A thought so deep, Andy Glass needed two Twitter accounts to contain it. Plus a racial slur I’d never seen before!
Super Bowl XLVII was last night, and like any event that attracts a lot of people, it attracted a lot of terrible people.
Let’s start with — wait, San Francisco’s playing? GAYS
And then Alicia Keys sings the national anthem:
(That “Galt Mile Media” one is from an actual, and apparently quite racist, business, by the way.)
So then the game starts and San Francisco plays badly.
(Josh Waltrip later posted his phone number and begged Beyonce to call him.)
Oh right, and why were the 49ers losing? Could it have to do with an unfortunate fumble or breakdowns in the defense coverage? Nah, any coach worth his salt could probably tell you it’s the quarterback’s race.
Things were looking bleak indeed. But thankfully halftime came and, nope, people were just as horrible. To be continued.
You know what, Konner Johnson, I’m willing to bet you won’t. And that’s a real damn shame, because it isn’t hard to figure out.
We can start with the curt answer that the other eleven months of the year are White History months. But you won’t understand that, because it’s too sharp. You’ll get defensive, like you’re doing right now. You’ll fail to consider what it’s like growing up in the U.S. as anyone other than who you are, because you won’t realize that it could be any different. But you haven’t had to deal with centuries of people telling you that your people aren’t good enough.
Anyway, you intellectually lazy brat: you can’t even be bothered, here in 20-fucking-13 to type “Black History Month” into fucking Wikipedia and look at the motivation for it. Or how about looking at the rest of the web, and maybe seeing why someone who favors it favors it. No, there’s no time; you have to make a background image combining the Gadsden flag with the Confederate flag. Cool, bro, cool.
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For whatever reason, I was spoiling for a fight tonight — maybe because I’d gotten depressed looking up tweets about Black History Month — so I contacted Lady in the Sticks from the last post, taking exception at her use of a racial slur, and her imbecilic explanation of how it’s not racist.
There’s something really appalling to me about white people lecturing anyone about how a racial slur doesn’t apply to the whole race, how it’s directed only at the “bad ones”, and that the good ones would somehow magically know that doesn’t it apply to them. And the gall, the unmitigated gall, to claim that in their personal dictionary the bad ones could be of any race, so damn the history, damn the hundreds of years of historical usage, damn it all, because that isn’t what it means, somehow.
Of course, those who the slur is directed at always happen to be black, but they could be from any race — so long as they adhere to the stereotypes of the race the slur comes from.
Sorry, I’m probably maundering at this point. But seriously, everyone thinking that something isn’t racist if you don’t want it to be, shut up and grow up. Grow up and realize that history fucking matters. Grow up and think for half a second about what words might mean to somebody other than you. There isn’t a racist self-assessment, and you are not the one who decides whether or not you’re racist.
Apologies for the incivility and incoherence.
One thing I’ve learned and had plenty of experience with, is that I can go from being one of the “good ‘uns” to a nigger-ass-nigger in 0.014 seconds simply by irking a White person. Usually it’s me being “uppity” in some way, being someplace they don’t think I should be, doing shit they don’t think I should be doing, having things they think I shouldn’t have, standing up to them no matter how calmly and neutrally.
So I’ll be offended as fuck when a non-black person uses that word even if they claim that oh they don’t mean ME. Because I know, let them find out something about me that they don’t think should be within the realm of my lowly Black womanliness and they’ll make up some transgression in their head so they can put me firmly in the “nigger” camp.
I even get upset when other black people call me this or use that word in my presence. I don’t even like the slang term for it because it all derives from the same word. It doesn’t matter if it ends in a R or an A. It all offends me and has the same meaning. I don’t understand why people think its acceptable to use the word on a normal basis. Calling each other it, doesn’t make it non degrading, it just makes other people think its ok to use the degrading term towards you and others.
Two more perspectives on the matter.
All the disparate thoughts I have about this are like the Three Stooges trying to fit through a small door all at once, and all that’s getting through is a little “oh?”