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"SNL" Teaches Us "Diversity" Means Assimilation

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Writer Says Most Blacks on Show Have Not Been Happy

Cold-Weather Super Bowl Has Firsts for Media, Latinos

Study Details While Male Dominance of Sunday Talk Shows


MSNBC Staffer Fired After Tweet on Interracial Marriages

U.N. Rights Commissioner Says Egypt Hampers Journalists


Asian Americans Split on Changing Immigration Policy

State of the Union Ratings Lowest Since 2000


Asian Americans Win Pledges From ABC After Kimmel Flap

Team Consults GOP Figures in Answering "Redskins" Query


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The Jan. 18 edition of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Drake, center, fea

Writer Says Most Blacks on Show Have Not Been Happy

"In the early part of the past decade, I wrote biographies of two famously deceased actors from Saturday Night Live, John Belushi and Chris Farley," Tanner Colby wrote this month for Slate. "Having exhausted the dead, fat comedian genre, I decided to write a somewhat humorous but mostly serious history of racial integration in post-Jim Crow America. So, in the wake of SNL'srecent diversity controversy, and this week's casting of actress Sasheer Zamata, I seem to find myself uniquely positioned to write a history of racial integration at Saturday Night Live."

Colby's piece appeared Jan. 9, after Zamata was added to the cast following protests over lack of an African American woman on the show. Colby expanded on his essay Friday on "News One Now" with Roland Martin, which airs on TV One. Martin, referring to his own tenure in mainstream television, told viewers the essay had not received enough attention.

"The fact that a history of racial integration at Saturday Night Live can fit within the confines of a Slate article is, in itself, a pretty clear indication of the problem at hand," Colby's piece continued. "And the current struggles with race in Studio 8H offer us a sadly useful illustration of what's wrong with 'diversity' in this country generally.

"The entire roster of black performers from the show's 39-year history can be quickly broken down into three simple groups:

"a) The disgruntleds, the washouts, and the walk-offs.

"b) The ones who stuck around.

"c) Eddie Murphy. . . ."

Colby, author of 'Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America," also wrote, "Unfortunately, this is hardly a problem confined to America's pre-eminent sketch comedy show. SNL's current predicament is a perfect example of why our national conversation about diversity spins in place and never actually goes anywhere. For years now, from our television screens to our corporate boardrooms, we've been watching a tug of war take place: racial-justice advocates demanding more and more diversity and exasperated hiring managers exclaiming, We can’t find any diversity! We’re looking hard, we promise!

"One reason these two factions keep talking past each other is that they're talking about two completely different things. When racial-justice advocates call for more diversity, what they're saying is that the hiring pipelines into America's majority-white industries need to be expanded to include a truly multicultural array of voices and talents from all ethnic corners of America; they want equal opportunity for minorities who don't necessarily conform to the social norms of the white majority.

"When exasperated hiring managers use the word diversity, what they really mean is that they're looking for assimilated diversity — people like [Maya] Rudolph and Zamata. More Bill Cosbys. More Will Smiths. Faces and voices that are black but nonetheless reflect a cultural bearing that white people understand and feel comfortable with. . . ."

Colby noted that the largest category of black talent hired for "SNL" ended up in the "disgruntleds, the washouts, and the walk-offs" category.

He continued, "Maya Rudolph, for instance, has no shortage of talent, but her success on the show probably had as much to do with her ability to form relationships with white people as it did her ability to land a joke. Because that's what working at Saturday Night Live is. It's not performing live on television at 11:30 on Saturday night. It's hanging out with a peer group of mostly white writers, producers, and crew members and forming the relationships necessary to be given the opportunity to perform live on television at 11:30 on Saturday night — something Garrett Morris learned only in hindsight. . . ."

Colby also said, "To talk about assimilation takes the onus off of NBC's human resources department and puts it squarely on the shoulders of the rest of us. In other words, it's not just SNL that needs more racial integration. Comedians do, in their personal lives. Which will require a greater commitment on the part of government to create housing, education, and other policies that allow for greater social mobility for minorities, a willingness on the part of white people to learn how to share their toys, and a willingness on the part of black people to jettison romantic notions of multiculturalism and ethic nationalism and to jump in the melting pot with the rest of us ... a fundamental reordering of society, in other words. . . ."

