Sometimes I think the only reason I go to Facebook is to keep myself from passing out in the shower by having extremely low blood pressure. However there is also the side benefit of figuring out how COMPLETELY insane most so called “normal” and “educated” people are.
The sad part of this is that the insanity is not natural, but the result of careful education, nurturing and indoctrination.
Take this article which I found in a somewhat different form on line (more on that later.)
These Profound Photos Masterfully Turn Racial Stereotypes On Their Head. ANYONE with even a modicum of grounding in reality looks at those and asks several questions: “What racial stereotypes?” and “Good Lord, are you a tri-plated racist?” and “Were you lobotomized at birth to think this was profound?”
But first, there is the first picture posted with these on facebook, and which my husband and I couldn’t trace after several hours of research. From the style, I presume it’s from the same photographer, who, being somewhat sane (still) chose not to send it to the original article in O. I also assume it was leaked and added to the facebook post by someone present at the shoot for the purpose of… I’m not sure? Racebaiting? Or perhaps showing how profoundly stupid people who fall for this crap are, in a sort of double reverse trolling. (I want to believe.)
That first picture made absolutely NO sense. And by that I mean none. So I looked at the other pictures (and yes, I’ll explain rationally what’s wrong with them, and why my first reaction was those three questions above) just because ti was like a glimpse into a mad house, and I wanted to know what the lunatics were up to. (I regret to say nothing good, and only something entertaining in the way that a train wreck is entertaining.)
It was this:
My husband, being a mathematician and therefore skilled in logic, zeroed in on the principal thing any normal person thinks is wrong with this picture: Why is that baby not wearing a diaper, but wearing a cap?
One of my fans was even more confused. His comment was “So, it’s a biracial lesbian couple and their baby, but why is the white chick wearing a funny dutch cap, and why DOES THAT BABY HAVE NO DIAPERS?”
At that point I looked and brought my powerful intellect to focus on this picture like something that focuses. And my reaction was “A nursemaid? A nursemaid in a — from the clothes — forties nursery? WHY? Honey?” to my husband, “Didn’t they have formula in the US?”
And then I looked at the other pictures, looking for context to understand this insanity. Which is when I ran into the original post with hundreds of people of color saying how this reversal of stereotypes made them feel powerful or made them cry. (More on that later too.)
At this point I decided the Mandela effect must have struck again. Is it a stereotype in America that black women nurse white babies? At any time since the civil war, that is? And if it WHY is it? I don’t think even the conspicuously rich among us would use wet nurses. Wet nurses were always a problem. Read any novel from before the twentieth century. (And btw, nursemaids were usually the same race as the parents.) You had to trust a stranger not to drink or eat anything harmful that would pass on the baby (mostly alcohol, but other stuff too) and you had to trust them to stay healthy, and you had to trust them to treat your baby nicely when you weren’t looking, and–
I imagine everyone greeted the advent of formula with much enthusiasm and joy. And, I just looked it up, commercial formula has been available in the US since the mid 1800s. By the early twentieth century, it was in wide use. I dont’ think anyone sane can have a stereotype of black women as wet nurses, unless this is a thing in Arab countries (where slavery is also still a thing.) But since this was about inverting AMERICAN stereotypes, that first picture mostly struck me as a magnificent piece of insanity, equivalent to … oh, my saying I’m inverting stereotypes by having a picture of a Mediterranean woman nursing a blond baby while a well-dressed blond woman stands nearby. “Look, at me, look at me, I’m subverting stereotypes that no one even in my grandparents generation would recognize. Take THAT Ancient Rome.”
This is probably why, when we started googling the pictures, because I wanted to write about them, we found only the other three pictures were published in the original in O magazine, echoed approvingly by the NYT and Puffington Host and the rest of the excreta for brains racists, (no, really. They have to be to think these are “Stereotypes” that need to be “reversed”) and a bunch of other equally crazy publications.
I.e. that first picture is stupid enough to ring the bells of people who are so deep in their own echo chamber they think the others make sense.
And yet, I want to point out that on the post on Facebook NO ONE raised these issues. Except for one sane guy (not my husband, but clearly a brother at arms) who wanted the baby to wear a diaper, now.
I also want to point out the post on facebook had tens of thousands of shares. Which considering the quality of thought and self-congratulatory bullsh*t that went into the other pictures means we should be beamed up. There’s no intelligent life down here.
I also want to point out someone at Puffington Host called these pictures profound and they weren’t mobbed by people asking them what they were smoking, ingesting or snorting.
All of which means the fight for the culture continues and also that brain damage in this country is far more widespread than you’d think. Or as I used to say when I met protesters during the Bush administration “Yeah, you have the right to be angry. This is no way to treat the mentally ill. You should be off the streets and somewhere padded and safe.”
Okay, so…. that first one… Is there REALLY a stereotype that Asians give pedicures? REALLY?
Hint, before turning a stereotype “on its head” you should be aware that perhaps this is ONLY a stereotype in your part of the country/social class.
Not only I but most of the friends I showed this to asked “What is the point of this picture?” until a couple of my friends WHO ARE ASIAN blew their tops by saying “manicure/pedicure salons allowed Asian women to have their own businesses and provide for their families and climb to middle class. What kind of bitter racists think this is bad?”
