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If I was really motivated...

I'd do something actually, well, research-y. But not motivated.

See, I saw this news article.

It made all the little bells in my head go off, and the flags go up, and I feel slightly inclined to throw a yellow flag of my own.

Leaving aside that I don't know what the stats are for the offscreen personnel, part of me wants to say "Huh?" But, then, I think about the shows I watch, and realize it's a very small percentage of television. Maybe my viewing habits are atypical. Okay, yeah, nope, even that show has a black male in a strong role.

Okay, so if I was motivated, I'd first look up the census demographics. What is the ratio of caucasian/negroid/Hispanic/non-white Hispanic/Semitic (as a racial group, not a religious one)/Indian subcontinent/Amerind/Asian/Pacific Islander (and I'm sure there were others on the list, or I've mislabeled, but you get the point). Then I'd look at what that would break down to on shows and see how that compared.

Of course, I'm somewhat handicapped by not getting any programing from ABC, NBC, or CW.
And then there are the questions like "Is Judd Hirsch caucasian or Semetic?" I mean, really, are we doing DNA tests here, and anyone with a drop of non-caucasian biological heritage now is in the other racial category? That would have dropped Morguhn into Amerind, not caucasian, since he was 25% naive American. Me, too, since I've some Blackfoot (great grandmother) on my daddy's side and some Abenaki on my mommy's. And since both he and I have ancestors in the south, what are the odds that neither of us has any negroid ancestors? And it smacks of a level of racism that is no less disturbing when "persons of color" identify someone as "one of us" as when caucasian dominant power structures used it to define people as "other."

So, if I had the motivation, I'd check it out. See if even on the most superficial level it holds any value. Seriously, I suspect I'd find that the people who should be griping are the Hispanics, Asians, and people from the Indian subcontinent, not the NAACP.

But I'm not motivated. So I'll just sit here, and nurse my grievances from the subjugation of my First Nations ancestors by my European ancestors, stew in my juices about the Roman Catholic French's persecution of my French Huguenot ancestors, rail at the English side of my heritage about the dastardly actions of Britain against my Irish Catholic ancestors, feel guilty about how whites enslaved blacks in America as I fume at the Roman Empire about the enslavement of my Gaulish and Briton ancestors...

Or maybe I'll just have another cup of tea and then go Christmas shopping.

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retiredmaj
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Just have the cup of tea, go Christmas shopping, and work for a better future (which I know you are). History has already provided the answer to "Can't we all just get along?" Uhm...no. At least not without some serious effort and thought.
hearne
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
"Maybe my viewing habits are atypical. Okay, yeah, nope, even that show has a black male in a strong role."

Just as a point: Who is Gibbs' new boss this year? *grin* "24" and "the Unit" used the same guy in a strong lead role.

Seriously tho, telling someone to "not think like that" usually only goes so far. Make it socially unacceptable by LIVING the right way. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker preached a good sermon, but the message was lost in the lifestyle. Preaching tolerance and acceptance and understanding is all well and good. "Ooh..look at me being all tolerant and accepting and stuff! Hey, you, *subgroup label here*, see all I'm doing for you people?" Shaddup the talk and just live it. It's not a quick fix, we're not going to change the biases of the matured adults who hold onto their biases. We need to teach our children.. by example.

I like the idea of Tea and Shopping. I buy into enough guilt for my *own* failings. I've not got it within me to accept guilt for the errs of those who happen to look like me.
meirwen
Dec. 18th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Actually, the "Okay, yeah, no..." was that at first I was thinking NCIS was very "white," then I remembered the new boss. And, yeah, Dennis Haysbert--he's even a dark skinned black, which is even rarer...
campagnella
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
I like option number 2. Less blood boiling that way and Prezzies!!

I'm enjoying the wrapping part now that the shopping part is done.

Re-doing bows is the 3rd part for me as the cat likes to take them apart and hide the pieces.
briony530
Dec. 18th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'd go shopping...less frustrating than stewing over racial injustices from the Roman era.

I never knew that about Morguhn, or you for that matter.
hundmathr
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
On that ruberic I'd be listed as Negroid, which may explain why one of my more memerable clients at my last gig kept on calling me the n word.
meirwen
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when you and The Boss were together and something of this topic would come up I was always vastly amused that that fair-skinned blue-eyed boys were...not what they appeared. :-)
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