Blackface and More: We Have Run Out of Excuses for Willful Ignorance

Nov 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

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I hate the fact that we live in a society in which we must explain stupidity to people who simply don't get it. In today's world you can be blissfully ignorant and hide behind the safeguard of not knowing any better. It's perfectly acceptable to be a dumbass in the name of not knowing why your actions classify you as a emotionless idiot. And the rest of us are supposed to void out the fact that you're an adult who has had the leisure of experiencing life in the same exact society as the rest of us.

I saw three guys in the Central West End dressed as Jamaican bobsledders with black paint on their faces for Halloween. This was the most ignorant costume I saw all night. Believe it or not, you can actually dress up like a person of a different race and celebrate Halloween without painting your face black. Click this link for reference if you don't understand my statement.

The Afro-disco Halloween crap in Italy was simply a bunch of moronic folks walking around looking like black Sambos with muscular white guys wearing chains around their necks imitating African slaves.These people are stupid. I don't have time to waste on these scumbags. In 2013 do we really have to tell you this is a dumbass idea? The problem isn't just that this party was unbelievably racist, but it was also a stupid idea beyond what any form of human comprehension or common sense could fathom. I'm not about to sit here at the computer and explain why this is offensive. That's not my job, just like it's apparently not their job to give a crap about the rest of the world and our opinions.

If you, as a reader, lack understanding about the historical implications of such activity, be an adult and Google "The Minstrel Show." Read about it and learn something new. Most people don't give a damn about history if it doesn't directly affect them, so this type of junk will likely go on until our generation's current population of mindless assholes eventually dies off and disappear.

Preaching to the choir might make us feel good, but it ultimately doesn't bring about any change in the grand scheme of things. There's a difference between educating people about things we deem offensive and flat-out complaining to like-minded people who will do nothing about the problem.

I can have conversations with my friends about everything under the sun. But the reality is they are my friends, so we likely have a point of view that's similar already -- no minds are being changed here. So what does this accomplish? It might help create a narrative among like-minded folks, which might help us create a solution, but personally I'm over it.

From time to time I'll go on a rant and drop some bombs about certain social issues, but I know deep down inside that these rants are somewhat pointless. It feels good; it's self-gratifying, but it's not like this will help purge the problem or make the people committing the crime feel guilty about their actions. People have demonstrated on a continual basis that we live in a world where no one gives a crap about the plight of the next group of people. Rich people get richer. Poor people of all colors, shapes, sizes and creeds are the mud beneath the boots of the top dogs. This is how the world functions and will forever function until the sun stops burning.