In the abstract, a 19-year-old who loses access to a desperately needed college education, because he is a racist asshole, tugs at my heart strings. Reading the actual feed of @killalljigaboos1987, boils my blood and makes me stabby.
If the FiOS install happens first, I think a small plume of red smoke should come out of my parent’s living room window (they don’t have a chimney).
@jasmined, November 24, 2012
(In case you were wondering, Pimp Lucius is my favorite.)
But the more vexing problem with Morrissey’s stunt — and this is a thread that runs through a lot of our public conversations about race — is that it bolsters the idea that racism is a terrible personal failing that can be corrected through sufficient public shaming. This notion of racists-as-evil is so pervasive that few people who readily espouse bigoted beliefs would recognize those ideas as racist; unsurprisingly, people don’t like to think themselves monsters. And so our conversations about racist behavior and racism write large get frustratingly bogged down in trivia about how churchgoing Suzie is or Connor’s friendly rapport with his Hispanic teammates.