Things Gone and Things Still Here (jette) wrote,
Things Gone and Things Still Here

  • Mood:

I feel a "my take on racial issues" post coming on.

Talking points:

  • The use of "jive talk" (yes, I am using the term ironically) or the spelling out of dialect online to look somehow cooler or more casual by people who would never drop an "r" or "g" in real life. For example, typing "mah" for "my" is really, really starting to grate.
  • White people who use "white" as a term of denigration to mean "bland" or "clueless."
  • People who think that if they say things like "but I hate Political Correctness" or "I don't cater to the overly sensitive" that means they get to talk like fools with out anyone calling them on it.
  • Conversely, people who try to hijack dialogues by saying that other people aren't confronting their whiteness.
  • The truly clueless who think that "not being racist" is synomynous with being "colorblind."

You'll all have to wait a while though. I just don't have it in me right now. One of these days. However, it is coming, because I've stopped worrying about whether it's even okay for white people to talk about these issues because it makes you seem so lamely "I feel your pain/but I'm part American Indian." It will take a while, though, because it's such a big can of worms. And if you see yourself here, well, try not to take it too personally. It's just gut reactions of mine - those are things that are not right for me. Usually I just cringe slightly and let it go in others, I'll probably never expound on these things at all.
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