A succinct old-school fisking from a venerable OG blogger.
Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners. But I see offensive blackface. “Fact: The photograph shows coal miners’ faces covered in soot. The context of the photograph is not the issue.”
It’s not an issue because — let me repeat myself — you’re a pathetic attention-seeing idiot who doesn’t care about facts.
“At the downtown Phoenix restaurant, my concern that the photograph of men in blackface was a threat to me and my face and voice were ignored.”
Your concern deserved to be ignored because — let’s be clear here — it’s a really stupid concern, born of a deep desire to feel important and offended and powerful.
“The operators of that downtown restaurant can choose to take the photograph down, leave it up or create a title card with an intention statement. No matter their decision, I think the photograph should be taken down — sacrificing one image for the greater good.”
Making you feel more powerful isn’t “the greater good.” In fact, empowering people who are, let’s be clear again, pathetic attention-seeking idiots who don’t care about the facts and are desperate to find something to be offended about, is horribly destructive to society.
And while we’re at it, your desire to ignore the “context” ignores these men’s lives, their sacrifice, and their suffering to superimpose your own pathetic, attention-seeking idiocy, erasing their lived experience in support of your own momentary striving for importance. It’s patronizing and, dare I say, privileged cultural appropriation. Apologize at once.
Click on through to see who our mystery OG is. Although when I mention that, in comparison with his usual familiar style, this post is an extended polemic, you’ll probably be able to guess easily enough. And when I add that whenever this fellow lets it rip, it damned sure rips, you’ll know right away.
As for apologizing: since all we’d get is another of those smarmy “sorry if you were offended” non-apologies, I’m willing to forego it as a pointless waste of time.