Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:19 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:23 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:48 PM
I've noticed it a lot more as I've gotten older. I'm finding that young people are generally much more 'real'. I showed a picture of a black guy holding watermelons with a funny caption on it to a middle aged guy yesterday, and his reaction was "Isn't that racist?". I thought for a second about my answer, and eventually decided on "Who cares?"
It annoys me. A lot of people, intelligent people, seem to live there life the way other people tell them. It's crazy.
Some guy asked me ,at a bus stop today, "Are you a rapist?" Several people looked at me, waiting for my answer, and I just laughed uncontrollably. It was great. I suppose the socially acceptable thing to do, despite finding it amusing, would have been to ignore or answer "No" to this question, and not laugh.
We even have socially acceptable killers, AKA as soldiers. People who do it as a job, and the people who want to fight for a country that they were born into by pure chance. Why isn't it acceptable for me or you to paint some old guy (Muammar Gaddafi) as the bag guy, kill him and take his sh*t. Might as well kill his children too - just in case.
Recreational drugs like crack, heroin, cannabis and DMT are demonized and outlawed. It's a crazy world we live in.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:10 AM
|QUOTE (RearNaked @ Wednesday, Jul 18 2012, 23:48)|
|It's a crazy world we live in.|
It sounds like you are just figuring this out. Socially acceptable is...unavoidable. Doesn't mean that a hateful attitude is the reasonable response. If someone says something to you that is weird just look them in the eye with a comfortable face and don't respond. See how much they will say without you reacting. When they walk away you will have gained strength in knowing you didn't let someone else take your dignity away from you.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:25 AM
Formally, you should respect that most won't like hearing jokes about their entire race just because you're nervous or were raised to think that's funny. Speaking to larger crowds will always leave you at an impersonal level, to be scrutinized for your action. By this extension, you should not veer into racial exploitation. With all that said, I don't believe in identifying black people in America as anything other than black. The truth of our society is that there is no one heritage, like 'African' that we can use to push all the black population into. Especially since most black people I know come from the Caribbean, who have developed their own culture separate from Africa, and who I know to find being called 'African' quite offensive.
Anyway, being honest about yourself should be the important thing in these cases, but personal information shouldn't be something to be worried about in formal occasion (which is most always where 'political correctness' is played).
Posted 19 July 2012 - 04:19 AM
what is the premise here for us to debate?
that political correctness is bad?
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