6. Who cares? I don’t care if they’re purple, orange or blue. All I care about is whether they meet the criteria, are qualified and/or can do the job.I'd add an eleventh excuse to the list: "If we're going to worry about sexism then we have to worry about racism, ageism, gay rights, etc., too." I think they also left off blaming the oppressed for allowing themselves to be oppressed.
Artist-activist Damali Ayo calls this a “three year old’s understanding of race.” Yet another variation of the anti-Affirmative Action argument. People who make this argument obscure social construct with lived reality. They forget that much of our reality is constructed, particularly by a dominant culture paradigm that puts people of color at the bottom of the social ladder. ...
7. Well, probably there weren’t any qualified/talented/pretty/smart/up-and-coming people of color who they could have included. Should they not have featured/hired the qualified white people? I mean, I can’t think of any black/Hispanic/Asian people who fit the bill.
Two quick points. One: Most white people admit to having no or few friends of color, yet some are comfortable asserting that there are none qualified for various positions/awards/etc. This begs the question: How would they know? Two: This point is false. There are many qualified, talented, intelligent, and/or beautiful people of color. ...
2. It’s racist to point out it’s racist.
Even when it is the elephant in the room—anyone with eyes, except perhaps the “colorblind” (and I don’t mean that in the medical sense) can see what’s missing or happening—if you are a person of color and you point “it” out, expect to have the tables turned on you. You will inevitably be accused of trying to stir up controversy, playing the victim, dividing people, etc. You will then be called a reverse racist for even bringing the subject up.
Thanks to Barrelhouse for the pointer to this piece.