For instance, if you stand next to a black man and point, you could be accused of flashing "gang signs" and told that you "should know better". (Because we all know that's what young black men do: Gangbang.)
If you are the mayor of a major American city and do it, things could get ugly.
It did for Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. Poor Betty. All she did was try to reach out to a young brotha who was working on her campaign and it got her in all kinds of trouble with the po po and no doubt conservative folks all over her town.
Anyway, I am glad to report that Betsey is fighting back, and she is not taking being painted as a gangbanging mayor, lightly.
"One week ago, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges became an internet sensation after local police accused her of “flashing a known gang sign” with a fellow campaign volunteer, spawning the hashtag #pointergate. After many commentators, including Jon Stewart, came to her defense for doing what was clearing an innocuous pointing gesture, Hodges has finally come out with a statement of her own.
Posted to her Twitter account and official website Thursday evening, the statement meticulously breaks down just how ridiculous the accusations against her have been and even uses some light sarcasm to hit the point home.
She runs down four options for what the head of the police union, who said she “should know better” thinks she should do. They include “stop pointing altogether for the safety of the community,” stop “interacting with the public” and stop “standing next to young African American men.” Ultimately, she concludes that only one of the options makes sense:
It could be that the head of the police union wants me to stop working to raise the standards of police culture and accountability. It could be that he objects to the community policing and relationship-building measures that I am acting on, and attempted to use this non-story to discredit this work.
I share the public’s speculation that this is the real option."
Betsy, next time you will think twice before posing for a picture with a young black man. Remember, America is watching.
Finally my racism chase takes me to the NFL, where fans of one particular team (the one that cheated my birds out of a Super Bowl) found it necessary to make their racism flag fly.
"A Twitter campaign meant to highlight the NFL team's one millionth follower backfired spectacularly late Thursday when an account featuring a racial slur"-I hate Niggers"- was named one of the unfortunate winners. The team emblazoned the N-word across the back of a team jersey and sent the tweet out to stunned fans.
The offensive tweet said: "Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots."
Even more surprising, the social media image included a handwritten note signed by Patriots bad-boy tight end Rob Gronkowski.
New England later deleted the tweet and apologized, calling the gaffe a filtering problem.
"We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account.," the Patriots tweeted. "Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future." [Source]
It's ok New England, we understand. You can control your coaches who cheat but you can't control your racist fans.
This is life in modern day America, there are these types of ignorant racists everywhere.
But I won't throw stones from my glass house. One of my own beloved Eagles was caught dropping the n-word in a derogatory fashion and we rewarded him with a fat new contract. Go figure.
Anyway, he is lucky that he didn't flash a gang sign or he would have been cut.