I just want to say one thing about this article before I begin my actual blog: it was extremely dated. This became apparent when I read the section about music. The author states that MTV only plays white music, and BET is reserved for black music. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Currently, rap, r&b, and hip-hop saturate MTV, and popular radio airwaves. In fact, there is a show on MTV dedicated to the aforementioned musical genres.
Anyways, I found the article, and our discussion during Monday’s class fairly interesting. I guess that I subconsciously knew that inferential racism existed, but I never really thought about it. My group came up with several examples of inferential racism: black people are good at sports, white people can’t dance, middle-eastern people drive cabs, and Asians can’t drive. These all sound truly horrible; however, I think that a lot of people consider these traits to be truths, and are utterly perplexed when certain races don’t adhere to them.
This reminded me of a particular episode of The Office. In the episode, the show blatantly addresses inferential racism. Michael Scott, the boss, has to put together a basketball team, so that he can challenge the warehouse guys to a game. Without hesitation, Michael chooses Stanley for his team. Stanley is the only black employee at the company. However, when the game begins, Stanley displays horrific basketball skills. He dribbles as a toddler, he’s slow, and he can’t shoot to save his life. When Michael notices this, he becomes angry and confused. Sadly, I was also confused by Stanley’s inability to play basketball. Because he was black, I inferred that he was going to be awesome at basketball, and, like Michael, I was somewhat confused when he turned out to be horrible.