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22nd Aug '16 2:41:45 AM AgProv
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* ValuesDissonance also applies: in Great Britain, the word "Jap" is pretty much a neutral shorthand for people of Japanese origin and presumes nothing actively racist. Ouside the diminishing number of people with direct memories of WW2 in the Far East - who can often be vitriolic in hatred of all things Japanese - there really isn't very much active racism. But go to the USA and refer to East Asian people of a particular nationality as "the Japs"... British people have been genuinely alarmed and perplexed at the reactions they encountered.
22nd Aug '16 2:32:42 AM AgProv
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* As mentioned above, there is a tendency for white South Africans anywhere outside South Africa to automatically be presumed to be racist, even twenty years after the end of TheApartheidEra, and the onus is on them to amply demonstrate that they're not. This especially applies to Afrikaaners. Comedians such as Trevor Noah have elaborated on this in their routines.
22nd Aug '16 2:27:42 AM AgProv
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* In a crossover fiction by Creator/AAPessimal which brings together the ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' and ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Discworld Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes comes from the Disc's Expy of UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica. To blend in at Caltech she adopts the cover identity of being an academic zoologist from Earth's South Africa. She meets real expat South Africans in a public park in Pasadena where her accent, demeanour and general attitude make her very welcome indeed. Then she discovers to her horror their mind-sets are firmly stuck in [[TheApartheidEra the Good Old Days]], which is why they emigrated to find common cause with white supremacists in the USA. Even though her own society on the Disc is an apartheid one, Johanna has no sympathy with the philosophy and gets out of her compatriots' company as soon as she can. But this has been noted by a certain Ms Janine Davis who was watching. A routine interview with Caltech's HR department follows the next day. Johanna's protestations that, for instance, "one of my best friends is bleck!" drops her more deeply into it. She then gets ''all'' the sensitivity training courses. ''At once''. As this took Howard Wolowitz a year to acheive, he is most impressed.

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* In a crossover fiction by Creator/AAPessimal which brings together the ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' and ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', [[note]] go to ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation''[[/note]] Discworld Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes comes from the Disc's Expy of UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica. To blend in at Caltech she adopts the cover identity of being an academic zoologist from Earth's South Africa. She meets real expat South Africans in a public park in Pasadena where her accent, demeanour and general attitude make her very welcome indeed. Then she discovers to her horror their mind-sets are firmly stuck in [[TheApartheidEra the Good Old Days]], which is why they emigrated to find common cause with white supremacists in the USA. Even though her own society on the Disc is an apartheid one, Johanna has no sympathy with the philosophy and gets out of her compatriots' company as soon as she can. But this has been noted by a certain Ms Janine Davis who was watching. A routine interview with Caltech's HR department follows the next day. Johanna's protestations that, for instance, "one of my best friends is bleck!" drops her more deeply into it. She then gets ''all'' the sensitivity training courses. ''At once''. As this took Howard Wolowitz a year to acheive, he is most impressed. Her realisation is what amounts to a RealLife observation - that white South Africans anywhere outside South Africa are presumed automatically to be racist, even twenty years after the end of TheApartheidEra, and the onus is on them to amply demonstrate that they're not. Especially Afrikaaners.
22nd Aug '16 2:18:03 AM AgProv
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* In a crossover fiction by Creator/AAPessimal which brings together the ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' and ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Discworld Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes comes from the Disc's Expy of UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica. To blend in at Caltech she adopts the cover identity of being an academic zoologist from Earth's South Africa. She meets real expat South Africans in a public park in Pasadena where her accent, demeanour and general attitude make her very welcome indeed. Then she discovers to her horror their mind-sets are firmly stuck in [[TheApartheidEra the Good Old Days]], which is why they emigrated to find common cause with white supremacists in the USA. Even though her own society on the Disc is an apartheid one, Johanna has no sympathy with the philosophy and gets out of her compatriots' company as soon as she can. But this has been noted by a certain Ms Janine Davis who was watching. A routine interview with Caltech's HR department follows the next day. Johanna's protestations that, for instance, "one of my best friends is bleck!" drops her more deeply into it. She then gets ''all'' the sensitivity training courses. ''At once''. As this took Howard Wolowitz a year to acheive, he is most impressed.
14th Aug '16 8:58:56 AM DaibhidC
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* An episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' features a man who is convinced [[RacistGrandma his granddad is racist]]. The pattern of the sketch is: Grandad says "Now, the thing about [race]...", his grandson tries to stop him, and he actually says something complimentary. The grandson protests that this is still stereotyping, and eventually becomes so confused that ''he'' starts saying racist stuff.
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31st Jul '16 9:52:50 AM ElodieHiras
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* Website/FuckMyLife has a story about someone saying he "hates blacks and yellows". He was talking about colored candy, but the black person next to him in the bus misunderstood him.
22nd Jul '16 1:30:16 PM case
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** In a hilarious turn of events, when a fight breaks out and the police get involved, one officer remarks "This is never going to stop until Pictionary finally bans the windmill."

