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Here are all the innocuous things that suddenly became racist in 2017
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Here are all the innocuous things that suddenly became racist in 2017
Dr. Seuss, Justin Trudeau and the time-honoured practice of shooting
Nazis in video games — all were deemed ‘racist’ in 2017

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Tristin Hopper
December 28, 2017
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Whatever else 2017 is remembered for, there’s no doubt it was a banner
year for people accusing others of racism. Left, right, black, white or
brown; the only thing people seemed to agree on in 2017 was that
everyone was racist except them. And we don’t want to alarm you, but
sometimes those accusations had a tendency to be a bit overblown. Below,
a shortlist of all the things that suddenly became “racist” in 2017.

Hoop earrings
It’s difficult to visibly gauge the ethnicity of the model here, but we
apparently need to do it before letting her wear those earrings.
Edmonton Journal/Shaugn Butts
Seen everywhere from Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to Marilyn Monroe
movies to Swedish erotica, hoop earrings would seem to have a diverse
international pedigree. But according to Australian Vice contributor
Ruby Pivet, when white girls wear them they are plundering Latin
identity. “As for many women of colour before me, hoops play a large
role in my self preservation and expression,” she wrote, describing an
incident in elementary school when a fellow student stole her hoop
earrings. “I learned just how comfortable white people are taking from
other cultures,” she wrote.



Casting a black woman as a Star Trek lead
Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays First Officer Michael Burnham in Star
Trek: Discovery. Jan Thijs/CBS All Access
The original Star Trek featured what is often considered to be
television’s first interracial kiss. It also gave a leading role to
Japanese-American actor George Takei, who up until that point had
largely been playing one-dimensional Asian stereotypes. But when black
actress Sonequa Martin-Green was chosen as the lead in the new series
Star Trek: Discovery, a choice group of alleged Trekkies decided to take
it as a racial affront. “Star Trek introduces White Genocide in space,”
read one complaint. In response, Martin-Green told haters “to key into
the essence and spirit of Star Trek that has made it the legacy it is —
and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you
and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and
we are all one.”


Quoting Beyoncé lyrics
A 2017 photo of Beyonce engaging in the now-familiar act of winning
acclaim. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Back when she was a contender for the NDP leadership, Manitoba MP Niki
Ashton tried to galvanize her supporters with a hip pop culture
reference. “Like Beyoncé says, to the left,” she wrote in a tweet — even
making sure to include the accent aigu on the singer’s name that most
Americans omit. Black Lives Matter Vancouver, however soon chimed in
with a note that “Appropriating Black culture is not intersectional
feminism.” The song in question, Irreplaceable, was a multiracial
collaboration between Beyoncé Knowles, a team of Norwegian songwriters
and American producer Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith. Nevertheless, Ashton
immediately deleted her tweet in the name of “racial justice.” She lost
the leadership race, by the way.

Dr. Seuss
Some Dr. Seuss books, which may or may not be dripping in secret racist
propaganda. Postmedia File
Like many American illustrators from the early 20th century, Theodor
Seuss Geisel has an extensive catalogue of drawings that did not age
well: Big-lipped, buffoonish caricatures of black people and wartime
propaganda featuring buck-toothed scheming Japanese. But as the
children’s author Dr. Seuss many of his most popular stories, such as
The Sneetches and Yertle the Turtle, were anti-racism fables.
Nevertheless, when First Lady Melania Trump sent 10 Dr. Seuss books to a
Massachusetts elementary school in September, the gift was publicly
rejected by librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro. “Many people are unaware … that
Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures,
and harmful stereotypes,” Soeiro wrote in a reply. The letter also
included links to academic papers claiming that the Cat in the Hat is
not a cat, but a racist minstrel show stereotype.

Having sex with immigrants
During a commencement address at Iowa’s Grinnell College, Pakistani-born
comedian Kumail Nanjiani advised graduates to “have sex with an
immigrant.” The talk also included Nanjiani imploring the crowd to get
out of their bubble and understand those different from them. “Don’t
disregard opposing viewpoints; listen to them, absorb them, oppose them
if you feel that they are wrong, but allow them to affect you,” he said.
Nevertheless, tweets soon came Nanjiani’s way accusing him of advocating
“white genocide” by promoting miscegenation. “I’m being accused of
promoting white genocide so to clarify: doesn’t have to be straight sex
& people can come in or on any agreed-upon place,” Nanjiani wrote in a
follow-up tweet.

