History Main / MistakenForRacist

3rd Dec '16 9:11:17 AM HighCrate
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* Bert Newton once famously said [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWKyDGGptA4 "I like the boy!"]] when referring to Muhammad Ali, who didn’t take it that well. Bert was making a CallBack to a recurring comedy routine in which he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbEPpdtz9b8 impersonated Colonel Sanders]] -- unfortunately in America, ''boy'' can be considered a racist insult ("No matter how old he is, a black man is always 'boy'"). Luckily, Muhammad Ali did quickly get over it.
** It should be mentioned that "boy" is a common term of address in the American South, as in the phrase "good old boy." It's often condescending, but not necessarily racist. When used to address an African-American male, it will ''always'' have racist connotations, no matter how unintended.
* The term "black hole" has been mistaken for racist [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/11/naacp-urges-hallmark-pull-racist-card-shelves/ at least]] [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,380143,00.html twice]].
* In 1999 Washington, D.C. ombudsman David Howard, a white man, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_%22niggardly%22 used the word "niggardly"]] (which means "miserly", and has a completely different etymology from that ''other'' N word) when talking about the budget, which was interpreted by a black man as being the other word. Howard resigned from his job because of this, but later took another job in the administration.
** The incident led to something of a clash of beleaguered minorities, as Howard happened to be gay and his resignation (widely believed to be forced) was roundly protested by gay-rights activists. Howard's boss, then-mayor Anthony Williams, later conceded that he'd "acted too hastily" in accepting Howard's resignation.
* The expression [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_a_spade_a_spade "To call a spade a spade"]] dates back to Plutarch in Greek. The ethnic slur dates no earlier than the late '20s.
* An ancient Roman text describes a visiting African man as "someone you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley at night." This is because the Romans believed ghosts were black, like living shadows; the [[BedsheetGhost white bedsheet look]] is much more recent. Still possibly racist or at least offensive (in the sense that comparing a very pale white person to a modern ghost would be), just not for the seemingly obvious reason.

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* Australian entertainer Bert Newton once famously said [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWKyDGGptA4 "I like the boy!"]] when referring to Muhammad Ali, who didn’t take it that well. Bert was making a CallBack to a recurring comedy routine in which he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbEPpdtz9b8 impersonated Colonel Sanders]] -- unfortunately in America, ''boy'' can be considered a racist insult ("No matter how old he is, a black man is always 'boy'"). Luckily, Muhammad Ali did quickly get over it.
** It should be mentioned that "boy" is a common term of address in the American South, as in the phrase "good old boy." It's often condescending, but not necessarily racist. When used to address an African-American male, it will ''always'' have racist connotations, no matter how unintended.
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%%* The term "black hole" has been mistaken for racist [[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/11/naacp-urges-hallmark-pull-racist-card-shelves/ at least]] [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,380143,00.html twice]].
* In 1999 Washington, D.C. ombudsman David Howard, a white man, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_about_the_word_%22niggardly%22 used the word "niggardly"]] (which means "miserly", and has a completely different etymology from that ''other'' N word) when talking about the budget, which was interpreted by a black man as being the other word. Howard resigned from his job because of this, but later took another job in the administration.
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administration. The incident led to something of a clash of beleaguered minorities, as Howard happened to be gay and his resignation (widely believed to be forced) was roundly protested by gay-rights activists. Howard's boss, then-mayor Anthony Williams, later conceded that he'd "acted too hastily" in accepting Howard's resignation.
* The expression [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_a_spade_a_spade "To call a spade a spade"]] dates back to Plutarch in Greek. The ethnic slur dates no earlier than the late '20s.
* An ancient Roman text describes a visiting African man as "someone you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley at night." This is because the Romans believed ghosts were black, like living shadows; the [[BedsheetGhost white bedsheet look]] is much more recent. Still possibly racist or at least offensive (in the sense that comparing a very pale white person to a modern ghost would be), just not for the seemingly obvious reason.
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** [[NoSwastikas Swastikas]] are a common element of some neo-pagan symbols, and some (like Thor's hammer), distinctly resemble swastikas. Most neo-pagans avoid them for this reason, or find alternatives. It should also be noted that swastikas were a symbol of auspiciousness in Buddhism and Hinduism long before the Nazis, and some Buddhist and Hindu temples feature them. This can easily be misunderstood as racist. Also see NonNaziSwastika.
* In 1992, Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot was raked over the coals when, during an address to the NAACP's national convention, he twice referred to the audience as "you people." He was so shaken up by the resulting controversy that he dropped out of the race (although he [[TenMinuteRetirement got back in]] a couple of months later).



