McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, an Internet-famous humour website, recently had a new columnist contest. One of the winners was a woman from Oregon who had a strange perspective on refugees from Somalia.
It was well received by some people, but not by others. Now #IDontHaveFactsToBackThisUp, but it looks as the people who liked it were mostly white, and the people who didn’t were mostly not white. A good rule to follow with racism is that if people of colour think something is racist, it probably is.
My forever-and-a-day galpal Safy pointed out exactly why this column is a problem, and why McSweeney’s should rethink its decision to publish it, no matter how ironic they were trying to be.