Thursday, April 23, 2009

Racism in the inbox

I will finish the travelogue soon, but in the mean time, I have to comment on two emails I received in the last week.

1st: Subject: Traffic Alert!
"I-90 will be closed this weekend across South Dakota. They are hauling a 250 ton lump of coal so they can add Obama to Mt. Rushmore..."

2nd: Subject: Nokia has Designed a Cell phone...
"Nokia has finally Designed a Cell Phone for nervous White people who need to make a Cell phone call while in Jacksonville , East Saint Louis , New Orleans , Memphis , South Chicago, South Dallas, Houston, L.A. , Miami , Detroit , Washington D.C., parts of New York City and Buffalo , Oakland , and parts of Atlanta or other bad places

And it shows a picture of a handgun with a cell phone keypad in the handle.

These emails came from mature professional people whom I respect. These are not kids. Nor are they uneducated or uninformed people. College graduates over 55 years old.

I don't know if you are receiving these kinds of racist emails from your freinds, but if you do, please name the racism in your reply to them. I wrote back "This is so racist!"

The more white people who stand up and call racist actions "RACISM" the better progress we will make on eradicating the prejudice and oppression that we perpetrate on other people.

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