Let’s Answer 100 Ways White People Can Make People Less Frustrating for People of Color

What a Title.  Yes, I am aware that I said two posts ago that I was never going to do this again.  I may end up horribly regretting this decision.  But I found out today that I had unknown members in my audience who keep up regularly, and knowing that I have an audience and they love my stuff is compelling me to keep the content flowing and to try and keep it fresh.  Plus, I got to thinking – there are people who buy into this shit.  There are actual people in the actual world who think that these lists aren’t complete and utterly bullshit and take their premises without a second thought.  That not only blows my mind, but also kind of bothers me.  How many kids today read this shit and take it as gospel.  This type of dogmatic thinking needs to stop, so let’s do this.

I have said before that I HATE the term “people of color.”  It’s and “of” and “ed” away from “colored people.”  I figure they might address this complain, so I’ll head it off here.  Here’s a link to the post, now let’s see what they got.

1. Just because you can’t see racism around you doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Trust people of color’s assessment of a situation.

I can’t do that.  I’ve seen FAR too many instance of the social justice idiots declaring things that are not remotely racist to be racism.  Ever heard of “digital blackface?”  It’s when a white person shares a GIF of a black person.  When you have these people calling shit like this racism, then I’m sorry but I have to take what you all say with a grain of salt.

2. Don’t assume that all people of color share the same views. We are not a monolith.

And yet, here you are, having made a list that we are to assume is to be universally applied.  Idiot!

3. Don’t assume or guess people’s races. This is NOT a fun game for us.

Unless I know you on a personal level, I don’t give a fuck what your race is.  I work with two Asian Americans, and since I am tight with them, we have talked about their racial identity.  Thankfully, they are from Asian heritage, so they don’t have the stick up their ass that some other ethnic groups do.

4. If someone tells you they’re from Uganda, don’t say, “I went to Nigeria once!” Just, please.

No.  Don’t tell me how to talk to people, bitch.  If I find out someone is from a part of the world that I have been around, and I feel like it’s a good talking point, then I will do that.  Fuck off.

5. Related: Don’t refer to Africa as a country. It’s a continent and it’s wildly varied. Yes. Take a moment.

America is the stupidest First World country.  It’s a fact.  You saying this is basically just asking for the sky not to be blue.  It’s a cute suggestion.  By the way, got to your average American college and see how many people say that it’s a country.  Go watch your faith in the human race die.

6. Oh, and rest assured that literally no person of color ever wants you to get back from holiday, show off your tan and excitedly exclaim, “Look, I’m almost as dark as you!” Cease and desist.

In my last post, I talked about a place called “Shit That Never Happens Land,” let’s add this to the list.  Also, it’s amazing how you say this is for all “people of color,” when most of your examples thus far are pretty fucking specific.

7. Don’t assume that a person of color knows everything about their country of heritage. Do you know everything there is to know about America? Germany? Sweden? That’s what I thought.

I don’t assume that.  Stop putting words in my mouth.

8. Don’t assume we can run if we’re Black, do math if we’re Asian, have drinking problems if we’re indigenous…

Don’t assume that women drown their babies, or white people hate black people simply by virtue of their existence.  How about we all give up bad stereotypes.

9. Regard us as autonomous, unique individuals, not as representatives of our race.

You already brought this up in a previous point.  Already running out of ideas?  We’re only 9 in on this list.

10. Don’t make embarrassing jokes to try and be “down” with people of color. We’ll laugh at you, not with you.

This is oddly specific.  Not to mention, I get the feeling the person who did this is one of your “intersectional” allies.  These are the white people you create when you have social justice telling us to hate ourselves and raise you up as the paragon virtue.

11. Don’t rinse our culturally specific memes. They’re ours. Go enjoy that weird one about the plums.

This is also oddly specific.  What are you talking about?

12. If you’re at my house party, don’t turn off the Weeknd to put on Arctic Monkeys. (Okay this one is very specific but it happened to me once and I’m not over it. The audacity!)

Is this bitch trolling?  I’m starting to think this bitch is trolling.

13. Avoid phrases like “But I have a Black friend! I can’t be racist!” You know that’s BS as well as we do.

Um, no.  If you hate people of an ethnic group, you’re not going to have friends in that group.  Why would you befriend people who you hate?  Also, nobody says they aren’t racist because they have a black friend.  I’m convinced this is a talking point you all invented because somebody at some point said it, so now it’s ad nauseum for all white people.

14. When you endlessly complain about how terrible white people are, you are being that terrible white person. Jeez.

Again, this is your baby.  You made this.  Don’t shit on what you created.

15. Don’t say shit like, “I know what it’s like to be a person of color…I’m a ginger!”

Given how, historically, being a ginger was associated with Irish heritage, you might wanna learn some history about how the Irish were treated like shit in this country.  For a group of people who goes on and on and on and ON about history like that has some bearing on modern culture, they have just as much of a right to get in on the fun as you do.

16. Don’t question someone’s Blackness if they’re light-skinned. It’s not your place. Other Black people can make sure that light-skinned Black people are cognizant of their privilege.

What white person has ever done this?!  The only people I hear bitching about lighter skinned black people are you all.

17. Never try and tell a person of color what is or isn’t racist.

No.  You all ignore nuance like the plague.  Sorry if I refuse to play ball (not sorry).

18. When you find instances of racist bullshit online, please don’t send it to us. We know racism exists, thanks.

I don’t want to deal with you ever again after dealing with your bullshit list, so yeah.

19. Read something already written about it rather than coming to your friends/acquaintances of color looking for hot takes on anything and everything appropriative a Kardashian/Miley Cyrus does. We don’t wanna think about this shit 24/7!

You all are the ones bitching about Kanye ad infinitum!  The ones I see online doing the most bitching about pop culture are black people.  Maybe I am just lucky enough to hang out with nerds and skeptics, but still.

20. Understand that some days are even more mentally exhausting for people of color thanks to the news cycle. Try not to badger us for our opinions on the latest atrocity that has occurred. Leave us to grieve.

I’ll talk about whatever the fuck I want.  Thanks.

21. But when we do have something to say about it, listen.

No.  I think you’re an idiot.  Why would I listen to you?

22. Share articles relating to the everyday experiences of race and racism written by people of color.

No.  A lot of this shit is stupid crap like the stuff you’ve listed here.  Why would I share that stuff?

23. But don’t be that person who is weird and sycophantic and loves to demonstrate their wokeness constantly to the people of color around them. Be thoughtful.

Your baby.  Your fault.  Fuck you.

24. Read books by people of color. I recommend Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and literally everything that Junot Diaz writes for great insights into Blackness.

