Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

minorities in the pool

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Someone told me to watch South Park because “it’s hilarious.” The episode I watched was about there being too many minorities in the pool. One of the characters was so excited to go into the lazy river as it is his favorite ride. When he gets there, however, and sees that there are very few white people in the lazy river, he doesn’t want to go in. He then proceeds to do the calculations of the percentage of minorities to whites in the park and discovers there is 60% minorities and 40% “normal people.” He got all worked up saying that the Myans were right in predicting the end of the world in 2012, they just got the date wrong. Even after there was a freak flood and this character believes he is the only white person left in the world, he still continues to refer to the other people as minorities. Another character points out that if they out number white people then they would no longer be minorities. The paranoid racist character did not enjoy this and insisted that minorities would always be minorities and classified them as subhuman. While I had to laugh at how ridiculous the plot line was, the fact that some people find this more funny than offensive is a testament to how the media continues to perpetuate racism in our society.


Written by lehnertsl

February 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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  1. It’s a cartoon meant to be funny. While yes, it does have racial overtones, it’s not necessarily meant to be racist. Southpark is a satirical show that holds nothing sacred and offends everyone on some level. This is what makes the show so popular. People can laugh at not only their own social groups, race, job, etc. but also laugh at some of the aspects of others’.
    Shows like southpark aren’t a problem.


    February 28, 2010 at 1:41 am

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