??!! “Is This Painting Racist?”
posted by May 15 at 11:22 AMon
This just in from Slog tipper Doug:
I’m cleaning out my closet this morning and came across this painting I made five years ago. It used to hang on a wall in my house until a friend of mine (a white male like myself) said, “Wow, that’s really racist.” Embarrassed, I took it down and stuck it in the back of a closet. But coming across it now, I’m still not sure: Is it really racist? I’m hoping the open-minded Slog community could help me out on this. Thanks.
Here are American Heritage Dictionary’s definitions of racism:
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
And here is the painting. (Safe for work.)
(My two cents: No, the painting isn’t racist, though the exaggerated cartoon features give off a vaguely racist stink.)