I don’t read books about social justice.  Period.  Find me an author who isn’t white that has written good science fiction or fantasy?  I did read NeXus recently, and that was written by a guy who isn’t white, so find me more and I’ll consider it.

25. Watch shows that are created by people of color i.e. Atlanta or Insecure. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Atlanta, you need to watch it. Now.)

No!  Stop telling me what to watch!  I comb through lists, and if I like it, I’ll watch it.  But don’t tell me what to do with my free time!  Bitch.

26. Have a critical eye when watching TV and movies. How are they portraying people of color and why? What purpose does it serve?

You know what I’m gonna do instead of that?  I’m gonna ask – how are they portraying characters.  Not just the “people of color.”  Because rather than wanting good characters of other ethnic groups, I want good characters.  I know, I’m such a piece of shit.

27. If you go to an art gallery, notice how many works are by people of color. If it’s lacking, make some noise, send an email, query the curator. White people shouldn’t have a monopoly on what can be considered art.

No!  If you don’t like what an art gallery is showing, start your own!  Stop telling the rest of the world to suck your dick.  You can go out and do your own shit.  Make your own movies, your own art, and your own art gallery to show it off.

28. If a character you assumed was white in a book is portrayed by an actor of color in the movie, embrace it. Whiteness is not the default.

This just ties into a point I’ve made 1000 times about how you all would rather the rest of popular culture cater to you rather than making your own shit.  See how well it’s done for you so far *cough*The Dark Tower!*cough*

29. Support plays written by and acted in by people of color. The world of theater is overwhelmingly white.

Tell you what, boo, you show me a play by “people of color” in my area, and I’ll see if I want to check it out.  But if I do, I’ll do a review, and don’t expect me to treat it with kid gloves.  If it sucks, I’m gonna call it out for that.

30. Refuse to go to club nights or drag shows or burlesque nights that use culturally appropriative acts.

No.  Cultural appropriation is bullshit.

31. If you have kids, buy them dolls of color and books with characters of color.

No.  If I have a kid, I’m gonna help them to cultivate their own interests.  I’ll show them the books I loved as a kid, and some of those do have characters of color, but not all.

32. Support crowdfunding campaigns for cultural products created by people of color if you can.

No.  Crowd-funding is a real good way to get scammed.  Ask Anita Sarkeesian how that works.

33. Donate money to grassroots movements around you that are run by and support people of color.

If the movement has a cause I can get behind, I’d consider it.  I don’t just look at a movement and go “black people are there!  I will support that!”  That’s how we got people like Barack Obama, who turned his back on the liberals who got him elected based on all the “hope” and “change” bullshit.  Don’t you feel foolish (same with the Trump supporters who believed he would “drain the swamp”)?

34. Support small businesses owned by people of color.

If they sell something I want.

35. If you’re upper or middle class try to avoid moving into an area that has historically been populated by low-income people of color. Gentrification tears communities apart.

No, it doesn’t.  It makes communities look nicer.  The whole “broken windows theory.”  If you want black communities to not be so infested by poverty, I suggest you lobby to end the drug war.  That will do more to help this problem them telling white people to stay away while low-income communities tear themselves apart.  By the way, I couldn’t help but notice you only said low-income communities populated by “people of color.”  So I guess the low-income communities with white people can go fuck themselves?

36. Don’t assume people of color can’t speak English.

I don’t.

37. But also be patient if our English isn’t perfect. Are you bi/tri/multi-lingual? Probably not. It’s hard.

Yeah, if you’re learning a language as a grown-up.  The older you get, the harder it becomes.  I know this kid whose dad is Russian, his mother is Brazilian.  He can speak Russian to his dad, Portuguese to his mom, and English to us totally interchangeably.  It was pretty crazy.  But to your point, I worked in a call center.  Thank Groj later on we got a translator service.  Saved me a lot of headache that I covered with absolute professionalism.

38. In general, just don’t assume we want to be white or want to assimilate. And don’t pressure us to do so.

So, you don’t want to be a part of a community or on good terms with another ethnic group?  Fantastic.  Then don’t be mad when other ethnic groups want nothing to do with you.  We can all have our little homogenized bubbles.  Because that’s what makes for an engaging world.  Fucking moron.

39. Recognize that you can’t assume someone’s religion based on how they look. Not all South Asians and Middle Eastern people are Muslims, not all Black people are Christian, not all East Asian people are Buddhist. You get the idea.

I don’t.  You all are the ones who said that being anti-Islam is racist.  Don’t blame us when your chickens come home to roost.

40. Remember that not all people of color are straight.

I don’t assume that.

41. Remember that people of color are not inherently more homophobic than white people.

The black community in this country is historically VERY homophobic.  Remember Prop 8 in California?  The black community of that state was staggeringly against it.  Things have gotten better when Obama came out in support of the LGBT community, but it isn’t great.  Also, Middle Eastern people have no room to talk about this.  Ever.

42. People can be Black and gay and disabled and trans and middle class. Blackness is expansive. It doesn’t look one way. Keep this in mind.

O-kay….

43. When we talk about race, we’re not just talking about men! Repeat after me: Intersections of race and gender exist.

Who just assumes it’s men?  We’re back in “Shit that Never Happens Land.”

44. Remember that it is Black women and Native women and mixed race women who are most likely to be raped in their lifetimes in America. You cannot be an advocate against sexual violence without considering the impact of race.

I come from a state where rape is damn-near an epidemic.  It’s all over the place because of bush communities of natives, where not only do sex crimes often go unreported, but there are cultural elements at play.  Not to mention, in the bush, the white man is often not a welcome sight.  There are women who would NEVER go anywhere in a native village alone.  Sexual violence is an ugly thing, and the worst part about it is that in your efforts to make it all about your ethnic group, you ignore factors outside of race.

45. Don’t ask Black women if it’s our “real hair.” And don’t judge Black women for wearing wigs or weaves or having relaxers.

I don’t give a shit about your hair.

46. Don’t touch our fucking hair.

Wasn’t planning to.

47. If you have a Black girlfriend, please make sure that your shower is always adequately stocked with conditioner. Never that 2-in-1 stuff!!! We beg you.

No.  Last I checked, she’s a grown woman and can buy her own.  That’s on her.

48. Never try and pull any uninvited “race play” shit in the bedroom. Seriously, what the fuck?

Last I checked, what two people do in the privacy of their bedroom is none of your fucking business.

49. Actively try to identify and unsubscribe from orientalist tropes i.e. believing that East Asian women are naturally more submissive or docile. People of color are people, not characters.

