Thursday, June 21, 2007

The 14th Erase Racism Blog Carnival is up!

White Anti-Racist Parent is hosting the 14th Erase Racism Blog Carnival and, to whet your appetite, this brilliant cartoon by Barry Deutsch ("Ampersand") represents just one of a whole barrage of featured posts. These carnivals get better and better.

11 comments:

Peacechick Mary said...

Reverse Racism is a total cop out. Those who use it still consider themselves to be totally good people.

Rethabile said...

Peacechick mary,
When you say reverse racism, do you mean affirmative action (which a lot are against) or do you mean it as it is used in the cartoon?

Changeseeker,
Wonderful cartoon. Subtle message.

Changeseeker said...

Mary: Unfortunately, yes. People who use the argument that evening the playing field is being unfair see "racism" as "bad" and since (of course), they're "good," they can't be "racist," right? And round and round we go...

Rethabile: Indeed. This cartoon -- all by itself -- says more in six frames than most books on the topic, demonstrating yet again that most of this stuff is WAY less complicated than folks keep trying to make it, huh?

Tyrone said...

This comic is genius. Maybe more of the self-righteous unrealistic people among us need to see this to understand the race dynamic in our society. I'm digging this blog and i'm definitely linking you. Keep at it!!

Changeseeker said...

Thanks, Tyrone. Welcome to my house and please feel free to drop by anytime.

Ark said...

Thats a very good cartoon, it encapsulates a point of view in a concise, simple and effective way. Even if I don't entirely agree with it I still like it.

Anonymous said...

Slavery should never have been, and only idiots are racist, but only an idiot would see a valid message in that cartoon. Also, let's not forget about the black men who also owned slaves in early America. Just because person "x" is wronged, doesn't mean person "y" is owed anything extra. I'm all for an "even playing field", but that will not happen if there are entitlements. Also, has anyone noticed that we have a black president? With genuine effort, anyone can get where they want, regardless of race. After all, who is the most wealthy and powerful person in entertainment? A black woman.

Changeseeker said...

It appears you have all the answers, Anonymous. Funny that you manage to ignore ALL the facts and figures that demonstrate and document how wrong you are on all counts. As sociologist Herbert Spencer said, "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that principle is contempt prior to investigation."

Anonymous said...

Of course. The only possible motivation for wanting to avoid being robbed of what is rightfully yours is contempt. No one group has a monopolistic claim on oppression. Any black man who has difficulty reaching their personal goals today despite genuine effort is likely (though not absolutely) suffering at the hands of racist scum, -not- the slavery of his ancestors, which ended 150 years ago. America was wrong to allow slavery, but America did not invent slavery. It has existed since prehistoric times. Where are the demands for restitution from the descendants of the black slave masters in Africa, where slavery still persists to this day, regardless of the existence of the U.S., Europe, or the "white man"?

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Obama's H.R. 5741 "Universal National Slavery Act". This bill will require 2 years of mandatory service (slavery) from nearly every able-bodied American Citizen between the ages of 18-42, regardless of race, gender, etc. Apparently Obama and his government cronies haven't learned from the mistakes of the past. While many of those who voted for Obama (black, white, etc.) have awakened and no longer support him, there are still, sadly, those who are willing to give their unconditional, blind support. I'll head you off right now, and let you know I am NOT a supporter of McCain, Bush, Palin, etc.. "Mainstream" Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same corrupt coin. The problem is, will enough voters ever wake up and see that this is how it really is?

Changeseeker said...

The examples you use in your first comment, Anonymous, are examples of individuals who somehow managed to beat the odds. The fact is that the average person of color in the U.S. is shut out of most of what is routinely available to White people. White people got special privileges in the past for so long that they still benefit from the wealth and power accumulated in that way. But what you lobby for is the idea that not only should we NOT have to make up for that, but in addition, White people should continue to get those special privileges. I don't agree.

Your second comment is about the attempt to reinstate the military draft. Any President of the United States would have to do the same thing to maintain the U.S. government's commitment to force U.S. will on the rest of the world. I don't agree with the reinstatement of the draft, but it has nothing to do with Obama.