** Relatedly, a lot of AnimeAndManga (but mainly the former) tend to abbreviate the term "Second Season" as "SS" to... sometimes unfortunate reactions.



* Famously occurred with the casting of the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' where Thuy Trang and Walter Jones, of Vietnamese and African descent respectively, were cast as the Yellow and Black Rangers. The was unintentional and the creators made good about not repeating it. (They did put a Native American as the Red Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', but that was because the character was already the EnsembleDarkhorse and production wanted to promote him to TheHero and team leader, [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority who wears red by default]]. There was also another black Black Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', but suit color was the least of the character's UnfortunateImplications.)
** The explanation for the casting, according to Jones himself: His character was supposed to be the Blue Ranger, but was swapped to Black with his consent (he actually thought the Black Ranger costume was cooler) because it made the Sentai footage better match up with the idea that his character was the Red Ranger's best friend. Meanwhile, the Yellow Ranger was originally portrayed by a Latina actress, but got recast with Trang after the pilot. Nobody realized the implications until after several episodes had been filmed and it was too late to do anything about it.



* A potential problem for equestrians talking about Arab horses as seen by [[http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?404502-You-know-you-really-ARE-a-horse-obsessed-whack-job&p=7004990#post7004990 this]] post on an equestrian forum.
* A local TV news program once investigated an Australian man who'd apparently called a real estate ad that said "No Asians" into a local newspaper. It turned out he meant [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YM9Ereg2Zo something else entirely]].
* Kids who haven't been introduced to the concept of race yet may accidentally say racist things [[InnocentlyInsensitive without realizing how offensive it may sound.]]
* There have been a few manga/anime/video game series in which the creators were called racist by Westerners due to their depiction of the non-Japanese, particularly black people (but non-Japanese Asians also tend to look distinctly different). In truth, there's just not a lot of non-Japanese people in Japan, so the creators of those works have to go on whatever information they can find. Today the depictions are less unintentionally offensive, but up until the mid-2000s or so... They could be misinterpreted.
* 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.
* 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.

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* %%* A potential problem for equestrians talking about Arab horses as seen by [[http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?404502-You-know-you-really-ARE-a-horse-obsessed-whack-job&p=7004990#post7004990 this]] post on an equestrian forum.
* %%* A local TV news program once investigated an Australian man who'd apparently called a real estate ad that said "No Asians" into a local newspaper. It turned out he meant [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YM9Ereg2Zo something else entirely]].
* Kids who haven't been introduced to the concept of race yet may accidentally say racist things [[InnocentlyInsensitive without realizing how offensive it may sound.]]
* There have been a few manga/anime/video game series in which the creators were called racist by Westerners due to their depiction of the non-Japanese, particularly black people (but non-Japanese Asians also tend to look distinctly different). In truth, there's just not a lot of non-Japanese people in Japan, so the creators of those works have to go on whatever information they can find. Today the depictions are less unintentionally offensive, but up until the mid-2000s or so... They could be misinterpreted.
* 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.
* 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.
entirely]].
30th Nov '16 4:57:48 PM Fireblood
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--> I'm going to need a whole other set of paperwork.

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--> I'm going to need This is a whole other different set of paperwork.
26th Nov '16 9:58:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''PennyAndAggie'', in the storyline appropriately titled "The Race Card." Aggie publicly accuses Penny of blowing off a blind date with Duane "because he's black." In fact, Penny had simply assumed his [[LoveLetterLunacy love letter]] came from another guy with the same vague description.

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* ''PennyAndAggie'', ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', in the storyline appropriately titled "The Race Card." Aggie publicly accuses Penny of blowing off a blind date with Duane "because he's black." In fact, Penny had simply assumed his [[LoveLetterLunacy love letter]] came from another guy with the same vague description.
25th Nov '16 7:09:26 PM kquinn0830
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** The explanation for the casting, according to Jones himself: He was supposed to be Blue, but was swapped to Black (with his consent) because it made the Sentai footage better match up with the idea that his character was the Red Ranger's best friend.. Meanwhile, Yellow was originally portrayed by a Latina actress, but got recast with Trang after the pilot. Nobody realized the implications until after several episodes had been filmed and it was too late to do anything about it.

