Saturday, October 01, 2005

No, White Boy, You Can't Say N***** Just Because Dave Chappelle Does

What is the difference between these two statements?
Desperation? Yeah, right. I am beginning to believe that black people, no matter where in the world they are, are cursed with a genetic predisposition to steal, murder, and create mayhem.

You know, you really can’t talk about the crime problem unless you talk about the race problem...Blacks are much closer to the jungle than European people...

One was said by a white man and one was said by a black man. Does that make one statement racist and the other not? If so, which one is and which one isn't?

Even if one of the statements is not racist because it was said by a black man, does it remain not racist if it is repeated by a white man?

And why is it, when some black people do something bad, they represent the entire race, but when some white people do something bad, they're just "a few bad apples?" For your consideration, Color-Conscious, White-Blind: Race, Crime and Pathology in America by Tim Wise
If the crime involved vampirism, Satan worship, or cannibalism, you can bet your ass the perp was white. Never fails. Every damned time. But you’ll never hear anyone ask what in the hell it is about white parents that makes their children want to cut off their heads and boil them in soup pots.
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during the L.A. riots, when Milwaukee reporters shot footage of a wealthy white female looter, loading designer dresses into her Mercedes, and justifying her actions by saying “everybody else is doing it,” their white producer refused to air the clip. Such imagery didn’t fit his conception of what the riots were about—crazy Black and brown people—and so the public’s understanding of race and danger remained unsullied.

So, was it genetic predisposition, media bias in showing only black looters in New Orleans, or just the numbers game -- most of the stranded people in New Orleans were black, therefore most of the looters were black? I vote for mainly the latter with a bit of the middle and none of the former.

And one other major point of contention I have with Leighton Levy's opinion: Stealing diapers after a disaster is not the same as stealing a television. Do you know how many diapers a baby can go through in just one day? Duh! They should have stolen baby wipes and garbage bags, too.

Bonus: A gentlemanly rant from The Black Commentator.

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