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So they say "Bro" describes black people. Awesome. "Super Mario Bros." is racist then. Also, don't forget fraternities... they are ALL racist for using the term casually. Seriously, this dude just wants attention.

It is my belief that those who use the excuse and/or fear of sexism or racism in this world are the biggest sexists and racists of them all, mainly because they believe it exists where it does not and use actual sexist/racist logic in their arguments.
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...and Hipster is the new Nigger.
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I didn't know drunk frat boy was a race....but I might be wrong.
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MWChapel wrote:
I didn't know drunk frat boy was a race....but I might be wrong.


NO I think you are confusing Race with pointless waste of space.
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I think this relects our bro(kan) values.
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I thought bro was surfer/california slang. I ride light rail through the inner city every day and I don't recall anyone calling anyone else "bro". I've heard "brother", but that has whole different context than "bro". It would be like hearing "dude", it would be culturally out of place.
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While all the usual "oh ha ha the NAACP thinks "bro" is like "nigger" ha ha ha" jokes are of course endlessly hilarious, this is really an excellent example of how some people think racism can be anything (like the NAACP, in a situation where a predominantly white school taunts a predominantly black school in a way that was rude, unsportsmanlike and classless), and how some people think racism only exists when you use a specific set of codewords or act really, really terrible towards a certain ethnicity (like, for example, most of the posters on this thread).

The truth is usually somewhere in the middle. I don't agree with the NAACP that this was a racist act, but it was certainly a dick move, and a dick move by a white community against a black community is the sort of thing the NAACP should jump in on, really.
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The whole community put up the sign?

I didn't know the sign was that big!
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mightygodking wrote:
While all the usual "oh ha ha the NAACP thinks "bro" is like "nigger" ha ha ha" jokes ... like, for example, most of the posters on this thread...


If you are talking about me, well, my quote is actually meaningful. I know a lot of people who think that they could NEVER be discriminatory yet they feel it is ok to deride "hipsters" or call someone who lives a certain lifestyle "white trash" - these same would never be racist but they also think that because they are not racist then racism does not exist in the USA... certainly they would also think that this "bro" controversy was nothing to discuss. If people are not hypocritical then they are indeed ignorant.
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mightygodking wrote:
While all the usual "oh ha ha the NAACP thinks "bro" is like "nigger" ha ha ha" jokes are of course endlessly hilarious, this is really an excellent example of how some people think racism can be anything (like the NAACP, in a situation where a predominantly white school taunts a predominantly black school in a way that was rude, unsportsmanlike and classless), and how some people think racism only exists when you use a specific set of codewords or act really, really terrible towards a certain ethnicity (like, for example, most of the posters on this thread).

The truth is usually somewhere in the middle. I don't agree with the NAACP that this was a racist act, but it was certainly a dick move, and a dick move by a white community against a black community is the sort of thing the NAACP should jump in on, really.


Thank you, along with the NAACP, for reminding us, most of the posters in this thread, that it's not possible for a white entity to be a dick to a black entity in a non-racist way without having racist motives.
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mightygodking wrote:
The truth is usually somewhere in the middle. I don't agree with the NAACP that this was a racist act, but it was certainly a dick move, and a dick move by a white community against a black community is the sort of thing the NAACP should jump in on, really.


You mad, bro?
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ejmowrer wrote:
Thank you, along with the NAACP, for reminding us, most of the posters in this thread, that it's not possible for a white entity to be a dick to a black entity in a non-racist way without having racist motives.


You know what I like is the part where you totally ignored the bit where I said it wasn't racist so you could complain about accusations of racism!
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I think that "bro" is not necessarily racist, and also that "bro" can be reasonably considered racist. It all depends on context. (The same is true for lots of things -- to name one of many examples, "girl" can be, context-dependently, innocuous or obnoxiously offensive.)

I don't know the context here, so I won't comment further.
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How DARE you be so eminently reasonable, Lawson!!!

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Darilian wrote:
How DARE you be so eminently reasonable, Lawson!!!

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You know what really triggered this for me? Shakespeare.

My kids and I read Romeo and Juliet awhile back, and one aspect that stuck with all of us was one of the early scenes, where the various foot-soldiers of the houses are standing off with one another. Somebody wants to make a rude gesture -- "biting the thumb" at the other side. There's a whole series of comments about it: "Do you bite your thumb at ME?!?" and such.

It was hilarious and instructive because what's insulting is random to outsiders and, at the same time, very specific and pulse-elevating to those in the mix of it.

It's: I know that you know that I know that I'm insulting you. If that's there, then: BAM! It's on!

I don't know what the "bro" here was intended to be, and I don't know how it was read. That said, if it fit in the "I know that you know that I know" code -- which, admittedly, is subject to any one of many layers of misinterpretation -- and if part of the code involved trying to "play black" in an insulting way, then, yeah, that's raising an antagonistic race flag. From there, debate could continue about whether raising that flag is necessarily "racist".
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corross wrote:
I think that "bro" is not necessarily racist, and also that "bro" can be reasonably considered racist. It all depends on context. (The same is true for lots of things -- to name one of many examples, "girl" can be, context-dependently, innocuous or obnoxiously offensive.)

I don't know the context here, so I won't comment further.
Exactly. It doesn't have to be rascist, but it could be. I am too lazy to click on the link to find out.

It's easy to be dismissive and cavalier, but context matters.
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I fuckin' 'ate bros.
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Cool story, bro!
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Sounds like Jim Bro laws are alive and well in the Heartland.
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I guess that it is possible that a few uncool white kids who don't know their "bro" from their "brother" from their "daddy-o" made the sign with thinly veiled racist intent, not knowing they were just making themselves look dumb. Sort of like when a dad tries to use current slang to try and look cool around his kids friends, only succeeding in mortifying his kids.

I'm leaning towards the internet saying theory myself.
 
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corross wrote:
I think that "bro" is not necessarily racist, and also that "bro" can be reasonably considered racist. It all depends on context. (The same is true for lots of things -- to name one of many examples, "girl" can be, context-dependently, innocuous or obnoxiously offensive.)

I don't know the context here, so I won't comment further.


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I fuckin' 'ate bros.


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I thought a bro was an article of apparel.
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