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2014-02-19 11:33:28 AM

kvinesknows: how is this a fail?


I think this is along the lines of "why all the black olives be in a can" style outrage.
 
2014-02-19 11:33:37 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: l.  The question about the first black regiment was really hard, IMO.  I've never heard that, ever, and it was given has the second easiest.


there was a major motion picture about it....
 
2014-02-19 11:34:02 AM

beefoe: Same thing happened a couple nights ago with the category about Cambodian history.  So if I were a black Cambodian, I'd be super butt hurt right now!


a Blambodian?
 
2014-02-19 11:34:58 AM
What are menthol cigarettes?
 
2014-02-19 11:35:30 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Does anyone know what the questions were?  I'm really curious.


"What is, What it is?"
 
2014-02-19 11:35:37 AM

doubled99: How could white people possibly know any answers in that category? African Americans have a completely different cultural and life experience than they do, something they cannot possibly understand.


cdn.static.ovimg.com
 
2014-02-19 11:37:48 AM

skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.


I wonder how often people have read slave narratives outside of February, if any at all. At most, they've probably read a bit from Frederick Douglass or maybe Equiano. Outside of that, I doubt that many folks just don't have that experience.

Black history month is interesting because their is a cool alternative view of history that rarely is mentioned in high school or survey US history classes in college.

Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.

Even more importantly, how does it hurt the majority to have a month dedicated to teaching the history of a group of people that have often been overlooked in text books?
 
2014-02-19 11:38:29 AM

proteus_b: kling_klang_bed: Double Jeopardy question: Do any of us know anyone in the black community that actually celebrates Black History Month? By my experience, most truly black people celebrate it every day with pride.

My mom reads a book by a black author every year in February.

/not black


Lol, I'm whiter than sour cream in a snowstorm, in Sweden listening to old school Depeche Mode. I'm amazed that there aren't the usual 'Zimmerman Is God/Obama Is The Devil' folks on this thread.
 
2014-02-19 11:38:46 AM

djwebb1127: In fairness, there was a black girl contestant named Kanesha from Oakwood University. Unfortunately she was competing against a WASPY Canadian girl from Harvard and an Asian math major from Berkeley. I was pulling for her but it was hopeless.


Maybe she'll do better next weekend on the Price is Right-ight-ight
 
2014-02-19 11:40:20 AM

zimbomba63: It was in back, along with all the other history books, in the farking History section.


Actually, the farking history section is kept in a curtained-off room, behind a sign saying "adults only".
 
2014-02-19 11:40:21 AM
Is this any different than if there were 3 black contestants avoiding a "Tom Petty Songs" category?
 
2014-02-19 11:40:33 AM
ITT, a bunch of butthurt, outraged conservative white people trying to claim people laughing at a funny situation are themselves outraged.

Projection ain't just a river in Egypt.
 
2014-02-19 11:41:03 AM

GhostFish: Really, how hard could the $400 one be? No one wanted to even take the slightest gamble on what was probably an easy one?


This was so embarrassing that if I was a contestant I think I'd rather just lose the $400 than leave the category untouched at the end of the game.

I mean damn.

Daamn.
 
2014-02-19 11:41:43 AM

kvinesknows: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: l.  The question about the first black regiment was really hard, IMO.  I've never heard that, ever, and it was given has the second easiest.

there was a major motion picture about it....


There have been major motion pictures about sparkly vampires too. That doesn't mean we have all seen the movies and know everything about the subject.
 
2014-02-19 11:45:49 AM

Slaxl: "LOLOLLLOLLOLLOOOOLOLOLOL"

It should be against the law to write "lol" in articles that aren't about internet abbreviations, let alone that embarrassing mess she shat upon the screen. I know this is Jezebel but come on, at least try and pretend to be writers.


Perhaps you aren't reading it right. She intended you to read it out loud to the tune and rhythm of Fatboy Slim's "Farking in Heaven" It's not just journalism, it's art.
 
2014-02-19 11:46:50 AM

ladodger34: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I wonder how often people have read slave narratives outside of February, if any at all. At most, they've probably read a bit from Frederick Douglass or maybe Equiano. Outside of that, I doubt that many folks just don't have that experience.

Black history month is interesting because their is a cool alternative view of history that rarely is mentioned in high school or survey US history classes in college.

Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.

Even more importantly, how does it hurt the majority to have a month dedicated to teaching the history of a group of people that have often been overlooked in text books?


It hurts because this is 'Murica, and if your family didn't come from Europe, you aren't a true 'Murican. Unless maybe your family came from South Africa, but only certain South Africans apply.
 
2014-02-19 11:47:15 AM
www.blackvibes.com
/hot like black zombies
 
2014-02-19 11:48:34 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 377x660]


imageshack.com
 
2014-02-19 11:49:18 AM

beefoe: Same thing happened a couple nights ago with the category about Cambodian history.  So if I were a black Cambodian, I'd be super butt hurt right now!


I'm a black Cambodian lesbian feminist.  I win.
 
2014-02-19 11:49:46 AM

ladodger34: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I wonder how often people have read slave narratives outside of February, if any at all. At most, they've probably read a bit from Frederick Douglass or maybe Equiano. Outside of that, I doubt that many folks just don't have that experience.

Black history month is interesting because their is a cool alternative view of history that rarely is mentioned in high school or survey US history classes in college.

Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.

Black were mistreated in the past. The same as pretty much everyone else in the world. It's time to get over it and move on. All " black history month" does is play the woe is me card.

 
2014-02-19 11:50:22 AM
Probably saved the best for last. Nothing to see here.
 
2014-02-19 11:52:16 AM

Buttknuckle: AbiNormal: That was Mondays show. And for the record, I don't give a fark about black history or black history month. Where's Native American history month? Or Asian American history month?

You sound like a white baby-boomer.


GenXer. Born in '68.
 
2014-02-19 11:55:08 AM

Itstoearly: How cute, manufactured .  You'd think this is the first time in history a jeopardy category was untouched until it was the only category left.


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-19 11:55:19 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I never claimed to be enlightened or anything else. I'm just tired of all this manufactured butthurt in this country.


Considering that you are from Mid Missouri, I have a feeling you are well beyond the burning & itching butthurt part of the whole Michael Sam thing. After all, he is gay and black.
 
2014-02-19 11:56:03 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: ladodger34: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I wonder how often people have read slave narratives outside of February, if any at all. At most, they've probably read a bit from Frederick Douglass or maybe Equiano. Outside of that, I doubt that many folks just don't have that experience.

Black history month is interesting because their is a cool alternative view of history that rarely is mentioned in high school or survey US history classes in college.

Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.

Black were mistreated in the past. The same as pretty much everyone else in the world. It's time to get over it and move on. All " black history month" does is play the woe is me card.


Learning about historical figures from a different race is playing the race card?

I'm still trying to figure out how this hurts the majority in this country.
 
2014-02-19 11:57:31 AM
I think this is one of those indicators that some people are entirely too sensative.  I didn't even notice that they had bypassed that category until the end.  And the implication that it is in any way racist is just farking stupid.  This, for the record, is why I didn't care to notice.

The only time I get annoyed about contestants skipping categories is when it's one that I know I could sweep, like "animals" or "Science Fiction".  They save it till last, and don't have time for all five.  That pisses me off.
 
2014-02-19 11:59:20 AM

AbiNormal: Buttknuckle: AbiNormal: That was Mondays show. And for the record, I don't give a fark about black history or black history month. Where's Native American history month? Or Asian American history month?

You sound like a white baby-boomer.

GenXer. Born in '68.


We have a Native American history month in November and an Asian history month in May.
 
2014-02-19 11:59:23 AM

RembrandtQEinstein: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 604x453]


Came here for 'Tyrone', leaving satisfied.

/wonder what categories Tyrone had to deal with?
 
2014-02-19 12:00:37 PM

AbiNormal: That was Mondays show. And for the record, I don't give a fark about black history or black history month. Where's Native American history month? Or Asian American history month?


I believe some schools do have Asian American studies / Native American studies departments.
 
2014-02-19 12:00:37 PM

99.998er: Mid_mo_mad_man: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I never claimed to be enlightened or anything else. I'm just tired of all this manufactured butthurt in this country.

Considering that you are from Mid Missouri, I have a feeling you are well beyond the burning & itching butthurt part of the whole Michael Sam thing. After all, he is gay and black.




