Racism, Sexism and the Other Ism’s

Spain’s Basketball Federation has published a good luck advert for their men’s team, the world champions, in which they stand pulling at the sides of their eyes in a slit-eyed gesture.

There is no obvious intention to upset their Olympic hosts in Beijing, but the irresponsible picture is likely to cause controversy and could be interpreted so as to lead to accusations of racism.

Olympics: Spain basketball team pictured in controversial pose

Where does humor end and racism begin?

Racism seems to connote when there is malice involved, does it not?
Is it never acceptable to mock, mimic or poke fun at others different than ourselves?

“White people” have long been thought to be the ones responsible for keeping the blacks down, even now. That belief gave carte blanche to poke fun at “crackers” and “whitey”, insisting whitebread had better laugh along with the perennial put downs.

Some go so far as to say “white people”, as a generalization is racist in and of itself.

Why is it socially acceptable and cool if your skin is brown and you’re “down” like one of da bros – to rant ’bout “nappy hair” or “hoes” till da cows come home and never be accused of using negative stereotypes toward white or black women?

When did it become acceptable to tease when the joke teller is of the ethnic group, religion, gender or minority themselves?

Women have been the brunt of hurtful, even inciteful humor since the dawn of civilization.
Women themselves participate in their own self effacement.

Jokes habitually target womens’ bodies or anatomy. These derogatory comments are supposed to be ‘all in jest’…. no matter how personal or crude.

To accept race-based or anti woman humor as innocent and all in fun… is to step down a very, dangerous path.
Making fun of Jews or women due to physical or ethnic idiosyncrasies was within acceptable limits in our culture.

The consequences, however, were generations of Jews and women who saw insulting them as accepted social behavior, which they begain to even partake in themselves.

Wouldn’t you agree that routine ridicule of women, (and it is routine), or the prejudicial singling out of racial groups is what should give us pause?

Then again, How about using humor to drive the point home?

Have the unending depictions and ridicule of Christianity not pushed the limits of good taste over and over again?

After all…What are the origins of prejudice?

Thousands of generations ago, we were nomadic, even tribal beings. Suspicion of and scuffles with other tribes were essential in maintaining tribal boundaries and preserving hunting grounds to ensure the future of ones kinfolk.

We are a product of this evolution, are we not.
Suspicion and notions of mistrust of others who are “different” is quite normal and natural.

Thankfully, most of us have evolved and developed the intelligence to understand our history, as well as the social structures which permit us to break down “tribal” barriers without the need to first club each other over the head.

Just picture two friends, (or yourself for that matter) who have broken down these barriers that may have existed. They can tell each other jokes that refer to the other’s “tribal” differences, without either one losing their heads.
It’s all about security and trust.

Notice, I said ‘most of us’.
Apparently, some never laugh.

However, if whites, women, Jews and Christians are fair game…………….
Why are we silenced when trying to laugh at Muzlims or Arabs?
Can we not snicker at the bloodthirsty monsters who call themselves Ham-ASS, or, occasionally snort at the compliant stooges who call themselves “moderates”, who never speak out against terrorism by their brethren and truly hate the “West”?

Is not all fair in love and jest?
Just askin.

And now……….

Funny?

Not funny?

Chinese

Thug lover

Hussein Obama fan

Aussie

Italian

Irish

Heh. What say y’all, my funny friends?

27 Responses to “Racism, Sexism and the Other Ism’s”

  1. DragonLady says:

    I say what’s good for the goose… ;-)

    Seriously, I have grown tired (or maybe just grown up) of the extremes of both political correctness and downright crudeness. One should not be afraid to call a spade a spade, and a spade is a pointy shovel.

    I have also come to realize that one-sided respect is really oppression.

  2. DragonLady says:

    Ok, I take back the part about the crudeness now that I just realized what is in my latest post. LOL

  3. Perri Nelson says:

    I hate racism. It’s the most foolish of all prejudices, to assume that someone’s ethnicity or national origin, or yes, gender (although that’s not racism but sexism) have anything to do with the content of their character, or their innate abilities.

    Yes, people are different. Yes, they look different. Yes, they have different genders (and thank God for that). That doesn’t mean that they weren’t all created equal.

