- 3 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
I feel bad for the kids and families who had to see that when they were just expecting a rodeo show.
Considering the history of blackface (and being portraryed as “the fool”) and also the racial history of Missouri, it’s not hard to draw racist overtones. You would think they would know better. Or not.
I don’t think putting a broom up the backside of anyone mockingly should be regarded as acceptable behavior. Why would anyone take their kids to a show like that???
Disgraceful. If that stunt had been pulled over here someone would currently be “Helping The Police With Their Enquiries”.
It’s definitely racist.
@CrazyCatLady13: We’ll have to agree to disagree.
The main point I was trying to make is that it seems like anytime something happens, the race card is immediately pulled & it just gets old.
Don’t want to argue though, so I’m going to bow out of this one. Just wanted to put in a differing opinion on this one.
If someone mocks a black person by using insulting and stereotypical images of their race then yes, it is racist.
The San Francisco papers are having a field day with this story, just FYI….
This is totally something that would happen in TX, as well (I grew up there).
Yes, this seems like a reasonable person, and I think I will follow his opinions and viewpoints. This was a complete success…. /sarcasm whiplash
@MrsSkeletonKey: I was just thinking about this the other day, that because Obama is black and given the enormous, long history of institutionalized, normalized racism in this country: there are some instances where mocking him is racist, where doing the same thing to a previous president wouldn’t have been.
An example is that graphic showing Bush making a bunch of faces, with monkeys making the exact same face. It wasn’t racist – it’s making fun at how he looks kinda like a monkey, but wouldn’t be considered offensive in any historical, contextual way.
But, because of the long history of racist comparisons between African-Americans and monkeys (widespread accpetance of them as “less evolved”, cartoons and characters of half black half monkey beings, etc etc), doing a simliar graphic with Obama’s face and monkeys would be horribly offensively racist.
This is similar, in that white people putting on “blackface” and acting like exagerrated idiotic fools was a very prominent, very racist humourous tradition that has thankfully mostly gone away. It is still racist when people do it today. We are not a post-racial society by any means. We still need to consider the historical context when we consider like this, even if it’s just meant to be a joke or not racially-based.
@lolot: +1. I think you explained this really well and the analogy was perfect. Honestly, I am not an Obama supporter and I do think all presidents are mocked, but I do not support any racist behavior. It was completely inappropriate and offensive. Just embarassing.
Yuck. Totally tasteless. I HATE going to public event (that has nothing to do with politics) and having to hear some jackass go on about their political views (for either side).