At which point I asked and was told that in some places with high Asian immigration, this is indeed a stereotype, HOWEVER the women are not slaves. They are paid, often own the salon, and are providing for their children to go further in America than they could go. In other words, as an example of “reverse oppression” that picture is caca.
Here I will note that the one time I visited South Africa several strangers joked about my opening a vegetable stand. This puzzled me completely, as not only it wasn’t a stereotype I knew of, but it wasn’t a thing any of my relatives who emmigrated did. However, in South Africa it was a stereotype that Portuguese ran vegetable stands. Why? Because the people who first immigrated from Madeira did, and then brought over friends and showed them the ropes they knew to integrate in their new society. I.e. they showed them how to run vegetable gardens. Note of the people who joked with me about it, none of them expected me to do it. Stereotypes exist because of economic/social conditions usually for a limited time. But only stone cold racists think they’re eternal or apply to everyone of that ethnicity.
This one made me want to go “Help, help, I’m being oppressed.” Anyone spot what the problem is with this in terms of reverse pictures of oppression? oooh ooh, I know. Not finding a doll that resembles you is not oppression. It is a reflection of the fact that people like you are a small enough minority in the market that there is no point creating dolls for them.
This is not true of American blacks, (no, they are not African Americans. The usual suspects can take a flying leap. African Americans is a demeaning appellation for people whose last ancestors left Africa more than a hundred years ago. While we’re at it, most Americans with darker skin are more than fifty percent Caucasian.) who are a solid 14% of the population. Depending on which part of this vast country you live in, the toy store might indeed resemble the picture. And the little girl in the picture is not being oppressed. If she wants white dolls (only people without imagination think that’s a given. One of my friends growing up had a black baby doll and was an object of envy of the rest of the group, on rarity alone.) she’s shopping in the wrong store, and her mom should take her to another.
I mean, what the heck, actually? What do the people who think this is oppression want? Mandate that as many black dolls be made as white, even in a country where black people are a minority (and nowhere near half) and therefore because parents and older relatives lack imagination, there’s a ton more market for white dolls?
Bah. It must be socialism, when you want to mandate people create a product for which there is no demand, to gratify the whims of the ruling class and intellectuals. This is why socialism was supposed to be “scientific”.
First reaction “Is this a screen capture from a soap opera from Brazil?” Second reaction, after reading some blather about how the woman isn’t even paying any attention to her maid “Well, duh. Of course not. The maid is being paid to do her job, not to be stared at.” Third reaction, “you know, this wouldn’t be that out of the ordinary in Portugal, where maids are often from beyond the mountains, where entire villages are of Celtic or Germanic Stock.”
Do these people really imagine they live in a society where there are no wealthy Latins and no whites in service professions?
First question: HOW? Second question: HOW insular are those who control our media that no one told them this didn’t pass the laugh test?
In the end, all three pictures are complaining not about oppression: real oppression would be say people’s genitals being mutilated; slaves being sold by ISIS, people being shot for having the wrong beliefs.
None of those things happen in America, or at least not in mainstream America. (We haven’t got the message “Fit in or f*ck off” to ever recent immigrant yet.)
So they had to go with the socialist/communist idea of oppression, which could be boiled down to: people have to work for a living. Only demented Marxists could consider this oppression.
And only demented RACIST Marxists could imagine these stereotypes are universal and inescapable and therefore reversing them will have a powerful effect on everyone, instead of causing sane people to go “And?”
Because what they’re basically saying is “People have to work for a living and therefore fulfill professions we — but not necessarily they — consider demeaning, or make dolls that we think shouldn’t be the majority of dolls bought.”
IOW they’re not at war with stereotypes, they’re at war with the voices in their heads (And they really should take Gone With The Wind off the loop on their TV.)
The people who really liked this were either people of color who have been told if they don’t see people exactly like them portrayed in a way they like, they’re being oppressed, or they are “allies” h*ll bent on proving that people of color are not all like stereotypes, and could benefit from traveling, enlarging their horizons, getting beat up abroad, maybe getting sold as slaves by Isis. Not that I wish that on them, but they are the epitome of spoiled, rich kids (by the principle that anyone in the US is in the global 1%) who have no clue what real oppression is and won’t listen to anyone when we tell them.
As for the tens of thousands of shares and approving — often barely literate — comments, 60% of them on facebook were from abroad. Maybe they think every white American has a black nursemaid? They’ve believed stupider things. But it is a call for creating some competition to Hollywood who spreads these lies about us abroad.
As for those of our compatriots who believe this… Keep enlightening them: In fiction, in non fiction, in play and work, make sure you get them out of their deranged comfort zone.
Because if things go upside down, these poor shambling zombies won’t survive. Their parallel version of reality doesn’t include concepts like “Root, hog or die.” And in common charity we should save whatever brands we can from the fire. Those that can be saved should be.
Well, there’s always pointing, laughing and making duck noises. As Heinlein said in Stranger in a Strange Land, (paraphrasing) sometimes you laugh because it hurts too much to cry.