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  •  All of us had experience with this... (6+ / 0-)

    I am old enough to have enjoyed the fake language imitations of Sid Caesar on early 1950s TV. What I remember of that act was mostly in terms of European languages, French, German, Italian, Russian, but not any truly racist imitations (they probably already were aware that playing minstrel show characters would not do?). I remember Amos 'n' Andy. I remember Rochester on the Jack Benny Show (Yas, suh!). I still love the movie "Song of the South" and I justify that I can look past the bad moments in the film to see just the good.

    And I think that's the point here. We can't go back to that time and give what for to the teachers who made us do these things. We can't remove the memories of which we now are embarrassed. And we can't take away the hurt that might have occurred to people who were the unfortunate target of the writers/actors.

    What we can do however is to review these actions and experiences as you do, apologize where necessary, to apologize and promise to do better (in some cases when it's better to repair and reinforce bonds of friendship than simply apologize and move on).

    And most of all, we can use these experiences to teach the new generations how to be better human beings.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of East Somalia!"

    by unclebucky on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:05:12 AM PST

    •  Ok, it wasn't racist.... (3+ / 0-)
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      unclebucky, worldlotus, Powell

      That was ethnic humor, and "ethnist" isn't a word like racist is.  

      I grew up north of the Salton Sea, where the town was less brown, but where there was still a social strata in place.  There was even an African-American part to our town, and of course, given the stratification of the day, they went on the very bottom rung of the ladder.

      Small minds can't deal with diversity and personal differences, so they take one feature, say skin tone or family ancestry and make it an organizing principle.  Jews are lawyers, blacks are maids, Mexicans are cooks and gardeners, and to be a banker, you have to be a WASP.  The simple Archie Bunker view of the world is what keeps bigotry alive.   And it will probably be with us, as long as there are poorly educated and stupid people.

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