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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Race-switching (caution: not safe for goverment workers)

Microsoft has apologised for making a Polack out of a Nigger. Well, of course they didn't use those terms, but what they had done was just as offensive. They photoshopped a racially correct graphic on their Polish website by substituting a 'white' head on a 'black' body, thus kowtowing to a perceived Polish ethnocentricity. Of course they put the 'black' head back on when news of this hit the web.

Graphic designers are probably the second most racially conscious profession in America, after Law Enforcement. It is considered taboo to stereotype any occupation as consisting of only one racial group. Cartoonists, on the other hand, are usually free of such restrictions. Congressmen and other government officials are almost universally caricatured as white, and no one yet has raised a ruckus over it. Should a cartoonist put a donkey's head on a 'black' body, however, expect a few howls--but nothing, of course, like the violence that erupted over the depiction of a human head on Mohammed.

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