Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

America, Land of Politically Correct Racism?

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illegal_alien

I saw this non news event a day or so ago and was going to pass right by it, but someone posted about it is one of my discussion groups. Then people commented on it. If spewing mindless invective can be called commenting. Sigh. So I was forced to actually examine the issue, which I suppose is a break from the post I was going to write about blowing up babies in Pakistan. Basically the above illustration is a Halloween costume that hit the shelves this fall. And shortly thereafter, some folks began complaining about it, and some stores pulled the costume. My initial response was, that’s kinda tacky if not right downright tasteless. My second thought was, gee, I sometimes think people who get upset about stuff like this are doing their cause more harm than good. I mean, no one would have even heard of this costume if it wasn’t for the publicity that calls to remove it from store shelves have caused. A superficial analysis, but that’s all I thought the topic was worth.

Then it got posted a discussion group I used to frequent. And, frankly, the reaction there surprised me. Basically everyone that weighed in on this issue made the claim that people who objected to this had no sense of humour and were being tediously politically correct. Those were the polite ones. there was also at least one racist diatribe. I made a post about how it wasn’t really a bit deal, but that I could see how some folks could be upset about it. And the group moderator told me my opinion wasn’t welcome in this country and I should go back to where I came from. Well, food for thought, nu?

First of all, let’s look at the claim that this costume is “just a joke.” Let’s see, it’s an illegal alien because it says so in big black letters. We know he’s a criminal because he’s wearing a prison jumpsuit. We know he’s not human because he’s not human. And we know he’s stupid because he’s carrying a fake green card. It’s not a stretch to say that this costume strongly (and intentionally) implies that illegal aliens are stupid, sub-human, criminals, nu? I’m pretty sure that most people would be at least a little uncomfortable with a costume that implied that some group they belonged to were a bunch a stupid, sub human, criminals. The point here is saying “It was just a  joke” isn’t any sort of logical defence. Especially in a case like this, where I don’t even get the punchline. What, exactly, is funny about this costume? One lame pun?

What was more disturbing to me though is that attitude of so many that could be summed up as “If you’re offended by it, you don’t belong in this country.” Especially since many of the same were claiming that attempts to get the costume off store shelves was an attack on Freedom of  Speech. Refusing to even acknowledge that people who disagree with them have a point while simultaneously bemoaning the perceived attack on “their” rights strikes me as more than a bit paranoid. It’s not a good sign, and more and more I am seeing this kind of polarization on some topics in America. And I mean polarization in that there’s no point debating with people who disagree, they aren’t going to debate. Until yesterday I thought I was in a reasonably mature discussion group, and boy, they showed me. They were willing to discuss some topics, but something politically charged like illegal immigration, and all they could do was wave flags and call names. Scary.

I know there’s always been an element of this in the right, but it certainly seems to be worse in the past decade. And Obama’s election seems to have galvanized this division further. A huge minority of right wing Americans see themselves as a persecuted minority, and that there’s this vast conspiracy to turn the country into some sort of socialistic fascist un-American nanny state. And I’m not the only one to see this divide either, I ran across this interesting article on interviews with Republicans. In any event, this is why I am avoiding some topics, there doesn’t seem to be much interest in debate.

Lastly, the thing I find most alarming about this, the same way I find 9/11 conspiracies alarming, is that is distracts people from the very real conspiracy going on. Wall Street, Washington Politicians, and the Military have joined in an unholy alliance to rule the USA entirely for their own benefit. Granted the right wingers do have one thing right, Obama is clearly a standard bearer for these folks. The idea that he has been making concessions in order to get some of his putative liberal agenda passed doesn’t pass the laugh test anymore. As the continued whittling down of his health care proposal shows, by the time it gets passed all it’s going to do is transfer yet more money upwards.

I don’t know where this country is headed anymore, but I still think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit and is arguably a historically  important image. And there is no way its use here could conceivably interfere with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image. Credit and Copyright: Beats me. My next post will be about space exploration, one of the few bright spots in current human events. And I’m planning a  post on “Ten Predictions for the 21st Century.” If Nostradamus can do it, so can I.)

Written by unitedcats

October 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Posted in Politics, Propaganda, World

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  1. Doug,

    The combination of greedy wall street bankers, Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers is why we are in this mess to begin with. Over-the-Counter Derivatives (black market unregulated scams) have brought this country to its knees. And the most important thing President Obama can do as president of the USA is to regulate OTC derivatives which, I believe stands at over 6 trillion dollars at this point. These derivatives will continue to punish the US economy until someone has the fortitude to regulate these greedy corrupt scumbag bankers. Just ask Proctor & Gamble how those derivatives worked out for them.

    Tim D

    October 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm

  2. Hey Doug,

    Great post-
    Bankers, Wall Street, Washington Politicians, and the Military, are just doing what we give them the power to do, nobody cares if their getting screwed or not, just long as everybody else is getting it or giving it…..and they can watch on their I-phone,…..when you talk about the alien not being a big deal…you were not participating in either group or taking sides and so you were rejected.
    There is some weird psychology going on in the masses. Personally I think the tv and cellphones have something to do with it, ever heard of MK-ULTRA…..to think that, evil men, that woud research and use such means, do not exist, seems foolish.
    Ever really watch 1984?
    “Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past.”
    – 1984 by George Orwell.
    Research…..everybody wants it done for them, and when it IS done for them they don’t believe it and won’t or can’t understand enough to check for themselves…….sigh
    Btw-911 is a distraction, and I’m sorry to bring this up again but, ignoring kindergarden physics really bothers me….call it the 911 attack or 911 debate but for some reason “conspiracy” seems to be like saying “leprechauns and fairys” nowdays.

    Peace…

    Pyrodin123321

    October 22, 2009 at 6:31 am

  3. good post doug,

    Have you seen the film “District 9” yet, now their were some persecuted illegal aliens, poor Prong.

    Strange times indeed. The Right has really embraced its new image as a hard core, Americana, good old boy minority. That viewpoint breeds offensive and extreme views since, hey, their the minority, they have nothing to lose and it sure has polarized the base. Politics in general is a mess, to much emotion, mostly fear due to economics, race and war. Don’t work toward health care reform, the system will become overcrowded and you won’t get care and Obama will off grandma. Don’t work toward immigration reform, the illegals will take you’re jobs and bring crime. Don’t stop the war on Afghanistan, do you want to let the terrorists win? These lame arguments stir deep emotions to people already entrenched in fear, so much so that they can’t stop and analyze facts and confront the issues with reason and logic, even forgetting that their families were once immigrants.

    As for the costume its of poor taste and not very funny, but its not really a big deal in and of itself. But looking at it in conjunction with the fear mongering and hate speech that is in fashion right now you have to wonder if this country is one large powder keg waiting for the spark. I would really hate to see racial and class riots on a national scale, hopefully its all talk and hot air.

    Joah V.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

  4. I guess I’m stupid (but legal) alien but I did not understand the joke: green card and illegality are mutually exclusive so what is this about? Also I don’t understand how non-funny joke can offend somebody. Just points out level/ignorance/sense of humor of the joker.

    Nick Gusev

    October 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

  5. Curiously no-one knows the size of the OTC derivatives ‘market’ as they are not regulated OR REPORTED..

    Our smarmy politicians have set us up for financial armageddon.. all you can do is try to protect yourselves at this point.

    Obama will not do anything about it.. he is bought and paid for.

    ET

    October 24, 2009 at 12:20 pm


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