Thursday, July 26, 2012

Go to PC Jail!

As we reported last night, the Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was excommunicated from the Church of Political Correctness for tweeting “With so many Africans in Greece… at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”

A regular reader from New York State emailed us this morning with questions about what happened to the unfortunate Ms. Papachristou:

I am having trouble finding what is “racist” about this joke. The Olympic decision-makers must have a very expansive definition of what constitutes racism. When confronted with a reference to racism, my reaction is: Name the race!

I don’t see any reference to race, but if forced to find one, it would have to be Egyptians, who are members of the white race.

Why would anyone think this statement is racist? The homemade human food for West Nile mosquitoes are inhabitants of Africa’s most populous country.

Why all this solicitude for the tender feelings of the white-race Egyptians who live on the western bank of the Nile? Do they really feel offended? In what way?

Somebody please explain this.

I wrote him back and listed several things that are “racist” about this incident under the prevailing norms of political correctness:

1. Egyptians are considered “brown”, as are Arabs, Persians, Turks, etc. This classification grants them special privileges, entitling them to be considered victims of white European hegemony and oppression, etc.
2. All Muslims are treated as “brown”, even Bosnians and Albanians, and are thus accorded those same victim-privileges.
3. The young woman’s joke referred to the large numbers of Africans (all of whom are “brown”, even the Copts and the Berbers) that now live in Greece. Although true — there are large numbers of African immigrants in Greece, many of them there illegally — it is forbidden for white Europeans to discuss this fact, unless their discourse is hedged about with qualifiers that emphasize the victimization of the Africans: they can’t find jobs, are poor, are discriminated against, are targeted by right-wing extremist xenophobic racists, etc., etc.
4. It is forbidden for white people to joke about anything that concerns “brown” people, even innocuous or neutral things that do not refer to the inferiority or negative characteristics of such people. The exception, of course, would be if the butt of the joke were the white racists who oppress and discriminate against the “brown” people mentioned in the joke — then it would be OK.

Those are the explanations I can think of off the top of my head. There are probably others.

The rules vis-à-vis “race” that govern public discourse are extraordinarily complex and Byzantine. They are never explicitly stated, and are thus very difficult for even the most well-informed person to understand. Most high-minded and politically correct people run afoul of them at one time or another, since there are so many lines in so many places that cannot be crossed.

Virtually every day a politician or celebrity makes an error and inadvertently breaks the rules of discourse about “race”. The TV viewer is then subjected to the degrading spectacle of the offender’s repeated pitiful apologies, protests of good intentions, and abject groveling before the media outlets that shine the klieg lights on him. None of it does him any good, of course. Once the bucket of “racist” tar has been emptied over one’s head, the sticky goo remains indefinitely.

These rules only apply to white people, however (and to Jews, who for practical purposes are considered at least as “white” as I am). “Brown” people are given an unlimited supply of “Get Out of PC Jail Free” cards, and may thus say whatever they like about race with impunity.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

The 2012 London Sharia Games are just starting this Friday

And this is happening just before it has even opened officially. The most PC games ever!

Anonymous said...

Whirlwinder said:

I thought it was a pretty good joke. To qualify that, I am a Texas redneck who opposes, multiculturalism, diversity and political correctness and who also dispises our marxist-socialist-muslim leadership in Washington, DC

Let the PC Olympiad begin!!!!

Eddie Willers said...

The word 'racist' is bandied about with such aplomb these days that it has almost become meaningless in most contexts. It has become a simple universal insult.

Rather like 'fascist', as George Orwell observed in 'Tribune' in 1944.

"It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else."

Federale said...

Just Google Irish Yoga and you get a bunch of "non-racist" similar jokes.

Anonymous said...

The Baron nailed it.

It's really a form of cultural warfare against Western civilization, it's laws and it's people(namely Whites).

50 years we ran these filthy degenerates out of power and shamed them for being Communists(because that's what they are and mortal enemies of the the West).

People need to understand Communism never went away, it just changed form and tactics. Sure now they call themselves "socialists", "progressive", "Leftists", "green". But it's all the same thing. They are Communists. They all have the same totalitarian attitudes, speech codes, dogma that the old timers had but just in a new package.

Nick said...

Remember what happened to Ron Atkinson. He's never worked as a football presenter again.

You New said...

Any statement made by a white person about non-whites that is lacking the aggrandizement of the non-white; this is now considered dubious and racist.

Any neutral statement made by a white about a non-whites is assumed to contain racist undertones.

Anonymous said...

It is not communism it is Marxism of which communism was the first shot. This lead to the rise of Hitler and we were all convinced that he was the evil one, which he was; but we got together and saw him off so that Marxism could rise from the ashes of World War 2 in a new guise. Much of what has happened was predicted in the Zagorsk Prophecy prior to the Russian Revolution when Marxism was described as a spirit from hell which had nothing to do with the Russian soul. It will be defeated but only after the collapse of America, which is inevitable as it fractures along racial lines. As regards the Olympics, tomorrow morning church bells will sound all over Britain between 08.12 and 0815. Why only three minutes I don't know, perhaps because the night workers will still be in bed. I presume that in culturally enriched areas like Birmingham, the bells will be replaced by a three minute wailing from the local muezzin. One day, when Christianity has been driven out and our churches and cathedrals converted into mosques like Hagia Sophis in Istabul ( that's Constantinople remember?!)the next London Olympics in 60 years' time will be greeted by a 40 minute wail at least ( they won't care about the night workers or at least the night workers won't dare complain!!)

Dymphna said...

@ Federale--

Really, the Irish ought to consider forming their own GrievanceProfessionalsRUs group. A traveling circus like the lucrative events Al "not-the-sharpest-knife-in-the-drawer" Sharpton does so well.

