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Where is my outrage? Here. It's here.

The title refers to this post, by author Nora Jemisin. It is worth reading. It is not going to make your night any happier.

But then again, I'm not going to make your night any happier. I don't know if people will find this post triggery--but it will descend, in all probability, into rant and a genuine, visceral anger. So this might be the time to scroll past.

What the Onion and the Oscars meant to meCollapse )

Edited because it's != its, and in theory I know this


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Feb. 27th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
This is an extraordinary post and I am so glad I read it.

I'm 43 and Jewish and I observed my friends and classmates of all colors struggling with EXACTLY what you describe here. Thankfully my parents did not extol the Good Girl thing so much as the Be Nice To Others thing. Until I was much older, I assumed we were the norm. Stupid, dangerous bigots.

Edited at 2013-02-27 11:41 am (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
For the sake of my grandchildren
I am caucasian married to an asian with a granddaughter who brings african into our melting pot family. After watching the Oscars and seeing the awful "we saw your boobies" skit, I tuned out knowing it was probably going to go downhill from there. But even then, I was shocked to see the headline Monday morning about the Onion's tweet!

For the sake of my grandchildren, I had really hoped we had gotten beyond this racist/sexist mentality by now. Clearly, we have not and I am really worried for my little one.
Feb. 28th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
Well said, and you've made me think.
Tabetha Bounsall Berry
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Sad indeed...
I watched part of the Oscars (the last hour I think) because we had the times wrong, but only because I was rooting for Daniel Day-Lewis and his role of "Lincoln". As a rule I don't watch much television anymore, or news, or read headlines, or, or, or...just because of this sort of ugliness. However, my husband's another story and he was flipping channels the other even and came across a cable show called "The New Adventures of Old Christine" staring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (from 'Seinfeld'). He stopped surfing because the man in the scene called 'Christine' a racist because she wanted her son to go to a high-end private school. She said that was absurd, because she drove a Prius. I think that right there pointed out how few people realize just WHAT racism is. We finished out the episode that I felt cleverly explained this. She said she wanted her son to be in a well educated school, to learn about diversity and different cultures, but then was alarmed there were no black families attending or even Asian. So she sponsored a black family who wanted to have their daughter attend the third grade the same as her son. 'Christine' was thrilled, until she heard the same black family use the word "fag" and express prejudice against homosexuals. But dead set on her quest to stand up against profiling and discrimination, she then sponsored a gay male couple. To her dismay, it appeared the only reason they wanted to go there was to avoid all the Jews in their previous school.

The world has become an ugly place and racism, bigotry, discrimination and all kinds of hatred runs abound. I truly believe the CHILDREN are our last resource on this planet. If we allow our young to become targets of this mayhem, either by words or bullets under rapid fire, we have FAILED.

I am grateful you have spoken up about this, as I believe knowledge is power. I do not believe it will always be this way, but someone has to do something - at some point - to start the change.
Feb. 28th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
I found this on FB, but it speaks to the same issue.

I am a little older than you, but I remember seeing most of the attitudes you described when I was growing up, too. I wasn't the one they were directed toward, but they still made me twitch even back then.
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
Lovely, thoughtful essay. Thank you.
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
well said
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