It’s white women I assume to be more submissive and docile, boo.

50. If you call a woman of color “exotic,” you deserve to stub your toe every day for a year. Do. Not. Do. This.

“Shit that Never Happens Land.”

51. Also, saying “I’ve never fucked a Black/Asian/Native etc. person” to someone you’re trying to hook up with is a one way ticket to hell.

Don’t believe in Hell.  This means nothing to me.

52. If you have such fetishistic thoughts, just don’t even bother coming near a person of color.

What I may or may not find sexually appealing is none of your fucking business.  Fuck you.  You do you, and I’ll do me.

53. Remember that having mixed race children is not a cure for racism or a way to live out weird racial fantasies.

Nobody has ever thought this.  Ever.

54. If you’re trying to start a mixed raced family, sit down and deeply interrogate your intentions.

Why?  If you want to start a family with the person you are involved with, typically it comes from a place of “I care very deeply for this person and want to start a family with them.”  But that aside, the reasons they start a family are none of your fucking business.

55. If you do have mixed race children, make sure that they have access to people who look like them and who understand their experiences.

I’ll let them choose their friends  Thanks.

56. If you have a partner of color or children of color, trust and believe that you can still be racist. You’re not exempt. If anything, you have even more of a duty to examine your behavior for the benefit of your loved ones.

No, I don’t.  I have a duty to do the best for my family, and that’s it.  Your social justice bullshit has no part of my family’s life.

57. Take your racist family members to task for the shit they say over the dinner table or via social media.

No.  I believe they have the right to say whatever hateful shit they want.  Unlike you, I actually believe in freedom of speech.  If they ask my opinion on what they said, I’ll convey my belief that it’s racist, but trust me, they don’t ask.  I’m the liberal on a conservative extended family.  They don’t ask.

58. Confront your colleagues who say racist shit unchecked at work.

My colleagues are professionals in an environment with high professionalism standards.  Trust me, the boss would ream them a new one if they said something like “don’t you all hate niggers?”  Oh no!  I said a word that is racially insensitive in the context of what a potential person might say if they were unprofessional and racist!  That must mean I’m a horrible racist!  Oh no!

59. Look around your workplace—are the only people of color cleaners or assistants? What can you do to change that? (The answer is almost never “nothing.”)

Nope.  Our cleaning lady is an old white gal who is a very pleasant individual, and we have a broad spectrum of people with various ethnic groups who are office assistants and caseworkers at my job.  So yeah, we’re just fine.  Thanks for asking.

60. If someone asks you to fill a role that you think a person of color would be better suited for, recommend a talented person of color who you know and forego the position yourself.

Uh, fuck you.  If there’s a chance to get a better position and not have to be in such crushing financial dire straits, I’m going to take it.  I’m already under enough pressure since I live in poverty now.

61. Don’t make us be the de facto diversity guy at work. Or at least pay us extra to do the labor of diversifying the workplace.

In my office, we hire people based on qualifications.  And everyone is paid the same.  That’s how equality works.  Sorry we don’t go out of our way to kiss your ass (not sorry).

62. Refuse to speak on an all-white panel. Regardless of the topic.

No.

63. If there are only a couple of people of color in your seminar, don’t weirdly stare at them when the lecturer poses questions about race and expect them to answer everything.

I don’t attend seminars.  They’re boring.

64. If you’re in charge of making curricula, make sure there is work by people of color, especially women of color, on the reading list. And not just in the weeks dedicated to race.

No.  I’m gonna put in those who I believe to be the best minds on the subject that I’m teaching.  I actually want students to learn.  I know, shocking in a country as stupid as America.

65. Commission people of color to make work about race.

If they have the credentials to show they have studied it in an in-depth way.

66. Commission people of color to make work that has nothing to do with race.

If they have the qualifications I’m looking for.

67. Don’t say things like “there are two sides to every story!” or play devil’s advocate when it comes to conversations about race.

No!  I refuse to “listen and believe” like you all want.  I do this weird thinking thing.  It’s why I left religion and never went to your church of social justice.  All seemed kind of silly to me.

68. In those situations, just listen.

NO!

69. It’s never useful to say stuff like, “But what about the white working class!!!” Have you thought about non-white working class people’s needs?

Right back at ya, sugar-tits.  Except about the first part.

70. Don’t? Vote? For? Racist? Politicians? Can’t believe I need to say this one but it seems like possibly, maybe, some of y’all did not get this memo.

Unless it’s a candidate I believe in, I don’t vote.  I voted in the primary for Bernie Sanders, but then saw Shillary rig the primary against him.  A nice reminder to me that the party supposedly for the people has systems in place in case a candidate for the people actually comes along.  A lesson I feel Democrats have forgotten.

71. Research your candidates. Who has progressive policies that won’t needlessly criminalize people of color? Vote for them.

What “progressive” policies needlessly criminalize “people of color?”  The progressive ideas I am for are things like ending the drug war, which would help an area where black people are most definitely being racially discriminated against.  So yeah, gonna need some examples on this one.

72. Remember that Black women are not here to save you from yourselves. You’ve gotta put in the work, too.

Nobody thinks this way.  Nobody.

73. Be cognizant of how your whiteness could be weaponized against Black people. i.e. white women, don’t play into stereotypes about Black men being inherently threatening to you. It gets Black men killed. See: Emmett Till.

My attributes aren’t weaponized against anyone.  Find me an example of how I, personally, am having the fact that I’m white used against anyone (you have to be specific of who) and I’ll take that argument and beat the shit out of it.

74. Use your white privilege to be on the frontline between people of color and the police at protests. You’re at much less risk than us.

I wouldn’t be caught dead at one of your protests.

75. Record police encounters you see involving Black people.

No.

76. Share alerts when ICE is planning a raid.

No.

77. Stand up to Islamophobia wherever you see it.

No.

78. If you have ever thought a phrase like “Black lives matter” is too assertive, consider why you’re so uncomfortable with Black people standing up for our humanity.

Too assertive?  Is that we call the chant “What do we want?  Dead cops!  When do we want it?  Now!”  Or is that what we call when they are smashing cars and committing property damage?  Or maybe it’s what we call when they have members saying things like telling a white couple who had a baby that their baby should die because it’s white?  Yeah, I’ll call them all sorts of negative things.  Your pathetic attempts at damage control do NOTHING to help your cause.

79. Listen when Black people say, “I’m not comfortable in this situation.” You’ve seen Get Out, haven’t you?

Because fiction is reality!

