Letter: What is considered racist is a moving target

Friday, October 06, 2017 9:12AM
What is considered racist is a moving target

To the editor,

Good grief! The Southern Poverty Law Center said the flag of the mythical Kekistan kingdom mimics a German war flag and some kid was reprimanded — someone who had no idea it's also a symbol of white supremacists alt-right (not to be confused with ANTIFA who wear masks and attack people with sticks who they judge to be anti-leftists).    

The Nazi Swastika is actually an ancient symbol, often seen on Buddhist statues. Buddhism predates Christianity by 500 hundred years.

Anyway, a New Hampshire business had a flour sack that predates the Third Reich by decades, but a local woman denounced the business on Facebook and apparently drove the owner of the shop out of business, or that's what's alleged in the defamation lawsuit.  

Apparently, Pepe the Frog is also listed as racist.

Frogs are green, so maybe they meant the skunk, Pepe La Pew.  At least that makes some sense.

Then there's the librarian in Cambridge who refused the First Lady's gift of Doctor Seuss' books. Apparently, Dr. Seuss is also racist. There's a recent book out that denounces Seuss and his “Cat in the Hat,” something about it's really meant as white musicians in black face.  Of course the author could really have meant Pepe La Pew.

When I'm feeling especially perverse, which lately is often, I count the number of times the words racist, police brutality, misogynists etc. are in the letters column and the media. After the horrific massacre in Vegas, a CBS executive stated on her Facebook page that she had no sympathy for the victims as they were just gun-toting Republicans. We are no longer Americans anymore and we have no right to expect sympathy from people who disagree with our politics. Even our flag and national anthem are fair game. I have a cynical theory. It's called “Somebody's Got To Be It.” Essentially hatred and meanspiritedness never go away. We just change who is it. That doesn't mean we should not be vigilant toward discrimination. It just makes me remember my favorite story as a child, "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf." Maybe who the wolf is also changes with the times.

Diana Starr Daniels