On The Big Lead today, there is a totally self-righteous post about Spanish basketball’s offensive team photo. As far as I can gather, the gist is more or less, “who are Americans to point out racism abroad when we have our own issues with racism?” (Yes, it brings up slavery and Jim Crow.) Or maybe I’m missing the point of it. I’m not sure. Go read it for yourself and let me know.
Annnnyway, the part that we are concerned with is this:
Flowing from this was the proud to be American refrain. “I’m glad I live in a place where this type of thing can’t happen.”
Really? It can’t happen in the United States? Is there not a team in our capital called the Washington “Redskins”? Is the distortion of eye-shape not equivalent to wearing red-face and elaborate headdresses? Say what you want about European racism, but Spanish soccer fans aren’t galloping ignorantly through the gates in blackface to cheer on N—– FC.
First off, no one ever said it couldn’t happen in the U.S. — at least, I haven’t read or heard anyone make that claim. Second, please see this site; re: “Redskins”. Third, Chief Zee doesn’t wear a red-face. He’s black. Fourth, I have no clue what “N—- FC” is, so I cannot comment.
But lastly, and most importantly, no, the “slant-eye” gesture is not the equivalent of naming a team the Redskins and having superfan Chief Zee wear a headdress. It’s not the same at all. Unless there’s some evidence that the overwhelming majority of sampled Chinese peoples aren’t offended by the Spanish team’s photo. Because the survey says that American Indians aren’t offended by the Redskins.
A poll of American Indians found that an overwhelming majority of them are not bothered by the name of the Washington Redskins.
Only 9 percent of those polled said the name of the NFL team is “offensive,” while 90 percent said it’s acceptable, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey, released Friday.
Annenberg polled 768 Indians in every state except Hawaii and Alaska.
Isn’t it a pain in the ass when all those pesky “facts” and “evidence” get in the way of make-believe?