You know, the ability of people to do incredibly stupid racist shit, and then say “We were just kidding!” never ceases to amaze me.
This week’s exhibit comes to you via Smoking Gun: A bunch of white students smear themselves in mud, and have a black-face “reenactment” of the Jena 6 incident. And then post it all on Facebook, to share the funny.
How can they not see it? As Pam’s House Blend so eloquently said:
“The fact that these people thought it was hysterically funny to do this is all the evidence one needs to confirm that an honest discussion about the third rail topic of race is sorely needed.”
Read Pam’s post for an interesting discussion of how being labeled as a racist seems to stop people’s ability to acknowledge what they have done. Denial of the charge of racism is more important than reflection on the act.
I would say more, but I still am fighting my cold, so all that comes to mind is more bad words.