If you’ve been thinking lately that pretty much everything has been deemed racist these days, you are absolutely right. The word has been bandied about so much that it is rapidly losing any real meaning.
Here are 9 things beginning with the letter ‘B’ that somebody, somewhere has deemed racist. (RELATED: The Alphabet of Racism: THE LETTER ‘A’)
The Benghazi select committee is racist, according to South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn. It’s “the same kind of thing that led to the end of Reconstruction,” he told NewsOne Now host Roland Martin in May. “I seem to remember our history, when after Reconstruction, when people of color gained political presence throughout the south, they drummed up all kinds of things and indictments and accusations,” he explained.”They drove these people out of the South. And I see the same kind of efforts to discredit this president.” (RELATED: A Brief History Of Racism: The Clyburn Files)
In March, obscure leftist website Salon.com published a whiny rant denouncing belly dancers who aren’t Arab as racist. “These women are more interested in their investment in belly dancing than in questioning and examining how their appropriation of the art causes others harm,” Randa Jarrar wrote. “To them, I can only say, I’m sure there are people who have been unwittingly racist for 15 years. It’s not too late. Find another form of self-expression.”
Beards are a symbol of white supremacy, according to a groundbreaking essay published in January by The Atlantic. “What follows is the lost story of American facial hair,” it reads. “Like countless other histories, it is rife with contradictions.” Basically, white Americans derided barbering at the time of the Revolution, but then black entrepreneurs turned facial hair into a source of wealth and prestige. Then the beard came along, which is “a fashion born out of desperation but transformed into a symbol of masculine authority and white supremacy.” (RELATED: Movember Declared ‘Sexist, Racist, Transphobic’ At Canada’s Sorry Imitation Of Harvard)
Government workers in Seattle were advised in a memo last August the term “brown bag” would no longer be allowed, because it’s racist, and should be replaced with “lunch-and-learn” or “sack lunch.” For African Americans, “the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people’s skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home,” Elliott Bronstein, of the Office for Civil Rights, wrote in the memo, obtained by Fox News. (RELATED: Seattle Government Bans Racist Terms Like ‘Citizen’ And ‘Brown Bag’)
Babies show racial bias, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington found. Babies in the study were more willing to share their toys with others who shared their ethnicity, reported CBS. Jessica Sommerville, a UW associate professor of psychology, said her study shows “babies use basic distinctions, including race, to start to cleave the world apart by groups of what they are and aren’t a part of.”