Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

We should stop pointing fingers

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This link leads to a video clip of the Australian tv show “Hey, Hey It’s Saturday,” which aired this Wednesday. On the show, a group performed a parody of the Jackson 5 by dressing up in outfits and painting their face black, a costume that was used decades ago when whites insulted blacks by acting foolish. Oddly enough, the group that performed this offensive act was made up of doctors, which goes against the theory that educated whites are more open-minded than those that are uneducated. In response to the act, Harry Connick, Jr, an American actor and singer who was a guest judge on the show declared that it was unacceptable by the standards of American society and considered it highly racist. Rick Sanchez from CNN went so far as to say that Australia was socially in the same level in which the U.S. was decades ago. I believe that it is hypocritical of him to accuse another country of being racist when racial issues are so big in this country that they go unspoken of.


Written by larosa29

October 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm

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  1. Although there is still racism in the United States, I don’t feel like it is necessarily hypocritical of the people who commented on the performance. Although we can’t know the personal views of Harry Connick, Jr. and Rick Sanchez, it would be nice to assume that they are merely promoting tolerance instead of trying to act aghast about something they don’t genuinely care about.


    October 10, 2009 at 3:03 am

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