80. If you haven’t seen Get Out, watch Get Out. Understand that the everyday horror is real.

A film with racial undertones is real.  You people literally can’t distinguish fantasy from reality.  And you wonder why you aren’t taken seriously.  Huh, it’s a fucking mystery.

81. Question whether you have double standards when it comes to drugs. Do you think it’s cool when white weed entrepreneurs make tons of money but think that Black people who are found to have traces of marijuana in their systems deserve to be thrown in prison?

I don’t think that, actually.  I want to end the drug war, because it is destroying this country.  So yeah, totally covered on this one.

82. Don’t have dreadlocks if you’re not Black, just don’t. Beyond being offensive, it’s just not suited to your hair type. Do literally anything else with your hair.

I’ll do whatever the fuck I like with what little hair I have, and you can keep your fucking mouth shut, bitch.

83. Don’t refer to things as your “spirit animal” if you’re not Native. There are other ways to express affinity with something.

I’ll do whatever I like.

84. Do not compare the exploitation of animals to racism. Ever. I’m deadly serious.

I don’t care if you’re serious.  I’ll do whatever the fuck I like.

85. I can’t believe I even need to say this in 2018 but here we go: Don’t wear Blackface.

Who does this?  Outside of edgelords, who does this?

86. Don’t even think about saying the N word. Even if you’re alone. Even if you’re listening to rap. Even if you’re alone and listening to rap.

If I’m listening to 2pac and I hear him say “nigga,” and I’m rapping along, I’ll say whatever I like.  It’s a word.  The power you give it over you it is up to you.

87. Similarly, don’t use the word “g*psy” or “p*ki” or “r*dskin” or any other racial slur. Even if you’re repeating what someone else said or reading from a text.

Like how I call my girly-mate who I met traveling from place to place “gypsy girl” or talking about the Redskins football team?  Like that?

88. That includes the word “colored.” “Person of color” and “colored” are not the same. Trust me.

You’re right, one of them is an “of” and “ed” away from the other.

89. Understand that America has what it has because it stole land from indigenous people and stole people from Africa.

Understand that what’s done is done, and it’s time to move on.  I wasn’t there, and neither was anyone in this generation or the last.  The last three generations have never owned a slave or killed an Indian.  I’m not gonna be held to account for the actions of my ancestors. Sorry (not sorry).

90. Care about race on the 364 days that aren’t Martin Luther King Jr. day.

I care about all sorts of things all sorts of days.  Stop telling me how to live my life.

91. Also, don’t whitewash his legacy and use it to argue that Black people should just take what they’re given lying down.

You all are the ones who dilute that shit down.  Like how you try and ignore the fact that, towards the end of his life, he was much more against income inequality than racial inequality.  He said once that a poor white person and a poor black person have more in common than a poor white person and a rich white one.  So yeah, there’s something you could be championing.  But wait, that doesn’t fit the narrative.

92.Think about how race is operating even when people of color aren’t around. Be cognizant of it wherever you are, whichever situation you’re in. People of color have to, so should you.

I swear, you people should have “it’s because I’m black, isn’t it?” tattooed on your fucking foreheads.

93. Remember that your queerness/womanhood/transness/class background/disability doesn’t exclude you from white privilege.

You were born with Original Sin!  Come into our church so you might be cleansed!

94. Make your feminism useful to all women rather than calling yourself an ‘intersectional feminist’. Show, don’t tell.

Not a feminist.  I’m an egalitarian.

95. Don’t assume, full stop, that you can understand what it’s like to experience racism. You can’t. That’s the whole point.

If someone treats me bad because I’m white, then I can understand.  Thankfully, I’m a fucking giant who walks around with my resting face looking like “fuck off.”  People tend to leave me alone.

96. Understand that nothing in your life has been untouched by your whiteness. Everything you have would have been harder to come by if you had not been born white.

I have had to scratch and claw for everything I’ve gotten.  I haven’t been given a single thing by life, ever!  I bust my fucking ass to get anything.  Don’t you fucking tell me how life is just going out of its way to give me things.  Fuck you!

97. Be grateful for the lesson when you’re called out on racism, getting defensive won’t help.

Not a racist, so calling me one pisses me off.

98. Move past your white guilt. Guilt is an unproductive emotion. Don’t sit there mired in woe, just be better.

Don’t have white guilt.  Fuck off.

99. Recognize that fighting racism isn’t about you, it’s not about your feelings; it’s about liberating people of color from a world that tries to crush us at every turn.

Oh you poor baby.  You have it so fucking hard, here in the First World.  Where you aren’t the victim of random acts of violence by an dictatorial regime, or religious persecution, or like in the Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of military terror.  I feel so bad for you…

100. And remember: Being an ally is a verb, not a noun. You can’t just magically be an ally to people of color because you say you’re one, it’s something that you must continually work on.

Not an ally.  Fuck off.

Until next time, a quote,

“Never argue with stupid people.  They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain

Peace out,

Maverick

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Black Panther and SJW Racism (Against Black People)

Something I have always and will always believe is that the people who say that they are the ones who are leading the charge against a cause are typically undermining it to one extent or another.  As an example, more and more male feminists are being outed as sexual predators.  Turns out, unless you are a Ryan Wiley little bitch, a lot of these guys are just using it to troll for pussy.  Who would of thought?  Then there are the religious groups against pedophilia, which there are some truly amazing stories of pedophiles within their ranks.

One thing that routinely comes up in what I see is how SJWs are some of the most bigoted groups of all, but not against white people.  It’s against other people.  One of my favorite forms of racism/sexism that they propagate is the racism/sexism of lowered expectations.  “We need to lower our standards for intelligence or academic achievement because X group can’t measure up!”  These people say that society is too hard for X group, and so it needs to change because they are either too stupid or too weak to be able to handle it.  That sort of thing always blows my mind.

The Black Panther film is coming out next month, and I have seen all kinds of ridiculous things being said by the regressive left about this film.  My favorite is that it’s the first black superhero film.  Whoever did that article deleted it pretty fast when the Internet sleuths were up their ass within seconds.  Much like the person who wrote the article about how the captain in Star Trek: Discovery is the first black captain was rightly vilified.  Or there are the people who wrote articles about how the fictional nation of Wakanda is how Africa would look if it wasn’t for the white man.  A statement so ludicrous that it makes me chuckle a little.  Then there was this little nugget of bullshit that made me stop for a second.

This whole diatribe is racist.  It really is.  Against black people.  Why?  Because these people apparently believe that being able to identify with a black person is something that someone has to learn.  You can’t just be born with empathy (or “cinematic empathy,” as this retarded writer put it) and be able to identify with a person because of our shared human experience.  It’s something you have to be taught.  Unbelievable.  Does that mean that this person had to be taught not to hate black people?  It’s what they believe “white nerds” have to be, so clearly it means that they weren’t born with empathy towards other races.