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** In a hilarious turn of events, when a fight breaks out and the police get involved, one officer remarks [[OhNoNotAgain remarks]] "This is never going to stop until Pictionary finally bans the windmill."
18th Jul '16 8:58:35 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the 1955 film ''Blackboard Jungle'' the protagonist gets mistaken for a racist when he uses racial slurs in class. One of his student's told the principal about it without context to get him into trouble.
9th Jul '16 7:52:58 AM rafi
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* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve had his black lab partner over at the house and Francine made her leave, explaining that she didn't feel comfortable with "her kind" in the house. It turns out that she actually noticed that the girl in question was [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]], [[spoiler:which turns out be a case of {{Boomerang Bigot}}ry]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In season 6, Ray loses [[spoiler: his right hand]]. [[MadScientist Krieger]] eventually builds him a new one... That has black skin. Throughout the season, Ray continuously voices his discontent with it. The others, particularly Lana (who is black) assume he's being racist, but he's actually upset about it being robotic. Eventually Ray realizes what he sounded like and, horrified, rushes off to apologize to Lana... [[spoiler: [[BlackComedy And manages to cripple himself even further]]]].
* Cleveland in ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' is accused of being racist towards Mexicans from her neighboor Choni.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Brian gets it from his father. It's a RunningGag, and in at least one episode the full attempts to prove "not racist" backfiring is shown.
** Another one has Peter sent to sensitivity training and coming back as a StrawFeminist. At one point he gets up in front of a gathering of men and rants that it's their fault that there is so much crime and violence in the world. Unfortunately, said gathering happened to be the Million Man March.
** And:
--->'''Brian:''' Where'd you get crack?\\
'''Peter:''' From Black's.\\
'''Brian:''' ''What?!''\\
'''Peter:''' I got it from behind Black's Hardware Store. There's a white guy selling it.
** In the banned episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", Peter thinks that being Jewish automatically makes you intelligent (after befriending a stereotypically savvy Jewish financial planner) and takes Chris to get bar mitzvah'ed. When Lois goes to stop them, she talks about how wrong it is, but the people in the synagogue mistakenly think she's a self-hating Jew and chase the Griffins out.



