I’m tired of being in so many hypothetical situations! It seems like no matter what the argument is, a “black people” parallel will be brought up as an example. For instance:
Person A: I hate seeing Macs on TV! Everybody uses PC’s in real life. Macs are unrealistically overrepresented in the media!
Person B: Hey, I like Macs! Would you say “I hate black people because they’re too many of them on TV compared to real life”? See! It’s like you’re being racist.
People can’t discuss MP3 downloading without a “black people” example popping up!
First of all, it’s cliche now. Apparently it’s way too easy to come up with a “black people” analogy, so lets try to be a bit more intellectually rigorous from now on and avoid them, even when a situation seems to beg for one. Example:
Person A: I hate Indians! They’re all stuck up and rude!
Person B (with new “black people anology filter”): What a dumb thing to say. You don’t even know all Indians. You hardly know any! Besides, is there anything about yourself that you can say every single person of your nationality also shares? I thought not!
Second of all, it assumes that all involved audiences share the same sympathies towards racial issues, which is obviously not always the case (I had some better examples but I couldn’t find them in the search).
Attention is nice but it gets annoying being constantly invoked for analogies over the slightest, irrelavant disagreement.