What’s The Quota On Racism?
During the Peace Prize Concert in Norway, Will Smith and Toby Keith were doing a rendition of “Rappers Delight”.
Everything was going well until Toby pulls his eye’s back on the “yellow” part of the lyrics “to the black, to the white, the red, and the brown, the purple and yellow.”
Needless to say, the gesture wasn’t noticed or taken in an offensive way at the party – but the Asian community took offense to this. A friend of mine brought up the point that “racism against Asians doesn’t get publicized that much”.
He’s right, I remember this type of thing happening before. I figure there’s an offender to offended ratio with a visual factor occasionally swaying the vote on how bad it is. It just seems that racism get’s judged “racially” more than by the “severity” of the offense.
What’s the quota that would make this type of issue reach major news worthy status? Would it have to be Will Smith instead of Toby Keith? Would it have to be “Blacks” instead of “Asians” that got offended to get a little bit more attention or “White” to get even more?
Does it really come down to having some sort of animosity for the offender, compassion for the offended or visa versa, previous to the statement or action made?
What are your feelings and views on this?