If Everything is Racist . . .

 

The cries of the Left against racism in this country are filled with sadness and frustration. They feel that this country has let them down; the land of the free and the home of the brave is drowning in hatred, division and racism. All of us must rally to answer their call to truth and equality. I’ve identified an ideal way to do just that: let’s identify every racist term that exists in our times and create unbiased alternatives.

The numbers of words and phrases that are racist are mind-boggling, as we begin to realize that racism exists in every part of society: education, law enforcement, corporations—the list is endless. But I think we can start small.

I’ve started a list of terms that look perfectly harmless but are actually insidious examples of racism. I’m providing a partial list here of the words that are supposedly meant to be innocuous, but when we dive deeply, their ugliness and betrayal of the American dream are obvious:

Black Russian: this has been called a cocktail of vodka and a coffee liqueur. When we look more closely, we discover that the word “black” has been defiled by linking it with Russians; even worse, the coffee liqueur emphasizes a drink of color. The White Russian insults blackness even more, due to corrupting the darkness with milk or cream (white).

Black Sunday, the story of a terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp flying over the Super Bowl Stadium with 80,000 people and the president attending. The Sunday was clearly referred to as “black” to associate terrorism with the black population of our country.

Blackjack is a law enforcement tool used to disable a perpetrator. That’s what we assume from the name. But everyone knows that “blackjack” is a way of associating violence and crime with the black community.

Black Friday is always on the Friday after Thanksgiving, a big shoppers day. Obviously this term is meant to demean black Americans as being allied with corporate retail America.

 

Lest you think that racism is only linked to the use of the word “black,” let me educate you about the use of the word, “white.”

White symbolism is associated with purity, virginity, innocence, goodness and other words. It’s clear that the word “white” is used as a way of excluding black people who may be as much, if not more virtuous, as any white person.

Snow White and her story tell us that to be beautiful, charming and kind, you must be white. In society, a black person could never be Snow White.

 

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Going through this exercise has been enlightening and educational for me. When I started to fully explore the racism that permeates our society, I was alarmed and humbled. As I deal with my disappointment in myself, I’d like to turn this pursuit over to you, my readers. I have many more terms you may want to define for yourselves, that can reveal the perniciousness of racism in our society:

Black out, white out, blackmail, white lie, blacklist.

And I’m sure that’s just the beginning.

Consider this process as one way to free yourself of the racism that dominates your life.

 

 

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  1. Stina Member

    I was worried there for a bit, but you pulled through with flying colors. Thanks for the laugh!

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    • August 19, 2019, at 10:32 AM PDT
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Thanks, Stina! I know people aren’t used to my writing satire, but this just came up for me. It was fun!

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    • August 19, 2019, at 10:33 AM PDT
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  3. Unsk Member

    Susan, It could be worse, much worse for all of us who are easily triggered by the rude politically incorrect habits of the White Nationalist Patriarchy. English could be like Spanish where all nouns have a “lexical” sexist gender of either masculine or feminine, but not OMG! transgender! What are we to do with all these Latinos flooding across the border speaking this “sexist” language? Oh! the humanity! Such a conundrum ! We want open borders to thoroughly dilute the White Nationalist Patriarchy but we will be letting people in with this horrific anti-transgender bias built into their language ! I am just beside myself and so triggered by this issue.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 10:56 AM PDT
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  4. She Thatcher
    She

    Count me among those who believe that the offensive word in the name of the National Football League’s “Washington Redskins” is not the one that refers to Native Americans.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 10:56 AM PDT
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Unsk (View Comment):
    I am just beside myself and so triggered by this issue.

    You poor dear, @unsk! I’ll pray for you!

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    • August 19, 2019, at 10:59 AM PDT
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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    She (View Comment):

    Count me among those who believe that the offensive word in the name of the National Football League’s “Washington Redskins” is not the one that refers to Native Americans.

    Oh darn, @she, I knew there was one for “red.” I also thought about “yellow jackets,” you know, insulting our Chinese friends.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 11:00 AM PDT
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  7. Pony Convertible Member

    I found out yesterday that using the term “government schools” is racist, and since I was the one who used the term, I’m racist. 

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:39 PM PDT
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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    During the Obama years there used to be (and maybe still is hidden away on some corner of the web) a website that was regularly updated with things the press had declared racist. The word “Chicago” was racist (because Obama was from Chicago). “Golf” was racist (because Obama liked to golf). Pretty much anything and everything was declared racist in an attempt to shield Obama from criticism.

    And that’s what got us to where we are today — racism as a punchline instead of a serious wrong. For which the left is entirely to blame.

     

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    Dr. Seuss books are racist now, because Melania Trump sent a bunch of them as a gift to some school children.

     

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:52 PM PDT
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  10. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Pony Convertible (View Comment):

    I found out yesterday that using the term “government schools” is racist, and since I was the one who used the term, I’m racist.

