial procreation.

Within a century racism would be well and truly squishified, hooray!
posted by WalterMitty at 11:48 PM on July 5, 2009


BitterOldPunk: Racism is over!

not_on_display: Of course, I missed it as I was AFK over the weekend. Who won?

The Jews.
posted by koeselitz at 12:12 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


lattiboy: Listen, I just saw Transformers 2, so I can't take this seriously.

Handy life tip: if you find that you often enjoy experiencing excruciating pain so much that you bring it upon yourself purposefully, you may find that you enjoy a practice known as masochism!

Try it! You'll probably like it!
posted by koeselitz at 12:16 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I see what you did there.
posted by destinyland at 12:18 AM on July 6, 2009


Better yet, prohibit it and enforce inter-racial procreation.

I agree. Start lining up the hot Asian chicks, OK?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:19 AM on July 6, 2009


…and since the linked joke site is not funny to me at all, not even funny enough for me to peruse for a few moments, well, here, everybody go listen to KRS-One. It's from 1987 and includes a reference to Billy Joel.

The bridge is over!
posted by koeselitz at 12:21 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Does anyone have a link to anyone seriously saying, "Racism is over"? I googled it, then got bored. Is The White Man Who Thinks Racism Is Over an urban myth for hipsters?
posted by shetterly at 12:33 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


shtterly, I think Tony Snow once made the comment (as White House Press Secretary) that racism was "just a sad part of our history" or something similar. There really are alot of white people who get resentful and testy when you bring up the fact that racism does, in fact, exist to this very day.

As for me? I'm racist against ancient Egyptians, so suck it pyramites.
posted by Avenger at 1:53 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


OK Michael Bay deserves no defense, but the racism and stereotyping of Transformers extends back at least to cartoon, with the black autobots Jazz (a police car! named jazz!) and the breakdancing (ghetto-) Blaster. And for what it's worth, in the original movie (which I love despite its flaws), there's one female transformer, and she's pink, she has hips, and she takes care of the kids for most of the movie.

avenger: shtterly, I think Tony Snow once made the comment (as White House Press Secretary) that racism was "just a sad part of our history" or something similar. There really are alot of white people who get resentful and testy when you bring up the fact that racism does, in fact, exist to this very day.

Yeah, I think 'racist' is the closest thing to a racial epithet against whites. White Americans always whinge about the word 'cracker', but the real-bad-word (in America and elsewhere) is 'racist.' It makes minds implode.
posted by molecicco at 2:47 AM on July 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


White Americans always whinge about the word 'cracker'
We do?
posted by Flunkie at 3:16 AM on July 6, 2009


White Americans always whinge about the word 'cracker'

White - and most other Americans - rightfully whine about the use of the word 'whinge'.
posted by item at 3:21 AM on July 6, 2009 [6 favorites]


.
posted by Rykey at 4:13 AM on July 6, 2009


I'm with Item on that one. "Whinge," used by Americans, is too anglophilically clever by half.
posted by Mister_A at 5:16 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Harmless. Inoffensive. Unfunny. Childish Snark. Preaches to the Choir. Will Enlighten No One.

There is a valid, nuanced argument to be made that ethnocentrism and racism has diminished overall but not been eradicated amongst some African Americans, Caucasians and other ethnicities in this country.

Such an argument might talk about racial stereotypes that have become less acceptable to the majority, without indulging in them. It could look frankly at popular culture depictions of both groups to note where changes have and have not been made. Maybe it would talk about the average person's experience without the heavy-handed sarcasm. Perhaps it would even look honestly at political rhetoric on both sides of the spectrum and point out hypocrisy and misplaced, self-serving, self-righteousness.

More substance, less "style" please.
posted by zarq at 5:24 AM on July 6, 2009


Does anyone have a link to anyone seriously saying, "Racism is over"? I googled it, then got bored. Is The White Man Who Thinks Racism Is Over an urban myth for hipsters?

It's not a myth. I remember on the day of the election, when it was pretty painfully obvious that winds had changed and Obama was most likely winning, Joe Scarborough was starting on the "America is Post-Racial" line of BS. He was talking to his other insipid co-anchors and said, "You know what's great about my generation? I look at Obama and I just see a guy, I don't really see him as a black guy first." At that moment I had a horrific vision of how the next four years would play out after Obama won with Right-wing newsmachines hammering home, "Look, we're fine. They had their win, their moment in the sun, we can move on and don't have to question the idea that race and class may limit people in this country. Clearly, America is post-racial."

So, when I saw this site and got annoyed at the heavy-handedness of the commentary, I remembered Joe's smug declaration and remembered this kind of stuff may still be needed.
posted by piratebowling at 6:06 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


As for me? I'm racist against ancient Egyptians, so suck it pyramites.
posted by Avenger at 7:53 AM on July 6


Haven't the Copts suffered enough??
posted by vanar sena at 6:17 AM on July 6, 2009


Run Hadji, Run!

