Racism Embedded in our Language

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2020-06-24 09:40:43

A few months ago, I was in Carmel visiting my favorite thrift stores. If you don’t like thrift stores, you haven’t been to the ones in Carmel!  I got into a line to pay, and when it was my turn, and the woman had rung up my $89.00 worth of purchases, I whipped out my credit card.

A senior citizen Facebook friend today posted the talk show host, Conan O’Brien, speaking with Kevin Nealon in 2013 about skiing in Colorado at Copper Mountain.  Nealon mentioned  a convenience store clerk told him that he was scared of black diamond runs, and that he didn’t feel safe on them, and they would beat him up.  He added that they were not very well groomed, but that if you wanted the good white powder, that’s where you needed to go. The humor (for whites) was in the racist undercurrent to it, comparing a race of people to difficult ski runs.

Will he unfriend me? Maybe. Would I do it again? Absolutely.  How is anything going to change if we keep allowing these kinds of comments to go on with no question?

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