Based on comments in this
thread, I would like to propose a moratorium on the watching of "The Wire," or BET, or the listening of any Wu Tang or Rick Ross CDs for any Mefite who does not personally know and interact with
members of the "black community," who despite what many here think, are exceedingly diverse in class, education, culture and norms.
posted by notjustfoxybrown to MetaFilter-Related at 10:31 AM (481 comments total)
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I have really enjoyed my time here on Metafilter. I've learned a great deal, some of it worthwhile, a lot of disturbing. Even in this so-called post-racial America we live in, we have folks making comments like the following, without the slightest bit of irony:
"Black men in their thirties or older will greet each other, when passing in the street, by nodding and saying "Alright"; do the same to anyone over thirty."
or my personal AskMeFi favorites here
There are many more but I don't have time to link them all.
This comment emailed to me from The Straightener
said it best:
"It is silly and sad and unfortunately is completely reflective of the young white progressive community's treatment of the white working class and poor minorities as conceptual entities rather than communities made of actual people. It's not racist, or classist so much as it is clueless, though sometimes it's impossible to tell them all apart."
Amen and amen.