Thoughts on “black face”

They must believe it is shameful to have black skin

This story from last week is yet another tedious example of the eager protectiveness of the “racist” bureaucrats and well meaning fools in our midst that imagine being black is somehow shameful.

QANTAS apologised yesterday for a publicity stunt on Twitter that backfired. The airline had awarded free tickets to the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday night to twoBrisbanemen who ”blacked up” to impersonate their favourite rugby player.

To win, competitors had to tell Qantas via Twitter how they intended to show their support for the Wallabies at the match. Charles Butler, promised to ”dress as Radike Samo. Complete with Afro Wig, Aus rugby kit and facepaint”.

Not only did Radike Samo think the complaint stupid — he posed with the two “offenders” — but an Age on-line poll also found, to the question “do you think the photo is racist?” that 82 per cent said no.

Many reasons are given for explaining the motives for these accusations of racism. For some people, it is an effective way of closing down debate or a way of painting their opponents as morally inferior. However, the very basis of the power of the accusation is the implicit assumption that being black is, ipso facto, shameful. Clearly, Radike Samo does not think so, nor do 80 per cent of Age readers, and indeed, most Australians.

Which leaves only those obsessed with racism — the Equal Opportunity zealots creating work for themselves, or the Human Rights Charter industry and those governments who pass Racial Vilification Laws — who somehow believe being black must be inferior or in some way sub-human, and thus shameful. After all, what feelings and ideas are they protecting? It is as if they imagine that Samo doesn’t know he is black or that Samo may not have ever seen himself in the mirror.

Maybe these embarrassed do-gooders should go and live with a coloured family and note that the colour doesn’t come off on the towels or sheets, that colour is natural and is considered “OK”. Surely, it is they who suffer from a type of racism that sees blacks and coloureds as somehow different, and thus in need of protection.

How else to explain these moral guardians’ sensitivity to people with a different coloured skin.

One Response to “Thoughts on “black face””

  1. FatherJon Says:

    I’d go further and label those people who see racism in every corner as just being PC opportunists, always with an eye to turning any event into a conflict situation.
    Problem is that their malign influence has become so insidious and pervasive that even liberal-minded people now preface a comment about, say, cultural differences or crime issues, with ‘I’m not a racist, but……..’
    It’s a sad commentary on freedom of speech and thought.


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