“Cakewalk” and “Peanut Gallery”: CNN Publishes Big List of Words That Imply Racism
Days after jumping on the bandwagon to accuse President Trump of trying to divide Americans by race with his Mount Rushmore speech, CNN was back on Monday with a list of common words and phrases that, unbeknownst to YOU, are actually racist in their origins/connotations. Can you be a racist if you have no idea what you’re saying? Is it racist when a white person uses these words, but not racist when a black person uses them? How much trouble did CNN have to go through to uncover the problematic history of a word like “cakewalk”?
These questions are not answered in the piece, so we’ll just make the safe assumption provided to us by critical race theory scholars of the modern age: If you’re white, you’re a racist. Using these words just makes it worse.
So, are you ready to start cleaning up your racist vocabulary? Why not start with sweeping the term “master bedroom” out of your lexicon?
“While it’s unclear whether the term is rooted in American slavery on plantations, it evokes that history,” CNN says (without evidence). “Now, because of its slavery-era connotations, some members of the real estate industry are now calling to retire the term ‘master.’”
It’s no wonder that there’s a bestselling book called “White Fragility” if this is how fragile woke social justice warriors think black people are. They can’t even bear to hear the term “master bedroom”? Uh. Okay. What else?
Oh, you can’t “blacklist” anything. Or “whitelist” it, for that matter.
“Though the origins of those terms don’t appear to be directly connected to race, some argue that they reinforce notions that black=bad and white=good,” CNN explains. “Google’s Chromium, an open-source browser project, and Android’s open-source project have both encouraged developers to use ‘blocklist’ and ‘allowlist’ instead.
Well, it certainly sounds like a very powerful list so far and not at all like something CNN’s writers pulled directly out of their butts. We hope they don’t ruin it with something ludicrous like…
“Peanut gallery: The phrase typically refers to the cheapest seats in a theater, and is informally used to describe critics or hecklers. When someone says ‘no comments from the peanut gallery,’ it implies that a certain group of commentators is rowdy or uninformed. The term dates back to the vaudeville era of the late 19th century and referred to the sections of the theater where Black people typically sat.”
“Cakewalk: It’s what we call an easy victory, or something that’s easily accomplished,” CNN continued. “The cakewalk originated as a dance performed by enslaved Black people on plantations before the Civil War. It was intended to be a mockery of the way White people danced, though plantation owners often interpreted slaves’ movements as unskillful attempts to be like them.”
Okay, we suppose we learned something there.
But again, the thought comes to mind: If people are using a word or phrase with no knowledge whatsoever of its history…does it really matter? Does it have any negative effect whatsoever? Or does the negative effect only come about when publishers like CNN trot out these words for another episode of Look How Racist Our Country Is!
Someone should “blocklist” these media outlets before they start another Civil War.