I also hate how it’s “white nerds” who are so fucking racist.  If there is ANY group of people who is open to other races and other cultures, it is nerds.  There is real data to back this up.  Since nerd culture is now millennial culture, it has been shown that this latest generation is the most open and accepting culture that has ever been.  And the larger part of that are nerds.  The media likes to characterize nerds as the kids who are on voice chat in CoD calling people racial epithets or attacking women because they are playing video games.  Meanwhile, there are pictures from Cons and nerd events showing people of all stripes,  There was a great juxtaposition of a social justice event filled with white people, while a fighting game tournament had people of every ethnic group you can think of representing.

Nerd culture has always been the dog that the powerful can kick around.  As much as I would like to count myself among them, I’m a pathetic hipster who doesn’t stream on Netflix (I do DVDs because a lot of what I want to watch doesn’t stream.  Not gonna wait for the off-chance for it to come to their streaming service one day when I want to watch it now) and works in a cubicle getting yelled at on the phone all day.  Nerds are easy to make fun of.  They’re typically socially awkward, they engage in hobbies that as much as nerd culture has become part of the mainstream, the really devoted practitioners of it are still treated like shit.

With all the vitriol being thrown around about white people being so awful, is it any wonder nerd culture is so done with this?  You have people like a Samoan man I work with who was with me in hoping that this film doesn’t go the “white man is evil” route.  He made a joke about him not being white and still thinking that because he wants a good comic book film, not a sermon with a man in a superhero outfit.

Do these people just not think that I’ve ever seen a black person in a film and been able to empathize with them?  I saw the original Blade and empathized just fine with the cruel nature of Blade’s existence, and the tragedy when his mentor and friend dies, and the reality that he is stuck in a war he will likely never win.  I identified with Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond trying to do the right thing and being led along by a man only in it for himself.  I identified with Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani in Kingdom of Heaven, who couldn’t kill Balian because he had shown him kindness when he could have kept him as a slave or murdered him outright.  Not a black character, but you see my point.  Only watch the Director’s Cut of that film.  It’s amazing.  Oh, and one last superhero reference, I could identify with Spawn’s plight in the HBO animated series of the character, who is both a black character and voiced by the implacable Keith David.

This idea that us nerds are just these virulent racists who go around hating black people and who have never seen a black character and empathized with them is a ridiculous stereotype that is rooted NOWHERE in fact.  Not one goddamn place.  It’s a belief by people who subscribe to a mindset with all the fervent passion of a fucking religion.  That’s what SJWs have – a religion.  The Church of the Regressive Left.

Until next time, a quote,

“I had to remind myself to breathe.” – Lewis Black

Peace out,

Maverick

The Cringe-Worthy ‘Ghost in the Shell’ PSA

What do you get when you combine an unfunny Asian lesbian and a “PSA” about Ghost in the Shell?  You get a video where I felt the cringe bars going up.  I’ve heard before about how casting Scarlet Johansson as the main character in the Ghost in the Shell live-action film is “white-washing.”  I don’t see it that way.  I see the film as yet-another lackluster live-action adaptation of an anime that will join the pantheon of lack-luster adaptations.  But that’s neither here nor there.  An unfunny Asian lesbian decided to try her hand at a public service announcement about it.  Let’s take a look at this.

We start off the video having some little Asian girl looking into a comic book shop.  She goes inside and we see a ton of other little girls in there.  Yeah, this is about as realistic as the “acting” in Cool Cat Saves the Kids.  We have a term for some of the caseworkers at my job – unicorns.  Magical creatures that you hear about but never see.  That’s what the sight of a bunch of little girls at a comic book shop is.  It’s a magical creature that you hear about but never see.  Not to mention the fact that they clearly aren’t actually looking at the comic books.  They are just jiggling them around.

Then we get to see how all these characters in these comics are…WHITE PEOPLE!  Oh!  The horror!  White people in comics!  How awful!  Our little Asian girl desperately looks around for the comic book that has an Asian person in it.  Because, you know, kids only like characters who they can racially identify with.  That isn’t at all a stereotype that has been invented by idiots who don’t know the first thing about real children.  After all, this PSA has an ax to grind.  Never mind the idea that an Asian girl could relate to a white character.  Nope, if it’s someone of a different skin color, then that little girl can’t possibly relate to them.  Man, this video is racist.

It just keeps going.  This endless montage of this little Asian girl who has no interest in any of these comics purely by virtue of the characters not having the same skin color as them.  This character and this video by extension are so fucking racist.  I mean, are we really supposed to just ignore the message of this video – Asian children can’t relate to white people.  That’s what that entire montage was about.  Finally, we see her reach the Ghost in the Shell manga.  The kid opens it up to some random page and is so completely happy by seeing someone who shares the same skin color as her.  Racism.  Apparently it’s in right now.  The kid buys the manga and all is right with the little girl’s world.

Fast-forward to years later and we see some hipster Asian girl wandering the streets looking at random shit.  She comes to a poster for the new movie, and we see it cut back to the little girl we saw that beginning.  I guess the hipster is the older version of that girl.  It cuts between her and the little girl version, and she looks totally heart-broken.  Again, the implication being that because the character is now white, she is instantly bad.

This video’s idea of equality is that only people who share the same skin color can understand each other.  Our shared humanity?  Nope.  Our ability to empathize and understand one-another by shared life experience?  Fuck that!  In this woman’s eyes, the only thing that matters is the color of your skin.  Racism.  It’s the in thing to be.  Because after all, if it’s white people, it’s evil.  And, of course, if it was the reverse of this people would be throwing a shit-fit.  Casual racism is fine, so long as it isn’t white people.  I fucking hate this shit.  This PSA’s ham-fisted message doesn’t land.  Nothing about this works.  And the video ends with an actual statement that movies aren’t real, but have some kind of nebulous effect on real people.  Give me a fucking break.  Where is the evidence for that?  Please, show me some fucking evidence.  Until then, shut the fuck up.

Until next time, a quote,

“Why argue things you can’t prove?” – William Ruckelshaus

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Answer 33 Questions White People (of BuzzFeed) Have for White People

How did I not see this?!  I am in love with BuzzFeed Yellow.  Doing responses to these videos is among the most fun I get to have.  This channel is basically taking the worst stereotypes about white people and having questions gears toward making those stereotypes defensive.  This channel is aptly named, as it is as yellow as “journalism” (or as close as BuzzFeed will ever get) gets without going over the edge.  Now we have one where we have some white people asking the white people stereotypes that BuzzFeed has some questions.  Let’s get some popcorn and break this sucker down!  Here’s a link to the original video, so you can’t say I’m taking things out of context.  Let’s do this.