"In the massive Sheraton Times Square Meeting Room, tables are set up from front

Cold-Weather Super Bowl Has Firsts for Media, Latinos

Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first played outdoors in a cold-weather city, the first to be televised in Spanish, and will boast 104 stations broadcasting live from Super Bowl Radio Row in New York.

"Not only do you have stations from Denver, Seattle and New York, the cities that have the most interest in this year's Big Game, but you have also have stations from as far away as Australia that will beam their shows live to their listeners back home," Ken Fang reported Friday for awfulannouncing.com.

According to research by the MediaVest media agency, 52 percent of Super Bowl television viewers plan to use their mobile phones during the Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks matchup and another 23 percent will be using their tablets, Broadcasting & Cable reported on Friday.

With all the talk about the weather for Sunday's game, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lamented that the two teams playing should have the spotlight instead of the Doppler radar, Tim Baysinger wrote for Broadcasting & Cable. "People seem to be overlooking the great teams that we have here," Goodell said Friday at a State of the League news conference. "I think the game itself is going to carry the day and it should."

Pam Oliver

For Pam Oliver, Fox Sports veteran sideline reporter, this Super Bowl could be her last, Bob Raissman reported Wednesday for the Daily News in New York

" 'Look, it (that Sunday could be her last game for Fox) has entered my mind. I'm a realist,' she said. 'My husband cautioned me, admonished me really, not to treat this as a farewell tour.'

"Easier said than done."

Raissman also wrote, "All season long, Oliver, who has been with Fox for 19 years, 12 working as sideline reporter with the No. 1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, watched the Foxies continue treating Erin Andrews like a queen, giving her a major push on college football and NFL telecasts. Andrews has joined Oliver on the sidelines during the postseason. The Foxies all but fit Oliver for a second-team jersey.

"Or were they just greasing the skids for her exit? . . ."

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will face off against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST.

"Fox Deportes, formerly Fox Sports en Español, is airing the game Sunday for the first time with three commentators and a sideline reporter," Bianca Prieto reported Wednesday for the Denver Post.

" 'It's about time the Spanish-speaking people get to watch a Super Bowl without having to hit the SAP button on the remote,' said Fox Deportes broadcaster John Laguna. 'All the Super Bowls have been broadcast (in parts of Latin America), it's surprising it has taken so long ... this should have happened 10 years ago. . . .' "

Jerry Brewer, sports columnist for the Seattle Times, wrote Thursday, "For a change, the matchup is worthy of the hype.

"The Seahawks and Denver Broncos are true dominant teams with dissimilar styles. It's the league's best defense (Seattle) against its best offense (Denver). And for only the second time in 20 years, the No. 1 seeds in each conference have made it to the big game. . . ."

Tony Castro, writing Tuesday for voxxi.com, noted another milestone. "It may be historic — the first time three Hispanics have been starters on a Super Bowl team. The National Football League says it does not keep those kinds of statistics, but an unofficial check of former Super Bowl teams suggests this is unprecedented," Castro wrote.

Castro quoted Broncos guard Louis Vasquez, "I don't think there's ever been two Hispanics on the same team." His Hispanic teammates are running back Knowshon Moreno and center Manny Ramirez.

As reported earlier this week, among the commercials will be "another 30-second parable about diversity," during the year's biggest showcase for advertising, Stuart Elliot wrote for the New York Times.

"The brand is Cheerios cereal, which introduced in May a commercial featuring an interracial family that unexpectedly generated an outpouring of vituperative online remarks. Instead of shying away from the controversy, the maker of Cheerios, General Mills, has decided to bring out a sequel during this Sunday's championship game, probably in the first half.

"The new Cheerios commercial represents the first time that the brand, introduced in 1941, will be advertised in a Super Bowl. The sequel features the same cast members portraying the same contemporary family as in the original: black father, white mother and biracial daughter. . . ."

