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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ethnic Balance

It's not really interesting and it's not politically correct to discuss it, so according to the by-laws of my blog, I must address it.

Am I the only one who notices that every American television commercial, every television show, and all of the print media takes pains to insure racial and gender (including gender confused) diversity? Even white feminism is under attack from non-white feminists.

Note that it's rarely about "quality" so long as the appearance is adequate. The US is a Potemkin Village of political correctness in a world where black people refer to each other as "nigger" all of the time. It's cute when Samuel L. Jackson says it, right?

If I'm doing business with China, it makes sense that I hire Chinese people or at the very least, people with effective Chinese language skills. If I'm doing business in San Diego, California, my employees should know how to speak Spanish because many of the people who live along the US/Mexico Border are more comfortable speaking Spanish than they are English. 

I ordered food at a Taco Bell the other day through the drive through window and the worker would ONLY address me in Spanish. So we spoke Spanish. America's official language is English except where lax "progressive" US immigration policies have allowed a majority Hispanic population to accumulate. However I watch Mexican television programming and I find it odd that Telemundo doesn't offer a racial balance. Every actor in Mexican soap operas is a white skinned, attractive Hispanic person. No negroes, no "Americans", no Asians -- just Mexicans. Why is that? Why are there no dark skinned politicians in Mexico at the national decision making level? (no, not even one)

American prisons are interesting because prisoners group themselves based on race and race alone. No, it's not politically correct -- then again they're prisoners and racial enlightenment is not anticipated in that demographic.

Moving right along, finding a logical balance of ethnicity makes sense where it makes sense. Forcing it is awkward and doesn't advance anything. A television series that features a politically correct balance of negroes, whites, hispanics and "Asians" will always exclude non-politically correct under represented people such as East and American Indians, Eskimos and German Turks. 

In our plastic society, we naturally favor the politically correct racial blends to meet with pop culture without considering that most "Asians" for example, are very aware that all "Asians" are not of the same nationality or culture. And it's almost always insulting (even to me) when the US media paints them that way.

My point that we are a very shallow culture shouldn't surprise anyone. And the harder we try, the sillier it all becomes. 


12 comments:

  1. Racial harmony is fine. Unless you are a white woman walking down a dark alley.

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    1. Whatever do you mean?

      A pretty white woman should be able to walk down any dark alley in any ghetto and be safe because don't all inner city people talk about RESPECT - and how it's important to them?

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  2. Ironic, there are prisons out there that are not racially segregated...and they are less violent. Who would have guessed?

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    1. That's simply not very progressive of you to mention this.

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  3. PS - I work with an "Asian" that fled the communists as a child. He works in our office because he was transferred due to a need for Chinese speakers. He is not Chinese, and does not speak it. "Thank God for stereotypes," he says...

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    1. ROFL - yes I have seen that in my career too.

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  4. Politically Correct Stupidity runs rampant; TV ads filed people who are very seldom seen together, and sure as hell not in the same family. The way many of them cringe when I say "hello" makes me think they just might have forgotten to get a visa when they came to North Alabama.

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    1. Well, now that you mention it, I love to go to New York City because I look at people in the eye (though they don't make eye contact) and say hello to total strangers. Trying to strike up a conversation with a total stranger in New York on a train or subway is particularly interesting (culture not race) and the sadistic side of my personality requires that I do it.

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    2. Yeah, I know. They grab their wallet, purse, whatever and walk faster and away from you. Sometimes just a smile will do it. And in NY I ALWAYS say thank you. Scares them.

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  5. Was watching the sitcom "Modern Family" the other night. Diversity in race (but no negros?) and sexual orientation run amok, but still a funny show. It's job is obviously to teach us that everything is ok, and not to judge. I have to say, though, that the gay couple is raising at total brat of an Asian child. They are terrible parents.

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    1. Its a funny show. And it pokes fun at everyone, which is likely why there aren't negroes on the show because they don't like to be made fun of - unless you're talking about Dave Chapelle, who breaks out of that mold.

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