Friday, April 12, 2013

Not EVERYTHING about race is racist

Maybe you have seen this picture floating around the Internet... maybe you haven't.

Here is why this is all over the place. The customer name says "5 black guys" and someone felt it was racist and sent it to Fox 5 News screaming for some sort of compensation or racism awareness. Before we go any further, let's discuss what the word racism actually means.
The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief.
Now that we got that out of the way, tell me what part of "5 black guys" is racist. Does it say they are better or worse because they are black? Does it use an ethnic slur? Does it, in some way, assign a property to these people because they are black? In my opinion, it just says that they are, in fact, black. If they titled them as "5 guys" then what about another group of 5 men sitting somewhere? How do we know who is who? Is the issue here the term "black?" Should they have said "5 African-American men?" All we needed was one of them to be from Barbados (for example) in the group to say, "I'm neither African nor African-American. I'm Caribbean."

What if they did not group them together and they all got separate bills? Would they have complained about poor service and being ignored because they are black? That is anybody's guess. Let's take one second to think about why people put descriptions on tabs like that. It's so the moment someone orders a drink/food, the server can assign it to the proper group and ensure they are getting proper service.

Let's face facts, we have all different races and differentiating people by race is not racist. It's being observant. If they said, "don't serve them because they are black," that would be racist. This was just a fact.

While I'm on the topic of over sensitive America and its -isms, let's talk about the president's comment about the Attorney General of California from last week. It's a woman. She's pretty. He told her she was pretty. He actually said that she was the most attractive Attorney General, and she probably is. He got told it was sexist and had to apologize.

If you know me for more than about 38 seconds, you know I'm not President Obama's biggest cheerleader, but let's just be realistic. You don't have to be a leftist or partisan at all to know the definition of words. That's not sexist. Just like the example above there was not connotation or result of the observation. What I mean is that he didn't say "you got the job because you're attractive" or "I bet you win all the cases, pretty lady." You get where I'm going with this. Was it inappropriate to say? Perhaps. Was it sexist? Not by any variation of any definition in any dictionary. I think he's a moron for saying it, not because of the content, but because after 4+ years in the White House he still hasn't learned that people will take it out of context (sometimes on purpose) to destroy his credibility. He can't be wrong because we want him to be. He is often wrong all on his own, but that's a separate story. 

So calling a pretty woman pretty or black person black or if you call a midget/dwarf/etc short, it's not an  -ism. It's just what they are. It's just being observant. It's stating a fact. This is just American focusing on the wrong part of the story, as usual. And by the way, racism will never die as long as "minorities" keep drawing attention to the fact that they are minorities. Gay folks will never have equal rights until they they stop saying both "We're gay and here to stay" AND "Just treat us like everyone else."You cannot (no matter what group you're in) point a spotlight on yourself and ask to be left alone. It just doesn't work that way. If you're a group of 5 black guys, then that's what you are. If someone calls you that, then that's STILL what you are. Get over yourselves.

So before you jump on the bandwagon for stuff like this, do yourselves (and me and the world at large) a favor and think about whether stuff like this actually fits the description or it's some thin-skinned alarmist trying to rock the boat.

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