We have this comment on the post about a racist ad in the New York Times:
How exactly is this ‘racist’? It’s you goode PC lefty folks who are making the negro-monkey connection, not the ad.
Also, regarding racism and ‘empowerment’ of ‘minorities’ in general: be careful what you wish for. You might just get South Africa — or worse.
Ah yes. We’re the racist ones, not the lovely commenter who linked to an article about how South African black people are out of control, and how treating them like full citizens and human beings has created a national disaster. Trigger warning for the article: It has descriptions of ugly sexual assaults, and it’s chock-full of racist content. It says, no joke:
Verwoerd [“South Africa’s greatest post-war leader”] argued for apartheid – or ‘separate development’ – with great moral fervour. Whilst his priority was his own Afrikaner people, whom he saw as the standard-bearers of his country’s European identity, at the root of his outlook was the perception that South Africa’s multifarious peoples could only live in harmony if they lived apart. In view of what is happening now, who can say that he was wrong?
The article concludes with a hope that a national dialog about apartheid will be re-opened in South Africa.
But I’m the racist because I saw an ad where greedy poor people were portrayed as apes, and I made the connection to the long, long traditions of using monkeys and apes to represent people of color, and of stereotyping people of color as lazy, greedy and animalistic. There’s a lot more I could say about the South Africa article, but I’ll just let you all read it if you’re feeling like your blood pressure is too low.
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