Skip to main content

View Diary: Racism in a Display Case (36 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Hmm (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    devtob, megisi

    Perhaps you're right.  Maybe the best course of action is to just dig a hole and bury every time someone creates a racist statue, or prints a racist poster and try and convince people it doesn't exist.

    Because god know the people who would find it amusing don't bother making their OWN racist symbols, and making their OWN racist statements.  They seek out places like museums where racism is condemned to get their best ideas.

    You may be on to something.

    I'm not afraid of guns! I'm afraid of the people that obsess over owning them.

    by Detroit Mark on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 07:58:40 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Well I'm guessing that was a snarky response- (0+ / 0-)

      but I'm not sure why.  I don't believe I suggested that we burn and bury all evidence of racism and pretend it doesn't exist.

      Since I deal in artifacts, obviously I respect the notion that we should preserve our history, even the nastiest parts of it.  But I've had way too many dealers try to convince me that this stuff is not collected by racists, when all of the evidence tells me otherwise.

      •  You're talking about "collectors" (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:

        Purveyors...junk dealers.

        This guy is a sociologist.

        I'm not afraid of guns! I'm afraid of the people that obsess over owning them.

        by Detroit Mark on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 08:18:31 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I am aware of that. And I don't believe (0+ / 0-)

          I objected to this guy or to his museum.  
          I was addressing a commenter-- not you-- about the widely-held belief that black people are avid collectors.  Got it?

          •  Such collectors do exist. (7+ / 0-)

            I don't know if they're the majority of collectors, but there are black people who collect this stuff. I saw a segment on "Antiques Roadshow" or some such show, and they profiled several blacks who collected racist memorabilia. They likened it to a way of owning their history. For what it's worth, they appeared to be young enough not to have first-hand knowledge of Jim Crow era America, so they might view this stuff in a different way than older people would.

            •  Oh I don't doubt that some black people (3+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Bill W, Bulldawg, marykk

              collect this stuff, and you're probably right that it would more likely be younger people.  Bur since I literally spend every waking moment of my life in the world of collectors, it would seem that I would have encountered some of them if this were as widespread as some people believe.

              Here's my real problem:  anytime that I have questioned a person buying this stuff about why they find it so fascinating, they invariably tell me that black people are the biggest collectors.  In other words "I'm not a racist just because I love this statue of a little black kid eating watermelon on the toilet-- black people love it too!"  Which sounds like a variation on "black people say the n-word all the time so why can't I?"  Just pisses me off, that's all.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site