Just in case you didn’t get the memo

Some of us thought the “Horry Kow” shirt was racist.  But titling a post on a “progressive” blog “Horry Kow That’s Racist!” is pretty racist too.  Because when somebody has made a lame “joke” on the stereotype that Asians cannot speak English, repeating that “joke” is replicating racism.

But it’s not the first time, is it?   Kinda like being able to have your anti-racist cake and eat it too.

4 thoughts on “Just in case you didn’t get the memo

  1. I’m the blogrunner of “Alas,” but not the author of those two posts. I’ve emailed and asked Jack (the author) to weigh in, but meanwhile I’m editing the titles of the posts on “Alas.”

    In my opinion the titles of these two posts are a bad mistake — and racist, just as you say. I’m sorry. Thanks for pointing it out, and hopefully “Alas” will do better in the future.

  2. Thanks for the heads up.

    But it’s not the first time, is it? Kinda like being able to have your anti-racist cake and eat it too.

    I agree, very fucked up of me.

    I made a comment here:

    http://www.amptoons.com/blog/archives/2008/04/20/horry-cow-that%e2%80%99s-racist/#comment-332191

    And a blog post here:

    http://2xconsciousness.blogspot.com/2008/05/on-being-ally-admitting-when-youre.html

    I never caught the super bowl post until I reviewed all of my previous posts, and I only caught the Harry Carey reference shirt when Ampersand e-mailed me tellin’ me to check out the comment thread.

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