Monday, April 19, 2010

More Predudice at the Old Gray Lady


Charles Blow Of The NY Times
Lets His Inner Bigot
Show Through


He writes....
The speakers included a black doctor who bashed Democrats for crying racism, a Hispanic immigrant who said that she had never received a single government entitlement and a Vietnamese immigrant............


Thursday night I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused...............

I found the imagery surreal and a bit sad: the minorities trying desperately to prove that they were “one of the good ones”; the organizers trying desperately to resolve any racial guilt among the crowd. The message was clear: How could we be intolerant if these multicolored faces feel the same way we do?


Minstrel show- The most popular musical stage shows of the early and mid 19th Century, minstrelsy embodied racial hatred. Both white and black performers donned blackface, and audiences of all colors loved it.Minstrel shows lampooned black people as ignorant, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious, joyous, and musical.

The minorities trying desperately to prove that they were “one of the good ones”- Clearly, Blow is implying that the speakers were Uncle Tom's or worse.