Why do you assume only other races like fried chicken?

I don’t.  I happen to enjoy it quite much.  As do you, based on what you say after that dumb questions.  But there are lots of people in the black community who like it too.  Something that they have no problem joking about.  Watch Chappelle Show or The Boondocks sometime.  You might learn something.

Why do we make it so we only have pumpkin in the fall?

At least we start off with some mildly-amusing stereotypes about white people.  I can honestly dig this.  It’s still dumb, but it’s fun.  To answer your question – because it’s a fall thing.  It’s a harvest thing.  Blame Mother Nature for that.

Why can’t most white people dance?  Like, is it genetic or something?  Do we have stiff knees?

Fuck if I know.  The only white person I think of when it comes to dancing is a former buddy of mine from college who is a giant teddy bear and used being able to dance to assist in his absolute drowning in pussy.  Not even kidding, this guy who has all the qualities that should get a dude friendzoned into oblivion is able to avoid it and get into all the pants he wants.  It’s weird.

Why do you get so annoyed when other people don’t speak English?

I don’t.  Though, if I am trying to do business with someone and English isn’t their first language, that can be difficult.  However, I have had tons of jobs in customer service, so I realize that sometimes you have to be very patient with people.  I’m better at that than most.  Got this racist uncle who is among those whose better angels do not appear.

Why do we get so excited to brag on Instagram that we went to this really cool authentic cultural festival even though we went with all of our white friends?

Groj forbid that white people should want to go and be at an event where we can learn about other cultures.  How awful!  Because if we go and learn something about another group of people, that could only help us grow as individuals (situation).  Can’t have that.

Why do white people spray-tan until they turn orange?

I have no idea…

Why can’t you be comfortable in your own body?

The thing is, this criticism can be applied to any group.  This isn’t a race thing.  It’s an individual (situation) thing.  People get self-conscious.  People want to change how they look.  It’s the way people do.  What’s the problem with that?

Why do you think because you’ve seen five seasons of The Wire, you’re a cultural expert?

I don’t think that at all.  Why do you think because you have these interactions that you never really have with white people and BuzzFeed tells you are true, that this is endemic within all white people?

Why do you believe everything you see on TV when it comes to other races?

I don’t.  Assume, much?

Why do we get so upset when a show becomes “diverse” even though “diverse” usually means just two or three people of color?

I could give two shits about how many “people of color” (this term needs to go.  It’s an “of” and an “ed” away from “colored people”) there are in a show.  So long as it’s good, I couldn’t possibly care less what the ethnicities of characters are.

Why do you assume that movies with white stars are more relatable than movies with people of color?

The films tied at the top spot on my top 20 favorite films list are Japanese films.  There’s that.  I want good characters.  If a character is good, their ethnicity literally means nothing to me.  My favorite anti-hero is Omar Little.  Here’s one for you – why do you think that the Asian markets that Hollywood wants to appeal to want to see white people in action movies more than “people of color?” (how is this term not seen as racist?)

Why is Viola Davis the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress?

Man, I’m the wrong guy to ask.  I don’t even pay attention to that aware show nonsense.  I see it the way Ice Cube does – it’s just a statue.  You don’t do movies for that.  You do it for love of the craft.

Why aren’t we complaining that the Oscars and other award shows are all white?

Here’s a link to a video where someone debunks this point pretty handily.  Watch it.

Why don’t we know the difference between appropriation and appreciation?

Because the moment you hipster losers see anyone doing anything even vaguely able to be construed as the former, you will get all over that?  Do you know the difference?

Why can’t we figure out how to make our own pop culture?  Our own slang?  Our own cool clothes, instead of stealing other people’s cool clothes?

Citation on that last one, please.  I guess you have never seen Abercrombie and Fitch.  Or any of those overpriced brand-name labels.  But the way I see it, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  it’s the reason that I have no problem seeing cute little Asian girls fronting death metal bands.  You also have this weird idea about white people and our “own pop culture.”  Did you know that there are cultures of white people that aren’t American?  There’s British, German, French, Swedish, Russian.  All of those different groups have different cultural identities.  I had a friend who went around Europe recently, and she said that the culture shock was pretty significant because of how different things are.  Like how tipping is viewed as an insult or the nature of toilets there.  Fatty Americans aren’t made for Europe.

Why are white people obsessed with Wes Anderson?

So far as I know, his movies have never had mainstream appeal.  I’m rather interested in them because I like his movies..  He makes quality stuff and it’s nice to see comedy movies be made that aren’t the typical American shit like the stuff that Paul Feig makes is.  No disrespect, Edgar Wright.  You’re amazing.

Why would you ever say “thug life?”

I don’t.  But meme culture isn’t just a white person thing, dumb-dumb.  Racist, much?

What do you have against seasoning and spicyness?

Nothing.  Not a huge fan of hot, but delicious spice can be fun.  Your assumptions are amusing.

Why are casseroles our thing?

They are?  Since when?

Why do you try and avoid confrontation at all costs?

I don’t go looking for it, but I honestly prefer when people who have an issue with me bring it to my attention.  I’m pretty good at finding a resolution with those that I like.  White people in general tend to be more passive.  No idea why.  I’m sure there’s a science-y answer to it.

Why is it crazy that I’m white and I have a big butt?

There’s some hyperbole.  It’s not crazy, but it is abnormal.  White people tend not to.

Why is it such a big deal when somebody doesn’t want to hike?

Where did this question come from?

Why do you keep talking about reverse racism?

I don’t.  You do.  I see it as not a real thing.  It’s just racism.  SJWs are the ones who coined this term.

Why are you too afraid to speak up when somebody says something racist?

I’m assuming that you only mean that in connection to white people.  I speak up all the time when I see racist things, like some of the rhetoric from the more dead-cops inclined members of Black Lives Matter.  Or the rhetoric of the likes of Uhuru.  But I guess that doesn’t count, because they aren’t white.  It’s only bad when white people do it.  Racist, much?

Why do we think that having one friend of color (I can’t be the only person who sees how bad this term is!) means that nothing we say can be racist?

Anyone who makes that argument is dumb.  I argue that I’m not a racist because I don’t look down on people because of their race.  Well, I hate all people, but not because of race.  I just hate humanity.  It’s called misanthropy.

Why does being half-white only make my commentary on white culture a half-truth?