The real outrage there is that Minnesotans still have to schlep over the border to Wisconsin to buy decent fireworks. I mean, look around the parking lot of the A&W in Baldwin the last weekend in June--nothing but MN plates.
posted by gimonca at 6:44 AM on July 6, 2009


BitterOldPunk: Racism is over!

not_on_display: Of course, I missed it as I was AFK over the weekend. Who won?

koeselitz: The Jews.


Oy.
posted by zarq at 6:50 AM on July 6, 2009


White Americans always whinge about the word 'cracker'

Mmmm. Crackers.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:01 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


here, everybody go listen to KRS-One. It's from 1987 and includes a reference to Billy Joel.

What's the matter with your humor, linked page? Don't you know that it's outta touch?
What's the matter with your subject, FPP? Don't you know that this joke blog sucks?

Bronx created hip hop, Queens will only get dropped
posted by DecemberBoy at 7:02 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Already? Man, I always miss out on the fun stuff.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:21 AM on July 6, 2009


Jeez! - MeFites will complain about anything, won't we? Well I, for one, am glad that racism is over!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:18 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Remember, in this economy and post racial world, if you can't afford to photoshop diversity, you can always do things the old fashioned way and rent a negro.

Keep post-racism alive!
posted by yeloson at 8:52 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


molecicco, all things considered, I think it's a good thing "racist" is considered an insult. But "cracker" is more complicated than you think. Like "redneck," it's a class distinction used to imply all poor whites and "low class" whites are racists. But if you study racism in the South, it's a greater problem among the rich than the poor.

From Bubba Isn’t Who You Think:

"...income levels seem to matter much more for voting in the South. Contrary to what you may have read, the old-fashioned notion that rich people vote Republican, while poorer people vote Democratic, is as true as ever – in fact, more true than it was a generation ago. But in rich states like New Jersey or Connecticut, the relationship is weak; even the very well off tend to be only slightly more Republican than working-class voters. In the poorer South, however, the relationship is very strong indeed."

From Sharon Smith's excellent Race, class, and "whiteness theory":

"When the racist poll tax was passed in the South, imposing property and other requirements designed to shut out Black voters, many poor whites also lost the right to vote. After Mississippi passed its poll tax law, the number of qualified white voters fell from 130,000 to 68,000."
posted by shetterly at 11:21 AM on July 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Before, I would call up to reserve a table and I could hear the suspicion in the hostess’ voice when I said my name. “How exactly is that spelled?”

Brotherman, I've been putting up with that shit all my life. Death to racist hostesses* who want to spell your name correctly!

* If you think the original writer's word choice sounds sexist or classist, you're missing the hipster irony of people who expect servants to know how to spell their names.
posted by shetterly at 11:33 AM on July 6, 2009


I love crackers.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:37 PM on July 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


oh man, i missed all the follow up. apologies for using the word whinge!

thanks for the context shetterly, that's interesting. and i absolutely agree that it's good that 'racist' is considered insulting. i'm a canadian with a lot of british relatives, and the word 'cracker' has always sounded only superficially insulting to me, but i guess that is not the case in the south. in my experience though, 'racist' tends to be taken as the most hurtful insult. presumably because most whites desperately want to believe (especially in canada) that they are not racist.
posted by molecicco at 7:49 AM on July 7, 2009


moleccio, it's trickier than that. Some working class whites are taking back cracker and redneck--it's not necessarily racist or insulting. Wikipedia's got a good little article on "cracker".

"Racist" is hurtful to some whites because racists beat us up in school for supporting civil rights.
posted by shetterly at 11:08 AM on July 7, 2009


Ell Oh Well.
posted by Eideteker at 12:33 PM on July 7, 2009


P.S. I just noticed my last sentence looked sad instead of terse--something I manage to do too often. So, add this to it: And far, far worse.

I was recently in a discussion with a young antiracist who didn't know white civil rights workers had been murdered by racists in the struggle for civil rights. The idea that "racist" should not be an insult is like the idea that "nazi" should not be one.
posted by shetterly at 5:02 PM on July 7, 2009


Well, it was nice while it lasted.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:39 AM on July 8, 2009


On the ever-growing list of reasons to oppose the coup in Honduras: they're racist imbeciles.
posted by shetterly at 10:58 AM on July 8, 2009


And you can always count on Fox:

http://gawker.com/5310208/brian-kilmeade-would-like-species-and-ethnics-to-remain-pure
posted by shetterly at 7:46 PM on July 8, 2009


Oops, that was made an FPP, so here's an encore from the racist golpista:

Honduras: "El negrito del batey"
posted by shetterly at 8:30 PM on July 8, 2009


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