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(CBS4Denver - KCNC)   White high schoolers who called black basketball player "Buckwheat:" We weren't being racist, we were just referring to his hair   (cbs4denver.com) divider line 434
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2009-02-16 11:41:42 AM  
And not a single quote from Buckwheat in that article as if his opinion doesn't even matter.
 
2009-02-16 11:55:59 AM  
An Overland parent who is an African American emailed other parents of the Aurora school to say the incident "shook me to the core."

Oh Puh-leeze.
 
2009-02-16 11:57:39 AM  
 
2009-02-16 12:14:24 PM  
My high school had a fairly similar situation in 1997. There was quite a bit of chanting and what not going on between the two teams but when our school started calling their star player Buckwheat, that apparently crossed the line, even though the other fans were already calling our star player Pee-wee.

It was a fun local news story and they had to have a big school assembly about the matter. Oddly enough it didn't make the school more tolerant, just made them mad they were made out to be racists when they didn't do anything wrong.
 
2009-02-16 12:21:44 PM  
And how exactly is calling a team mate with hair like Buckwheat the name "Buckwheat" racist?
 
2009-02-16 12:34:19 PM  
MasterThief: Everyone's a little bit racist!

You know what I hate about some Youtube videos? Some of them have just boring generic comments on the first page spanning a couple months worth of views and yet they are thumbed up by the dozens. Other videos have brilliant comments that nobody seems to notice.

Case in point for this video:

that song never gets old. +15

Whoopty f*cking do.
 
2009-02-16 12:35:25 PM  
sepuku2: An Overland parent who is an African American emailed other parents of the Aurora school to say the incident "shook me to the core."

Oh Puh-leeze.


Precious snowflakes can be harmed by a harsh look or an unkind word, even when they become parents.
 
2009-02-16 12:36:16 PM  
Ofay says it is otay!
 
2009-02-16 12:44:12 PM  
I guess chanting "attractive and successful African American" is right out as well.
 
2009-02-16 12:45:14 PM  
I'd be willing to bet that more often than not when someone says something like this (or "tar baby" and similar phrases) today it's just because they're ignorant of the original meaning, not because they're a secret racist who accidentally had a Fruedian slip. No idea if that's the case here, though.
 
2009-02-16 12:45:22 PM  
sepuku2: An Overland parent who is an African American emailed other parents of the Aurora school to say the incident "shook me to the core."

Oh Puh-leeze.


Exactly. She should be shaken to the core. Maybe it would rattle some of that stupid loose from her pint-sized brain.
 
2009-02-16 01:12:02 PM  
Churchill2004: I'd be willing to bet that more often than not when someone says something like this (or "tar baby" and similar phrases) today it's just because they're ignorant of the original meaning, not because they're a secret racist who accidentally had a Fruedian slip. No idea if that's the case here, though.

It cuts both ways, too. I remember that DC area council member using the word "n*ggardly" when discussing their budgeting process. He nearly lost his job over it.
 
2009-02-16 01:14:13 PM  
Diogenes: It cuts both ways, too. I remember that DC area council member using the word "n*ggardly" when discussing their budgeting process. He nearly lost his job over it

As should anyone stupid enough to think any government budgeting process in the US could accurately be described that way.
 
2009-02-16 01:17:47 PM  
Churchill2004: Diogenes: It cuts both ways, too. I remember that DC area council member using the word "n*ggardly" when discussing their budgeting process. He nearly lost his job over it

As should anyone stupid enough to think any government budgeting process in the US could accurately be described that way.


LOL
 
2009-02-16 01:38:47 PM  
This was not an O-tay thing to do.
 
2009-02-16 01:39:23 PM  
Buckwheat is a racial slur?
 
2009-02-16 01:43:09 PM  
Schadenfreude ist die schoenste Freude: And how exactly is calling a team mate with hair like Buckwheat the name "Buckwheat" racist?

Because Buckwheat was black. You can't point out someone's black. That's racist! But it's OK if you point out that black people are really good dancers.

I think way way WAY too many people forget that racism is hateful. Pointing out that someone is black or pointing out features on a person that are generally associated with black people, is not racist. It's pointing out differences.

I wish we had black people on fark. Maybe they could explain this to us.
 
2009-02-16 01:48:01 PM  
Did this kid have Buckwheat hair or not? That's the only applicable question.

I have a fat fark of a friend who I call "Tommy Boy" because he's fat and he looks like Chris Farley. If he was skinny and looked like Richard Simmons, it would be an unfair nickname. If this kid didn't have Buckwheat hair, then it was uncalled for. If he did, then fair game.

www.bellahavanese.com
 
2009-02-16 01:58:18 PM  
Di Atribe: I wish we had black people on fark. Maybe they could explain this to us.

Agreed, all we have here are some white people who think they are black.
 
2009-02-16 02:11:11 PM  
downstairs: Buckwheat is a racial slur?

Everything is a racial slur to these nitwits.
 
2009-02-16 02:18:43 PM  
CrankMyBlueSax: downstairs: Buckwheat is a racial slur?

Everything is a racial slur to these nitwits.


Ooh, you are using another N-word.
 
2009-02-16 02:42:17 PM  
CrankMyBlueSax: downstairs: Buckwheat is a racial slur?

Everything is a racial slur to these nitwits.


Black people. Can't say anything to 'em!
 
