Friday, June 7, 2013

How to be sensitive when racial profiling

This really happened:

The Bank of Canada altered an image of an "Asian-looking" female scientist on the new polymer $100 bill because its policy is to not depict people of a "particular ethnic origin," a spokesman says.

The image of the female scientist looking into a microscope, alongside a bottle of insulin and a strand of DNA, was meant to celebrate Canada's medical innovations.

"Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences," says a 2009 report commissioned by the bank from The Strategic Counsel, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

The Western World lives under a PC theocracy, so one must be careful when he brushes up against demonstrable realities. Whether it's an advertisement or a banknote, you can't risk being even casually accurate in your portrayals of select parts of the human rainbow, even when that accuracy means a depiction of something positive (like having the smarts to be a scientist).

To depict people accurately means to commit the sin of "profiling." Ironically, this theocratic aversion to accuracy actually requires that everyone engage in a deeper degree of profiling. Because to avoid the profiling accusation, you must compile an extensive breakdown of the activities various groups engage in to ensure you don't make the mistake of showing them engaging in the activities they normally engage in. You have to then use this profile to show them doing things they don't do to avert the scandal of showing them doing things they do do.

For example, don't make the mistake of showing an Asian with a calculator (not that he would need one). Much safer to show him country line dancing. 
And you shouldn't depict an Indian winning a spelling bee. Instead, show him returning a meal because it's too spicy.
There is an exception to these PC commandments: you may profile a white person by showing him doing things he stereotypically does poorly; specifically rapping and dancing

Obey these directives and you’ll be able to safely sail the ocean of unreality that is our society.

White men can't tweet:



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