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Racist Can Change His Spots, Get Old As Well. By: Dawn Turner Trice Chicago Tribune February 9, 2009 “…if racial reconciliation on a grand scale is possible, it’ll depend in part on old die-hard racists—of every hue—dying off.”. Overview. Elwin Wilson (72) is a former member of the KKK

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Racist can change his spots get old as well

Racist Can Change His Spots, Get Old As Well

By: Dawn Turner Trice

Chicago Tribune

February 9, 2009

“…if racial reconciliation on a grand scale is possible, it’ll depend in part on old die-hard racists—of every hue—dying off.”


Overview

Overview

  • Elwin Wilson (72) is a former member of the KKK

  • Participated in numerous attacks on blacks in the 1960s in Rock Hill, South Carolina

    • One such attack was on John Lewis, now a US Representative from Georgia

  • Was inspired to make amends after reading a story in the town newspaper last month

  • Thinks he is different because he never killed anyone, just “harmed them”

    • Usually hear stories from this era of old, white men being involved in murder cases

  • Hopes to inspire others to step forward


What about now

What About Now?

  • Apologies and apologists: The disavowal of racism and the abjuration of anti-racism in the contemporary United States (C. Richard King, professor in the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University)

    • Examines OutKast’s performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards and the death of Marge Schott, in the context of racism-colorblindness

    • Claims that there is a tendency to excuse and/or forget racist remarks

    • Thinks that a disengagement from racism is occurring

    • OutKast’s performance

      • Native Americans were outraged by the misuse and misrepresentation of indigenous traditions and peoples

      • Sampled a sacred Navajo song, used a teepee, dressed in attire made to “look Indian,” danced in suggestive fashions, and wore headdresses

      • This received very little coverage

    • Marge Schott

      • Former owner of the Cincinnati Reds

      • Made numerous anti-Semitic comments and described two of her players as “million-dollar n----rs”

      • Was fined for her comments, but little public commentary or media attention was devoted to her actions


What s your opinion

What’s Your Opinion?

OutKast Performance


Recent famous or infamous cases of racism

Recent Famous (or Infamous) Cases of Racism

  • Mel Gibson

    • “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world”

  • Michael Richards

    • "You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf------. Throw his a-- out. He's a n-----! He's a n-----! He's a n-----! A n-----, look, there's a n-----!"

  • Prince Harry

    • Swastika armband

    • “…our little Paki friend”

    • “…raghead”

  • Miley Cyrus


Some things to think about

Some Things to Think About…

  • Should these celebrities apologize for their actions? If so, are their apologizes sufficient?

    • None of them physically harmed anyone

    • Should they be subjected to some type of punishment? (ie, fines, community service, suspension)

  • Do you think our society has become more lax on our acknowledgement of racism?

  • What about rap lyrics that include derogatory terms?

    • What about the use of the word n----r as a term of endearment?


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