Am I a racist?

February 22nd, 2007

I don’t think I am.

And I certainly don’t mean to be.

But the question is: can you ever talk about race without sounding like a racist?

Entry Filed under: Observations

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phel  |  February 22nd, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Ok Elliot. You’re clearly on to something here. And it goes a little something like this – hit it:

    “insane in the gene kane….”

    “Insane in tha KANE!”

  • 2. Aaron  |  February 22nd, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    You’re the worst kind of racist: the kind that cannot recognize the inherent racism in everything.

  • 3. Jenna  |  February 23rd, 2007 at 11:56 am

    I noticed something along these lines in one of my classes the other day. We were having a pretty open and interesting discussion on racial redistricting and minority-majority districts, and whether minorities elected in those districts represent just the minorities or everyone in that district. Everyone added their two cents, until one minority woman spoke up. After that, it seemed like everyone else was almost afraid to speak on the topic. It was almost as though they didn’t feel they should talk about minorities or disagree with her or something…

  • 4. tee bee  |  February 23rd, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    You’re causing a white guilt deficit here, Elliot. As to your question, the answer so aptly demonstrated by Jenna’s comment is “not if you’re white.”

  • 5. triticale  |  February 25th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Are you a racist? That’s easy to answer. Do you think that building a light rail system in Milwaukee would be a bad idea? If so, then according to what I read in the Sheepherder, you are indeed a racist. I haven’t begun to figure that one out, but that’s what they said.

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