    We can’t end racism by ignoring it, but we also can’t end it by continuing to concentrate on race. This is especially true in the hyper-sensitive “victim oriented” attitudes that some people have about any possible intimation of racism. The so-called victims need to “get over it”.

    Spain’s advertisement was certainly in bad taste, and I don’t excuse it. Even so, humor does have it’s place. Particularly the note about Italian food. My problem with that one is that even though I’m not hungry for days afterward, I just can’t stop eating it.

  4. Z says:

    I have to admit I think the Spanish ad is in bad taste. But, really, isn’t that a little like saying that using HUSSEIN in Barack’s name is horrid and racist, but using RODHAM in Hillary’s name is just fine? How is HUSSEIN BAD and RODHAM GOOD UNLESS we’re all thinking the same thing about ARABS? right? (they’re BAD!!)?
    What can we think about the Chinese? their eyes ARE different than ours…my point is, it doesn’t mean they’re BAD!!? Of COURSE it doesn’t, right? So…why complain about an ad in which the anglo guys are poking fun? I wonder if I made my point clear enough not to sound like a racist or a dope? Or, maybe I”ll have to close my blog!
    Been thinking about doing that, anyway!

    I hope so!!

  5. PT gal says:

    The bottom line is that we have lost the sensitivity overall. You can make jokes about yourself but heaven forbid someone takes a shot at you…yikes!
    As ridiculous as this may sound I think everyone has to learn to just chill and stop looking for excuses to be angry all the time….oh and a little extra sensitivity never killed anyone. At the end of the day you gotta treat others the way you want them to treat you…if you make a joke all in good fun, don’t go home cryin when it comes around.
    :)

  6. Katie says:

    No matter what you say somebody is gonna be offended. So say it and refuse to apologize. The first time somebody does that and makes it stick, is the first brick in the PC wall to crumble.

    Love that Chinese Food sign. I’d go in there just for that one.

  7. Terry_JIm says:

    The Spanish ad is certainly in bad taste.
    Though, apparently not in Spain.

    Michell Malkin.com had a comment which said , “The Spanish Federation Cup Tennis Team did an exact pose earlier this year in February when they were about to play against the Chinese team. They explained that it was not a racist gesture, but sign of identifying with the Chinese.”

    I get a laugh out of http://www.Engrish.com , the earnest mistranslations are hilarious, but it isn’t a race thing, it’s a poke at human communication
    -lost in translation.

    `The Curious Obama 08 is probably a racial jab, not a big ear jab- I’m against it.
    The Iran Holocaust Conference agenda is a parody from ‘The Onion’ and skewers the anti-semitism of Iran’s Mullah-ocracy. I love it.

    The Wicked wok sign is a photoshopped bit-
    not too funny to me,
    though THIS picture cracks me up
    and is hinting the same thing.

  8. MK says:

    No we don’t ride our Kangaroos around, we just shoot them and eat them occasionally.

    And no, unfortunately it doesn’t taste like chicken. :)

  9. Aurora says:

    Teach your kids. I never heard a racist comment until well into my school years and learned the ‘n’ word from watching Shirley Temple movies where I believed for a long time that it was a legitimate name. I was feeling all outraged til I hit the Aussie on the kangaroo pic. Have to admit that I had a good laugh at that one. It reminds me of the tales I used to tell to my American friends when I was a teenager…hahhaha.

  10. Defiant_Infidel says:

    Behold the double edged sword! It truly does cut both ways and the blood sourced is red from either blade… unless you keep your fingers off it.

  11. obob says:

    racism cannot be stopped in our country by legislation. It has to be won in the streets, one on one. But when minorities call everyone a racist, it scares off many wanting to cross the bridge.
    jew-jitsu, that is funny

  12. Otto - American Interests says:

    If most a fair game they should all be including the Ham-ASS lot. dare not luagh at Muslims or Arabs or there ‘compliant stooges’……Nice posting Angel

  13. sage says:

    It seems to me the line between racism and humor moves depending on the speaker and the listener.
    Some people need to let it go, smile and move on.
    Loved the pics!
    haaaaaaaaa

  14. Kevin says:

    They were making a fussl about the spanish team’s antics over at michelle malkin yesterday. I don’t see why it’s such a big deal. It’s just good-willed taunting. Not a great joke, but pretty funny that they tried it :) .