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** The explanation for the casting, according to Jones himself: He His character was supposed to be Blue, the Blue Ranger, but was swapped to Black (with with his consent) consent (he actually thought the Black Ranger costume was cooler) because it made the Sentai footage better match up with the idea that his character was the Red Ranger's best friend.. friend. Meanwhile, the Yellow Ranger was originally portrayed by a Latina actress, but got recast with Trang after the pilot. Nobody realized the implications until after several episodes had been filmed and it was too late to do anything about it.
23rd Nov '16 9:54:34 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/NoTomorrow'': Deirdre tries to back off from her relationship with Hank (who's black) while they're at work, and her boss perceives it wrongly. She's ordered to go into sensitivity training with Hank, but they can't stop themselves from making out right in front of the HR trainer.
--> I'm going to need a whole other set of paperwork.
18th Nov '16 2:52:10 PM Discar
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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' (in addition to characters who actually are racist or homophobic, which makes it seem that much likelier to be racist) has this exchange:
-->'''Healy:''' Which lesbian is that?
-->'''Pennsatucky:''' With the fat stomach and the haircut.
-->'''Healy:''' Black? She’s, like, the worst one.
-->'''Pennsatucky:''' No, she’s white. You know you can’t say that shit around here. Trust me—
-->'''Healy:''' No, no, no, no. You’re talking about Boo. ‘Black’ is her last name.

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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' (in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'':
** In
addition to characters who actually are racist or homophobic, which makes it seem that much likelier to be racist) has racist, there is this exchange:
-->'''Healy:''' --->'''Healy:''' Which lesbian is that?
-->'''Pennsatucky:'''
that?\\
'''Pennsatucky:'''
With the fat stomach and the haircut.
-->'''Healy:'''
haircut.\\
'''Healy:'''
Black? She’s, like, the worst one.
-->'''Pennsatucky:'''
one.\\
'''Pennsatucky:'''
No, she’s white. You know you can’t say that shit around here. Trust me—
-->'''Healy:'''
me--\\
'''Healy:'''
No, no, no, no. You’re talking about Boo. ‘Black’ is her last name.


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* ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'': In the pilot, when Lucifer meets a rapper who may have killed one of Lucifer's friends.
--> '''Lucifer''': My name is Lucifer Morningstar.\\
'''2Vile''': Lucifer Morningstar? That's a gay hip-hop name.\\
'''Lucifer''': Well, that offends me.\\
'''2Vile''': You have a problem with black people?\\
'''Lucifer''': No, not in the slightest. I just hate your music. And when I say "your music", I mean ''your'' music, not the music made by other black people. Without the blues there would be no Devil's music whatsoever. There are of course many giants in the field. Just not you. Am I being clear?
15th Nov '16 8:27:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Film/GuessWho'', a race-inverted remake of ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', is built on this trope. The patriarch (Bernie Mac) mistakes his daughter's fiance for racist for most of the film.

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* ''Film/GuessWho'', a race-inverted remake of ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', is built on this trope. The patriarch (Bernie Mac) mistakes his daughter's fiance for racist for most of the film. Near the end, the fiance tries to call him out on it, only to accidentally use the words "you people" to the predictable effect. [[spoiler:The father eventually realizes that the reason his daughter's fiance is unemployed is because he quit his high-paying job after his racist boss told him to break off the engagement. He commends the guy for sticking up for her and then calls him an idiot for quitting his job over an insult]].
15th Nov '16 8:25:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/NationalSecurity'', which gets a good half-hour out of the joke, Earl (Black) played by Martin Lawrence tries to get into his car when he finds that he has locked his keys inside. The police officer Hank (White) played by Steve Zahn confronts Earl and mistakes him for a car thief trying to break into the car. However, immediately after Earl is cuffed a bumblebee arrives and, as Earl is allergic to bumblebees, Hank attempts to swat the bee away to protect Earl from a potentially lethal reaction. Unfortunately, all that the bystanders see is a white cop savagely swinging a nightstick near a hand-cuffed black man, and to top it off the bee ''does'' manage to sting Earl. Afterwards, with a jittery recording of the encounter on the news and Earl seemingly bruised from the beating (But really just swollen from the bee sting) Hank was convicted with aggravated assault by an all black jury (and a single timid white guy) and sentenced to six months in prison.

