Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I love my pets (they're dogs, not bulls) and would hate for someone to senselessly shoot them as someone did this family's bull, so I sympathized with their loss. The key reason that I identified with them however, was that they have the same sense of humor as I do. I thought "White Boy" was a great name for that bull, especially for a bull owned by a black family! I would also like "Honkey" or "Cracker", as well.
It says a lot about someone who has the courage to take on a stereotype or prejudice and make fun of it. I think its refreshingly disarming and honest. Can't you just imagine this family hollering out, "Come here, White Boy! Get in this pen before I have to take a stick to you!"
I sometimes think that we've become overly-sensitive about racial prejudices. We may be well-meaning in our careful choice of words but, holy cow (no pun intended), why can't we just be a little more light-hearted and a little less sensitive?