Oh. Damns.

We’ve got another Photochopping emergency.

The brief backstory, for those arriving late like me. Billmon posts this crap, and defends it.

On the other side, we have veterans Ebogjohnson, Wampum, Kevin at Slant Truth, and more…

Go around and read the opposition, because there’s a lot more going on than just some bad taste.

Ebog talks about collateral damage…

The problem, of course, is the image’s troubling older, world historical back-story. The specific racial archetype Billmon makes use of – the white minstrel re-enacting a white fantasy about black slaves for the entertainment of even more white folks – is bigger than Billmon, Wolf Blitzer, Lynne Cheney and yesterday’s news cycle combined, so while blackface and minstrelsy might cover the CNN incident nicely, they also spill over from it onto, you know, my fucking lap, making them an attack not just on what Billmon calls “our pathetically servile corporate media” but on me as well.

Wampum gets righteous and goes for a great literary parallel, showing how good intentions just will not cut it. Check the discussion there for some of the sorriest shows of white priviledge. The liberal’s sacred right to be able to tell racist jokes “in context” is defended. It would be funny, except…

And, of course, the right-wing has had a field day with this. But that’s not what is at stake here. Lefty unity is a mirage as long as this kind of crap gets tolerated and looked over in the name of opposing the greater evil. Political Incorrectness, as we know it today, is about having the testicular fortitude to say something racist, homophobic, misogynistic or otherwise dumb…and then have the unmitigated gall to be upset that people didn’t send you flowers because it could have been more racist, homophobic, misogynistic or otherwise dumb.

Real transgression breaks this stuff down. Real courage would be a genuine apology.

-sly

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