Posts Tagged ‘Racism’

I’m really tired of hearing people say “I don’t understand why everyone is so mad at Paula Deen. I mean, she admitted to saying the ‘N-Word’ once. We all make mistakes.” Umm, firstly, stab yourself in the throat. Secondly, it’s not that she’s used racial slurs in the past. Coming up in the South, a lot of people are taught that that sort of thing is acceptable. The point is, we grow beyond that and educate ourselves. The issue isn’t THAT she said it once (although I doubt that) the issue IS that she doesn’t understand why it’s wrong. She even went so far as to suggest that black men dressed in a state of servitude was somehow romantic. She also said she wasn’t offended by her husband’s racist ‘jokes.’ Seriously? I really wonder if people are genuinely this fucking dense.

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So, I thought that perhaps I should address this whole Brad Paisley controversy concerning his new song about racism. This is going to be short and sweet. Why? Because I don’t feel that there’s much to say about it.

I don’t think the issue is that Brad Paisley is a racist. Rather, I think the problem is he’s oblivious. The last person in the world society wants to be lectured by about the hardships of discrimination is a white man. Okay? Secondly, I just don’t feel that a campy song is the appropriate place to begin a dialogue for a subject matter that’s incredibly sensitive and still quite raw for many people.

I understand that racism does exists for people of European decent. However, it’s nothing compared to what men and women of color experience almost on a daily basis. I think that the message may have come from a good place, and his heart was certainly genuine.

But, I’m pretty sure his head was up his ass.

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