    Did anyone tell you why??

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:53 PM PDT
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  11. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    Steve Martin’s “King Tut” song is racist.

    At Reed College, a small liberal-arts school in Portland, Oregon, a 39-year-old Saturday Night Live skit recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation. In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture. You could say that his critique is weak; that his humor is lame; that his dance moves are unintentionally offensive or downright racist. All of that, and more, was debated in a humanities course at Reed.

    But many students found the video so egregious that they opposed its very presence in class. “That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance. She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers—many of whom are African American—“is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:53 PM PDT
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  12. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    Dr. Seuss books are racist now, because Melania Trump sent a bunch of them as a gift to some school children.

     

    Well, that one is obvious! Good grief, @drewinwisconsin, I thought my examples were ridiculous!

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:55 PM PDT
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  13. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    Criticizing the IRS is just like saying the n-word.

     

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    • August 19, 2019, at 12:59 PM PDT
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  14. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    Calling America a “land of opportunity” is a racist, sexist microaggression.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 1:04 PM PDT
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  15. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    White Guilt is also racist.

    While we want you to understand how we’re affected by racism and to acknowledge our struggles and your privilege, we don’t need you to try to overcompensate because of guilt.

    Many times, if we’re not dealing with a white person who tries to relate to our experience, we’re dealing with a white person who over apologizes for the cards we’ve been dealt.

    By all means, please speak up when you witness an injustice.

    That is what we need. Do not spark up an awkward conversation about race while I’m kicking back, trying to escape it all. If I’m just relaxing with my friends having a grand ol’ time, please don’t invade my space with your white guilt.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 1:06 PM PDT
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  16. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    And here’s a list curated by Tucker Carlson. It includes some racist things like the solar eclipse and bitcoin.

     

     

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    • August 19, 2019, at 1:11 PM PDT
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  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    White Guilt is also racist.

    While we want you to understand how we’re affected by racism and to acknowledge our struggles and your privilege, we don’t need you to try to overcompensate because of guilt.

    Many times, if we’re not dealing with a white person who tries to relate to our experience, we’re dealing with a white person who over apologizes for the cards we’ve been dealt.

    By all means, please speak up when you witness an injustice.

    That is what we need. Do not spark up an awkward conversation about race while I’m kicking back, trying to escape it all. If I’m just relaxing with my friends having a grand ol’ time, please don’t invade my space with your white guilt.

    I think I’m going to be ill . . . these all are so insane, so bizarre, that I keep hoping that I’ll wake up and find out it was all a big joke. My head hurts . . .

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    • August 19, 2019, at 1:14 PM PDT
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  18. DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader Member

    Here’s another good list. It includes racist things like lunch bags and hoop skirts and liking white meat.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 1:14 PM PDT
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  19. Percival Thatcher

    She (View Comment):

    Count me among those who believe that the offensive word in the name of the National Football League’s “Washington Redskins” is not the one that refers to Native Americans.

    Nothing wrong with the name “Washington.” He was the greatest American. 

    The name of the town is a problem.

    Lets see … “Tyrantsburg” isn’t taken. Neither is “Oppressorville.”

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    • August 19, 2019, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  20. Arthur Beare Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer

    Criticizing the IRS is just like saying the n-word.

    Does that mean that only black people can criticize the IRS?

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    • August 19, 2019, at 4:04 PM PDT
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  21. Arthur Beare Member

    Ever notice what a large proportion of this . . . stuff originates from college students?

    And have you have ever, ever, heard of a college administrator reminding the offended that they are free to go somewhere else if they feel insufficiently safe, respected, or whatever where they are?

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    • August 19, 2019, at 4:16 PM PDT
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  22. aardo vozz Member

    I would think “White Christmas” is a little problematic.

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    • August 19, 2019, at 4:23 PM PDT
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  23. aardo vozz Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    Steve Martin’s “King Tut” song is racist.

    At Reed College, a small liberal-arts school in Portland, Oregon, a 39-year-old Saturday Night Live skit recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation. In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture. You could say that his critique is weak; that his humor is lame; that his dance moves are unintentionally offensive or downright racist. All of that, and more, was debated in a humanities course at Reed.

    But many students found the video so egregious that they opposed its very presence in class. “That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance. She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers—many of whom are African American—“is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”

    Oy.🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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    • August 19, 2019, at 4:25 PM PDT
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  24. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    I don’t know what to make of the fact that, given a choice, I’d rather have a blackhead than a whitehead.

    Maybe we just need to switch to another language. Spanish, perhaps? 

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    • August 19, 2019, at 4:49 PM PDT
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  25. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Arthur Beare (View Comment):
    And have you have ever, ever, heard of a college administrator reminding the offended that they are free to go somewhere else if they feel insufficiently safe, respected, or whatever where they are?

