This Is the Best You Could Do?

I think that widespread overestimation of the role racism plays in the US is a serious problem, and this is something that I write about a lot. I'd say that about 80% of the times I look into an allegation of racism, the evidence available to me suggests that it's seriously overblown or totally unfounded. But every once in a while, I run into something that makes me want to drop everything and get on a plane so that I can hand-deliver a much-deserved smackdown to some racist idiot for doing something that makes all those bogus allegations just a bit more credible. For example:

Seriously, what the hell? The Obama administration is shaping up to be the worst disaster to hit this country since LBJ, or maybe even Roosevelt, and the best the creator of this picture could come up with is, "Ha ha! He's black!"?

Defining somebody primarily in terms of his race is racism in the most fundamental sense of the word, and implying that the mere fact that he's black makes him worthy of mockery just isn't right.

And impolitic to boot. I hope Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton went in together on a gift basket for Sherri Goforth, because it's people like her who make their racket possible.

Via Jeff Fecke.

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I think that widespread overestimation of the role racism plays in the US is a serious problem, and this is something that I write about a lot. I'd say that about 80% of the times I look into an allegation of racism, the evidence available to me suggests that it's seriously overblown or totally unfounded.

And so is this picture, if we are to take it as a self contained example without taking into account any of the background data (or story) involved with its creation.

Let me also add

As an addendum:

I'm sure we can both rationalize our perspectives at some point, but when it's all said and done I think it comes down to two simple facts: you were offended by the picture and I wasn't.

Without knowing the reasons or intentions of the creator, I can only guess as to what the attempt at humor was (if any at all). But like all humor, a lot of it is insensitive and in poor taste. That's par for the course.

For example: If we had an Asian as President, and made the last square yellow - it wouldn't be as funny (to me anyway), because we don't refer to Asians as "yellow" to the proportion that we call African Americans "black".

I think that's all I'm going to say about that. I've talked to a lot of people about this picture since seeing this post and being one of the few who was not offended, I can attest I'm definitely in the minority.

(I did not click any link, I'm taking the picture and your post as is)

I take the picture totally different, not racist

When I saw that, I did not see a "black square" like you did, so I did not see anything racist in the picture. What I saw was either Obama is unknown(like he is hiding, so we don't know the real Obama), or perhaps this image was made before the election, showing we don't know who would be in the next picture.

To clear some things up: 1.

To clear some things up:

1. It's definitely a reference to Obama.
2. White eyes on a black background used to be a common way to depict a black person in the dark.

One of my co-bloggers also disagreed that this is racist. The reason I think it is is that it's coming from a person (a Republican staffer) who is almost certainly hostile to Obama (as well she should be). So presumably the picture is intended to deride him in some way. Deriding him for being a pinko, cool. Deriding him for being black...not cool.