I can understand that he (Ice Cube) is not pleased about having his name mentioned (and their subsequent apology), but what the hell does this necessarily have to do with racism? Isn’t there a chance the guy actually does look like Ice Cube, and that was an accurate description?
No, all black people do not look alike. But some do (just like white people), and it’s silly to think that anyone who notices it is a racist.
If he was described as looking like Ice Cube simply because he was black, that’s one thing, but if he actually did bear a resemblance, it’s another.
If a suspect in a sexual assault was described as looking like you, and the local news folks happened to have a picture of you on file, would it be okay if they showed that picture while describing the suspect?
At the very least, it was monumentally stupid of all involved for it not to have crossed anyone’s mind that it plays right into the ‘all black men look alike’ stereotype - to say nothing of the fact that they did it to describe a violent felon. Their intentions might not have been racist, but it’s a conclusion that is easy to draw and the fact nobody involved thought of it is mind boggling.
Um, no, I’d clearly be upset by that, which is why I said, “I can understand that he (Ice Cube) is not pleased about having his name mentioned (and their subsequent apology).” This still doesn’t mean it’s racism.
Yes, gobear it would be ridiculous for a news report to point out that a crime suspect looks just like Brad Pitt, just as it was ridiculous to point out that this one looked like Ice Cube. Ridiculous, and yet still not racist.
Actually I can imagine a broadcast mentioning that a suspect looks like Brad Pitt. The showing of a clip from one of his movies, just like showing one of Ice Cubes music videos, would be too much though. If the victim describes the suspect in terms of a celebrity that may be all the police really have in terms of a description.