I couldn't care less about Michael Sam love life. Oddly enough my black pals seem more bothered with it then my white pals.
 
2014-02-19 12:01:00 PM

browntimmy: Is this any different than if there were 3 black contestants avoiding a "Tom Petty Songs" category?


Thats a pretty sad question, actually (I get that its kind of a joke). But the premise is that white people don't really need to learn "black" history because the contributions of black people should only be relevant to blacks, much like Tom Petty songs mostly only appeal to white people. I think that there are a lot of people who share that sentiment.
 
2014-02-19 12:02:05 PM

robbiex0r: Isn't the far right category usually last to go?


What have you got against the far right?
 
2014-02-19 12:02:57 PM

Nana's Vibrator: They all avoided it, but it really seemed to irk the girl on the right named Whitey.  Between rounds she indignantly asked aloud why we don't have White History Month, and then actually complimented Alex on learning the language when he came into our country.


She did finally break down and select 'Those people history for $400'
 
2014-02-19 12:03:52 PM

Ficoce: This major US religion's major character is a black man, born to poverty, and advanced through life to the title, "King of the Jews".


I originally read that as "King of the Jawas," which would make for a rather different story.

/been playing too much Old Republic, I guess.
 
2014-02-19 12:04:37 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: 99.998er: Mid_mo_mad_man: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I never claimed to be enlightened or anything else. I'm just tired of all this manufactured butthurt in this country.

Considering that you are from Mid Missouri, I have a feeling you are well beyond the burning & itching butthurt part of the whole Michael Sam thing. After all, he is gay and black.

I couldn't care less about Michael Sam love life. Oddly enough my black pals seem more bothered with it then my white pals.



What kind of person takes a mental poll like that? How about chicken? Who likes chicken more, your black friends or your white friends? Who is more likely to give a bum a dollar? What other randomn questions have you broken down along racial lines? Do your friends know they're part of this study?
 
2014-02-19 12:05:41 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Thats a pretty sad question, actually (I get that its kind of a joke). But the premise is that white people don't really need to learn "black" history because the contributions of black people should only be relevant to blacks, much like Tom Petty songs mostly only appeal to white people. I think that there are a lot of people who share that sentiment.


Obviously the contributions of black Americans are relevant to all---this is why there is a month devoted towards celebrating and promulgating their achievements. Nonetheless, in Jeopardy tm, one of the categories is usually chosen last. Perhaps they avoided this category, perhaps it just worked out that way. It doesn't seem nearly as awkward as the headline implies.
 
2014-02-19 12:07:41 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: It's not black history or white history it's just history. Enough with this pc garbage.

 
2014-02-19 12:08:43 PM
Can I just also add that I learned way more about minority history in my American Lit classes than I ever did in my history classes.
 
2014-02-19 12:09:13 PM

proteus_b: DROxINxTHExWIND: Thats a pretty sad question, actually (I get that its kind of a joke). But the premise is that white people don't really need to learn "black" history because the contributions of black people should only be relevant to blacks, much like Tom Petty songs mostly only appeal to white people. I think that there are a lot of people who share that sentiment.

Obviously the contributions of black Americans are relevant to all---this is why there is a month devoted towards celebrating and promulgating their achievements. Nonetheless, in Jeopardy tm, one of the categories is usually chosen last. Perhaps they avoided this category, perhaps it just worked out that way. It doesn't seem nearly as awkward as the headline implies.



I don't care why they avoided the catagory. Nothing in anything that I have typed in this thread suggests even slightly that I have an issue with a category on Jeopardy not being picked. Stop creating boogeymen to fight and try to respond to what I actually say. Thanks.
 
2014-02-19 12:10:12 PM

kling_klang_bed: proteus_b: kling_klang_bed: Double Jeopardy question: Do any of us know anyone in the black community that actually celebrates Black History Month? By my experience, most truly black people celebrate it every day with pride.

My mom reads a book by a black author every year in February.

/not black

Lol, I'm whiter than sour cream in a snowstorm, in Sweden listening to old school Depeche Mode. I'm amazed that there aren't the usual 'Zimmerman Is God/Obama Is The Devil' folks on this thread.


But are you nerdy?
 
2014-02-19 12:10:32 PM
Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.


Yeah, I'm pretty pissed at the behaviors of others from 100, 200, 300 years ago.   But in the last 50 years or so we've more than made up for it....