Some viewers will be tuning in to see Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, whose brash talk in a post-game interview with Andrews lit up the Internet with disparagements of the African American Stanford graduate as a "thug."

Brewer interviewed Sherman on "Media Day" Tuesday. "It felt like a normal chat with Sherman at his locker. He was engaging and eloquent," Brewer wrote. "He gave thoughtful answers to every question, even the dumb ones. If Richard being Richard is how people explain his passionate, unsportsmanlike conduct after the NFC Championship Game, then what was Tuesday's performance?

"Richard being Richard, too.

"Richard being the best of Richard. . . ."

Study Details White Male Dominance of Sunday Talk Shows

"A Media Matters review of the Sunday morning political talk shows finds that white males largely dominated the guest lists in 2013. Rob Savillo reported Thursday for Media Matters for America.

"MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and Up with Steve Kornacki achieved greater ethnic and gender diversity than the broadcast shows or CNN's State of the Union. Overall, conservatives outnumbered progressives on the four broadcast Sunday morning shows."

The subheads tell the story: "White Men Represented The Largest Proportion Of Guests On Every Show," "White Men Represented The Largest Proportion Of Solo Interviews," "White Men Were Overrepresented On Broadcast And CNN," "More Than 70 Percent Of Broadcast And CNN Guests Were Men," "White People Were An Overwhelming Majority Of Broadcast And CNN Guests," "Top Ten Solo Interview Guests Are All Men, Only One Person Of Color," "White, Conservative Men Were the Largest Demographic Group On The Broadcast Sunday Morning Shows," and "On Broadcast Shows, Republicans And Conservatives Hosted More Often Than Democrats And Progressives Overall."

MSNBC Staffer Fired After Tweet on Interracial Marriages

"MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday for a tweet suggesting conservatives 'hate' interracial marriages and 'dismissed' the staffer who authored it to me," Dylan Byers reported Thursday for Politico.

" 'The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet,' Griffin wrote in a statement.

" 'I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended,' he continued. 'At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.'

"Earlier on Thursday, Priebus sent a letter to Griffin announcing that he would ban all staff members and surrogates from appearing on the liberal news network until Griffin personally and publicly apologized. Priebus also said he had 'asked Republican surrogates and officials to follow our lead.'

"Following Griffin's apology, RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer sent a memo to staff informing them that the chairman had accepted Griffin’s apology."

Byers also wrote, "The tweet, which MSNBC posted on Wednesday night, directed readers to an MSNBC article about a Cheerios Super Bowl ad that features a biracial family. 'Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,' the tweet read."

Erik Wemple added Thursday for the Washington Post: "Note, too, the wording in the apology regarding the firing: 'We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.' It doesn’t say that they've dismissed the person who wrote the tweet, merely the person 'responsible' for it. As argued earlier on the Erik Wemple Blog, 'responsibility' for that tweet could well encompass many different folks at the network. . . ."

U.N. Rights Commissioner Says Egypt Hampers Journalists

"The United Nations has expressed concern about the 'increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks' on journalists in Egypt, singling out three Al Jazeera reporters held for more than a month," Al Jazeera reported on Friday.

"In a statement released on Friday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the clampdown on the media by Egyptian authorities was hampering the ability of journalists to operate freely.

" 'In recent months, there have been numerous reports of harassment, detention and prosecution of national and international journalists as well as violent attacks, including several that led to injuries to reporters trying to cover last weekend’s third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution,' " said Rupert Colville, the commissioner's spokesman.

"The UNHCR said it was concerned about the Egyptian Prosecutor-General's intention to bring to trial 16 local and three foreign journalists working for Al Jazeera, on charges including 'aiding a terrorist group' and 'harming the national interest. . . ."

Asian Americans Split on Changing Immigration Policy

"Next to Latinos, the Asian-American community is the second-largest demographic group likely to be impacted by the expected changes in the nation's immigration policy," Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Mark Hugo Lopez reported Thursday for the Pew Research Center. "President Obama and Democrats in Congress are pushing for reform this year, and Republicans are expected to offer specific proposals in the coming weeks.