    My dear @arthurbeare, no one will ask them to leave and risk losing that revenue stream!

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  26. Stina Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I don’t know what to make of the fact that, given a choice, I’d rather have a blackhead than a whitehead.

    Maybe we just need to switch to another language. Spanish, perhaps?

    Negro is a no-go.

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  27. She Thatcher
    She

    Susan Quinn: Blackjack is a law enforcement tool used to disable a perpetrator. That’s what we assume from the name. But everyone knows that “blackjack” is a way of associating violence and crime with the black community.

    I think the second syllable, “jack” might be what’s really at issue here. It seems that when “jack” is combined with another syllable, it’s almost always offensive. Here’s an article about a guy with an (R) after his name, who used the word “hijack” with regard to Reps. Omar and Tlaib “hijacking” the Democrat party from Nancy Pelosi. The word clearly triggered (sorry, know that’s a gun metaphor, and therefore triggering (ouch) in its own right) his opposite number, someone described as “liberal CNN [straight from the department of redundancy department] commentator Angela Rye,” as follows:

    However, Rye appeared to take offense after Griffin claimed that the “Squad” has “hijacked” the Democratic Party from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    “It’s so interesting that you use the term — the only two Muslim women in Congress, the term you chose to use, sir, is ‘hijacking,’” Rye said.

    “It has nothing to do with whether they’re Muslim or not,” Griffin responded. “Nothing to do with that… They’ve hijacked from their own principles.”

    “That’s a real interesting word choice, and you understand why,” Rye talked over the panelist. “You can talk over me all you want to but the bottom line is the greatest terrorist threat in this country is white men, white men who think like you. That is the greatest terrorist threat in this country.”

    Griffin dismissed her remarks as “silly rhetoric.”

    “No, it’s not!” Rye shot back. “You know what’s silly? The fact that you’re on here knowing how dangerous times are right now defending this nonsense.”

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    • August 20, 2019, at 5:40 AM PDT
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  28. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    She (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Blackjack is a law enforcement tool used to disable a perpetrator. That’s what we assume from the name. But everyone knows that “blackjack” is a way of associating violence and crime with the black community.

    I think the second syllable, “jack” might be what’s really at issue here. It seems that when “jack” is combined with another syllable, it’s almost always offensive. Here’s an article about a guy with an (R) after his name, who used the word “hijack” with regard to Reps. Omar and Tlaib “hijacking” the Democrat party from Nancy Pelosi. The word clearly triggered (sorry, know that’s a gun metaphor, and therefore triggering (ouch) in its own right) his opposite number, someone described as “liberal CNN [straight from the department of redundancy department] commentator Angela Rye,” as follows:

    However, Rye appeared to take offense after Griffin claimed that the “Squad” has “hijacked” the Democratic Party from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    “It’s so interesting that you use the term — the only two Muslim women in Congress, the term you chose to use, sir, is ‘hijacking,’” Rye said.

    “It has nothing to do with whether they’re Muslim or not,” Griffin responded. “Nothing to do with that… They’ve hijacked from their own principles.”

    “That’s a real interesting word choice, and you understand why,” Rye talked over the panelist. “You can talk over me all you want to but the bottom line is the greatest terrorist threat in this country is white men, white men who think like you. That is the greatest terrorist threat in this country.”

    Griffin dismissed her remarks as “silly rhetoric.”

    “No, it’s not!” Rye shot back. “You know what’s silly? The fact that you’re on here knowing how dangerous times are right now defending this nonsense.”

    Good grief. Thank you for clearing that up, @she. I think.

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  29. Pony Convertible Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Pony Convertible (View Comment):

    I found out yesterday that using the term “government schools” is racist, and since I was the one who used the term, I’m racist.

    Did anyone tell you why??

    Not really, they just referenced this website. It must be there somewhere, but I didn’t find it. All I got from it was, charter schools aren’t perfect, therefore we shouldn’t have them.

    https://networkforpubliceducation.org/another-day-another-charter-scandal/?fbclid=IwAR2TpQK10oB2RcEEx9eRSP9nl6iIO7PO72OScdQ797kiJyAkykrn9II44B4 

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  30. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Pony Convertible (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Pony Convertible (View Comment):

    I found out yesterday that using the term “government schools” is racist, and since I was the one who used the term, I’m racist.

    Did anyone tell you why??

    Not really, they just referenced this website. It must be there somewhere, but I didn’t find it. All I got from it was, charter schools aren’t perfect, therefore we shouldn’t have them.

    https://networkforpubliceducation.org/another-day-another-charter-scandal/?fbclid=IwAR2TpQK10oB2RcEEx9eRSP9nl6iIO7PO72OScdQ797kiJyAkykrn9II44B4

    Ah yes. The hoaxes against charter schools are such a travesty. Parents want them. Kids want them. But the teachers and unions fight them. So unfair.

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