2009-02-16 02:44:28 PM  
Di Atribe: Black people. Can't say anything to 'em!

BTW... I have to give proper credit here. This line was spoken by coworker 1 after coworker 2 got pissed. Know what coworker 1 did? Knocked on coworker 2's office window and said, "Hey it's just like the zoo!"

I thought it was hilarious.
 
2009-02-16 03:10:52 PM  
Imemba me?
 
2009-02-16 03:11:54 PM  
That's good old fashioned family racism.

MasterThief: Everyone's a little bit racist!

♫Doesn't mean we go around committing hate crimes♫
 
2009-02-16 03:12:13 PM  
Came for "Fee Tines a Mady."

Thanks, dletter.
 
2009-02-16 03:12:48 PM  
Meh. They said darkie when I was in school. I suppose this is an improvement.
 
2009-02-16 03:13:41 PM  
But on the other hand, calling a black person "Spearchucker Jones" is perfectly fine.
 
2009-02-16 03:14:29 PM  
Did he have Buckwheat hair????????????????????????
 
2009-02-16 03:14:33 PM  
I guess if you get called "racist" enough for hanging out with your own kind, and looking out for your own interests, you stop giving a damn.

There are no successful examples in history of "diversity" producing a better society.
 
2009-02-16 03:14:59 PM  
Wait... Buckwheat is a racist stereotype now? Have we really thrown him in the same camp as Mammy and Sambo?

When the hell did this happen?
 
2009-02-16 03:14:59 PM  
The opposing player should be less worried about taunts than the current whereabouts of John David Stutz...
 
2009-02-16 03:16:33 PM  
Schadenfreude ist die schoenste Freude: And how exactly is calling a team mate with hair like Buckwheat the name "Buckwheat" racist?

We're all a little sensitive about hair after the "nappy headed hoes" incident.
 
2009-02-16 03:16:44 PM  
At least they didn't say he was nappy-headed.
 
2009-02-16 03:16:49 PM  
Problem is, this is thoughtcrime, and anyone can claim anyone else *meant* something offensive.

It's racist if it was intended to be so, otherwise it was mocking his resemblance to a TV character, and possibly calling him an idiot (none of the Little Rascals was bright...)

People need thicker skin, even if it's black.
 
2009-02-16 03:17:12 PM  
Buckwheat?
I thought the kids name was Tyronne.
Tyronne Shoelaces.
 
2009-02-16 03:17:19 PM  
Ok this PC crap has crossed the line.

Wanna know whay no one has called Obama buckwheat? Because he don't have a big ass buckwheat fro! Would it be racist towards Irish people to call someone with long crazy red hair carrot top? How about calling a nerdy looking black kid Urkel? How about if he is white? When does this madness stop?

/At least they didn't call him a nappy headed bro.
 
2009-02-16 03:17:31 PM  
I got called "hansen" a lot as a child. Was I being oppressed?
 
2009-02-16 03:17:42 PM  
But on the other hand, calling a black person "Spearchucker Jones" is perfectly fine.

It's cause he threw the javelin...
 
2009-02-16 03:18:08 PM  
Conservationist: I guess if you get called "racist" enough for hanging out with your own kind, and looking out for your own interests, you stop giving a damn.

There are no successful examples in history of "diversity" producing a better society.


Conversely, you can't prove that a non-diversity makes a better society. The point is moot.
 
2009-02-16 03:18:11 PM  
i64.photobucket.com
 
2009-02-16 03:18:15 PM  
Start worrying about racism when you get pulled out of the line at an airport in the US for 'looking middle eastern-ish' or 'looking like a palestinian'.

And you can't say anything becuase you're not even an american citizen

/Has happened to me
//Twice
///Even if my passport said I was mexican, even if I had every single ID you can bring in my wallet that supported my passport, even if I spoke the language, even if I sang the anthem, they still thought otherwise
 
2009-02-16 03:18:30 PM  
If the kid had a Buckwheat hair do than everything is Otay.
 
2009-02-16 03:18:59 PM  
If that's racist, then I declare when a black calls a white 'the man', it's a racial slur. Same with 'whitey'. They shall now refer to us as European Americans, or it's racism. And where are our reparations for all the crime and damage they have commited over the last 150+ years?
 
2009-02-16 03:19:00 PM  
EVERYTHING offends black people.

The productivity lost in government alone for 'diversity training' is ridiculous.
 
2009-02-16 03:19:00 PM  
The black kids should have started chanting "Spanky" at the white kids.
 
2009-02-16 03:19:25 PM  
Is Nappy headed ho ok?
 
2009-02-16 03:19:28 PM  
It's best to teach them about racism and stereotypes when they're young.

i166.photobucket.com
 
2009-02-16 03:19:50 PM  
The pot and kettle both be black. Unless the kettle's been used more. Then it's blacker.

C'mon, I make fun of my own cracker-osity on the daily. Yo. If you don't wanna be made fun of for your ridiculous haicut (or lack thereof) then that's what cornrows are for. Now where's my MST dvd? I want to watch it while eating Wonderbread and ice cream. Unflavored for me, please!!

//Oh, and I really like asian girls.
 
2009-02-16 03:20:29 PM  
I like Buckwheat. Buckwheat is not mean. I have woken up with Buckwheat hair and I am white. SO people need to really GTFOI. That said don't be a pansy when someone is making endearing fun of you.
 
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