"Asian Americans comprised five percent of the U.S. population in 2012. The largest Asian origin groups are Chinese (24%), Indian (20%) and Filipino (18%). Eight-in-ten (79%) of the nation’s 12.2 million Asian-American adults are foreign born, a share greater than that among Hispanic adults (50%). Asian Americans also make up a larger share than Hispanics of new immigrants arriving in the U.S., making the topic of immigration reform an important one to the Asian-American community.

"When it comes to evaluations of how well the current U.S. immigration system is working, Asian Americans are split. 45% say the system 'works pretty well and requires only minor changes' while 47% say the system 'needs to be completely rebuilt' or 'needs major changes,' according to a recent survey of Asian-American adults from the Pew Research Center. . . ."

President Obama reviews his State of the Union speech one last time while waitin

State of the Union Ratings Lowest Since 2000

"More networks than ever before covered the State of the Union address Tuesday night, but the total audience still came in lower than any year since 2000," Bill Carter reported Wednesday for the New York Times.

"President Obama's speech was seen by 33.3 million viewers, according to figures published by Nielsen. That was down just a touch from the 33.5 million who watched last year, but far off Mr. Obama's initial 'SOTU' in 2009, when he was seen by 52.3 million viewers. . . ."

Asian Americans Win Pledges From ABC After Kimmel Flap

Asian American groups reached agreement with ABC Television officials last week after meeting about an October "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to avoid paying down U.S. debt to the country.

Kimmel asked a group of children how the United States should pay back the $1.3 trillion it owes to China, the world's second-largest economy.

A 6-year-old said, "Kill everyone in China." Kimmel replied: "That's an interesting idea."

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates announced Thursday that ABC officials agreed on at least these steps at the Jan. 24 meeting:

  • "An apology to community leaders for the hateful comments aired;

  • "Acknowledgement that such language and material can and do contribute to hate crimes;

  • "Removal of the Kids Table segment from Jimmy Kimmel [Live], their website, and all social media;

  • "A commitment to neither develop nor air any more skits using the Kids Table format;

  • "Cultural sensitivity training for network staff;

  • "Ongoing meetings with ABC executive producers to include more Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in their programming and staff, at all levels;

  • "The development of a community-network advisory group to develop national programming during APA Heritage Month in May."

OCA leaders identified the ABC executives present as Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group; Hope Hartman, vice president of corporate communications; Steve Milovich, senior vice president of global human resources, talent and workforce diversity; Olivia Cohen-Cutler, senior vice president of broadcast standards and practices; and Tim McNeal, vice president of talent development and diversity.

The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition also participated.

Team Consults GOP Figures in Answering "Redskins" Query

"This morning, my colleague Travis Waldron published an important and exhaustive account of how the term 'Redskins' turned into a slur and became deeply intertwined with the growth of football in America, and of the forty-year campaign to end the Washington, DC football team's use of the name," Alyssa Rosenberg wrote Thursday for Think Progress. It's a fascinating history. And in the course of reporting it, we asked the team for comment.

"What we got was more revealing than the team intended. Travis was copied on a series of emails between Tony Wyllie, the organization’s vice president of communications, and a group of men he'd consulted about Travis's question. They included Republican messaging consultant Frank Luntz, former Virginia governor and Senator (and son of a former Redskins head coach) George Allen, and former George W. Bush administration White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

"Travis was asking basic questions about the origin story the team relies on to justify its use of the name — the organization says they chose 'Redskins' to honor a coach who may not have been Native American at all — and the organization’s reaction to a pending trademark case and public criticism. In response, Bruce Allen, the team's executive vice president and general manager, called those queries 'ignorant.' . . ."

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Chris Williams

Diversity just means less white people. Nobody is pressuring schools that have a large non-white student base to diversify and bring in more whites. There's no pressure on cities which have a mostly non-white population to bring in more whites. No one is pressuring non-white countries to racially diversify or be labeled racists if they do not. This only happens to us. If I as a white person were to say I wanted a non-white country like Kenya or Saudi Arabia or Vietnam to bring in millions of non-natives and race mix themselves out of existence I would be called a racist but again, that's exactly what's happening to us under the guise of diversity. Diversity is simply the racial displacement of white people on a grand scale.

