The OP has been bitched slapped properly, so I’m not going to add my own.
But I will say this: I am sick of people assuming the ethnicity/race of a poster based on absolutely NO EVIDENCE. I shouldn’t have to always put a disclaimer in a post that I’m a black woman.
(This happens a lot IRL. The other day I was in a tour group at a botanical garden down in South Florida, and the tour guide made a remark about how Miami looked before “we” Europeans arrived. Who did he mean? White folk? Since there were quite a few non-white people–and AFAIK, no Europeans–in the group, he should have been a little more inclusive with his phrasing.)
Also, the term “white guilt” is played out, just like “PC”. I know it exists (white folks feeling guilty about racism), but when it’s used as an insult or to disparage someone’s remarks, it makes me think of “nigger lover”.
Count me in among those who think that the OP is more than a little fucking stupid. On the other hand, it’s kinda interesting to contrast that to this thread regarding whether men like kissing women who wear lipstick. Nobody’s posted a disclaimer that there is no male hive mind, at least not in the first 12 or so replies.
Now, I’m curious about something, Freejooky: Why did you start this thread about somebody else’s question about black people in general, and not your own?
Yeah, it’s called “changing the subject”. What you surely did mean to not accuse him of is something different: deliberately trying to get a rise out of people. Just because you rise to the occasion unilaterally does not mean that the OP was attempting to make you rise.
Liberal:What you surely did mean to not accuse him of is something different: deliberately trying to get a rise out of people.
Lib, if somebody pretends to be upset and outraged about something that doesn’t really bother them, as Freejooky has now admitted he was doing, how is that not “deliberately trying to get a rise out of people”?
ISTM that the motive for the pretending—to distract people from another topic, to make oneself look important, to win a bet, for shits’n’giggles, whatever—is irrelevant. Starting a fake-outrage OP about something that doesn’t actually bother you, for whatever reason, is “deliberately trying to get a rise out of people”. Which, around here, is not considered nice.
No, that’s exactly what he did. As Kimstu pointed out, whether he did it to distract from other threads, or just to satisfy his own masturbatory urges, is largely beside the point. At the very least, he admits to starting a thread for the mere reason of distraction.
I don’t know whether your use of the term “unilaterally” was intended to refer to me alone, or to me and others on my “side” (whatever side that might be), but if the former, then it’s clear that you are incorrect, as many others have pointed out the stupidity of the OP, and thus have “risen” to it. And if the latter, if the “you” was a broader, more generic “you,” then i truly don’t know what the hell you are talking about. When just about everyone in a thread believes that the OP is talking out his ass, and the OP then comes along and indicates that he had no legitimate reason for starting the thread, it seems clear to me that the thread was designed to get a rise out of people.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that his admission, accompanied as it was by a winking smiley, was in jest, and was merely the OP’s attempt to distract attention from the fact that he was getting his ass handed to him in this thread. In that case, his OP stands as written, and he is merely an idiot with no reading comprehension.
That was only part of the point you were making. You explicitly said that the OP was not trying to get a rise out of people, and suggested that the rise he did get was not part of his intention.
In case you’re too lazy to scroll up to remind yourself of what you said, here it is again:
I seriously wonder sometimes whether two different people have access to your SDMB account. It’s the only way i can explain the frequency with which you make an assertion, and then return later to claim that you had actually said something quite different.
You would be surprised to learn that a person can actually make two points in one post. (Pausing to allow you to assimilate information…) Note that the point Kimstu selected to comment on was but one of them.