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: