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Mock indignation is detracting from real racism.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 6, 2009 in Just stuff |

Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech. Don't care if anyone thinks he's kitschy, I like Rockwell!This story caught my attention today.  Normally,  I don’t really pay much attention to celebrity nonsesne like this, but it came on top of a story about Carol Thatcher being fired from the BBC for (Stupidly) referring to a tennis player as a gollywog.

Here’s the thing. In both instances, mock indignation by self appointed spokespeople for different offended groups have rolled out and demanded apologies and acts of public contrition, and the dreaded “R” word has been waved about like some sort of medieval brand ready to be affixed to the non-contrite.

Do we not have bigger racist issues to deal with? There are real issues of foriegn worker exploitation, sex slavery, racially motivated attacks and the rise of the far right, and the media focuses on whether Miley Cyrus pulling a funny face is racist or not? Let’s apply a simple test: Do really believe that Carol Thatcher or Miley Cyrus are people who have a problem with people of different ethnic backgrounds? The answer is almost certainly no.

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