Thursday, December 07, 2006

because necessity is the mother of invention,

I'm not a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan. I sniffed at both of his books and just found a number of his observations somewhat pat. But this is a damn good primer on the relativity of idiots out there playing (badly) their respective race cards.
Now it hardly needs to be said that comedy clubs and pro football aren't exactly historically progressive on race, but they likely aren't too far out of step with the times either.
After considering the respective idiots involved, Gladwell notes, "we debase that term (racism) when we apply it to comments or actions indiscriminately. There is a distinction between being a racist and simply saying something dumb."

Link via The Millions

Good stuff, this.

Posted by Dave

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