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  •  Much to digest-one thought. (1+ / 0-)
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    And there is so much more here, but I have to object to Chauncey saying, essentially, "turnabout is fair play" -- that unfair depictions of blacks means unfair depictions of whites is a good, fair, etc. response. I've got 30 seconds so I won't say this as well as I should, but bollocks on that. Two wrongs don't make a right. Ever. Meet wrongness with rightness. Easy to say, but hard to do, I realize. Still, it's what we should strive for. Thanks, Chauncey, as always, for a thought-provoking post.

    •  i am not a fair player, nor do i claim to be noble (0+ / 0-)

      or righteous. i am the guy that if you hit him with a baseball bat would show up next time with something far more significant. i believe in the love principle. i do not love my enemies. i believe in strength through action, arms, and resolve if need be. i also believe that actions have consequences.

      so yes, it may not be "right" to some, a turn about of rhetoric certainly will not erase centuries of discrimination, but reversing the gaze and challenging the normality of whiteness and really pushing that issue is necessary.

      as you know, one of my favorite responses on these matters is that few people sit around worrying about the feelings of black and brown folks, or gay people, or disabled folks, etc.

      once you start pushing back Whiteness and those overly identified with it are so quick to cry, boo hoo, and claim victim status. it is a tired--and at times entertaining--script.

    •  I see it as a simple rhetorical exercise. (5+ / 0-)

      It's just an illustration, or treatment of what it's like to be "othered" by the media in this manner, and to force a different perspective of white privilege on the reader, who likely is used to these frames and doesn't give them a second thought until seen this way.

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