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Episode 62 — White People Dancing


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#1 Earwolf Admin

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:00 AM

Step your kindness game up! Andrew Ti and Aparna Nancherla explore the stereotype that white people dance badly, compare the diversity of Los Angeles & New York, and Aparna shares a story about a racially charged altercation in a New York subway on election night. Tweens, please let us know if this stereotype is harsh and ask us if anything is racist by calling us at (323) 389-RACE.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

I would rather be told I dance well than poorly.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

The biggest take away I have gotten from this podcast:

Saying/doing racially inscensitive and hurtful things out of ignorance doesn't make you a racist, it's when you continue to do them after you know its hurtful.

Obviously many white people think it's hurtful when it is assumed they can't dance. Why would it be ok to keep making fun of them for it? I see no way you can justify the idea that it is insensitive to assume black people are good dancers but it's totally cool to assume white people are bad dancers.

In the end, if someone is a bad dancer make fun of them for it (or step up your kindness game of course). What do you gain by bringing race into it? There is plenty to lose because non-white people saying racially charged things makes white people mostly react one of two ways. Non-racists feel weird and generally don't know how to act going forward and racists use it as an excuse to say some seriously fucked up stuff. I don't think either of those outcomes are positive.

As always, when it doubt just leave race out of it and everyone will be happier.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

It's just as racist and insensitive towards whites as saying "you drive like an Asian" is towards Asians.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

ha, it's not insulting to white people to say that all white people suck at dancing! i'm always entertained by this podcast, but as a whitey with some sultry sweet dance moves, you're off on this. i get that white people have it awesome - i'm a millionbillionaire and have SEVERAL keys to the city, but that doesn't make it not racist to be racist.