Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Spanish Tennis Team Shows The World Their Slant Eyes



After the controversy that was created with this picture of the Spanish basketball team  it would be fair to assume that making a facial gesture meant to mock another race should have been understood as patently racist and clearly not acceptable.  It seems that some groups of people are slow to learn.


H/T Blackperpsective

The following comes from skynews.

Olympic tennis silver-medallist Garrigues insisted the snap was not "racist" and was not intended to cause offence.

"We did it because we came to China. We don't want to do anything bad for Chinese people or Asian people," she said.

"We think maybe we took a bad picture but we never wanted to offend anybody. We didn't see it as a racist gesture."

Asked if she wanted to apologise, she replied: "Yes, sure. We never wanted to do anything bad."

Gee only maybe took a bad picture?  There is no maybe about this and what more it was knowingly racist.  How many times do Spanish athletes need to be told that making gestures like this are racist?  But this is what comes from a country that celebrates Columbus the father of the modern day slave trade.  This is from the country that made the word inquisition into a horrific nightmare.  So much for moving and growing from the past. Yikes they're different, they're not like us..let's go over there and plant our flag win some medals.


Danny said...

"We did it because we came to China."
Okay. So taking some pictures with some of the local Chinese people is out of style or what? There are plenty of ways commerate you trip to a foreign nation without offending them. More and more I really think this is about morale grandstanding. By that I mean people think that because of China's current reputation its "okay", "hip", "cool", and yes "progressive" to make fun of the Chinese people.

Lisa Harney said...

They didn't mean to cause offense or be racist, so it's not racist?

That sounds a lot easier than all this anti-racism I've been hearing about. I can just say "Oh no, I didn't intend for that to be racist" and I'm free and clear.

I'd tell all my white friends, but I suspect they already know.

Seriously, though, I've actually cut off all contact from a friend of mine because she insisted on that excuse for homophobia. I'm sick of people using their intentions as an excuse. I don't care that they didn't mean to stab anyone, I care that someone got stabbed and someone is responsible for it.

sardonic sister said...

WHAT the HELL? Who in their right mind would think that taking a picture like this is OKAY? This is disgusting. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

I totally agree with Lisa...just because you say you didn't *intend* to be racist doesn't make it okay. They should be stripped of a few (if not all) medals.