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This weekend, over at Sadly, No!, I posted a goofy bit inspired by Barack Obama's terrific 'national dialogue on race' speech and the innumerable batshit-crazy racist responses to it by white conservatives.

A couple of people commented that it would be fun to do as an animated .gif, a la the well-known Bjork/Diddy bit.

Well, thanks to dedicated commenter justme, it is done:

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oilyrags
Mar. 31st, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
It won't take much for this to go big and viral. Great work, Leonard (and justme, whoever that is.)
archaica
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Brilliant.
jedibugs
Mar. 31st, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Leonard, that was great. White people sure do suck.
perich
Mar. 31st, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
It does that wraparound from "funny" to "too long" to "very funny." I hear that's the thing these days.
rxgreene
Mar. 31st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Man, I hate white people.
easyalchemy
Mar. 31st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh man, is that Ryan Seacrest?!
calamityjon
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
The pertinent question is whether white people like this.
ludickid
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'd call it the $350,000 question.
calamityjon
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Also, Mister T is surprisingly articulate, given what I know of him from his World of Warcraft commercial ...
ludickid
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I bet you never suspected Ryan Seacrest was such a racist, either.
calamityjon
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Well ...
easyalchemy
Mar. 31st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I like it, but I'm Irish and Canadian, so I'm not sure I count.
kudaspeaks
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
We are friends so I can ask this: where is the math that leads to the statement "400 years of slavery?" I hear this all the time and I can't figure it out.

Yes, it does ruin the whole argument for me. I simply refuse to believe that African Americans have a grievance when the simple tally don't figure.
ludickid
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, you're not the first person to ask that question. The Atlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas was already pretty well established by the 1500s, so it's really more than 400 years, but it really started in earnest around the dawn of the 17th century. It hit its peak in terms of commercialization with the settlement of the West Indies and the establishment (in 1660) of the Royal African Company, his majesty's official slave traders.

If you restrict the argument to the United States, sure, 400 years is a bogus figure, since the country is only 232 years old. But: the first English settlement in America was in 1607, and while they didn't have slaves at Jamestown, a shipment of African slaves followed a year later, which makes it precisely 400 years this year. Of course, if you figure the Indies into it, and South America, it's more than 400.
kudaspeaks
Apr. 1st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for that. I am so shadowed and periodically hectored by a Certain Commenter at Sadly No! that I'm glad I have an alternate path to seek wisdom by.

Not to be a dick (and doesn't that always mean "to be a complete dick?"), but in order to avoid having nabobs go "that's not the SAME slave trade, not the SAME damaged culture, last I checked, Haiti and Brasil were not part of the Confederacy," I myself am going to use 250 as my ballpark, Jamestown to end of civil war. It's plenty shameful without having to parse for even the goodhearted rubes such as me, who go "well, I remember the Bicentennial back in the 70's..."

ludickid
Apr. 1st, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Well, right, if you just want to talk about slavery, that's a good ballpark. That's why I was careful to say "slavery, discrimination, oppression and segregation" -- it's not just slavery itself you're dealing with, but with the 100+ years of being second-class citizens that followed it.
kudaspeaks
Apr. 1st, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Wait, I'm supposed to read all the words of all the sentences? That's madness!
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