Conquering a bigot ≠ conquering bigotry

This post I’m providing the link to below is one of the best commentaries I’ve heard yet about the socio-political tsunami that is the New York Post cartoon. The only thing I would say differently is that I don’t believe it is just about white-on-black racism versus black-on-black violence; I think it’s also about getting bogged down by individual and generally insignificant issues rather than dealing with the greater problems at large.

We do this all too often in society. Sure, there should be consequences for the one person on some radio show somewhere who says something racist, homophobic, or misogynistic, but we need to deal with systemic racism, homophobia, and misogyny. The one guy on the radio show seems to engender unequivocal outrage throughout the mass media and general public. The story permeates the news cycle and public discourse for days or longer. But where is the discussion about society’s bigotry? I suppose it’s easier to blame one guy, or one newspaper, but it’s not a big enough step to solving the issue of bigotry and intolerance. It’s a massive problem to conquer, to be sure, but we can’t keep shrinking from it by scapegoating and claiming we’re doing something. “We’re fighting bigotry. See? We got that guy fired who said/wrote that racist thing!”

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  1. Totally agree with you and with the article. The only thing I would add is that I don’t think the Rihanna/Chris Brown thing is just about race. In terms of the points Greene makes about people’s reactions to the incident I think that had Brown and Rihanna both been white, people would have had similar reactions in talking about what Rihanna did to “deserve” the violence. I have heard the same kind of bullshit comments made about white female victims of domestic abuse. While I get Greene’s point that this is an issue that the black community needs to deal with, it’s also an issue we all need to deal with. Violence against women is rampant among all races and classes.

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