* At one point, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' the crew of Dethklok was accused of being racist, and so decided to hold a community outreach concert to prove otherwise. Unfortunately, due to Toki's revenge meddling, they joined his special "Special Persons Invites Club", and showed up wearing his special club outfits (white robes and hoods), in front of a model of the club logo (a white letter T, for Toki).
* In the episode "Romeo Must Wed" from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', Penny developed a crush on Kwok while rehearsing for their school's production of Romeo & Juliet. After a while, Kwok's parents, the Wongs, politely asked Penny's parents, Oscar and Trudy, that they not allow Penny and Kwok to see each other anymore. While [[MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication Trudy remained civil in her inquiry, Oscar immediately jumped to conclusions]], thinking that the Wongs didn't approve of their son having a relationship with Penny because she wasn't "good enough" for them. This prompted both Oscar and Mr. Wong to imply the other was a racist. It turned out the real reason was that Kwok had an arranged bride, who was coming to town for a visit.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** White-on-white example: In a "future" episode, Homer and Bart horrify Lisa's British fiancé by accidentally setting the Union Jack on fire.
** Another white-on-white example (actually a subversion, in that the victim really does have negative attitudes):
-->''[Krusty the Clown has just learned that he never had his bar mitzvah.]''
-->'''Krusty:''' I thought I was a self-hating Jew, but it turns out I'm just a plain anti-Semite.
-->'''Rainier Wolfcastle:''' ''[sympathetically]'' We have so much to discuss...
-->''[[[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Krusty groans.]]]''
** In one episode, Krusty hosts - at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Theater Apollo Theater]] in Harlem - a show called [[XtremeKoolLetterz "Krusty's Komedy Klassics"]] which has [[FunWithAcronyms the show's initials in large white letters in the background]]. Cue ProducePelting from the offended crowd.
--> '''Krusty''': KKK? That's not good!



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'': A female supervillain called "The Bridesmaid," driven mad by winding up "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," kidnaps several bridegrooms and announces her intention to murder them all. She points her gun at one of the grooms and tells him that he will die first - and [[BlackDudeDiesFirst because this particular groom happens to be African-American, he accuses her of racism for it]]. The Bridesmaid concedes the point and opts to start with one of the other grooms - but, in a sort of inverted case of GenreSavvy, they all catch on and reveal to her their status as members of "oppressed" groups so that the Bridesmaid will not be able to kill any of them either (including one groom who conveniently [[SarcasmMode "remembers"]] that he has a [[SuddenlyEthnicity "Native American grandparent"]]).