  15. OMMAG says:

    As a WASP middle aged male I am slandered on a daily basis…….. when it comes to stuff like this ….. I have a hard time giving the Rat’s @ss that some people think I’m obligated to…. ;)

  16. Mustang says:

    Well, there goes all my Polish and Irish-Catholic jokes!

  17. Dinah Lord says:

    Okay, I don’t consider myself to be a racist or a bigot but I thought some of the pics were downright funny. I cracked up at the Chinese Restaurant one. Some not so much: The Obama one didn’t strike me as funny or appropriate. The Racism poster and the KKK ethics officer didn’t tickle the funny bone, either. Am I a product of the Civil Rights era, or what?

    I think you’re right on target Miss Angel. These days one man’s funny is another man’s racism.

    I don’t know exactly when the world stopped being able to laugh at their “tribal differences but I have my multi-culti suspicions.

    BTW – Anybody hear any good blonde jokes lately? I love those things.

  18. Brooke says:

    I guess the joke telling is a fine line that is easily crossed; it depends upon the sensibilities of the one hearing the joke.

    However, it is a good thing to be able to laugh at one’s self…

    I dunno, Angel. It’s a sticky widget.

  19. Gayle says:

    As Brooke says, it is indeed a sticky widget. My husband used to be the brunt of Polish jokes. As a matter of self-defense he began telling Polish jokes to the people who were telling them to him. Funny thing is that they realized the jokes didn’t bother him and quit telling them. I used to be asked as a teenager “how’s the weather up there?” You won’t believe how many people think that’s funny and original. Sheesh! I would come back with, “I can breath much better up here because I can’t smell you.” That was my “zorrowing” skill kicking in. :)

  20. Layla says:

    Sigh…..this world is just going to hell in a hay basket and some days it seems no matter how hard we try the message of good does not get out. But then if we could get more liberals reading our blogs that were the true meaning of liberal – open minded, then perhaps we would see a change.

    Well girlfriend, maybe we should start selling that kool-aid again and make some money! LOL! :)

  21. Joe Gringo says:

    People need to lighten up a bit, when violence, discrimination, or oppression is involved, then there’s racism, the basketball team photo was kind of funny I think, in bad taste, but sorta funny. Did you not chuckle a bit when you saw it? So what if their eyes are slanted, it is what it is…….btw, the Japanese call us Americans round eyes, should I/we be offended. Heck no.

    The Jew-jitsu photo was a beauty.

  22. KarLM says:

    Great work Angel…another masterpiece.
    The problem started at Creation, GOD gave the gift of speech to the Humans and it has been downhill since.

  23. DD2 says:

    Ok Angel I get it, so if Obama wins the election and he does DUMB things we can’t call him a “Chimp”?
    Humm, but why was it peachy cream to be doing it to George Bush all these years? Because he’s white?

  24. DD2 says:

    Angel in regard to my current blog and your comment. Here is a link to the story
    http://www.nowpublic.com/tech-biz/american-airlines-charging-troops-extra-baggage

  25. Stanford Matthews says:

    Is procrastin-ism a word? :-)

  26. Dapoppins says:

    I do poke fun, but my husband said the other day, the best way to devalue something, and reduce fear of it, is to make fun of it…

  27. Wingless says:

    I was reprimanding an aquintance over his overuse of the label ‘racist’ for just about anyone who made race-related jokes (the best kind :-) !)… My view is this: Racists, that is true racists, people who hate or attribute negative characteristics to others exclusively because of their race, DO NOT WASTE THEIR TIME MAKING JOKES ABOUT OTHERS!

    Jokes do not a racist make! On the contrary, the vast majority of jokers do not have a racist intention in them! Heck, laughing at ourselves and each other is a healthy means of dealing with our commonalities, differences & the stresses and realities of living in a multicultural society!
    I define a Racist as a person who trully hates and crosses the line, perpetrating tangible negative acts against others.
    Racists refuse to hire and/or work with others simply because of their color,
    Racists spent effort, time and money to convince others of their views & enlist them in their destructive or intimidation campaigns,
    Racists wish to see the destruction and/or relocation of their targets,
    Racists target & inflict TANGIBLE negative effects upon their targets raging from smear campaigns and sabotaged careers TO violent attacks and life-altering fear!