Monday, December 31, 2007

no these are actually REAL questions.

2 questions:

a. the "post-modern" (read post-racist)bag is to reject white men in the canon and embrace "the marginal" refering to "persons of color" as "the marginal" still racist?

b. as per the question above, why is it that referring to a minority person as colored is racist but referring to him/her as a "person of color" is politically correct? this seems really stupid to me.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

post post

sadly no entertaining picture here, although i see i'm not the only one who can't decide which blog to post on... the ny times tells me today that obama is a biracial candidate with "postracial style". the obvious question now becomes: "is it postracist?" and are my cousins now "postracists"? is declaring race "over" in itself racist? this makes my head hurt.

Friday, December 28, 2007


is this racist or simply the most amazing thing in the history of everything?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Blues and blacks: come together.

Remember Blue Kills Blacks? Well, Intel has done a lovely job of inadvertently bringing the racially oppressed masses together, and offering them the opportunity to join forces and rise against The Man Who Would Keep Them Down.

Please recall Intel's Blue Man Group ad campaign:

Now, I always wondered whether the Blue Man Group was ever so slightly racist, but it seems I was in the minority on that one. But you cannot tell me I'm insane for raising an eyebrow at this ad, submitted by John and flagged by Fortune Magazine as one of the 101 Dumbest Moments in Business in 2007:

Fortune notes:
To promote the speed of its Core 2 Duo Processor, Intel releases a print ad featuring six bare-shouldered black sprinters crouched in their starting positions beneath a white guy dressed for the office. "We made a bad mistake," says Don MacDonald, the company's director of global marketing. "I know why and how, but that doesn't make it better."

Corporate response to their exploitation of the Blue Man is yet to be heard.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Is it anti-semitic? Or just pro-Christian?

See (I do not HEART) Huckabee's new ad below--it's a "refreshing message straight from the candidate's heart." I was relatively fine with it (the way one might be relatively fine with the existence of celine dion) until the "Jews: please don't vote for me" part.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Actually, Mr. Allen, it *is* a racist thing.

The current New Yorker has an interesting piece on the anti-immigrant platform in the Republican presidential race, which I read while waiting (and waiting) to leave Chicago O'Hare yesterday evening. This quotation, from Dean Allen, who heads some kind of anti-immigrant organization called (I shit you not) "Spirit of Liberty," actually made me choke on my crappy-ass $10 glass of airport merlot:

Some of these people may be coming in here to get jobs washing dishes, but some of them are coming in here to hijack airplanes ... If you’re down there trying to look at the people coming across the border, maybe a lot of them are just motivated by economics, and they want a job washing dishes or cutting grass. But I can’t tell Jose Cuervo from the Al Qaeda operatives by looking at them, because they cut their beard off. It’s like trying to get fly manure out of pepper without your glasses on, you know? I mean, not a racist thing, but they’re all brown with black hair and they don’t speak English and I don’t speak Arabic or Spanish, so if they don’t belong here and they don’t come here legally, I want to know who’s here.

"Trying to get fly manure out of pepper without your glasses on"?? Um, that is racist.

By the way, it's worth reading the whole article, particularly for McCain's touchy retort to the poorly dressed professor from Clemson. In fact, I'm going to go post that quotation on Ladies right now.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Is It Racist: The Soundtrack

Partner-in-crime Blind Derek Jenkins writes, "You should link to the Mystery Train podcast on my blog with the attached imagery." Done and done.

Derek posts podcasts of his show every week. You can catch the Mystery Train live every Monday on KXUA 88.3 from 6-8 pm central, and my show, The Pop Tart, every Wednesday from 8-10 pm central. I do an "Is It Racist?" segment in the middle of each show, and I'll be compiling a playlist for the blog soon.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

white christmas

and not just the title. check out the extended minstrel show in the middle of the thing. at least the script specifically notes that it should be done in whiteface. probably because it didn't go over so well in the original version of the story, the film "holiday inn," which went with the blackface instead.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Is Mr. T racist against fools?

Dr. Collins (a.k.a. Mo Sexy) strikes again. She sends the following quandary:

Is it racist for Mr. T to go around calling white people fools? Does he call other races fools or just white people? He had that show, "I Pity the Fool," which was classic by the way, where he spent most of the time calling white people, mostly white men, fools. He didn't really yell at the women individually and call them fools as much as he would tell them not to be a fool. To the men he would yell "You'se a Fool" or just "Fool". Yes I enjoyed it, and I wish that I had the freedom to do the same, but I do not.

One other thing. Is the idea of Mr. T (big black man growling and calling people fools) racist? He most clearly is a stereotypical figure, but has he transcended the stereotype?


I want a Mr. T bobble head for my office desk and Coretta won't buy it for me.

She also submits the following television ad, just because it's freakin' awesome. (Is it racist for "Mr. Condescending Director" not to consider that "maybe Mr. T's pretty handy with computers"?)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Diversity IS racist, according to white guys in Denver.

Thanks to vigilant reader Dr. Collins for the scoop on the recent brouhaha in Denver over the following professional development video, which has been pulled from city workplaces following allegations that it "is racially motivated against white males." The Rocky Mountain News reports that Dennis Supple, white ventilation mechanic, claimed that "the video violates his civil rights and that he's considering taking the equity in his house to file a lawsuit to stop the city from showing it." So is it racist to suggest that white guys are racist? You decide:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rosie - American Idol is racist and weightist.

she is totally beyond comprehension.

sudan accuses teacher of racist teddy bear

p.s. - this site won't let me attach links under the title like the other blogs - what's up with that...racist?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Are babies racist?