Hermio

The term "diversity" is based on the premise that people of different races are intrinsically different. Isn't that what white racists have always believed? Maybe we should just promote equal opportunity and fight race-based discrimination, and not promote the diversity narrative. FlagShare LikeReply mountainwestbob mountainwestbob 8 hours ago @Hermio There's a lot to say for your thought. Here's another angle to consider: My mother was the 4th of 7 kids. Two of the three younger than she died young. All the older kids spoke their ancestral language at home, and learned/used English in school and in the streets. Along came a "nativist" movement in the years before WWI; speaking the old tongue was frowned upon or worse, all were forced to assimilate. Mom never learned the ancestral language or songs, and she had no stories to pass along to me. She always felt that an essential part of herself had been stolen from her. She always resented the movement that required assimilation. Please remember that "assimilation" is what the Europeans forced on the Native Americans who had an established culture for thousands of years before the new guys showed up. Please don't forget that that process - including introduced religions, languages and diseases (especially diseases) resulted in the deaths of as many as 95% of all native peoples, destroying the foundations of those Native cultures. That process of assimilation "required" that Native children be separated from their families and sent to Indian Schools that were often more interested in inculcating religion and making a profit than in improving life for Native people. That process also resulted in separation of Native peoples from their traditional lands and ways of life. All this assimilation continues to this day, and our Native Americans have never fully recovered.

So, I agree on promotion of opportunity and reduction of discrimination. But, I also say "Let us cherish our differences, for we all have inherited traits that will enrich those who come after us."

Chris Williams 

@Hermio The races are naturally different and most people will agree on that actually, as long as you are saying something positive about non-whites. If I say black people are better at basketball than whites because of genetics, who would call me racist? Yet if I suggest that black people might naturally be more prone to crime, that's racist. When it comes to talking about racial differences the unwritten rule is that it's okay as long as you are building up blacks and disparaging whites.

 

OnionG

Quote: "He continued, "Maya Rudolph, for instance, has no shortage of talent, but her success on the show probably had as much to do with her ability to form relationships with white people as it did her ability to land a joke. Because that's what working at Saturday Night Live is. It's not performing live on television at 11:30 on Saturday night. It's hanging out with a peer group of mostly white writers, producers, and crew members and forming the relationships necessary to be given the opportunity to perform live on television at 11:30 on Saturday night — something Garrett Morris learned only in hindsight. . . ."

"Her ability to form relationships with white people as it did her ability to land a joke."

Telling the joke is the job, forming or not forming positive work and social relationships defines a career.

That's everywhere in America regardless of whether the people are White, Black or any other color.

I had a discussion with a young Black man at the fitness center who changed jobs as a medical assistant at a large hospital with employees of all races to working in an all White employees, privately owned store pharmacy with his overall objective to end up working for the Veterans Administration.

He told me that he really didn't like the pharmacy that much because he was always bored, it was too slow paced, he felt out of place and too non busy compared to the large hospital because he was always busy and on edge stress assisting patient's needs.

I told him this is what happens when you go from a large organization, always uptempo, stressful and fast paced work environment where work in the #1 priority above anything else to a much smaller and slower work environment when work is also the #1 priority but others things also matter just as much and in this slower environment, building close "social" and not personal relationships are probably more of a priority also.

I also told him that in order to build a better working team and build better work relationships in this smaller close knit environment and employees, you may be asked to attend with the entire staff (they were also individually asked) to a company "social function" dinner after work hours that may happen a few times a year the boss will pay for out of pocket expense for everyone in a restaurant or at his home of residence.

He look surprised and told me he would not attend if asked because he doesn't like any of them and he had nothing in common with any of those White people except working with them.

I told him that dinner function with your colleagues and boss was also after hours "work related" because it's just an extension of you regular work day and all about the positive; building overall team cohesion, team spirit, teamwork and unity that improves/increases work production, morale and makes for a more positive professional and social work atmosphere.

