Just read Libby's blog 'something to say'
I am a semi regular reader and have posted a bit but would not consider myself a proper regular and do not keep up with all the goings on as the regulars do.
Would I be correct in the following .... I have not read the blogs concerned but have read between the lines of other blogs (that may not make sense!)
King of the cocktails posted a joke (as he does);
Someone thought it had racist overtones and either blogged to this effect or reported it.
Moderators removed the joke blog.
I know racism is a very sensitive issue, I also know that from a 'legal' point of view, e.g. public pronouncements, work place issues etc then racism is defined by the perception of racism not the intention.... as long as the 'racist' comment can be possibly viewed in that light. I'm sure KOTC did not think or believe the joke was racist, but if someone does (and maybe I would have done ... no idea .....) then to all intents and purposes the moderators (or workplace managers) have to treat the issue as racist as long as the incident could be interpreted in that light. I work in an environment where I have to deal with these issues occasionally, usually the intention is not racist, but is open to that interpretation so has to be treated as such.
I would hesitate to criticise anyone for saying they felt something had racist overtones. I hope the 'trouble maker' did more than this to create such a furore.
We do live in a mixed world with many different cultures and sensitivities and in a public forum we are speaking to all not just our like minded mates who understand our sense of humour and our good intentions. We are strangers to each other whenever a new person logs on, public blogs are like shouting from a street corner, what we say / write can be heard by anyone and interpreted from their point of view.
If I've got this wrong then huge apologies, it shows how a 'non regular' has to piece things together as best they can........ if a new person makes unjustified unsupportable comments surely they are best ignored, if the moderators delete something then its because they have to if it can be interpreted as racist.
Sorry went on a bit, no criticism intended to any, obviously a lot of hurt feeling about, but isn't it possible to put a positive gloss on things..........
No harm intended and no harm done