• White Rabbits, Race Cards And A Little Something To Think About.

    A day at Disneyland should be a day of pure, unadulterated fun for the young-uns. The last thing you should run into is some asshole in a rabbit costume impressing his own racist beliefs on your child and others who happen to look like him:

    An African American family sued Disneyland after the actor who portrayed the White Rabbit character from “Alice in Wonderland” allegedly refused to hug or touch their children because of their skin color.

    Jason and Annelia Black of San Diego County said the person in the rabbit costume also acted impatiently as their young kids posed for a picture at the Anaheim theme park.

    The Blacks, however, said it was a different scene when a Caucasian family arrived.

    “There were two other kids that came up. The rabbit showered them. Hugged them, kissed them, posed with them, and took pictures. Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible,” said Jason.

    The family immediately filed a complaint with Disneyland officials.

    The Blacks said they were offered VIP passes and $500, but they turned down both gifts.

    In addition, they were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.

    The family said they want a public apology and the employee involved in the incident to be fired.

    So the family was handed some VIP passes and $500 in hush money, which amounts to a pat on the head and a dismissive hand wave. It didn't do anything towards counseling or reprimanding the guy in the white rabbit suit, so they turned it down and instead chose to held Disney accountable in the only way you can (unless you happen to have billions of dollars and an army of lobbyists at your call): a lawsuit.

    Of course, one (mostly) anonymous commentator on ABLC figured that once the Blacks (ironic, I know) turned down what he saw was an acceptable apology, he figured they were in it for the big bucks, using their "Race Card to fund what he saw as a litigation gamble:

    If I understand children $500 free rides and an appology, maybe a special photo op with their favourite character(s) would salve their hurt feelings. Unless the parents want their children to LOOK for slights to be offended about. (...)

    (...)he was probably under instuction not to get the suit too dirty ….but who knows.

    Of course, it's perfectly reasonable to assume that like most black families in their position, the Blacks would get offended by a perfectly logical rationale (after all, that dirt does blend in really good on black kids) and get all pie-eyed about a possible settlement with a loaded corporate entity.

    This is where ABLC commentator Zapruder F. Mashtots, D.D.S. steps in with a treatise that puts an end to the above bullshit:

    I know I harp on this without end, but it’s typical. When there’s some kind of blowup involving whites and blacks, people will fall all over themselves to find reasons that the white guy didn’t mean it or the white guy got a raw deal or everybody took what the white guy said “out of context” or some such bullshit. And then the same people will reach up their asses to find some reason, any reason that the black guy “had it coming”. It seems to be automatic. People do this, seemingly, without even thinking about it; it’s nothing more than a reflex.

    I mean, shitfuck, this even happened last March when a would-be vigilante shot an unarmed kid walking through his own fucking neighborhood! People just couldn’t help themselves, it seemed. He must have “done something”. He must have deserved it. And even when it came out in dribs and drabs that the vigilante was a fucked up loser asshole, people still excused away everything he’d ever done (“Oh, the assault conviction (or whatever it was)? Oh, that was nothing. That was only a misunderstanding. It’s so unfair the way the corrupt police are railroading this fine young man!”

    And at the same time, as we learned some new little detail every day that showed that Martin was a decent kid, people couldn’t wait to “interpret” everything in the worst light, twisting things far beyond what was reasonable, or even sane.

    Now, to be sure, this is nothing like the Martin case. Nothing nearly so awful happened here. But, fuck me sideways, people are having the same reflexive reactions to it: Black people? They’re amoral, grifting scumbags. Even if they look like decent people, well, you know how they are, they’re always hiding something, they’re always up to no good. But white people? Oh, they’re always blameless. Whatever they might seem to have done, well, that’s nothing but a misunderstanding.

    I’m sorry to go off on you, but I get so god dmaned sick of this shit.

    That's the basic narrative America's operated under for generations. Black people are assumed to be bad people until proven otherwise. White people are assumed to be good people until proven otherwise. Others are assigned bad/good labels according to whatever's geopolitically expedient or acceptable at the moment. The Blacks were assumed to be bad people for not taking the pat on the head and hush money. Our (mostly) anonymous friend's supposed outrage would be next to nonexistent if the Blacks were, well...white. In fact, he and several others might not have bothered to comment at all. They might have even encouraged the white Blacks to sue in order to get "justice." Funny how that works.

    You know the irony of all this?  After reading Mashtots' response, our (mostly) anonymous commentator would turn around and accuse him of whining.

    Whining about injustice. Whining about getting the shit end of the socioeconomic stick for centuries. Whining about things like police brutality, microaggressions, institutionalized racism and a pervasive perception that black Americans are somehow not worthy of the same sort of respect automatically given to their white counterparts. Instead of addressing grievances, it's just whining.

    Come to think of it, a great way to marginalize and eventually silence someone is to either call them crazy or just dismiss them as being whiny.