Um…what?  I…I don’t get it.  Who says this?  Who has ever said this?  At any point in time?

Why do you believe that Black Lives Matter means that your life doesn’t matter?

When you look at some of the rhetoric that its members spew, like the lady who said that it would just tickle her pink if the baby of the white couple died, it becomes pretty clear that there are plenty of people associated with that movement who are just using it a vehicle to promote their bigoted ideas.

Why do you get offended when you see a table full of black people, but not a lunchroom full of white people?

This question is so unrealistic to anything I have ever thought that I honestly have no response.

Why do you ask to have a “white people club?”

I don’t.  When has this ever happened?  Citatiion, please.

Why do you see the success of people of color as a threat to you?

I don’t.  Worked with this cute little half-black, half-asian girl.  She’s gone on to be very successful after college.  Happy for her.  She was a nice sort.  Made working at the job much better.

You know that a two-minute video about whiteness isn’t reverse racism, right?

True.  There’s no such thing.  There’s just racism.  Though you all have some pretty racist ideas about white people.  Just putting that out there.

Why are we upset about immigrant, even though we are immigrants?

Who is this we that you’re talking to?  I don’t give two shits.

Well, that was some fun low-hanging fruit.  This page is enjoyable.  Been busy posting today.

Until next time, a quote,

“We don’t do movies for the industry. We do movies for the fans, for the people.  And, you know, if the industry gives you a trophy or not, pats you on the back or not, it’s nice and all, but it’s not something you should dwell on.” – Ice Cube

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Answer 20 Questions Black People (Not of BuzzFeed) Have for White People

I did a post some time ago answering the black people of BuzzFeed’s questions for Strawman Whitey.  No, it seems that another group has come up and decided that they are going to ask the REAL questions that BuzzFeed should have asked.  Oh, I’m sure this is going to be all kinds of interesting.  Well, in keeping with tradition, I decided that I’m going to answer those questions.  Here’s a link to the video that these came from, now let’s get going.

Be honest – you hate black people.  Don’t you?

Assertion without even the vaguest idea of what evidence is.  No, bitch.  But I have a problem with you for asserting that I hate black people for reasons unknown.  Yeah, you I have a definite problem with.

White people – do you know what gentrification is doing to black neighborhoods?

The buying up of shitty homes and renovating them?  I don’t know.  Making them look better?  I figure this goes with that whole “broken windows theory.”  The idea being if they make the neighborhoods look nice, then they won’t be so crime-ridden.  The success of that theory has been somewhat lacking for some times.  So, I’m guessing that your belief is that gentrification is much the same.

Do you have ANY idea?

Just answered that.

Why is being a former drug dealer a bad thing?

It isn’t.  Not to me, anyway.  I think that we need to end the drug war and legalize all narcotics.  The whole shebang.  We can’t end it by keeping things illegal, so we might as well just legalize and tax it.  Then we can take drugs off the street and make it a multi-billion dollar market in this country.  Here’s a great video that explains why that’s going to happen.  Eventually.

So there’s that.  As for people who are former drug dealers, I got no beef with them.  Methinks you have assumptions about how us honkies think.

But being a former slave owner – totally okay, white America?

Who are you talking about?  I’ve never owned a slave.  Neither have my parents.  Or my grandparents.  Or may great grand-parents.  Slavery ended over 150 years ago.  Time to move on.  I won’t be shamed because fore-fathers who no one in three generations have living memory of did some stuff that was uncool.

Do you honestly think the structure of America is NOT based on racism?

Yeah.  The problem is that there are people who are racist out there.  I’m sure you’re going to bring up cops.  Yeah, there are plenty of racist cops.  But here’s the thing – look what it takes to be a police officer in this country.  It’s pretty much – show up, be given a gun, a badge, and virtually no oversight.  What kind of person do you think is going to want that kind of job?  Thugs.  For the most part.  There are cops who just want to help people.  That’s something that gets lost in all these Black Lives Matter yelling contests.  But it can’t be denied that the majority of people this job appeals to are those who want to have the power to exert over others.  It’s like the military, in that regard.  You have those who want to help, and those who want to hurt.

You all want equality of outcome.  I want equality of opportunity.  While there are some holdouts in places, I’d say that that objective has been achieved.  It’s up to you to decide what you do with that.  You could work to get ahead, or you could go on YouTube and bitch about how hard you, a clearly upper-middle class person, have it.

Do you really think you discovered America?

Nope.  Neither did you.  Neither did anyone in our generation.  The people who discovered America are so far removed from us now that this question is beyond retarded.

Do you really think it’s yours?

It’s land.  The American government owns this land.  I pay taxes to that government.  So yeah, in part, I do think that I have some ownership of it.  The hospital that I walk through every day, tax dollars help pay for that.  The university I went to, my tax dollars help make that possible.  The land that my grandparents generation homesteaded on, they worked hard to make that land their own.  So yeah, I do think that this is partly mine.

When I’m upset, I’m an angry black man, Or woman! (they interjected)  When you’re upset, you’re just upset.  Aren’t you an angry white man?

Nope.  I’m just an angry asshole.  And you’re an angry idiot.  See, I’m going to remove your race from the equation and just make it about how dumb you are.  As a person.  I’m nice like that.

Why isn’t racism illegal?

Because that’s thought policing.  We can’t tell people how to think.  That’s fascism.  People are allowed to think the way they want, and you are free to disagree with them.  That’s how an open and fair society works.  Sometimes that means that the assholes get to have mean opinions.  But I’d rather have that in society than lock-step.  Those differing opinions are important.  It means that we can talk and have a discourse.  Well, at least I wish I could.  The day an SJW comes to me and wants to have a civil discourse is the day that Hell freezes over.

Why is gaining the black vote so important, but mass incarceration of black people isn’t?

Actually, I’ve argued many times against this country’s draconian prison sentencing.  We send people to prison for nothing.  One of the reasons that I want to end the drug war is so we can help empty this country’s prisons.  Then we can have prisons that could actually potentially help rehabilitate people who can be, instead of becoming breeding grounds for new crime.  But even without ending the drug war, this idea that we send people to prison for non-violent offenses is ridiculous.  That needs to change.  Stop trying to assume that you know how I think.

Why are all of ya’ll afraid of black people?

I’m not.  I’m just as apathetic about black people as I am about most anyone else.

What are you going to do about systematic racism?

Nothing.  It’s a non-issue that has been blown out of proportion by race-baiters like Black Lives Matter.

Why must you own ALL the media outlets?