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Brian gets it from his father. It's a RunningGag, and in at least one episode the full attempts to prove "not racist" backfiring is shown.
** Another one has Peter sent to sensitivity training and coming back as a StrawFeminist. At one point he gets up in front of a gathering of men and rants that it's their fault that there is so much crime and violence in the world. Unfortunately, said gathering happened to be the Million Man March.
** And:
--->'''Brian:''' Where'd you get crack?\\
'''Peter:''' From Black's.\\
'''Brian:''' ''What?!''\\
'''Peter:''' I got it from behind Black's Hardware Store. There's a white guy selling it.
** In the banned episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", Peter thinks that being Jewish automatically makes you intelligent (after befriending a stereotypically savvy Jewish financial planner) and takes Chris to get bar mitzvah'ed. When Lois goes to stop them, she talks about how wrong it is, but the people in the synagogue mistakenly think she's a self-hating Jew and chase the Griffins out.
* In the episode "Romeo Must Wed" from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', Penny developed a crush on Kwok while rehearsing for their school's production of Romeo & Juliet. After a while, Kwok's parents, the Wongs, politely asked Penny's parents, Oscar and Trudy, that they not allow Penny and Kwok to see each other anymore. While [[MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication Trudy remained civil in her inquiry, Oscar immediately jumped to conclusions]], thinking that the Wongs didn't approve of their son having a relationship with Penny because she wasn't "good enough" for them. This prompted both Oscar and Mr. Wong to imply the other was a racist. It turned out the real reason was that Kwok had an arranged bride, who was coming to town for a visit.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'': A female supervillain called "The Bridesmaid," driven mad by winding up "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," kidnaps several bridegrooms and announces her intention to murder them all. She points her gun at one of the grooms and tells him that he will die first - and [[BlackDudeDiesFirst because this particular groom happens to be African-American, he accuses her of racism for it]]. The Bridesmaid concedes the point and opts to start with one of the other grooms - but, in a sort of inverted case of GenreSavvy, they all catch on and reveal to her their status as members of "oppressed" groups so that the Bridesmaid will not be able to kill any of them either (including one groom who conveniently [[SarcasmMode "remembers"]] that he has a [[SuddenlyEthnicity "Native American grandparent"]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** White-on-white example: In a "future" episode, Homer and Bart horrify Lisa's British fiancé by accidentally setting the Union Jack on fire.
** Another white-on-white example (actually a subversion, in that the victim really does have negative attitudes):
-->''[Krusty the Clown has just learned that he never had his bar mitzvah.]''
-->'''Krusty:''' I thought I was a self-hating Jew, but it turns out I'm just a plain anti-Semite.
-->'''Rainier Wolfcastle:''' ''[sympathetically]'' We have so much to discuss...
-->''[[[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Krusty groans.]]]''
** In one episode, Krusty hosts - at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Theater Apollo Theater]] in Harlem - a show called [[XtremeKoolLetterz "Krusty's Komedy Klassics"]] which has [[FunWithAcronyms the show's initials in large white letters in the background]]. Cue ProducePelting from the offended crowd.
--> '''Krusty''': KKK? That's not good!
* At one point, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' the crew of Dethklok was accused of being racist, and so decided to hold a community outreach concert to prove otherwise. Unfortunately, due to Toki's revenge meddling, they joined his special "Special Persons Invites Club", and showed up wearing his special club outfits (white robes and hoods), in front of a model of the club logo (a white letter T, for Toki).
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve had his black lab partner over at the house and Francine made her leave, explaining that she didn't feel comfortable with "her kind" in the house. It turns out that she actually noticed that the girl in question was [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]], [[spoiler:which turns out be a case of {{Boomerang Bigot}}ry]].
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': In season 6, Ray loses [[spoiler: his right hand]]. [[MadScientist Krieger]] eventually builds him a new one... That has black skin. Throughout the season, Ray continuously voices his discontent with it. The others, particularly Lana (who is black) assume he's being racist, but he's actually upset about it being robotic. Eventually Ray realizes what he sounded like and, horrified, rushes off to apologize to Lana... [[spoiler: [[BlackComedy And manages to cripple himself even further]]]].
27th Jun '16 12:10:59 PM DoctorTItanX
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* Played for laughs in issue #9 of [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', which focused on AlternateUniverse where Franchise/{{Superman}} was [[RaceLift black]]. The Lex Luthor of that Earth is still a white guy, and upon being arrested, is shown arguing that he is not a racist and hates Superman because [[FantasticRacism he's an alien]], not because he's a black man.

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* Played for laughs in issue #9 of [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'', which focused on AlternateUniverse where Franchise/{{Superman}} was [[RaceLift black]]. The Lex Luthor of that Earth is still a white guy, light-skinned man, and upon being arrested, is shown arguing that he is not a racist and hates Superman because [[FantasticRacism he's an alien]], not because he's a black man.black.



* In an infamous ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comic from the 1970's, Hal Jordan enters a neighborhood full of African-American families to deal with a mugging, and is quickly accused of racism by everyone. An elderly black man points out that Hal patrols the galaxy helping and protecting aliens, but hardly ever helps the black people. Hal is very shaken up by this, apparently forgetting that when he saves the world as part of the Corps or the Justice League, he saves it for, you know, every single race & ethnicity and not just whitey. Then again, a recurring Inuit member of his support characters was "lovingly" referred to as Pieface (which all modern incarnations establish said character only being called that by actual racists).

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* In an infamous ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comic from the 1970's, Hal Jordan enters a neighborhood full of African-American families to deal with a mugging, and is quickly accused of racism by everyone. An elderly black man points out that Hal patrols the galaxy helping and protecting aliens, but hardly ever helps the black people. Hal is very shaken up by this, apparently forgetting that when he saves the world as part of the Corps or the Justice League, he saves it for, you know, every single race & ethnicity and ethnicity, not just whitey.light-skinned people. Then again, a recurring Inuit member of his support characters was "lovingly" referred to as Pieface (which all modern incarnations establish said character only being called that by actual racists).
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