Comments: Colbert dismantles Debra Dickerson

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It was very amusing.

Though, if you think about it, "culture" is much more meaningful than skin color, by orders of magnitude.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


I hear you.

On the other hand, it would be hard to refute that because there have been so few major-party presidential candidates who were black.

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page]


That's also about culture.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


I respectfully disagree. As we know, people judge you mostly by how you look, somewhat by how you sound and a little bit by what you say.

So, unfortunately, if you are black, I think it's going to be mostly about the color of your skin.

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page]


Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. The tendency to make decisions about people based upon the color of their skin isn't really about the color of their skin. It's about the culture of the racist. Culture - shared experiences, biases, beliefs, fashions, etc. - is what determines who people are.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


Right -- and/but:

70% How you look
20% How you sound
10% What you say

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page]


Shame about that.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


Although, apologies to Izzard (who is making an important point), what I’m talking about is not limited to just skin color. No one can tell a metrosexual from gay or a Democrat from Republican, Jew from Arab, just by outward appearance. Yet people from certain “cultures” might despise people from any of these groups just because of their own cultural prejudices. Similar skin-color blacks, questioning Obama’s “blackness” because of his culture, may be an example of just that sort of cultural bias.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


Again: skin color almost always trumps everything.

Consider this: you have two evangelical Christians who agree on everything, except one is black and one is white.

Would you agree or disagree that the white Christian is treated differently than the black Christian?

Posted by: Ara Rubyan [TypeKey Profile Page]


I would say that it matters a lot in what culture the black Christian lives - and has for a long time. A black Christian living in Boston and one living in Macon in the early 1800s would be treated quite differently. I would also say that blacks who adopt white culture are treated less and less differently than whites. Particularly the "articulate, clean" ones.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


I suppose there's no need to point out that I also don't live in the southeastern US.

Posted by: shep [TypeKey Profile Page]


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