March 13, 2006

Relax--Everything is Not about RACE


A letter written to the Philadelphia Daily News by Linda S. Wallace suggested that the women appearing to be the parent in Philadelphia was African American, which I do not see a resemblance between the women and an African American at all.

Linda said, "The woman portrayed as the Philadelphian appeared to be African-American. Suggesting that all blacks use or sell drugs is a bit like suggesting that all conservatives are high school dropouts. While it may be true for some, the vast majority do not fall into that category, and it is unfair to pin the label on the entire group." In my opinion Linda missed the POINT of this illustration. It doesn't make a difference what race the women was it was the point that both the woman and child looked strung out on drugs--bottom line.

Everyone complains that we need to feel equal but this woman outcasted her own race, when that was not even the subject. There is a serious problem when people are so paranoid that they create "discriminations" when there are none.

My advice to you Linda would be that Signe was not trying to stereotype African America mothers who live in Philadelphia, but to make people well aware that parents are creating dangerous enviornment for their children, which is a serious problem. Relax Linda--this isn't about race. I'm sure you'll pull the race card again in the future, but make sure it applies.

Posted by GinaBurgese at March 13, 2006 05:22 PM | TrackBack

If it wasn't about race then why didn't the character have white features? That would have made the carton "Race neutal."

Americans need to develop cultural flexibility so they are able to see issues as they are, and not as we would wish them to be.

So often, black Americans jump to the conclusion that everything is about race. So often, white Americans jump to the conclusion that race does not matter.

All of us need to gain the skills so we can embrace the truth.

Posted by: Linda at March 17, 2006 07:56 AM

Well Linda,
To start off with this pointless debate about race because its losing the whole meaning of the cartoon in the first place, the woman and son's skin color is white..not black...not even a shade of gray. Second, there are typic stereotypes of black people, including large noses and large lips, which this cartoon does not SHOW.

And in case someone does not understand this cartoon -- It is trying to get the attention of parents putting their children in danger by having and using drugs around them, which has been a problem in Philadelphia recently.

Posted by: Gina at March 18, 2006 01:27 PM
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