Like many African Americans, they have never had social interactions or associations with Whites outside of the workplace as a collective work group and it can also be said about Whites regarding Blacks but less of the latter because the ratio percentages of Black to Whites at work anywhere in America is more than likely, extremely one sided.

Another Black guy who works in corporate America was there and I described the situation to him and he told him "you really don't have any choice but to go".

It's not just a dinner and I also asked him, "what is your final career objective"?.....To leave the pharmacy at some point and work for the Veteran Administration.

The "White's only" pharmacy:

Your overall work performance, teamwork, leadership and technical skills, social skills, annual evaluations, letter of recommendations etc.,.. All those things that will greatly assist you during an interview trying to obtain that job at the Veterans Administration and positive social interactions and relationships outside of work helps your cause.

Also consider and assume that "you don't know who someone else knows" because that pharmacy owner may know the person who will interview you and/or hire you for that Veterans Administration job you're seeking (both work in the field of medicine) and besides your resume and interview performance, a social dinner between the two (the ones you refuse to attend) and discussing you as an employee and as a person may positively or negatively impact your chances.

You're not selling your soul or not being "Black enough" because you can assimilate and engage in what many African Americans do and that's called "duality" (the contrast between two different or somewhat similar concepts) get along with others of a so-called different culture or traditions but if you boldly continue to resist and refuse because you think you're selling out as a Black man with the potential of losing your "ghetto pass", you may end up like the disgruntleds, the washouts, and the walk-offs this article talks about and not like Eddie Murphy or Maya Rudolph who both successfully told the joke AND built positive and lasting relationships on "Saturday Night Live" that further defined both extremely successful, very versatile, very lucrative and long lasting Hollywood careers.

saltpeanuts

"Colby also said, "To talk about assimilation takes the onus off of NBC's human resources department and puts it squarely on the shoulders of the rest of us. In other words, it's not just SNL that needs more racial integration. Comedians do, in their personal lives. Which will require a greater commitment on the part of government to create housing, education, and other policies that allow for greater social mobility for minorities, a willingness on the part of white people to learn how to share their toys, and a willingness on the part of black people to jettison romantic notions of multiculturalism and ethic nationalism and to jump in the melting pot with the rest of us ... a fundamental reordering of society, in other words. . . ." "

One of the greatest impediments to social mobility and true integration is the cost of housing. Housing cost is used to keep the different classes in societies segregated. Working class people spend the majority of their income on housing and have little left over to spend on education, healthcare, home-maintenance, goods and services, etc. On the other hand millionaires and billionaires spend exorbitant amounts on homes, which they probably spend little time in, and still have exorbitant amounts of disposable income. Integration will never be achieved in the face of the disparity of wealth that exist. Affordable housing should be a human right. Too much wealth is focused in that one segment of the economy, and it weakens the overall economy. We are still trying to recover from its latest effects. Low housing cost for working class people would mean more money to spend on goods and services, which would create more jobs. If there is going to a conversation about integration, let it be a meaningful one. To imply that Black people can't relate to a Will Smith or Bill Cosby is ridiculous. How does one then explain the popularity of their shows? You will never satisfy Black people in an instant like this. Some will find the humor offensive no matter who the comedian is. Was there any mention of writers in the article? That is where you would get the greatest impact on diversity of content.

QuietThoughts

There is another side to it, from what I see every major change / trend in the US is being set by people of color. Language, sports, music, art, social media, use of smart phones, on and on the list goes and yes, even comedy. SNL is 39 years old, it was created by and for white folk and I think it's too old and calcified to really change so it will simply become irrelevant.

In other words, like it or not white folk are being assimilated by people of color in many (and soon to be most) instances.

knowledgeisking

@QuietThoughts Wow, how long did it take you to think this one up? Whites are being assimilated? Although numerous cultures have contributed to America's current status, the brunt of who you are, the improved human condition you experience (compared to your ancestors) and the many technologies and learned methods have come directly through the culture you so hate — Europe.

A bit of background ... you may not be aware but science tells us that all of humanity started in one place. All that we do and know is learned. No one group or culture was privileged over the other. However ... It is well known that cultures develop (especially prior to the industrial revolution) in large part to ones local environment and understanding of the physical world. The learned methods of the Age of Enlightenment, with a major focus on individual rights and a fight against tyranny was systematized in Europe and is now pursued all around the globe. It is this culture that brings you practically every thing that you delight in.

