It’s disgusting, yes. I was sickened looking at it.
But if we say, “oh, that’s so horribly racist and *I* would never be like that”, then we are missing the point entirely. Racism isn’t just the ugly stuff . . . it’s embedded in our DNA as citizens of this country.
This is among the worst manifestations of this, to be sure. But I cannot escape my own culpability simply by decrying such ugly acts of hatred, any more than the woman who passed this on can honestly say that it was “just food”, that she had no idea of the hateful negative connotations these particular food items have.
(hmmm. just realized I never posted this. so here goes.)
Seriously. I’m trying to move on to another topic, but it’s been one of those weeks.
First, there was this bullshit:
I like that Field asked, “Is that the same as ‘those people’?”
But seriously, folks. it has NOT been a good week for those who would like us to believe that Obama’s campaign for the presidency means that racism is dead and buried in this country of ours.
Let’s see what else we’ve got . . .
Obama burned in effigy . . . at a Christian college. Nice.
Palin preying on her supporters’ already festering ignorance. People are starting to question whether this will backfire.
Meanwhile, her supporters are yelling out “kill him!” and one even said to an African-American news station employee, “Sit down, boy!”
[Nope, we’re good. no racism here!]
By the time McCain tries to backtrack, it’s almost beside the point.
I am getting really, really tired of this. And I’m too tired to say much more right now (or maybe my sleeping pill is finally kicking in?) so maybe I’ll have more later this week . . . [footnote: or two months later . . . when we already WON so who cares, right? well, stay tuned . . . ]
see Sarah Palin pictures
But seriously, folks . . . look at what we’re dealing with here. (take the time to watch the entire five and a half minutes . . . it’s freakily frightening!)
I fully agree with this blogger. And please don’t tell me that I’m reading too much into it. It’s the same thing with McCain’s refusal to look Obama in the eye the other night. “How dare this uppity ______ not know his place?”
And about McCain’s running mate:
Maybe this story isn’t really true. Or this one. Or any of these. And okay, I’ll admit it–she did NOT ban any books. Shame on me for falling for an urban legend!
But seriously?! What. The. HELL?! Never mind the racism, alleged or otherwise . . . this woman frightens me.
But, as Tim Wise reminds us, white privilege is an amazing thing, and when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t matter HOW dumb a person may be . . . because everybody knows that it’s not nice to talk badly about nice white barracuda-pit bull ladies.