I understand. I feel the same way sometimes.
-loves The Help,
-doesn’t think Denzel being honored for his role as a thug had anything to do with being black,
-thinks blackface is no longer racist
-thinks if blondes aren’t getting offended over dumb blonde jokes, blacks shouldn’t get offended over blackface jokes.
A day after she wrote about her thoughts on this controversy, she wrote this:
I choose to write this blog to express my freedom of speech and opinion. That is my right. This blog from Chicago Then was written in support of my position. Please click on the headline to take you to the blog.
I stand by it.
In 2007, I’m guessing, Ms. Jacobsen was probably one of the many people who were offended when Halle Berry made that ‘jewish cousin’ comment on the Jay Leno show, which Halle immediately apologized for. I could be wrong, but based off of some of the comments she left:
You are not a Jew, therefore you obviously don’t know that there are physical traits that are associated with us. These traits are noticed, believe me and there are plenty of people that discriminate as soon as they look at us.
I might not be too far off.
So what have I learned today? Nothing new. If something offends POC, we should get over it so white whiners can mock us in peace.
There is this blog that is the second google link for “billy crystal blackface” and it is this woman going on how blacks should not be offended by the blackface skit at the Oscars done by Billy Crystal. Tumblr, you know what to do. BTW I can’t wait for the white opinions to show up.
Did she really compare dumb blonde jokes to blackface? Wow. Here’s the link http://www.chicagonow.com/when-you-put-it-that-way/2012/02/billy-crystals-blackface-controversy-puhleeeease/
So, here’s a basic recap of what happened right before my business class yesterday (I’m copying and pasting the text from an email I just sent my Sociology professor; following links to the Anne Spurzem fiasco, because she was interested in that, too!):
My class after Sociology is Business Mgmt/Entrepreneurship, and before class, the professor butted into a conversation I was having with the woman who sits behind me. She & I were talking about Girl Scout cookies, because I’d brought some in to eat yesterday. The woman behind me was saying how her favourite GS cookies are Samoas, and we started talking about price difference from when she & I were GS and now. I brought up that prices also vary according to region because each region has a different bakery; which also meant that some regions had different cookies or the same cookies with different names. I used Samoas as an example, bringing up how in some areas, they had to change the name of Samoas to Caramel deLites or something because the name “Samoas” could be perceived as offensive or racist.
Professor jumps in, saying PFFFFFFT People are too sensitive, they get upset over EVERYTHING when it’s not racist.
I tried to politely, calmly explain to her in generalities that, y’know, some groups of people have been oppressed and Othered for their entire histories, and sometimes, when- No, no nonono, she cut me off.
I can’t remember everything she said in order, but her continuous argument against me included: “they should be honoured that they’re being recognised and have a cookie named after them” (to which I tried to explain again the whole history of oppression & being Othered and how people should be allowed to celebrate themselves rather than be forced to appreciate being tokenised and reduced to a selling point by one’s oppressor, and she kept talking over me); I tried to explain that the society in which we currently live is set up for white people, & all that white privilege “nonsense”; when she asked where is White History Month and White Entertainment Television, and I told her regular tv is for white people full of white people, and 12 months out of the year is White History Month, she got REALLY huffy and kept telling me that was the most prejudiced thing she’s heard in a LONG time and that I don’t know what I’m talking about because I’m sorely mistaken and I’ve just got “a chip on my shoulder” (a phrase she used multiple times to try to silence me); she told me that the history we are given in school is not white-centric, that I don’t know what I’m talking about because Chip on Shoulder!; she brought up the ‘fact’ that America pays more for it’s poor/PoC/minorities than any other country, payments the nation is wrongfully making out of the most misguided guilt of course!, and that is why we, as a nation, are suffering right now; she brought up how she, as a little white girl in East Texas, didn’t always get some things that certain other people got simply by virtue of their non-white skin colour so Reverse Racism is a Real Thing and I need to stop talking and get a real education & actually learn about this stuff since I’m only talking from the Chip on my Shoulder so I don’t keep sounding like a uninformed racist bigot. Then she told me there are MANY MANY other places on this planet besides here; I am welcome to move any darn time I want and leave this place I apparently hate so much (because, y’know, the rest of the world doesn’t have it’s own problems). I told her I’d done that before, I’d lived in Australia for a few years, so well Why Don’t I Leave Already?- Because I don’t have money? How’d I pay for school? Someone’s helping me & financial aid… *HA, she laughs! “Case in point” laugh!* But, surprise, it’s a white guy! At that point, she talked over me with a final, “No no no no no, We’re not going to talk about this anymore until you don’t have that chip on your shoulder …”
I’m so sick of being told because I’m white I can’t have an opinion or my opinion doesn’t mean anything!
Well that’s racism too! I have had a brief experience with racism. It’s horrible. But please stop generalizing all of one race! Its not a specific race that projects racism!
It’s RACISTS that project racism.
Bill O and Monica Crowley just finished hollering about reverse racism because Barack Obama is encouraging African-American supporters to talk to people at their churches, and if Rick Santorum was to encourage white people to vote and talk to church members, then he’d supposedly be called a bigoted racist for encouraging white people to vote.
Alan Colmes just about shit a brick but pointed out that “there’s no association for the advancement of white people” because white people are the empowered political group. We went downhill from there.
O’Reilly: “Oh, so then you have more leeway, then, to appeal to a minority group to help you than the majority? Is that written down anywhere?”
Colmes: “No, that’s accepted.”
Crowley: “So since it’s a double standard but it’s accepted, it’s okay?”
O’Reilly: “As far as politically correct acceptibility in this country, if you’re a minority group you can rally around anybody, but if you’re a white guy, you can’t. And that’s basically true.”
Crowley: “It’s this huge double standard, and a huge hypocrisy, but this is the way it is, and unless we call them out on it, they’ll continue to get away with it.”
Poor Alan Colmes. You can’t convince a couple of bigots that reverse racism doesn’t exist. You just can’t.
But God love you for trying, Alan.