Nothing special about the fact that it developed best in Europe as science has also shown us that all humans are the same. No group is smarter or more developed. The differences we see are all superficial (skin color, height, etc.). The fact that individual rights became a priority in Europe has many, many causes. We should celebrate that it occurred and seek to protect it going forward. The issue is not Whites are being assimilated. It is that numerous other demographics have witnessed what took root in Europe and seek to participate. With the technological advancements gained from the Age of Enlightenment the Europeans could have easily wiped all other people off of the Earth. They didn't, they shared what they learned. Was the path always smooth? No but I'm sure as you went through school you didn't get 100 on every test you took.

You show a serious desire to hate, yet don't understand the bigger picture. A shame.

QuietThoughts @knowledgeisking

"Europe... It is this culture that brings you practically every thing that you delight in."

Wrong.

knowledgeisking  @QuietThoughts @knowledgeisking

I see you delight in using your computer, connecting on the Internet. I'll go out on a limb and assume that you live in an air conditioned building, with a sewer system, running water, electric service, etc. I'll also assume that you take advantage of medical services, and when you travel you make use of a modern forms of transportation. All of the above and more are byproducts of the Age of Enlightenment. This time frame brought to humanity a focus on the individual (as opposed to tyrannical leaders), freedom of thought, expression, speech. Ideas flowed, better understanding of the physical world occurred ... the result has been improved conditions for all on the planet. Including you.

Hermio

@knowledgeisking @QuietThoughts You will likely be excoriated for that tome, and called a racist. But I believe you made valid points. One I like to add is that 100% of everything you own was brought to you by capitalism. This is true even in societies that call themselves socialist.

QuietThoughts

Won't the problem simply fade to nothing as Whites become just another minority? I believe so...

Hermio

@QuietThoughts I hope people of all races will eventually just see each other as people. What you call "assimilation" might be better described as a melding of cultures, which has happened throughout history as various cultures came into contact. Sometimes it has been peaceful, sometimes violent. I pray ours will be peaceful from this time forward.

fsilber 

In other words, we want white managers to hire, develop and promote black people who don't get along with white people. fsilber

""The fact that a history of racial integration at Saturday Night Live can fit within the confines of a Slate article is, in itself, a pretty clear indication of the problem at hand,"

Uh, what exactly is the problem of a TV shows racial integration history fitting within the confines of a Slate article?

knowledgeisking

Why Black liberals (e.g., those working at theRoot) run around kissing White liberal's butts then complain about not being treated fairly by them is beyond me. Oscar awards, fashion models, SNL, etc., etc.

Have you guys ever thought that if you keep doing the same thing you'll keep getting the same results? Very odd behavior.

Perhaps if you become more balanced with your focus and perspective White liberals won't take you for granted (or is "a fool" more appropriate?)

btw - how about a little brevity

mountainwestbob

Let's see: I'm white. So, if SNL fronts an actor/actress of color that I like, it's a major failing on SNL's part. Their job - as a commercial, profit-making institution - is to hire folks that I have no chance of understanding or thinking well of. The whole point - of making a profit - is to alienate the audience.

Got to go back to school. Back when I took economics, it seemed the other way around. And, even as a business manager, it made sense to me to appeal to the preferences and needs of my customers, while also educating them to additional potentials and possibilities. My district was at the front of the movement to employ, promote and celebrate people of diverse backgrounds, including gender, color, age and educational attainment. I thought we did well because we did good, both for our customers and our employees. How could I have been so wrong? Got to really annoy, confuse and anger the customers; that's the way to succeed.

Good thing I missed that "education."

Mike Miller

A lot of typing there, but is she funny?

Sewejer6

  You don't want to be assimilated into the rest of the HUMAN RACE? Heaven forbid we should all be brothers and sisters, is that what you mean?

ricthought1

No, SNL teaches us that assimilation means Dependency and, loss of self reliance.

 

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