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Empowerer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 02:17 PM
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80. Bias does not equal racism
Edited on Mon Sep-26-11 02:22 PM by Empowerer
Not by a longshot.

Insisting that no one can or should talk about bias because that's tantamount to an accusation of racism betrays a woeful lack of understanding of what racism is, a blindly naive assumption that decent human beings are incapable of racial bias - or both.

I have, as I've written, repeatedly been subjected to the "I have a black friend" used as a shield against bias. I know that this does not mean the person using it is a racist. But it is a common and rather insensitive tactic that people frequently use, without realizing how insensitive it is. We do them no favors by ignoring it. And pushing back with the "Stop Calling Her a Racist!!!" accusation is ridiculous and tiresome.

No one called Joan Walsh a racist, no matter how many times you say that, against all evidence to the contrary.

But it is very interesting to me that you are so sensitive to the possibility that Perry may have offended Walsh by criticizing her use of the "my friend" tactic - accusing her of calling Wash a racist when she did not - but seem to have absolutely no interest in the fact that Walsh may have offended Perry with her use of the "my friend" tactic.

Let's assume that both women are genuinely offended by what the other said. Why are you only concerned with Walsh's sensitivities, but don't evidence any interest in Perry's? Is it that difficult for you to even consider the possibility that Walsh's comment could be interpreted as offensive to anyone - even after several African Americans right here on this board have tried to explain why this is offensive? Do our opinions and perspectives matter so little to you?
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