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Koiyuki · Observant Wanderer ·


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  • Re: #GamerGate: Keepin' Journos Honest

    Holy fuck. o.o

    They got OWS in on this? Operation Disrespectful Nod continues to be godlike.
    Game recognize game, man. They've been there, done that, they know a fraud when they see one. I'm just waiting to see how hard the anti people are tripping on themselves to defame this consumer revolt (like the guy who doxxed Felicia Day moments after she expressed her thoughts on the matter. Disgusting, those actions)
  • Re: School Celebrates Black History Month with Fried Chicken, Watermelon, Corn Bread

    The short answer for why this is racist, historically, is because Watermelon, Fried Chicken and Cornbread are typically eaten without a knife and fork, with the implication that people without the intellect to use utensils would be the ones to enjoy it most.

    The long answer, I'll leave to Tony Miller, who originally posted this on Quora(warning, very rasict imagery ahead)

    "Early Scottish immigrants to the southern United States brought along a culinary tradition of frying in fats, this combined with West African culinary traditions in the islands of the Americas and combined with island-styles and spices, found their way into the breading and frying of chickens. Ultimately finding its way back to the United States through the slave trade, a new culinary tradition evolved among the slaves.

    Chickens and Watermelons were inexpensive foods and (as others have pointed out) considered by many of those times to be uncouth; as such, they were made available to the slaves who (many might now say) perfected the art of the the fried-chicken.

    As time marched on and the greater US population discovered that fried-chicken, properly seasoned and fried (taking into account the type of bird and applying varied cooking styles appropriate to the meat, tougher with longer, slower cooking and tender with fast higher heat) was quite tasty, the business-side turned to the icons of the cooking style - black slave stereotypes.

    But it wasn't done in the style of "wow, look what these wonderful people have created". It was very exploitative and it was more of "look what I got out of my slave". Perhaps pictures can speak louder than words...


    Eventually slavery was abolished and fried-chicken (and watermelon) became more mainstream, and commercially dropped more and more of the offensive imagery and sayings. But we're left with a legacy of abuse, derision, and prejudice that was directed at black people even as we exploited them for our profit.

    I only touch the highlights here, there have been many other negative associations made over the years as well. But, because of the history, there are very strong associations with these foods and the slavery and racism.

    So when imagery such as the following is used:

    The message is sent that 'you are a Smasher who should be back on the plantation'. It is appalling, but this type of racism obviously continues to have a life here in the US."