Thursday, August 24, 2006


Andrew Young, in offending Koreans and Jews and Arabs in one fell swoop this week, demonstrated that African-Americans, even those who have dedicated their entire life to working for expanded civil rights and inter-ethnic dialogue, are not immune to the "Turned Old, Tired, Bigoted and Cranky" syndrome known to affect white folk over 60 in vast numbers.

Symptoms reportedly accelerate if the subject increases his or her association with the "filthy rich." Seriously addled thinking is a warning sign loved ones are advised to monitor closely-- things like publicly advocating for WalMart to move into black neighborhoods in order to ease exploitation, for instance.

Experts say the subject often doesn't know what's happening to him or her. Speaking in public becomes difficult. They mean to say something like: "Increasing the number of black-owned groceries in predominantly poor black neighborhoods would go a long way to ease deep-rooted frustration and ethnic tensions there." But what comes out is something ranting and digressive like: "Those are the people who have been overcharging us-- selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and retired to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs."

Treatments focus on getting the subject out into the world as much as possible and steering them clear of golf courses and corporate honchos.


At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Andrew Young issue is an important one, but was lost in your post due to poor writing and a generalized, racist comment about "old" white folk. Due to poor sentence structure and a lack of clear and concise writing, I had to read your blog several times to understand what you were trying to say. Try to avoid making sweeping generalizations about the older portion of the White community. This site is supposed to be about informing readers and prompting informed discussion.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger JT said...

The post was ironic. Andrew Young's comments, I think, reflect the larger culture of sloppy stereotype-racism widespread in this country and around the world, the kind of banal but insidious prejudice that slips out among family and friends when people get lazy in their thinking. I thought it would help to put Young's words in that kind of context. Indeed, his comments only made the news because of his resume. The cliched content of the comments could have surprised no one, which is the story behind the story. My points were that (1) a lot of people think the way Andrew Young suddenly appeared to think; (2) there are a lot more white racists than black racists in this country, if for no other reason than the fact that there are a lot more white Americans than black Americans; and (3) white readers and commentators, because of the points listed above, had no cause to be the least bit sanctimonious. I apologize if I offended anyone's grandparents. I didn't mean to offend anyone, much less even a single nonracist member of the "older portion of the white community," as you say. In fact I apologize to any senior readers who might be offended by being referred to as an "older portion" of anything. Finally, I thank you, commentator, for dedicating yourself to reading my blog several times.


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