janedavitt: (Jackbykataclysmic)
( Nov. 7th, 2006 04:27 pm)
From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, emphasis mine:

Main Entry: race
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, generation, from Old Italian razza
1 : a breeding stock of animals
2 a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics (the English race)
3 a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species; also : a taxonomic category (as a subspecies) representing such a group b : BREED c : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits

Racism is defined as

Main Entry: racĀ·ism
Pronunciation: 'rA-"si-z&m also -"shi-
Function: noun
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination

When I'm hated because I'm English, the colour of my skin is not an issue. The person hating is being racist by definition.

When you try and rank discrimination and dismiss the historical suffering of a nation (pre-dating the discrimination you're familiar with in your own country by many centuries) as not being sufficiently fashionable/painful to count, you are being breathtakingly arrogant.

When you use the term 'whiteys' you are being a tad on the offensive side.

When you reveal your naivety, insularity, narrow world-view, and poor grasp of world history you are... well, kind of funny, really...

(Do you really think you can dismiss facts that don't fit your half-baked theories and people won't notice? Or fail, as ever, to provide links to back up your specious assertions and not see how transparently disingenuous that is?)

And when you pitch a hissy-fit because a discussion didn't stay between lines you'd delineated, you're providing a shining example of why the adjectives in the paragraph up above aren't going to stop applying to you any time soon.

And do we really need to comment on the absurdity of attacking a foreign programme with precisely four episodes aired -- a programme set in a mostly white city (From Wiki: The ethnic make-up of Cardiff's population, at the time of the 2001 census was: 91.6% white, 2% mixed race, 4% Asian, 1.3% Black, 1.2% Chinese or other ethnic origin) with two of the five leads female, one of the male leads bisexual (his character; the actor is gay), two of the leads Welsh, one Scottish, one American, one of Japanese descent, the whole being set, astonishingly, in Cardiff with Welsh accents to the fore -- for failing to include the requisite number of 'people of colour' and therefore not passing some mysterious quota for political correctness?

We do? I guess we do...

ETA As of Nov 9, Jennyo locked down the entries so most of the above links don't work unless she has you friended. It's not that I can't do links :-)
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janedavitt: (danielsmilebypax89)
( Nov. 7th, 2006 07:02 pm)
Now this I can get behind...

http://www.eyegas.com/xmas05/

If you hate sprouts of the Brussels variety, it's a game for you.
janedavitt: (eclipsedbywhisper99)
( Nov. 7th, 2006 10:28 pm)
Wow ::blinks:: My Daniel/Paul/Jack vid, 'Eclipsed' to Creep by Radiohead has been nominated in the 'Other Slash' category at the Stargate Music Awards.

I can honestly say I never saw that one coming. Thank you, whoever nominated it, and once again, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] or_mabinogi for the very helpful betaing advice.
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