From my Hardline According to RobFather-X (series 2013)
“The fact that there are people in America who cannot recognize racially or ethnically disparaging comments or remarks and pictures or those made against a subculture in this day and age still perplexes me! When someone (like me) calls it out for what it is, those particular people always cry, “Black people love to find negativity, racism or bigotry in everything!'” as they overlook or choose to ignore the bigger picture – which may not necessarily be about Black people but about that of another ethnicity or subculture! Of those same people, many love to defend themselves by giving that tired, old and meaningless retort, “I’m not racist” or they might add, “I have friends and/or relatives who are [fill in the blank with any ethnic group or subculture].
Give me a fuckin’ break!
Perhaps such persons aren’t racist or a bigot but they sure as hell are ethnically and culturally insensitive and ignorant!”
Take a look at this picture I found posted on Facebook:
In my view, the title and the instructions for how to see or read the hidden message of the font is racist in itself. I said as much when I EDITED the picture to point out the most racist line in the instructions and add my comment. Here is my EDITED version which I posted on my Facebook page yesterday:
Now here is the Facebook (FB) transcript – verbatim , posted today, November 24, 2013, from the page of my Facebook friend Bonnie, who posted the picture. On my FB page Bonnie, told me she agreed with my assessment. However on her page, Bonnie’s friends who saw my comments, did not agree. Each of the women shown in the transcript below is White. That should not matter but to understand what is going on, I felt mentioning that fact here was necessary since I chose not to post their FB profile pictures or their last names. (That should show blog readers that I’m not a complete asshole.)
I’ve italicized their comments below.
RobFather GE Robinson: Bonnie, I know that you didn’t make this pic but I would be remiss if I didn’t express what I thought of it. I think this picture is RACIST. I find no humor in it! It implies that Japanese people cannot or do not fully visualize anything due to the natural shape of their eyes. What the creator of this picture SHOULD have suggested was for people to SQUINT their eyes in order to read the picture. The mention of the facial features of Japanese people should have been avoided!
13 hours ago • Like
Tabitha: Some people find something negative out of everything. I find it funny & I’m not racist, nor did racism cross my mind. Just the fact that I must have really bad eyes then!!! Haha thanks for bringing laughter to my day Bonnie.
5 hours ago via mobile • Like
RobFather GE Robinson: Oh here we go. By “some people” Tabitha, I must assume that you mean me, since I’m the one who made the comment about this picture. First, I never called or implied that anyone posting or reading this picture was a racist. I said that the picture was racist. It was my personal assessment of the picture and perhaps of its creator. You would have done well to have simply respected my comment as such. You should have just given YOUR comment of the PICTURE and saved the snide comment against me. You don’t know me to be making any personal assessment of anything I mind find “negative”. Second, going only by your profile photo, it appears to me that you are not an ethnic minority. If such is the case, then naturally, I would not expect you or some other non-person of color, or perhaps one who has not been the victim of racism, to understand and respect my point of view. Finally, I actually expected someone on Facebook to go on the defensive with that tired, old, yet very ignorant “I am not a racist” comment and take MY comment as being one that is negative. How sad that you Tabitha, are among the first to have met that expectation. It seems you have a lot to learn about ethnic sensitivity!
4 hours ago via mobile • Like
Diana: I really don’t think Tabitha meant to offend you in any way, just because she said some people… she thought it was funny. What I personally find amazing is that people of different ethnicities automatically ‘assume’ that everything has to have a racial motive behind it when it reality most could care less is what your ethnic background is- as long as you are a good person. Lastly, think of the first three letters of assume… that can really hurt people, especially when you don’t know them personally.
4 hours ago • Like • 1
Tabitha: Bringing up race is simply one more thing that prevents unity in this world. Can’t we all just laugh, smile & get along?
about an hour ago via mobile • Edited • Like • 1
RobFather GE Robinson: Diana, you feed into the notion by making the general assertion which so many non-persons of color make when you state that “people of different ethnicities automatically ‘assume’ that everything has to have a racial motive behind it”. I say, Get real.
As I said to Tabitha, I say to you and to anyone else reading this: you do not know me to assess my mindset with regard to the comment in the photo! However, since you DID make that ignorant assessment, let me be clear when I say that I never once assumed a thing nor did I imply that the picture or its creator cared about my ethnic background or that of someone else. Then you cancelled out any respect I might have had for your comment by resorting to the childish play on the word “assume”. This time I say, get real… AND grow up! I don’t subscribe to that play on a word.
