Saturday, December 11, 2010
Racism Is Nostalgia With Indiana's White Folks
America has become a country well-known for its bigoted views. I mean...come on lets face it. What is the sense in trying to hide it, or pretend that we are post-racial, or act as if we are the country of brotherly and sisterly love when it comes to people of color. Our history is drenched in racism, discrimination, and prejudice. This country was built on a foundation steeped in racism.
Apparently, residents in Indiana seem to think being offensive with a racist twist to it is nostalagic because they are backing and support a Noblesville storeowner who is selling controversial soap with racist labels on it:
"The controversy over soap with racist labels being sold at a Noblesville store continues. In addition to those who are offended by the store selling these items, there is also growing support for the vendor who has been ordered to take the soaps off the shelves or face eviction."~~Casey Gane-McCalla, NewOne~
"After hearing about the soap, Carolyn Gentner bought two bars including one labeled “Kolored Kids.”~~Casey Gane-McCalla, NewOne~
“I don’t think they’re offensive, I think they’re nostalgic,” she told Fox59 News. “I believe if this is going to be an issue, we should be in Kroger for selling Aunt Jemima syrup."~~Casey Gane-McCalla, NewOne~
Okay, so I guess they wouldn't mind if young people of color begin businesses selling products with labels that are offensive to white folks. After all if you can't lick them, join them! It is 2010 going on 2011 and their game of offending people of color with imagery of exaggerated facial features on cartoon like characters which are racist in content has failed to cease.
Btw, Aunt Jemima's facial features on that bottle of syrup are not distorted and exaggerated. In my lifetime I've never seen a black man with red lips before, unless he was gay and wearing red lipstick. Nor have I ever seen a black man that looks like that picture.
There is no need to claim innocence in knowing that those images are offensive because black folks know without a doubt that claim of innocent would be false. After all, we've told them that time and time again for nearly one hundred and eleven years. However, they insist on continuing in their practice of degrading and being offensive towards people of color.
America is supposed to be a melting pot and multicultural, land of opportunity, liberty and justice for ALL country. The world is beginning to view America as the totally the opposite when it comes to people of color. There is not one nonwhite color group of people who has not experienced discrimination and racism in this country. Our country, lately, has taken it a step further with discrimination towards people with different lifestyles and those with different religious beliefs.
Alrighty then, what if some of our talented young artist and store owners who are people of color were to begin to do likewise. How would whites feel with products labeled white paddy, peckerwood, honky, etc.? Would whites so-called nostalgia come into play if the shoe was on the other foot?