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19 March 2007 @ 11:17 pm
-breaks down down laughing until i cry-  
shadowhwk, who is what I consider to be really truly American, ethnically speaking, is participating in this ongoing discussion regarding racism. Right now the discussion is focused on racism in the publishing industry. One of her debate partners feels strongly that anyone who has any black genetic material in their makeup is by default black, and that claiming to be anything other--like, multiracial--is selling out and so on and so forth in that manner. Now, what I can remember of Sarah's ethnic background off the top of my head includes Shoshone Indian, Irish, African, and possibly German, but maybe that's somebody else. Anyway, under this woman's argument, she's rejecting her black heritage and is therefore an Oreo: black on the outside, white on the inside.

I thought about this carefully, and decided no, that's all wrong. She's not nearly black enough on the outside to be an Oreo, and clearly she's too socially sensitive to be purely white on the inside.

I have concluded that obviously, she is a Nutterbutter.
 
 
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Tayefethtayefeth on March 20th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
What I always want to know of people who complain that other people are "denying their heritage" is, how is the idea that "anyone who has any black genetic material in their makeup is by default black, and that claiming to be anything other--like, multiracial--is selling out" is any different from the old racist "one drop" belief, that said that one drop of black blood made someone unfit for polite company.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on March 20th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
It's not different. It's how you spin it in the name of justification.
Tayefethtayefeth on March 20th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Well, yes, but if you point out the inherent racism to the people making the former claim, they get extremely upset.
kitmizkit on March 20th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's been part of the fun of the ongoing discussion Sarah's been part of. :) It turns out the other person is defining racism in such different terms from, you know, anyone else would, that, as Sarah said, "If we both say blue, only it turns out I'm looking at the sky and you're looking at the grass, we're going to have a problem here."
Tayefethtayefeth on March 20th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
I hope, for Sarah's sake, that this has been an online discussion, and not, say, a discussion with a boss or coworker.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on March 20th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
It is in fact online.