Making fun of Southerners
Conductor Matthew Halls. University of Oregon
While at a reception at the Oregon Bach Festival, two men were making
fun of the South. Acclaimed British conductor Matthew Halls was speaking
to his friend, black Florida-born countertenor Reginald Mobley, and
briefly attempted his best impression of a Southerner. “Do you want some
grits?” said Halls. An unidentified complainant heard the exchange and
swiftly got Halls fired by falsely reporting that the conductor had been
mocking Mobley’s race. In a subsequent statement to the Telegraph,
Mobley unequivocally said the exchange had not been racist, and noted
the irony that nobody had even bothered to ask him, the supposed victim
of the comment. “My voice has been taken away in a conversation about
race that involved me, and technically that’s racist,” he said.

Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau hugs the U.S. president. He doesn’t do that anymore. The
Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson
The Canadian Prime Minister is accused of many things, but it’s safe to
say that racism usually doesn’t make the shortlist. Nevertheless, in
February Yusra Khogali, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto,
decided to call him a “white supremacist terrorist.” Her apparent
reasoning, according to the rest of her speech, was that Trudeau is the
leader of a state founded on the “genocide of black people” and that by
inviting refugees turned away by the United States, he is trying to
prolong the “genocide of Indigenous people.”

Steve Martin’s King Tut sketch
In 1978, during a tour of King Tutankhamen artifacts through the United
States, comedian Steve Martin debuted a song on Saturday Night Live
mocking the commercialization of the ancient pharaoh. Breifly reaching
number 17 on the Billboard charts, the song has since become a go-to way
for “hip” history teachers to keep their pupils awake during classes on
Ancient Egypt. But for activist students at Oregon’s Reed College, a
screening of King Tut sparked near-apoplectic outrage. “That’s like
somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a
member of the group Reedies Against Racism was quoted as saying in the
Atlantic. The over-the-top faux Egyptian garb, meanwhile, was equated
with blackface. The rest of the Atlantic article, incidentally, details
how other Reed College students — many of them non-white — ended up
organizing against the extremism of Reedies Against Racism.

Dunkirk
Promotional still from Dunkirk. Melissa Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures
via AP
Dunkirk dominated box offices everywhere from Japan to South Africa to
Germany. Still, it weathered a barrage of critical complaints, most
notably that it was somehow racist for featuring only white male
characters – despite the fact that the actual Dunkirk evacuation was
pretty white and male itself. The U.K. would eventually win the Second
World War with one of history’s most ethnically diverse military
alliances, but in the spring of 1940 it was still mostly a low-melanin
conflict.

Shooting Nazis in video games
Promotional image from Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus showing a Nazi
being gorily killed. Internet Game Database
Speaking of Nazis, the video game Wolfenstein II, the New Colossus
depicts an alternate reality 1961 in which Nazis have conquered the
United States. So, a white protagonist joins a multi-ethnic resistance
group and shoots Nazis until they’re all dead. Pretty standard video
game stuff, really. Nevertheless, gaming forums soon lit up with
accusations that the game was “anti-white” politically correct
propaganda. In response, a representative for the game’s developer said
“we don’t feel it’s a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and un-American.”

Get Out!
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya in a
scene from, “Get Out.” Universal Pictures via AP
Another film that tore up box offices regardless of the colour of the
ticket-buyer. Given its low budget and massive returns, in fact, Get
Out! was the most profitable film of 2017. Spoiler alert: The movie is a
kind of black Stepford Wives. In the film, black protagonist Chris
Washington visits the family of his Caucasian girlfriend. What begins as
an awkward encounter with earnest white liberals, however, soon
transforms into a horror film about a gruesome conspiracy to steal and
inhabit the bodies of black people. Nevertheless, the National Review’s
Armond White accused the movie of being a “get-whitey” film that was
somehow simultaneously racist against black people, too. “The actor’s
dark-skin/bright-teeth image inadvertently recalls the old Sambo
archetype,” wrote White (note: lead actor Daniel Kaluuya was appearing
in his natural skin and teeth). A handful of Rotten Tomatoes reviews
similarly took offence, claiming that the film was literally an attempt
to frame all white people as mad scientist body-snatchers. “All white
people are bad. That is the plot,” wrote one.

