As a note, you should head on over to liviapenn's collection of links
on this topic as she's done a far better job than I ever could of recapping the current controversy.
under a rock
not in the know, the short version is that the folks at daily_deviant
put up a prompt of "miscegenation." If you're unaware of this word you can pat yourselves on the back and be glad this particular bit of disgusting human history managed to pass you by. However the idea behind it is that whites should not marry outside of their race because non-whites are subhuman. It's not a compliment
in other words. A synonym for this word would not be "snugglepalooza."
Again hit the links in liviapenn
's LJ for far better rundowns than I could give the offensiveness of this term justice to. The point that I'm focusing on leaps ahead to this post
by the DD mods, which has disallowed comments. So instead of replying over there, I reply over here.
Specifically I reply to:Second, your interpretation of the word 'miscegenation' as "implicitly calling people of color niggers" is simply not the prevalent interpretation around the world. See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miscegenation. (applying the term, among other ways, to denote a mixing of classes, and setting out the various historical contexts in which the word has been used)
http://www.answers.com/topic/miscegenation. (applying the term generally, to connote mixing of races)
http://miscegenation.com/ (an interracial dating site)
Because ARE YOU KIDDING ME? As a friendly tip: read
the links you're using as your fact-checking sources before posting them as documentation. In order, Wikipedia's entry
takes all of two sentences
before stating "Today, the term 'miscegenation' in English-speaking countries is often a loaded word and is by many considered offensive." of which the second sentence is the one I just quoted
doesn't hit it out of the gate as quickly but in the second paragraph we get to "The enactment of antimiscegenation laws can be attributed to a variety of factors, including economic considerations and a desire on the part of some for the maintenance of so-called 'racial purity.'"
and then a more detailed history on how the concept and the laws therein were created to, amongst other things, "to force indentured white female servants to marry black male slaves to produce more slaves by birth from a slave father"
Well that sure sounds like 100% fun with no room for possible unhappy interpretations! And I'm sure a Harry Potter community
would have no reason to think that the concept of "racial purity" would be espoused by anybody but the good guys!
, the "interracial dating site." Because lord knows a title bar
wouldn't lie. Click the link. It's a portal
. A portal used to point to other
dating sites (though really it's mostly to other portals but at some point one assumes a dating site of some kind will pop up). Of which "interracial" is only one category, and it's the one suggested as the more relevant link by the site in question
. It's not as though there's anybody in Harlem right now saying "I'd like to explore my dating options in terms of the human color spectrum. Let me hie straightaway to miscegenation.com, for verily this
is the site which I and all my brothers and sisters of color shall truly find our needs catered to." It's a domain name that got cybersquatted by somebody for whatever fuck unknown reason but it ain't match.com for the next generation of Mr. and Mrs. Willis
Look, I'm not saying the DD mods are racist. I'm sure they, like many folks, did not know how bad miscegenation is. However it is eyerollingly laughable to try to say "Even assuming your narrow interpretation of the word 'miscegenation' was shared by everyone – which it certainly is not"
when their own frakkin' links to defend themselves prove Zvi's
point and not theirs.
Christ. Skim and hit your scrollbar once in a while. It won't kill you.
ETA: Just for shits and giggles I googled "micegenation." Here are the links I got:Our pals at Wiki
)The Miscegenation Hoax
, which describes how the idea of mixing races was used to scare people.The American Heritage Dictionary
, which admittedly does not reference the offensiveness of the termThe American Melting Pot?
which covers a good chunk of this fun and fluffy history.
And then dictionary
, and an LJ post about the offspring of a horse and a zebra
insert your own "His wife?" joke here
Those are all the links on the first Google page that I got. I'm now vaguely curious as to what search terms the DD mods used to get their
links, as apparently you've got to work for them and, as I mention above, it's not like the links worked out too well.