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Racist Much?

artsy
Excerpt from an email my husband just sent me:


 

...[T]here was a report on Clutchfans that was reviewing the Rocket's interest in coaches and listed 10 coaches that the Rox really like and/or will interview.  And someone posted "is it me, or are the Rockets only interested in black coaches?"
 
So I listed all the coaches and categorized them according to their skin color.  And here's what I wrote after listing them all out:
 
"Let's see...5 white guys and 5 black guys replacing a white guy that replaced a white guy that replaced a white guy. Yeah, I think you're right. They're only looking for a black coach.

Racist much? :D "

This struck me since I had recently discussed with my husband the occasionally distorted view regarding women and POC's as majority presences in anthologies where they factually are not. Sometimes people only seem to see what they want to see.

Which leads into an interesting article (snurched from one of Jay Lake's recent Link Salads) regarding many things, including how we tend to place high importance on evidence that supports what we want to believe and disregard any other evidence, despite the logic or science behind it.


 


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cmt2779
Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
Yes.
Along those lines, if more than 25% of a course I teach features black writers, some people will characterize that as us only talking about race; if more than 25% of a course I teach features women writers, suddenly we only talk about women's issues. There's such a huge perception (for some people anyway) that white males are the norm that any deviation from that norm seems like a big deal. It's really frustrating.
mmuenzler
Apr. 22nd, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes.
Extremely frustrating. I think back on high school now and all of our assigned readings, and while I enjoyed much of what we read, I realize now that there was an extreme lack of variety in the writers and viewpoints. That subtly colored my perception of literature for way too long. :(
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