Assume, much?  I don’t own shit!  I own this blog.  Well, at least I am allowed to use it through WordPress.  Don’t know who owns WordPress.  If you want media outlets, then get to work building them.  Good luck.  It’s a tough market out there, these days.  I wish you luck.

Why does EVERY race qualify for reparations except black people?

I don’t want to give reparations to anyone.  For real, what’s done is done.  Move on.  I’m so tired of you all pretending like you, your parents, or your grandparents know the first thing about slavery, when you live in the First World.  You have the kind of life that kings of old would kill for. Stop your bitching.

A long time ago, really not that long ago, you all prevented black people from learning how to read and write.  But, why did you let them keep a bible?

Because religion has been a HUGE part of this country’s heritage since its inception.  Part of me thinks that Stephen Fry has a point when he says that we need to just get rid of the separation of church and state.  It’s so clearly entangled anyway, so why not just own that?  Then we can start taxing the churches.  We already subsidize them with tax dollars.  We might as well make it official.

White people, historically, you’ve never liked black people.

Assume much, bitch?

But why do you take black people’s money?

If I had a business that I ran, I’d take whoever’s money.  I don’t care what your race is.  If I run a business, I want the most money.  Whoever wants my products, I’ll take what I can get from them.

What does colonization mean to you?

Nothing.

You do know crack and cocaine are drugs, right?

Can you find out why Bill Clinton thinks that one should carry a harsher sentence than the other?

Voting polls have shown that black people support Shillary far more than they did Bernie.  You all go ask.

When are you going to arrest Governor Snyder?

No idea.  Don’t have the authority.

So, when we talk about slavery, why are you uncomfortable?

I’m not.  I’m annoyed.  Just like when people talk about 9/11.  It’s over and done.  Seriously, people need to get over it already.

Why do you want to adopt the “fun part” of black culture, but not that true lifestyle of black Americans?

You think that I want to be anything like you smug assholes?  That’s cute.

I gotta know – why do you wear shorts in the wintertime?

It’s comfortable.  Though, I only wear them around my house.  So there’s that.

Well, that was nice and retarded.  Hopefully you all could learn something from that engagement.  Just waiting for the person to come into the Comments and be like, “yeah, that’s you’re an asshole and a racist!”  Whatever makes you feel better, snowflake.

Until next time, a quote,

“Self-pity is easily the most destructive of non-pharmaceutical narcotics.  It is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.”  – John W. Gardner

Peace out,

Maverick

Why the F*ck Do We Care About Paula Deen?

Alright, I am about to do something that the internet doesn’t like – I am about to defend someone the internet doesn’t like.  I am about to defend Paula Deen.  Apparently, Paula Deen is in trouble for a comment she made where she used the word “nigger.”  Several bits of her word usage and the things she has done have come to light.  She apologized, but it didn’t matter.  The Food Network has gotten rid of her as fast as they possibly could, not wanting to be there when the shit hits the fan.  They didn’t want to have to get covered in the internet’s wrath.  And the Internet has definitely had wrath.

Look, I am not going to say that Paula Deen isn’t racist.  She is.  I won’t argue that for a second.  But here’s the thing – she is an old woman who was born and raised in the south.  This is something that we need to keep in mind, but don’t, here in America.  If you go back to the time when she was a kid and see how people in the south were raised back then, you will understand that her kind of racism is not active hatred, but merely a product of her environment.  The racism she displayed isn’t hateful, but merely her being old and not getting how the world has changed since the days of her childhood.  She said what she did in ignorance.

So, what has been the cultural response?  Well, we have shamed her, turned her into a pariah, stripped her of her lifestyle and made her the subject of everyone in PC culture’s hate.  You know what’s funny?  I remember reading about how the oppressed minorities who were actively hated up were treated back in the day.  There are a LOT of similarities between how they acted then and how we act now.  And don’t come back at me with the lynch mobs.  That’s extremism.  Horrible, true, but those cases were not the norm.  The cultures of those time periods were just as big into shaming and stripping someone of their ability to live.  I guarantee you that someone who was outed as being gay back in the day would be in a very similar situation.

But there is one aspect that needs to be looked at and isn’t – who the fuck cares?  Why are we making a big deal out of this.  TJ Kirk, my favorite YouTube vlogger, recently made a video about this very issue, where he talked about how Orson Scott Card, a great sci-fi novelist, is having probably his most well-known books, Ender’s Game, made into a movie.  Orson Scott Card is a great author, but something people should know is that he is also an avid and blatant homophobe.  He hates gay people.  This man has made NO secret of this.  His malicious bigotry is something that those of us who pay attention understand.  So, how many people are throwing his name into the fire and saying “fuck you!” to his movie?  I doubt any.  And if any are, I am amazed.

I don’t think that there is a great artist who exists who doesn’t have some form of prejudice to their name.  Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers who has ever lived, was absolutely horrible to the women in his movies.  His sexism was the stuff of legends.  His mistreatment of Shelley Duvall in the filming of The Shining is a film legend.  He had every single person on the set brutalize this woman.  She was constantly afraid, all the time.  Made filming her fear that much more believable.  Yet this is regarded as one of his best films.  He is a great filmmaker.

Gandhi was a racist.  Some of his writings from his time in Africa were amazing, talking about how stupid and inferior the natives were, needing his people, who were far more enlightened.  This is a man who I challenge you to find a person who has one bad thing to say about him.  If we are going to lose our fucking minds over one relatively-innocent comment that an old woman who is from the deep south, raised in a time when racism was the norm, then why are we giving all these people a pass?

The reality is that nobody should care about this.  Nobody.  Let the old racist back on her show and have her life back.  I mean, we let Martha Stewart off the hook, and it has been shown how bat-shit crazy that woman is.

It is my belief that we are all a little racist or sexist in some way.  It is often not malicious.  There are just some groups of people we like and some we don’t.  And it is almost-always a product of the home we grew up in or the place we live.  I have a friend from California who doesn’t actively have a problem at all with Hispanic people, but she just doesn’t like them.  She doesn’t go out of her way to be rude or make an issue of it.  She just has issues that she keeps to herself.  I think that everyone has that in some form.  If we are going to combat racism, we need to do it in the form that has been shown to work – open dialogue and the free exchange of ideas.  That is how it has been declining so far, and how it will continue to decline.  Public shaming and turning people into a pariah and stripping them of their whole lives will just breed resentment.

But hey, maybe I am just too mature to fit in with PC culture.  After all, like racism, when you look at how crazy people get over it, it is all very childish.

Until next time, a quote,

“Good weed = no stress.”  -Stoner Quotes

Peace out,

Maverick