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Don’t hate, procreate

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First of all, this probably wasn’t meant to be as racist as it seems like.  It was most likely simply a lazy commentary on how white babies born this year in the US were the minority.  Yet there’s an underlying racist, fear mongering twinge to worrying about white babies dwindling.  Sort of like worrying that nonwhites are getting ready to take over through sheer numbers and that it’s something to be concerned about.

Heck, some important people are concerned, including a state senator in North Carolina.  Senator Brunstetter who drafted prop one, a proposition which banned gay marriage, did so to save the white race, according to his wife.  The usual take on this is the idiocy regarding even worrying about which race has more people, but here’s another question, why do these people never have more kids?

Rather than talk about actual racists, I’d like to frame this argument in the Harry Potter books, because it is more fun and less likely to result in horrible rants (maybe).  In the book, Death Eaters and many Slytherins are shown to be concerned with “pure blood” in their race to the point where they inbreed to preserve the blood line rather than procreate with non-purebloods.  Yet throughout the books, the families only have one or two children.

Sirius Black had one brother, Malfoy was an only child, and in the epilogue he only appeared to have a single child as well.  Despite their concern that the bloodlines were getting polluted, few, if any of the concerned wizards actually sired more than a few children.  Rather than starting a devastating war and infiltrating the government, wouldn’t an easier and more fun method of preserving the bloodline simply be having more kids?  Look at the Weasleys.  They didn’t give a flying fig about “pureblood” even though they were pureblooded and their family had 7 kids. 

Granted if other families were so inbred that the odds of physical deformities were too great to justify trying for many children, that would make sense, but that doesn’t explain why the previous generation had so few children, or the one before that.  At some point one of the generations took their foot off the pedal in baby making and created this problem and the next generation didn’t try to remedy it by having more kids.  This wouldn’t have been a problem, except that they were so concerned that they resorted to genocide, rather than simply laying off of the wizard condoms for a few years.

The exact same thing is happening with the whites who are actually concerned about this.  Rather than drafting legislation to stop gay marriage, or whatever foolishness extends from this, how about just having more kids?  If a white majority is such a BFD, stop budding into other people’s lives and start (consensually) budding into your wife.

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secotm:

“Most media misquoted him…”? All the reports I saw said Nugent was intimating if Obama was reelected he’d try to kill him, which would lead to him either being killed by the Secret Service or arrested before he could try.
If that wasn’t what Nugent meant, what was?
(And I’m sure Wise was equally put out by all the protests and backlash the Dixie Chicks received for daring to say they were embarrassed by George W. Bush.)
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I figure this is as good a time as any to talk about something I’ve noticed about editorial cartoons- specifically those done by conservatives.
Terry Wise is white, judging by the self-portrait on his page. In this cartoon he puts his views in the mouth of a black man.
No big deal, right?
Well, Chris Muir is white, judging by his Facebook pic on the Day by Day homepage, and who’s the most vocal conservative in his strip? As far as I can tell it’s the sole black person.
Scott Stantis is white, and in Prickly City the conservative voice of reason is the young, apparently black girl.
And there used to be a conservative weekly(?) strip called The Leftersons (which I discovered, in all places, in the San Francisco print edition of The Onion (at first I thought it was satire)) where the conservative voice was, wait for it, the black family living next door to the clan of liberal stereotypes. And yeah, the creator was white. Or is white, I should say, since he’s probably still alive.
Where am I going with this (as if it wasn’t obvious)? Once is happenstance, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern. I just listed three ongoing strips done by white guys who put their voices into black people, and I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting about another example (I know Mallard Fillmore has a recurring cook who appears grey, but I’m not sure if that’s his ethnicity or some weird coloring decision).
I would ask why this is, but I think the answer is obvious: there isn’t exactly a surfeit of African-American (or Asian-American or Hispanic) conservatives, and the most recognizable ones are Alan Keyes, Michael Steele and Herman Cain. Republicans have as much a problem with minorities as they do with women, and for many of them their response is to pretend they don’t. Why, look at all these minority conservatives in comics! Clearly they’re all based on real people and give us a hint of the diversity of the modern Republican party! It’s not all white males, noooooooooo.
So yeah, this is something I’ve noticed for a long time and have wanted to mention. I have no real point to make, other than to point out this is a thing. And if/when the next conservative strip comes along, don’t be surprised if it’s a) done by a Caucasian and b) the voice of reason in the strip is black.

Astute observation by Dunesen. I’ve also noticed that pattern. Should we create a name for the phenomenon?
As for the strip itself, the version I heard was that Nugent said that he himself would be “dead or in jail”, which is damning enough as is, but no-one ever thought Ted himself was a threat, and they were more concerned about someone taking inspiration from this.

secotm:

“Most media misquoted him…”? All the reports I saw said Nugent was intimating if Obama was reelected he’d try to kill him, which would lead to him either being killed by the Secret Service or arrested before he could try.

If that wasn’t what Nugent meant, what was?

(And I’m sure Wise was equally put out by all the protests and backlash the Dixie Chicks received for daring to say they were embarrassed by George W. Bush.)

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I figure this is as good a time as any to talk about something I’ve noticed about editorial cartoons- specifically those done by conservatives.

Terry Wise is white, judging by the self-portrait on his page. In this cartoon he puts his views in the mouth of a black man.

No big deal, right?

Well, Chris Muir is white, judging by his Facebook pic on the Day by Day homepage, and who’s the most vocal conservative in his strip? As far as I can tell it’s the sole black person.

Scott Stantis is white, and in Prickly City the conservative voice of reason is the young, apparently black girl.

And there used to be a conservative weekly(?) strip called The Leftersons (which I discovered, in all places, in the San Francisco print edition of The Onion (at first I thought it was satire)) where the conservative voice was, wait for it, the black family living next door to the clan of liberal stereotypes. And yeah, the creator was white. Or is white, I should say, since he’s probably still alive.

Where am I going with this (as if it wasn’t obvious)? Once is happenstance, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern. I just listed three ongoing strips done by white guys who put their voices into black people, and I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting about another example (I know Mallard Fillmore has a recurring cook who appears grey, but I’m not sure if that’s his ethnicity or some weird coloring decision).

I would ask why this is, but I think the answer is obvious: there isn’t exactly a surfeit of African-American (or Asian-American or Hispanic) conservatives, and the most recognizable ones are Alan Keyes, Michael Steele and Herman Cain. Republicans have as much a problem with minorities as they do with women, and for many of them their response is to pretend they don’t. Why, look at all these minority conservatives in comics! Clearly they’re all based on real people and give us a hint of the diversity of the modern Republican party! It’s not all white males, noooooooooo.

So yeah, this is something I’ve noticed for a long time and have wanted to mention. I have no real point to make, other than to point out this is a thing. And if/when the next conservative strip comes along, don’t be surprised if it’s a) done by a Caucasian and b) the voice of reason in the strip is black.

Astute observation by Dunesen. I’ve also noticed that pattern. Should we create a name for the phenomenon?

As for the strip itself, the version I heard was that Nugent said that he himself would be “dead or in jail”, which is damning enough as is, but no-one ever thought Ted himself was a threat, and they were more concerned about someone taking inspiration from this.

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