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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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