But to have a Grievance Committee you need a customer base. So Sharpton depends on upholding the scam that "his" people are dim victims who aren't smart enough or strong enough to defend themselves. Thus they need a pro to do the job - Real True Grievance isn't for amateurs.

That's why Jesse Jackson's rantings are so successful: the people he's "defending" from their mythical haters have let this purported hatred seep into their world view; thus they have to be defended by these shysters or they'll be genocided by the cross-dressing cross burners - i.e., those white guys in white gowns.

They're being taken for a ride all right, but the drivers aren't who they've been led to believe they are.
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The Baron showed me the Irish yoga cartoon. It's a good generic one: could change the background color, add some Cyrillic script & voila, a good Russian yoga joke. 70% of Russians die drunk...

Wouldn't work on the Jews or Italians, though: they always eat BEFORE they bring out the booze.

I love southern Med weddings and funerals:

"eat, drink, and be merry" (yeah, even at funerals)

In other places, the order changes depending on local custom:

DRINK, eat, and recite tearful sagas.

or

DRINK, throw the food at any near-by perceived enemies, and swear profusely.

Imagine my surprise on attending my first Jewish wedding reception: food galore, much dancing, merriment and gossip. The booze didn't appear until it was time to toast the bride & groom. I never did figure out whether it was the toasts or the champagne which caused the singing to start...later I realized there hadn't been any brawls in the parking lot.

The End said...

Egyptians are a mix of Arabs and negroes, they are not part of the 'white race'

Foregone said...

It's fairly obvious that Voula is saying that there is a notable number of Africans in Greece and that is a racist comment because; it in the case does not matter how many Africans are in Greece; she has unnecessarily segregated the Africans in Greece from the non-Africans in Greece. The watchword is simply this; if you have nothing constructive to say concerning another race then you should say nothing about it. As it is, Voula is herself now the object of derision.

It needs be said that there is a gigantic difference between Xenophobia and Islamophobia notwithstanding that neither involve racial or religious prejudice, which is to say, it would be different if the terms had been Xeno-prejudice and Islam-prejudice.

Name-crunching is fun. For instance, the globalists fear Xenophobes and Islamophobes and therefore the globalists must be Xenophobephobes and Islamophobephobes, and so on. Voula's kind of jocularity is of course not funny at all.

Jason Pappas said...

My dear friend Baron Bodissey, whom I hold in high esteem, I must say your are being generous in your explanation. There is a new strain of racism, according to the multicultural establishment, called “cultural racism.” The wikipedia article defines it as “the assumption that the products of a given culture, including the language and traditions of that culture are superior to those of other cultures.” In actuality it means any negative assessment of another culture is a priori bigoted. One academic (Nasar Meer) distinguishes “physical racism” from “cultural racism” and calls all those who criticize Islam “cultural racist” even those who carefully target “radical Islam” (scare quotes his). “Cultural racism” preempts all critical assessment of another culture.

Apparently the academics got tired of dreaming up some twisted logic to justify the use of the word racism in its previous common usage (i.e. physical racism). Ah, it gets more absurd everyday!

Anonymous said...

Christians and Jews around the world must demand that oil-rich Muslims be punished for the Islamic criticism, torture and murder of their infidel cultures....

Crickets!

Egghead

gsw said...

@Eddie Willers:

There is hope, wearers of the bar-sinister became obnoxious and the description of bastard became a general insult, irrelevant of the marital status of one's parents.

Now however, it is also used as a term of affection (as in: he's a lovable old bastard).

Maybe, one day, the term racist will become worm out through over use and we shall be referring to our great-great-uncles as 'lovable old racist'.

Anonymous said...

Forgone

Voula didn't say anything racist. she turned a opinion about a mass of illegal African immigrants into a joke.

BTW by your own logic we cannot talk about Islam since it is equivocated by the Left as a race. Ergo speak negatively of Islam = racism.

And since negatively is defined by a Leftist, they can define it to be anything they want and can impose total censorship.

Believe it or not we should be allowed free expression even if people like you find offensive because you adopted a totalitarian and racist Marxist value system whereas most posters here don't share it.

Though I do find it amusing that Africans and Muslims can say the the most horrible things about Whites, women and Christians that would make a Nazi blush in shock yet there is not a peep out of the PC Left.

The Baron is quite correct in his assessment. There is only free speech for our darker skinned ethnicities. Non Leftist Whites must watch what they say or else end up like Voula or in prison.

1389 said...

I have better things to do with my life than watch the Olympics.

Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

After seeing snippets of the recolouring of history that was the opening ceremony, I think Ms Papachristou should be pleased to have escaped this racist farce. Neither the SS nor the bolsheviks could ever have concocted something so reprehensibly anti-anything as that grand urination on the history of the English people.

Anonymous said...

I like this brown explanation. Everyone brown is raised to victimhood


OT
Recommended reading: Miriam & Goerge

I wish "George" and "Miriam Rove" would stop by at GOV and write some funny comments once in a while. For those who haven't yet noticed their comments at JW, George, often referred to by Miriam as "Goerge", again referring to some misspelling by someone calling JW waysist site etc. Really worth reading for a good laugh.

Recently George has been very clear in response to one of those typical representatives

"Thanks for again showing the true face of islam. I'm sure it's an education for lots of folks visiting here. I'm saying that YOU are your own worst enemy. Capische?"

Green Infidel said...

Agree with everything - apart from maybe that Voula was talking about "brown" people... Besides the Egyptians, there must be plenty of Sub-Saharan Africans in Greece. Many bringing similar "cultural enrichment" issues.

Btw, is this here in the comments Eddie Willers of once Guardian Talk fame? If so, great to see you here!