Originally Posted by oskirules
You put a picture of Lin and a fortune cookie together and race immediately becomes the focal point and some people start asking, "is this racist"?
Would you put a picture of an African-American and a bucket of fried chicken together and ask the same question?
What's the white equivalent? There is no white equivalent.
Just because you're not offended doesn't mean something isn't racist.
It is racist. The difference, and why many people are not offended by the Ben and Jerry's is that it is celebrating
Lin and celebrating his race (which is technically still racist). In most of the examples with African Americans the racism is intended
to be racist and insulting, for example these of Obama:
and most racist of all:
If you like Lin because he is Chinese, or like Obama or Woods or Jackie Robinson, because they are African American, it is technically racist, but it is a lot different than if you hated them because they are Chinese or African American. The examples that insult Lin and reference Asian stereotypes are far more offensive to most people than the ones that celebrate him and reference Asian stereotypes. For most people, intent matters a lot. They are far more forgiving of compliments, even if based on racial stereotypes (and may even enjoy them and perpetuate them themselves).