Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Clemson University Probes Racist Party - AP
Students Apologize for Gang-Theme Party - AP
Black-face get ups are offensive - period. They are not questionable mimics of behavior, but rather a direct put down of another race. With this said, let us move on.
Gangsta' parties are not inherently racist. When I see White and Asian kids walking down the street with their waist bans around their thighs, sideways baseball caps and white tee shirts sized for a Detroit lineman, I shake my head, but not because they are racists. They simply look silly to me, the same as the Blacks they are copying. But people assimilate behaviors for a myriad of reasons, all valid and incomprehensible.
If Black people, or anyone else, assume personas that cause others to react, they should look in large part at their behavior, as the catalyst, rather than the responses of others. Dressing like a thug is designed to elicit fear. Blacks should not cry racism when that fear is converted to a more pleasant emotion in safe confines. This is normal. It is also not profiling to be more suspicious of people who dress like prison inmates in free society.
What is frustrating to advancement is for a group to carry a hypersensitivity about how they are viewed while sabotaging that view in the name of free expression. And when 'being dangerous' is the expression, a host of negative reactions are sure to follow.
James C. Collier
Update: As long as Black people immortalize men like Tupac, on sites like www.thuglifearmy.com, 'Bullets and Bubbly' parties should come as no surprise, or offense. When Blacks seed the world with such images of themselves, collegiate reactions 'pale' in comparison to the real damage inflicted.
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Posted by James C. Collier at Wednesday, January 31, 2007