By Sean Mac
Racism is still around. Let that just settle for a second…..oh, you’re not shocked? Well you shouldn’t be because there are over 6 billion people in the world and to think that it will ever go away is as ignorant as racism. What gets me is how afraid white people are of being considered a racist. When they think they see something racist they go out of their way to point it out so they can show the world that they love all the colors of the rainbow.
Recently at an NHL pre-season game a player named Wayne Simmond was on the ice ready to do a shootout. Now Simmond is…..well he’s….black. During his shootout a fan threw a banana peel onto the ice. ”Go on…”. That’s it, that’s the news. Now the real story is the entire media scrambling together so they can all point out that what happened was racist. During every interview, during every news team chat the only thought in my head was how everyone else was being racist. THEY were the ones making the connection between a banana peel and a black person. They were basically saying “Because of the obvious fact that black people like bananas what happened was racist, we think”. So what does the media do to find out if it was racist? Go ask a black person, they’ll know! The media goes and gets their black correspondents to talk in the news room while the confused white correspondents hunt down some black individuals to ask them their opinion. Any of that sound racist? Then to make things worse is the reporter’s pussy footing around when interviewing black people. “Did you see or hear about the incident? What do you think about the incident? Does the incident make you angry? Thank you for your time, here’s a banana for your troubles”
I have no clue if the person who threw the peel was trying to be racist. They could of done it because their a jackass. Anyone think of that? I think the person was trying to be funny and make the player slip on a banana peel. Which makes sense; cause since the person is a jackass they didn’t think about how the player is already on slippery ICE! Besides, maybe the person who threw the banana peel is black. I mean the actual banana was eaten right? And we all know how black people love them banana! Us white people just buy them so we don’t seem racist. “Sean that was soo racist”. All kidding aside I just think that if you’re making an immediate connection between the stereotype and the person, then that can be racist. I have more on racism and stereotypes I want to talk about, but that will be for another time. In the end, can’t we all just get along?