This Dove ad
Dove Facebook ad that was pulled due to accusations of racism. YouTube
The above are screen shots from a three-second Facebook ad for Dove. It
depicts three women from three different ethnicities morphing into one
another by removing their shirts. The idea was to illustrate the fact
that Dove’s facial cleanser works for all skin tones. However, Facebook
user Naythemua soon excerpted only the first second of the ad, which
shows a black woman transforming into a white woman. This was then
widely cited as evidence that Dove was promoting a racist notion of
white people being cleaner than black people. The characterization was
notably disputed by the ad’s black model, Lola Ogunyemi. “The narrative
has been written without giving consumers context on which to base an
informed opinion,” she wrote in an op-ed for the Guardian. It made no
difference. Dove pulled the ad and issued an apology. The apology was
then criticized for being too “flip.”

A German anti-litter campaign
To encourage citizens in the German city of Duisburg to use trash bins,
officials began a campaign to emblazon garbage cans with ads that called
on citizens by name. “Come here, Kevin,” read one. “Get to it, Hanna,”
read another. And, since Duisburg has a large Turkish community, some
garbage cans included Turkish names like “Gülcan.” However, some
Duisburgians only saw the Turkish-named cans and assumed the local
government was implying that only Turkish people generate garbage. “I
would like to say that it is not a deliberately Turkish-hostile
campaign,” local politician Melih Keser soon clarified in a joint
German/Turkish Facebook post.

Wearing latex gloves
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In July the reigning Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, visited a
soup kitchen event in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Like every
other volunteer at the event, she was asked to don latex gloves. The
reasoning was that she would be handling food and, in lieu of a
handwashing station, the gloves would prevent the spread of bacteria.
Nevertheless, as photos of the glove-wearing beauty queen hit social
media, critics immediately accused Nel-Peters of not wanting to touch
black children. “Miss SA actions have no justification THEY ARE
DISGUSTING AND OF A RACISM ACT,” read one heavily shared reply. Despite
ample attempts by supporters (both white and black) to point out the
normalcy of wearing gloves at a soup kitchen, Nel-Peters still had to
issue an apology. “I really apologize if I offended anybody,” she said
in a video.

The word “clan”
Bisons RB Matt Henry looks for a way by the Simon Fraser Clans Ryan
Kirkham during a game at the University of Manitoba Stadium. Postmedia File
“Clan” is a synonym for “clique,” a word to refer to families in the
Scottish Highlands and, if you spell it with a “k,” it can evoke the
most notorious domestic terrorist organization in United States history.
It’s also the name for the Simon Fraser University athletic teams, in
reference to the Scottish origins of the school’s founder. Philosophy
professor Holly Andersen knows the SFU teams aren’t named after the KKK,
but in September she campaigned for the name to be changed anyway. “This
is not a history we can just wish away by saying, ‘but that’s not what
WE mean by it!’” she wrote in an online petition.

Taco Bell not serving fries
This may be it: The pinnacle of all 2017 questionable racism
accusations. An unidentified woman walks into a U.S. Taco Bell and
orders medium fries. A cashier then informs her (several times, in fact)
that they are a Taco Bell and do not sell fries. After a few moments of
goggle-eyed confusion, the woman concludes that prejudice is afoot.
“This is racism,” she declares.

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Baxter
2018-01-06 19:48:54 UTC
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Post by a425couple
Here are all the innocuous things that suddenly became racist in 2017
Dr. Seuss, Justin Trudeau and the time-honoured practice of shooting
Nazis in video games — all were deemed ‘racist’ in 2017
No, shooting Nazi's in a video game did not become racist despite right-
wing, white, conservatoon claims.
Post by a425couple
Shooting Nazis in video games
Promotional image from Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus showing a Nazi
being gorily killed. Internet Game Database
Speaking of Nazis, the video game Wolfenstein II, the New Colossus
depicts an alternate reality 1961 in which Nazis have conquered the
United States. So, a white protagonist joins a multi-ethnic resistance
group and shoots Nazis until they’re all dead. Pretty standard video
game stuff, really. Nevertheless, gaming forums soon lit up with
accusations that the game was “anti-white” politically correct
propaganda. In response, a representative for the game’s developer
said “we don’t feel it’s a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and
un-American.”
curt is so damned dumb
2018-01-06 20:32:24 UTC
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Post by Baxter
No, shooting Nazi's
You're a sick, racist, mentally disturbed old heart patient who pimped
himself out as a slumlord!

