Racial Slur and Racism Claims – Is it an Excuse to Behave Badly

I’ve blogged about the racial slur and racist claims people – often liberals and democrats – make about others. Now – let me start by saying this is not an endorsement of any of Lindsay Lohan’s behavior, but this article reminds me of the racism claims.

None of these people behaved appropriately last night. But Mitchell came up to Lohan and “got in her space” – afterward she admitted that Lohan and everyone else was very drunk. Lindsay told her to back off and may have mumbled “f**king Gypsy” as she walked away. The Mitchell’s friends called Lindsay a whore – supposedly provoked by Lindsay calling her a Gypsy.

I admit that I know very little about Gypsy’s, Travellers, psychics etc – but I do know that the typical term I’ve always heard is Gypsy. However, I’ve heard some things about, people formerly known as Gypsies, wanting to be called Travellers. It obviously isn’t politically correct – but I think of people who ramble, travel and frequently moved from one area to another – that is the definition of a Gypsy to me. Hmmm….

But here is the point of this post – do you feel that people resort to claiming others are racist or said something racist in order to excuse  their own bad behavior? I mean, how many of us remember years of being called names we didn’t like, being treated in ways we didn’t like, being made fun of for things we couldn’t change – and on and on. While I didn’t like the way these people acted toward me – that didn’t make them racist or sexist. In a country where you have and enjoy freedom of speech – these are things that will happen. When you deal with people who don’t think or don’t care how their words and actions will affect others, these things will happen. But – that does NOT make them racist – and it does not give you the right to assault them.

This is an excerpt from a TMZ article about one of Lindsay Lohan’s misadventures last night. Not sure what it says about a person with the money or resources to get in legal troubles on the west and the east coast in the same night…

TMZ spoke with Tiffany Mitchell — a well-known psychic who was at the club Avenue with a friend Wednesday night when Lohan walked in.  

Tiffany tells us … she had a premonition about Lohan and approached her inside the club to offer her a free reading … but Lohan turned her down saying, “Give me my space.”

As she walked away, Tiffany’s friend says she heard Lohan call her a “f**king Gypsy” … and it set her off. 

We’re told the friend went ballistic — unloading a bunch of insults back at Lohan … calling her a “whore” and telling her “Liz & Dick sucked.”

At that point, Lohan lost her cool and socked the psychic in the eye … and all hell broke loose inside the club. Lohan was eventually arrested for assault. 

Tiffany’s husband tells TMZ, “We are not Gypsies. That has nothing to do with our religion … it was a racist comment.”

So – what do you think??

Another question — Do you think that maybe the “racist” problem is in the mind of groups who perceive certain words as being derogatory? For example the claim that certain words are “racist code words”. And the thing that drives me really crazy, is that people of the same race or nationality can call one another by these “code words” but when a person of another race or nationality uses the words – its racist. Seems to me that the problem may be in the perception not by the person saying the words…..

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/29/lindsay-lohan-psychioc-victim-tiffany-mitchell-punch-liz-and-dick-gypsy/#ixzz2Df721TEc

http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/29/lindsay-lohan-psychioc-victim-tiffany-mitchell-punch-liz-and-dick-gypsy/

I couldn’t resist the irony of a picture with Lindsay Lohan leaving an Adele concert featured in Global Gypsy Chic – https://gypsyglobalchic.com/press/lindsay-lohan-2/

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Racism Claims Remind Me of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf…

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

Several times he cried wolf and they came running. But they stopped believing him – so when a real wolf showed up, they ignored him.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

“There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

He learned a valuable lesson that day — if you keep crying “wolf” when there is nothing wrong, when there is a real problem, no one listens.

Seems to me — that is a lesson liberals and democrats need to learn. If you keep crying “racism” when it doesn’t apply, then it dilutes people’s perspective of racism and when there is a real instance of racism or racial bias no one will pay attention.

This is a lesson that Representative Clyburne (among many others) needs to learn. Last week he said,

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., says that the attacks on Rice have gone beyond her job performance. When asked about Rice on CNN’s Starting Pointon Tuesday, Clyburn said that words like “lazy” and “incompetent,” which have been used to describe black members of the administration, including Rice and President Obama himself, are reminiscent of language used to undermine minorities in decades past.

 “You know, these are code words,” Clyburn said. “We heard them during the campaign. During this recent campaign, we heard Senator Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent—these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives, and we’d get insulted by them.”

Now I don’t know about you, but when I call someone “lazy” or “incompetent” its not based on their race, gender, financial status, religion, or any other criteria like that. And I’m pretty clear about what I mean – there is no need to search for “code words”. To me, lazy means the person doesn’t work or has no motivation or ambition. And imcompetent means the person lacks the skills for a job and should be replaced. But that could just be me. That could be a man, a woman, a child, an adult, or a person from any ethnic background – the definition is the same.

Conservatives, white people, Southerners, Republicans, Tea Party members and others are frequently stereotyped as being racist or sexist – if they dare to disagree with another person. There is no question about why they disagree, just the assumption that the person is a racist or sexist. On the other hand – those same groups of people are frequently accused of stereotyping all people of a specific gender or ethnic group in a negative way.

Ummmm – seems like there is a real double standard at work….

What do you think? And if you think I’m wrong, please feel free to share your thoughts…

Article About Clyburne – http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/clyburn-susan-rice-criticism-is-race-based-20121120

Picture by Richard A. Bloom

Boy Who Cried Wolf – http://www.storyarts.org/library/aesops/stories/boy.html