So, to keep from derailing the Fat Acceptance thread, there was something that was touched on that I think is worth talking about.
It seems to be a common trait amongst white people that when they say anything with even vaguely negative racial connotations, they must invoke what I am now going to refer to as the Diversity Principle. I'm sure at one point or another you've heard someone say "Oh, don't worry dude, I'm not racist/sexist/X, I have tons of X friends."
I guess it's because when you're white, there's this vague suspicion that if you aren't a completely die-hard supporter of the trials and tribulations of any minority group of any stripe, you get called out at being some white supremacist jerkoff at even the slightest mention of a specific group or generic statement, and thus people feel the need to justify that they are not, in fact, racist.
Feel free to also discuss the complex amongst much of the white community about the commonly held subconscious belief that we are, in fact, all complete racist douchebags if we don't invoke the Diversity Principle whenever we mention someone who is not of the same demographic as us.
BONUS ROUND: If you are white, invoke the diversity principle at the end of your post: My best friend is black, my roomate is a gay black man, my step-dad is black, and I have a half-sister and half-brother who are both obviously half black, and I've only ever dated one white woman, the rest have all been hispanic. Natch.
edited 25th Feb '11 7:06:54 PM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.