As I posted, I feel that the words in this picture is inadvertent or implied racism against Japanese people. I repeat and firmly stand by my comment that the TITLE OF THE PICTURE AND THE STATEMENT about Japanese people and their facial attributes or features is racist. In my view, the creator of the picture either is racist or was being highly racially insensitive when telling people, that in order to see the humor of the picture they should look at the picture by “try pulling the corner of [their] eyes as if [they] were Japanese”. That is similar to telling someone that “To look like a Black person, a person needs go get their skin tanned to a certain tone or they need to get surgery to match the attributes of the Black person they prefer to appear as”. It is also similar to saying “To look or sound as a White person, all one needs to do is act this way or that.” It’s all racist! I would hope people would see these kinds of things as racist or, at least as a demeaning remark about a person’s physical attributes that may be different from their own. As I said, the TITLE OF THE PICTURE AND THE STATEMENT which are the “instructions” on what one needs to do to see the visual behind or embedded in the font design hiding the message about sex, implies that Japanese people cannot or do fully visualize anything – unless their eyes are ROUND like those of other people! Again, that’s RACIST! Unless one has the facial features of a Japanese person, how can such a comment be made and not be thought by any sensible person as being offensive? These of course, are my points of view. I do not speak for all people of color but I would hope that ALL people – regardless of their ethnicity – would see the obvious racially offensive overtones in the words of the picture and agree with my assessment. The comment referring to hidden message about sex is funny, yes; but couldn’t the author of the picture simply have told viewers to SQUINT their eyes to see that message and avoid referring to Japanese people? Was it necessary to title the “test” as being a “Japanese Eye Test”? Is there anyone here who knows what a Japanese eye test actually is? I doubt it!
You all speak about “humor, laughing, smiling and getting along”. I’m all for that. But my ethnicity notwithstanding, I cannot stand by and allow something which I find to be a demeaning or racially disparaging or bigoted remark or reference against any group of people or sub-society to go without calling it out for what I think it is. The fact that I had to explain how racist the title and instructions in this picture are, tells me that you don’t know much about recognizing the signs of racist things! As I stated to Tabitha, it seems to me that you too Diana – and others who agree with you and who blatantly choose to ignore the needless reference to the good Japanese people in this picture, have a lot to learn about ethnic sensitivity! That’s all I’m going to say on this subject.//
41 minutes ago • Edited • Like
Diana: First of all, I AM a color- every single person in this world is a color and I could care less if you’re pink, purple with polka dots… if you’re a good person, then I don’t have a problem with you. Obviously YOU have a problem with color… Did you copy and paste your comment or did you really spend a lot of time typing your diatribe? What my aunt posted was a JOKE- like all of the other JOKES that go all over social media… I really don’t care what you think about me; you don’t know me either but here’s something for you to think about…. one of my best friends is black (and cannot believe what she’s reading right now)… in fact, out of the people I know personally, I can trust my black friends more than my white friends (that was funny, I had to sit there for a few minutes because I don’t put color into anything). Considering the college courses I’ve taken on Ethnic Responsibility and Values, Ethnic cultures, psychology, sociology… I could go on and on… I would have to say, again, sir -ASS-uming, ASS-essment… It’s not childish, it’s you trying to play your race card when Tabitha is right and you have to sit and act like an ASS- people are people- I think you need to take some classes on ethnicity yourself- and get some professional psychological help for your need to blame every little thing you see as ‘racial’. I’m so glad you are done talking about the subject because I really don’t like seeing someone make an ASS out of themselves… have a good day!
12 minutes ago • Like
RobFather GE Robinson: … and so, THIS ^^^^^^ comment just proves my point beyond all else. Sweet. And I never needed to lay any bait. Sweeter! Thank you for showing your TRUE self, Diana!
NOW I’m done!
4 minutes ago • Like
Readers, I stand by the words I wrote in the edited picture and the comments above. Of course, I expect more negative comments to my point of view on this topic that will be posted on my friend’s page but I won’t respond to them and have since stopped following that status post. Also, if you notice, neither Diana or Tabitha addressed the reference the author made to the Japanese people and their physical attributes. That tells me a lot about these women. It should tell you something too.