I found this picture on a friend-of-a-friend's myspace page. The caption reads "I has a crayon".
The boy who is using it as his profile pic is white. He also has the quote "for a good time, call sheniequa (fa fo fo-na fa fo fo)" at the top of his page. Apparantly people think these sort of things are funny. His friends left comments under the picture that said things like "lol" (laugh out loud), or "lmao" "laughing my a** off".
I left a message saying how racist I think it is, and the boy responded with a a rant of profanities followed by the question "How is it racist?"
I responded with:
It's racist because it says "I has a crayon" instead of "I have a crayon". It's obviously mocking Afrian Americans and affirming the stereotype that they all speak ebonics.
He honestly doesn't understand. This kid truley believes that it's all just a joke and doesn't mean anything. He passionately denied having any sort of prejudice.
Sometimes I just get tired when I think about the magnitude of ignorance in the world. How can we change the views of so many people? Especially when they are in denial and refuse to acknowledge their own superiority complexes. It seems impossible. My little brother is about the same age as the boy in the picture...his could have been the smiling face being mocked by hundreds of people. It breaks my heart that this is the world he has to grow up in. He deserves so much more.
Am I reading into this too much? How would you respond to his question of "How is it racist?"?