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End racism on Slashdot

fiannaFailMan (702447) writes | more than 6 years ago

User Journal 15

I would urge people to join me in calling for an end to openly racist comments on /. directed against developing nations, principally India, or at least for them to be modded 'Troll.'

I would urge people to join me in calling for an end to openly racist comments on /. directed against developing nations, principally India, or at least for them to be modded 'Troll.'

Every time a story is posted on /. concerning a technical development in India, there are usually a small number of comments about the technical merits of the article, but a huge wave of blatent racist comments that poke fun at Indian cinema, food, the accent, and just about everything short of the colour of their skin. It's as if the concept of a non-white person achieving anything complex is a source of amusement. What alarms me even more is the fact that these comments receive 'Funny' mods and are not treated as the trolls they are.

I recently got into a flame war with one of these racists who openly justified his racism because of outsourcing. His view was that Indians deserve to be the butt of racist jokes because they are taking jobs from good white Americans. The debate about outsourcing is not one I'm going to get into here, but whether you agree or with outsourcing or not, there can be no justification for racism.

Anyone with mod points, use them wisely. Use them to fight racism, not promote it. It is totally unacceptable and we must point it out as such whenever it shows up. /.ers must be made aware of what they are doing so that they can change their behaviour.

15 comments

Youre one to talk, youre racist against americans. (0, Troll)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#18872247)

If you want to end racism you can start with yourself.

Americans worked hard to create the economy they have, and your posts supporting the blatant robbery of americans' future through offshoring to slave-nations shows your deep rooted racism against americans.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 6 years ago | (#18872491)

Away and fuck yourself you racist prick. Your anti-Indian comments and your defence of racism make you nothing but a fucking Nazi. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#18873753)

i made no anti-indian comments "you irrational prick", they were anti-outsourcing comments in defense of simple jokes.

your defense of corporate and international pillaging of the american middle class makes you nothing but a "fucking" exploiter. you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 6 years ago | (#18873963)

For 'simple jokes' read 'racist jokes.' Racist prick.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#18874479)

well, mr PC, every joke is at the expense of someone or someone's product.

Do you pick up your torch and pitchfork and go after dave chapelle, carlos mencia, and larry the cable guy too?

it's one thing to crusade against practices with real negative reprocussions, its quite another to water down the terms "Nazi" and "Racist" by attacking common humor. I'm genetically and religiously jewish, and your petty attacks against benign joviality are the kind of wolf-crying that allows the "neocon redneck trash" you seem to hate so much to continue with very real racial hatred.

there's enough tension in the world without you destroying the already ever-diminishing sources of laughter.

hell, there are whole websites dedicated to fun at the expense of the neurosies of various ethnic groups, and it's not as if white americans don't get it either. My guess is you are white because you dont seem to notice it all. Watch some anime some time; "american" characters are unpolished(crude), gun toting, blonde or black people. I've seen several bollywood titles where american characters are fat, uneducated, overarmed slobs. When you attack only white americans for this practice that's called reverse racism, and is just as horrible a discrimination as hatred of black people for their skin.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

shashark (836922) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875109)

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875281)

what kind of sensitivity training bs is that..

ALL JOKES are at someone or something's expense.. and since ultimately everything in the modern world originated with somebody something's expense translates to someone's expense.

maybe we should stop telling microsoft jokes because it could hurt their bottom line.

not to sound like a troll.. but boo freaking hoo.. learn to grow some thick skin and stop taking offense from jokes.

I dont complain about jew jokes, but i sure as hell dont take actual negative racism likely.

This obsession my more annoying leftist breathren have with political correctness is counterproductive. If youre making a stink because you saw offense in a racial joke youre drawing attention to racial difference and in the process promoting racism by planting that seed in the mind of someone who might otherwise be interacting with others as equals.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

shashark (836922) | more than 6 years ago | (#18875877)

Dear Don Imus Wannabe, ..."Learn to grow some thick skin and stop taking offense from jokes..."

It depends on which side of Race equation you stand. You sir, obviously, have no idea. It always starts with an innocious joke - but that doesn't lighten the racism in the joke itself.

Repeat after me:
Racism in Jokes = RACISM.
Racism in Jokes which are modded funny = Funny, yet RACIST. FUNNY - YES, RACIST - YES. Got my point ?

Alright, we're done here now. For more about the relationship between Racism and Jokes - google.

Many Thanks.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#18877221)

oh so now i'm don imus for defeding everyday culture.

repeat after me:
spotting racism in everything = WACKO
calling someone "don imus" for telling you to shut up and let a joke slide = WACKO

are we done here now? for more information about humor, google "carlos mencia"

have a nice day.

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

ghoul (157158) | more than 6 years ago | (#18909291)

Did you hear the one where Hitler asks Himmler- What do you get when you take a Jew and a baking chamber ?

Hilarious isnt it?

Re:Youre one to talk, youre racist against america (1)

AoT (107216) | more than 6 years ago | (#18879583)

Americans worked hard to create the economy they have, and your posts supporting the blatant robbery of americans' future through offshoring to slave-nations shows your deep rooted racism against americans.

You know who worked hard? Slaves. Slaves and people in other countries digging up their natural resources so we could build shit from them. Quit pretending like you deserve shit because someone else worked for it.

P.S. That includes other Americans.

A lot of subtle racism (1)

drig (5119) | more than 6 years ago | (#18990939)

I see exactly what you're talking about a lot. A quick disclaimer: I'm a Jew, born in New York City, so you can consider me a generic white American guy.

As an engineer who's worked in Silicon Valley, I get asked the question "what is it like working with a lot of Indians?" I have come up with a dumb, quick answer. "Once you learn to understand the accent, it's a lot like working with other engineers". But, sometimes I feel strange giving such a flip answer. Indians come with their own culture and background, and saying essentially "once you've seen one engineer, you've seen them all" is a poor way of treating fellow humans.

I'd be pretty pissed if someone summed me up as "I dunno...he's like all the other white guys". Okay, maybe I am a lot like a lot of other white guys, but that sentence dismisses me, and dismisses the culture I come from. I'd prefer to hear something like "he's creative, but sloppy. He's quick to find established solutions to most problems. He cares a lot for his children and his community."

How would you, as an individual and as an Indian, like to be defined? How about:
I find most Indians come from an understanding that it is worthwhile to work hard to acheive your goals. They appear to be willing to step outside of their comfort zone if it helps them make a better world for themselves and their families. They have a strong background in established engineering methods, but they're reticent to try anything too risky."
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