And my personal behavior has been exemplary.....
 
2014-02-19 12:10:49 PM

noblewolf: White contestants only get 3 out of 5 correct....


I thought 3/5 was appropriate for that topic.
 
2014-02-19 12:11:20 PM

browntimmy: Is this any different than if there were 3 black contestants avoiding a "Tom Petty Songs" category?


Yer so bad.
 
2014-02-19 12:11:57 PM

NicktheSmoker: Mid_mo_mad_man: It's not black history or white history it's just history. Enough with this pc garbage.



Now, if you could only express that to the school boards we'd be getting somewhere. A little more Marcus Garvey and a little less Betsy Ross.
 
2014-02-19 12:12:20 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Mid_mo_mad_man: 99.998er: Mid_mo_mad_man: skozlaw: Mid_mo_mad_man:
The point I was making it's just history. It's not white history or black history or even Asian history.

Well, yea, except it is. The life of a slave on a southern plantation in 1820 South Carolina is "black history" because it specifically happened to "black people".

You're not smarter or more cultured than everyone else and you're not on to anything here. It's race-based history because it's a period of history based on race. That's what happens when you live in a country that systematizes treatment of a group of people based on their race. The history itself matches the systematization and specific periods and events can be tied directly to the race of the affected people.

But, by all means, keep pretending you've transcended everyone else on this matter if it makes you feel better about yourself.

I never claimed to be enlightened or anything else. I'm just tired of all this manufactured butthurt in this country.

Considering that you are from Mid Missouri, I have a feeling you are well beyond the burning & itching butthurt part of the whole Michael Sam thing. After all, he is gay and black.

I couldn't care less about Michael Sam love life. Oddly enough my black pals seem more bothered with it then my white pals.


What kind of person takes a mental poll like that? How about chicken? Who likes chicken more, your black friends or your white friends? Who is more likely to give a bum a dollar? What other randomn questions have you broken down along racial lines? Do your friends know they're part of this study?




I didn't take a poll about Sam among my chums. The data I have on the topic is they were the only ones bellyaching about him. Maybe the rest are upset. I don't know. All I know they haven't been vocal about it.
 
2014-02-19 12:16:33 PM

ciberido: I originally read that as "King of the Jawas," which would make for a rather different story.


d1435t697bgi2o.cloudfront.net
airandspace.si.edu
 
2014-02-19 12:16:33 PM

huchipapa: Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.


Yeah, I'm pretty pissed at the behaviors of others from 100, 200, 300 years ago.   But in the last 50 years or so we've more than made up for it....

And my personal behavior has been exemplary.....



50 years ago was 1964. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in April of 1968. So, you're going to start your "we've been good to the blacks" clock 4 years before Kings assasination?

/Perfect example of why black history needs to be taught more
 
2014-02-19 12:16:45 PM

huchipapa: Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.


Yeah, I'm pretty pissed at the behaviors of others from 100, 200, 300 years ago.   But in the last 50 years or so we've more than made up for it....

And my personal behavior has been exemplary.....


We've made progress, no doubt. But to say that the last 50 years makes up for nearly 4 decades of crappy treatment is precisely the reason why we need a black history month. And even during their best 50 years in this country, we still find ways to be shiatty towards black Americans.
 
2014-02-19 12:17:07 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: 99.998er: Considering that you are from Mid Missouri, I have a feeling you are well beyond the burning & itching butthurt part of the whole Michael Sam thing. After all, he is gay and black.


I couldn't care less about Michael Sam love life. Oddly enough my black pals seem more bothered with it then my white pals.


Say what you want, Michael Sam has gotten his hands on more balls than Paul Krause.
 
2014-02-19 12:18:21 PM

ladodger34: huchipapa: Face it, the way we have treated black people in this country has been awful.


Yeah, I'm pretty pissed at the behaviors of others from 100, 200, 300 years ago.   But in the last 50 years or so we've more than made up for it....

And my personal behavior has been exemplary.....

We've made progress, no doubt. But to say that the last 50 years makes up for nearly 4 decades of crappy treatment is precisely the reason why we need a black history month. And even during their best 50 years in this country, we still find ways to be shiatty towards black Americans.


Should say 4 centuries of bad treatment.
 
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