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if a pic's worth a thousand words...

Saw this picture on The Atlantic website this morning:



As disgustingly racist as it is, I actually find it a bit bizarre. You've got your standard Obama-bashing at the bottom, which isn't that far from what you'd expect given the website URL he mentions. But it's the connection between "university funds for anti-white hate" and the "Trayvon = no saint" juxtaposition that gets to me. Apparently to his mind, insisting that any 17-year-old kid (and yes, seventeen is still a kid) be treated like a human rather than a predator because of his race is tantamount to saying non-whites are better than whites.

Um, no. It's saying they're equal. Just like European-descended Americans are equal. It may not be a message he likes, but it's definitely not anti-white, and it's pretty well exactly the opposite of hate.

Also: his outfit cracked me up a bit. Loafers + socks rolled all the way up the thigh + bermuda shorts? Somehow I doubt he's getting many offers to propagate his race dressed like that. I almost pity him - and just might (since I see racism as kind of a social disease), if not for the web URL. Whatever the cause, using a national tragedy like this for self-promotion is just disgusting.

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dreamflower02
Apr. 4th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
*shakes head*

I can't even BEGIN to fathom the thought processes of people like this; I grew up in the Deep South where for some people, racism was as unconscious as breathing (and am related by blood to some of them) and yet there was not this *disconnect* between reality and uh, I don't know what to call it? unreality?

And yet nowadays I hear people spouting the most ridiculous conspiracy theories as if they are accepted fact. I never know WHAT to say to them that would even make a dent. Seriously.


aliana1
Apr. 4th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Loafers + socks rolled all the way up the thigh + bermuda shorts? Somehow I doubt he's getting many offers to propagate his race dressed like that.

Ahahaa, that made me laugh. Too true.

As gross as this guy is, I feel like his brand of racism is not a huge threat because it's so easy to dismiss him offhand, for all the reasons you mentioned (I could be wrong, of course, but that's my take). I think it's subtler forms of bigotry, intentional or not, that are the bigger threat (*cough* Geraldo saying the hoodie and the gun were equally responsible for Trayvon's death *cough*).
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