But first your heart is spasming again, innit?

Better take your nitroglycerin pills, bypass boy, your arteries are
clogging up again...


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None of the Above
2018-01-07 09:49:28 UTC
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On Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:48:54 +0000 (UTC), Baxter
Post by Baxter
Post by a425couple
Here are all the innocuous things that suddenly became racist in 2017
Dr. Seuss, Justin Trudeau and the time-honoured practice of shooting
Nazis in video games — all were deemed ‘racist’ in 2017
No, shooting Nazi's in a video game did not become racist despite right-
wing, white, conservatoon claims.
But all the rest of the examples ~are~ racist? Strong in this one,
reading comprehension is not.

Dipshit white supremacists whining about shooting nazis is almost a
ludicrous as an average usenet post from Bax.
Post by Baxter
Post by a425couple
Shooting Nazis in video games
Promotional image from Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus showing a Nazi
being gorily killed. Internet Game Database
Speaking of Nazis, the video game Wolfenstein II, the New Colossus
depicts an alternate reality 1961 in which Nazis have conquered the
United States. So, a white protagonist joins a multi-ethnic resistance
group and shoots Nazis until they’re all dead. Pretty standard video
game stuff, really. Nevertheless, gaming forums soon lit up with
accusations that the game was “anti-whiteâ€? politically correct
propaganda. In response, a representative for the game’s developer
said “we don’t feel it’s a reach for us to say Nazis are bad and
un-American.�
Baxter
2018-01-07 15:58:00 UTC
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Post by None of the Above
On Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:48:54 +0000 (UTC), Baxter
Post by Baxter
Post by a425couple
Here are all the innocuous things that suddenly became racist in 2017
Dr. Seuss, Justin Trudeau and the time-honoured practice of shooting
Nazis in video games — all were deemed ‘racist’ in 2017
No, shooting Nazi's in a video game did not become racist despite right-
wing, white, conservatoon claims.
But all the rest of the examples ~are~ racist? Strong in this one,
reading comprehension is not.
Dipshit white supremacists whining about shooting nazis is almost a
ludicrous as an average usenet post from Bax.
Dipshit right-wingers pretending to be victimes is as ludicrous as usenet
posts from, well, ANY right-winger.
curt is so damned dumb
2018-01-07 16:50:39 UTC
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Post by Baxter
Dipshit right-wingers
You're a sick, racist, mentally disturbed old heart patient who pimped
himself out as a slumlord!

But first your heart is spasming again, innit?

Better take your nitroglycerin pills, bypass boy, your arteries are
clogging up again...


| \ \ | |/ /
| |\ `' ' /
| ;'aorta \ / , pulmonary
| ; _, | / / , arteries
superior | | ( `-.;_,-' '-' ,
vena cava | `, `-._ _,-'_
|,-`. `.) ,<_,-'_, pulmonary
,' `. / ,' `;-' _, veins
; `./ /`, \-'
| right / | ;\ |\
| atrium ;_,._|_, `, ' \
| \ \ ` `,
` __ ` \ left ;,
\ ,' ` \, ventricle
\_( ;, ;;
| \ `;, ;;
inferior | |`. `;;, ;'
vena cava | | `-. ;;;;,;' FL
| | |`-.._ ,;;;;;'
| | | | ``';;;'
aorta





BAXTURD's PETER METER

|=====|
| |
| 9 |
| | ,-%/%|
| 6 | _,-' \//%\
| | _,-' \%/|%
| 3 | / / ) __,-- /%\
| | \__/_,-'%(% ; %)%
| 0 | %\%, %\
|=====| '--%'
__________________________________________________________________________
"At my age, I don't need balls. I'm done with the procreation stuff."
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