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* In ''Film/NationalSecurity'', which gets a good half-hour out of the joke, Earl (Black) played by Martin Lawrence tries to get into his car when he finds that he has locked his keys inside. The police officer Hank (White) played by Steve Zahn confronts Earl and mistakes him for a car thief trying to break into the car. However, immediately after Earl is cuffed a bumblebee arrives and, as Earl is allergic to bumblebees, Hank attempts to swat the bee away to protect Earl from a potentially lethal reaction. Unfortunately, all that the bystanders see is a white cop savagely swinging a nightstick near a hand-cuffed black man, and to top it off the bee ''does'' manage to sting Earl. Afterwards, with a jittery recording of the encounter on the news and Earl seemingly bruised from the beating (But really just swollen from the bee sting) Hank was convicted with aggravated assault by an all black jury (and a single timid white guy) and sentenced to six months in prison. To be sure, the DA is initially reluctant to pursue the case, but Hank's Lieutenant insists that letting Hank off would result in a race riot.
15th Nov '16 8:23:47 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/NationalSecurity'', which gets a good half-hour out of the joke, Earl (Black) played by Martin Lawrence tries to get into his car when he finds that he has locked his keys inside. The police officer Hank (White) played by Steve Zahn confronts Earl and mistakes him for a car thief trying to break into the car. However, immediately after Earl is cuffed a bumblebee arrives and, as Earl is allergic to bumblebees, Hank attempts to swat the bee away to protect Earl from a potentially lethal reaction. Unfortunately, all that the bystanders see is a white cop savagely swinging a nightstick near a hand-cuffed black man, and to top it off the bee ''does'' manage to sting Earl. Afterwards, with a jittery recording of the encounter on the news and Earl seemingly bruised from the beating (But really just swollen from the bee sting) Hank was convicted with aggravated assault by an all black jury and sentenced to six months in prison.

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* In ''Film/NationalSecurity'', which gets a good half-hour out of the joke, Earl (Black) played by Martin Lawrence tries to get into his car when he finds that he has locked his keys inside. The police officer Hank (White) played by Steve Zahn confronts Earl and mistakes him for a car thief trying to break into the car. However, immediately after Earl is cuffed a bumblebee arrives and, as Earl is allergic to bumblebees, Hank attempts to swat the bee away to protect Earl from a potentially lethal reaction. Unfortunately, all that the bystanders see is a white cop savagely swinging a nightstick near a hand-cuffed black man, and to top it off the bee ''does'' manage to sting Earl. Afterwards, with a jittery recording of the encounter on the news and Earl seemingly bruised from the beating (But really just swollen from the bee sting) Hank was convicted with aggravated assault by an all black jury (and a single timid white guy) and sentenced to six months in prison.
8th Nov '16 4:48:32 PM nombretomado
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* The first ''Film/RushHour'' movie combines this with NWordPrivileges when Carter (who's black) and Lee (who's Asian) go to a pool hall. Carter, who's known by the patrons, greets them by saying "What's up, ma nigga?" While Carter goes into a back room to interrogate a source, Lee tries to start a friendly chat with the bartender using the same line (to be fair, though, Carter ''had'' previously instructed him to "follow my lead, and do what I do"). Since this is a JackieChan movie, [[BarBrawl Fighting Ensues]].

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* The first ''Film/RushHour'' movie combines this with NWordPrivileges when Carter (who's black) and Lee (who's Asian) go to a pool hall. Carter, who's known by the patrons, greets them by saying "What's up, ma nigga?" While Carter goes into a back room to interrogate a source, Lee tries to start a friendly chat with the bartender using the same line (to be fair, though, Carter ''had'' previously instructed him to "follow my lead, and do what I do"). Since this is a JackieChan Creator/JackieChan movie, [[BarBrawl Fighting Ensues]].
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