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Attack on the United Nations
I am extremely upset about the use of the word "tar baby" in George F. Will's Sept. 19 op-ed column. In case your paper and Will have forgotten, this is an offensive, racist term for African Americans. For you to display this article so prominently reinforces to me that you couldn't care less about the sensitivities of your subscribers. Further, to apply this racist slur to the United Nations, an organization composed of multiple races and cultures, is doubly insulting. This shows a lack of respect for basic human dignity.
'Tar Baby' comment results in resignation
Emrick spent only one day as the executive director after using the phrase "tar baby" during his first meeting with some planning commission employees. According to reports, several commission staff members became upset when Emrick said "I've got to grab the tar baby by the ears and jump right in."
"I can't imagine that in 2004 that someone would make those comments," the Mayor[Ray Nagin] said. "As far as I'm concerned , we need to continue the search for a Planning Commission director. I'm weighing in on this because it is absolutely unacceptable for someone to make the comments at all."
But the image of the tar baby, an very black figure with white eyes, is one that has long been seen as a slight against African Americans.
Blacks and animals
First, let me say that I find it incredibly condescending to be told that images are used in a way I know are racist are not. I don't need anyone to define racism for me. I especially don't need to be told that I have a problem in defining it.[...]Unless you have been black and had these experiences, like I have never had a period, some respect should be accorded my views.
It is hurtful and deeply offensive to have to explain to people, after I say I think something is racist, why I think so, over and over. It shows an utter, complete and oddly predictable lack of respect for my experiences. I realize some of that is ignorance, some obstinancy. But I can assure you most black people feel the same way about these images.
There is no white equivalent of Tar Baby. America reserves its subhuman slurs for Blacks and Indians. Tar Babies are racist inventions, conjured up for the purpose of dehumanizing African Africans. It matters not one bit that Uncle Remus tales have roots in African folklore. Slavery reduced Africans to chattel, conveniences available to serve white people’s purposes. Over the centuries, white Americans have made full use of these privileges. Robert Chandler Harris earned lots of money from the Tar Baby, the only non-animal (yet also non-human) inhabitant of Brer Rabbit’s world.
Popular Art and Racism: Embedding Racial Stereotypes in the American Mindset--Jim Crow and Popular Culture
The onset of Jim Crow laws and customs rested upon the racist characterization of black people as culturally, personally, and biologically inferior.[...] So pervasive was the racial demeaning of black people, and so accepted was it by white Americans throughout the nation, that blackness became synonymous with silliness, deprivation, and ignorance. Most white Americans believed that all Africans and their descendants were racially inferior to whites, and that their common inferiority tied them together wherever they might live in the modern world.
In America, black people were portrayed as inferior almost from the time of their enslavement in the colonies in the 1620s. This racial characterization enabled white masters to justify slavery as something positive. Using racial stereotypes to justify the enslavement of blacks was especially pronounced after 1830 as white Southerners defended slavery against attacks by northern abolitionists.
This outpouring of images, performances, and music was supported by a largely racist or else highly romanticized literary tradition. The novels and writings of Joel Chandler Harris, especially his Uncle Remus tales, written from 1888 through 1906, looked back at the days of plantation slavery as a time of racial harmony in which happy and simple-minded blacks lived with respect and dignity as slaves. Thomas Nelson Page, whose early novels and short stories, usually narrated by elderly freedmen, portrayed, like Harris, a tranquil life in slavery where faithful blacks adored their masters and were cared for with affection and tenderness. By 1898, Page had turned bitter, however, and began depicting blacks as sinister characters that could not be trusted in freedom. No author was more racist or more popular than Thomas Dixon, whose novel, The Clansman, published in 1905, blamed all of the South's woes on the inferior blacks who roamed the land unchecked following their emancipation.
That's it!!! Another person who wont call it by its proper name! African-American coffee!!! Get with the program, wont you?
Originally posted by Implosion
What a total bunch of crap, how long before I'm a racist for disliking black coffee?
Originally quoted by Implosion23
What I am saying is, the minority of people who are pushing this viewpoint, like yourself, obviously have an agenda. Obviously, he was referring, as has now been stated many, many times, to a sticky situation, you know, sticky? Like tar? And you know what, of course there is no white equivalent, and I'd point out why, but I'm not sure I even want to type the word anymore, for fear of some nut with issues calling me a racist, something I am not, and have never been. This is a total non-issue. As stated above, there are plenty of things wrong with your government, it seems lunacy to me, to focus on such a piffling little innocent remark made by a guy first day on the job, and hold it up to be proof of some sort of Nazi ideology. In fact, it's quite pathetic.
Originally posted by ceci2006
But, even though that the people uttering the word might not mean anything by it, it still is a type of word that is offensive to me.
People will have to use the word and live with their conscience. I'm just presenting another side of the word so that people can see that it does have an offensive connotation.
I'm not screaming for the head of Tony Snow. Yet.
Originally posted by ceci2006
Do me a favor. Read the first two paragraphs of Steve Gilliard's piece because he voices the same type of frustration when trying to explain things such as this to people not of his race.
[edit on 22-5-2006 by ceci2006]
Originally posted by ceci2006
But one day on this board, someone is going to talking about what Rev. Jesse Jackson has said. Or what Rev. Al Sharpton has said...
Jackson said that when he worked as a waiter in a Greenville, South
Carolina restaurant, he would spit into the soups and salads of white
customers. "[Spitting into the food] gave me a psychological gratification,"
- later he admitted calling the Jew a ‘white
It is also alleged that after calling a Jewish shopkeeper a "white
interloper," he looked on while an associate of his suggested the Jew's shop
should be burned down
Originally posted by Implosion
he clearly meant he did not want to get caught up in a sticky situation. Anyway, enough idiocy for me
Originally quoted by dgtempe
I'm not picking on you, i feel i am and that s not my intention. I just would never associate tar baby with racism. But that's me.
I'd like to see Bush, Snow, et al tar and feathered, lord knows!!! That isnt racism, thats just pure meanness on my part and would love to see the day. Think the day will come?
White privilege (sociology)
White privilege, or White Skin Privilege, is a term of analysis used to denote a particular kind of alleged social relation, one which typically involves a right, advantage, exemption or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of nonwhites. In the view of those using the term, it is the primary benefit of racism expressed as preferential treatment within a society.
As racism is usually understood to be punitive towards people of color, white privilege is claimed to be the pattern of social benefits accruing to members of the socially privileged and oppressing group, at the expense of members of the socially underprivileged and oppressed group. To adherents, white privilege can be used to explain such phenomena as white boxer Gerry Cooney receiving a very large amount of money for his 1982 fight with African American Larry Holmes, even though he was an untested contender.
Examples from popular music include Elvis Presley, credited with popularizing "black music" with white audiences, as well as Eminem's popularity as a rap singer. It is put forward by some scholars as an explanation for why social groups have used racism as a form of social control and oppression: namely, to benefit themselves at the expense of others. It is also used by some historians to explain the historical trajectory from exclusion to acceptance of Irish and Jewish émigrés in the United States.
Parallels are often drawn between white privilege, male privilege and heterosexual privilege.