CNN reports that babies prefer "helpful" friends to "bad" ones:

Even infants can tell the difference between naughty and nice playmates, and know which to choose, a new study finds.

Babies as young as 6 to 10 months old showed crucial social judging skills before they could talk, according to a study by researchers at Yale University's Infant Cognition Center published in Thursday's journal Nature.

The infants watched a googly eyed wooden toy trying to climb roller-coaster hills and then another googly eyed toy come by and either help it over the mountain or push it backward. They then were presented with the toys to see which they would play with.

Nearly every baby picked the helpful toy over the bad one.

The babies also chose neutral toys -- ones that didn't help or hinder -- over the naughty ones. And the babies chose the helping toys over the neutral ones.

Which, of course, begs the question: Are babies racist against mean people?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Is panversity racist?

The ever-vigilant Ms. AB submits the following:

is it racist or simply panverse?

i submit disney's "it's a small world" ride which has animatronics
that look suspiciously like "native riding a donkey."

and if you go to disney world, why is the "it's a small world" ride
in "fantasyland"?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


so, i just watched this and was thinking that it probably wasn't racist. then i heard the last few words of the ad...

Monday, November 12, 2007

[the splinter]

can we please start ANOTHER splinter blog in which we invent bullsh*t words like "chronologicalism" and use them in classes? Then we will inevitably get the words back on exams...that will be considered the success. We will scan the exams and circle the sentences refering to said words.

I think we could ultimately incorporate these terms into the already grotesque academic lexicon. The grand prize goes to anyone that gets another academic to use the term. I will use chronologicalism in class sometime this week.

I will also make up a new word - I don't know what it means - some kind of new and improved PC version of diversity. We can say that the use of "diversity" became problematic because it refered to a dialogical system that reenforced patriarchal binaries or some shit like that.

This could be brilliant. This could actually make us famous because academia is so moronic.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


can the power-fist be considered racist? Is it possible this is racist?

Friday, November 9, 2007


This is a bobble-head doll actually called "Native on Donkey." Unquestionably racist.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Racist or felinist or both?

This is so Home Goods.

Students are racist...

From my now-epic second midterm.

When asked to characterize the treatment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, one student wrote:

"The Japanese Americans gave up the American part to be the Japanese part. Although they didn't want to be 'Benedick Arnolds.'" (the quotes around B.A. are, naturally, my favorite part).

Laugh, cry, or gag?

Can Aryans be victims?

This dude, Richard Armitage (former Bush State Department guy), was just on Charlie Rose and he accused Iranians of being "the most ethnocentric people in the world." Oh....snap!

I feel like that was racist...BUT Iranians are white. Thoughts?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

club guilty of racism, sexism and "chronologicalism"

I guess the manager for wu-tang went off recently.

I don't know how to link a video like lady z so here's a link to her crazy rant below.

what the hell is chronologicalism?

p.s. I found this on - I highly recommend this site.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Zoom Zoom Zoom.

Is Mazda's new TV spot, which appears to appropriate the American civil rights demonstration to the purpose of selling SUVs, racist or just ethically reprehensible?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Is it racist to boo the USA?

I found this link on the internet and I just couldn't believe the question - Being anti-american is potentially racist? - seriously how is that possible. I love that no one knows what racist means.

Friday, October 26, 2007

new racist words -- multicultural

my school just sent out an email announcing a workshop to help faculty recruit new professors. it will become obvious why this is relevant, as a passage from email read:

"techniques for improving our recruitment of multicultural faculty."

i think 'multicultural' has replaced 'diverse' as a PC term to refer to the 'other.' i wonder what lame think-tank thought that one up.

this being the south, i was joking with my friend about it, and he said, the dean just meant he wants to hired 'colored people.' that sounds about right.

who ISN T racist.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

wait - seriously - this is another REAL question

What's racism?

is "Is it racist?", racist?

I think that this post was going to have to happen at some point so let's just get it over with.

Is a cheeky blog that keeps asking if something racist (and often times says no), racist?

no seriously.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

is it just weird?

in case you can't tell, this is a t-shirt with three japanese women doing flamenco...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

NM t-shirt - only $15.99

I have a question - just because something might be offensive does that mean it's racist? Because I actually put this in the not racist catagory even though I can see a zillion PoCo academics' jaws drop all at once.

blue kills blacks?

Is "urban" racist?

Another submission from Cell Member. This one reminds me of the Homies phenomenon, which also gave me pause to ask, Is it racist?

"African planter."

A submission from lady Cell Member:

According to the title of the JPG file, this marvel is called "African Planter." Other than that, I have nothing to say.

Friday, October 19, 2007




...and if it is racist, how bad is it that I love this thing...and I want my own?

Inaugural post.

One of the highlights of my year was when an epic round of You're That—which, for the record, took place at the HomeGoods in Seekonk, MA on the weekend of NKB-VP-LTL's bachelorette party—spawned a new game: Is It Racist? Since then, I find that I have more opportunities than I would have imagined to pose this question in my everyday life.

Let's be clear: this is not a form of policing. Rarely do we even care about the answer. The fun is in the asking. If you have to ask, it doesn't matter if it's racist or it's not racist; it has become "Is It Racist?"—part of a whole new world of titillating possibility.

Is this wrong? I don't know. If you care, start your own blog. You can call it "Is 'Is It Racist?' Racist?"