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 04-23-2012, 07:18 PM         #1
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Apr 23 - Photo of students hitting piņata sparks Facebook controversy
 

 

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A photo posted on Facebook showing a group of boys on the University of Memphis campus hitting a piņata shaped like a woman has gotten a lot of attention.

A papier mache hula girl is at the center of the controversy. The photo shows a group of African American grade-schoolers about to hit her.

"It didn't look right, just because of the social climate we're in right now," said University of Memphis student Veronica Birmingham.

Birmingham took the photo on campus Thursday. The piņata was part of an annual luau organized by the Residence Hall Council, to which school children are invited.

"How could somebody be so insensitive and not realize this might cause an issue?" asked Birmingham.

Birmingham sent the photo to a friend who posted it on Facebook.

"She said it blew up in seconds," said Birmingham. "Everybody was like, wow, how did this happen?"

Some on Facebook called it "reverse racism." Another commenter said, "somebody needs to be fired." Others thought the picture sent a message that it is OK to beat up women.

Not everyone is offended by the photo.

"I mean, really? I never would have thought anything like that until you brought it up," said University of Memphis student Mallory Gary. "They're just hitting a piņata, just having fun."

The controversy prompted the university's residence life director to issue a statement Friday, saying in part, "the photograph taken out of context may be disconcerting, but we want to a.ssure our community that no racial or gender animosity was intended."

Birmingham believes piņatas should, perhaps, not be made to look like people or animals.


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 6 years ago '08        #2
Keno 19 heat pts19
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go buy the kids a pinata.... goes to walmart.... wait there's no black pinata girls.... guess i'll grab the white one. RACIST!
 6 years ago '06        #3
RAZAH CUTS 6066 heat pts6066
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 6 years ago '05        #4
Martel 21 heat pts21
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fake a.ss reverse racism sh*t. them kids gonna be gettin topped off by white girls soon as they hit high school. might even end up being them "white girls are better than black girls" dudes in the future. who cares.
 6 years ago '10        #5
Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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huh???????
 04-23-2012, 07:47 PM         #6
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 Keno024 said:
go buy the kids a pinata.... goes to walmart.... wait there's no black pinata girls.... guess i'll grab the white one. RACIST!
ha

in all reality tho, if it were a bunch of white kids beating on a black pinata people would be in hysterics

itd be cool if no one gave a fu*k one way or the other. people wanna see two colors and start a war over a silly kids game


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 6 years ago '05        #7
Martel 21 heat pts21
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 Chest Rockwell said:
ha

in all reality tho, if it were a bunch of white kids beating on a black pinata people would be in hysterics

itd be cool if no one gave a fu*k one way or the other. people wanna see two colors and start a war over a silly kids game
the difference is that a lot of black women have low self-esteem and have been sh*tted on by both white people and black men themselves. White women with their long straight hair, pale skin, slender noses, and blue eyes are treated like goddesses by the media and the general population. Dark skinned women are hated, and a lot of black women are too busy trying to look like white women to learn to love their own features besides their fat a.ss. So of course there would be hysteria, because it would be another contribution to the idea that black women are less attractive and less wanted than white women.
 6 years ago '05        #8
ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
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 Keno024 said:
go buy the kids a pinata.... goes to walmart.... wait there's no black pinata girls.... guess i'll grab the white one. RACIST!


Who the fu*k buys a Pinata in the form of a person though?

I never seen that sh*t before.
 04-23-2012, 08:25 PM         #9
Chest Rockwell  OP
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 Martel said:
the difference is that a lot of black women have low self-esteem and have been sh*tted on by both white people and black men themselves. White women with their long straight hair, pale skin, slender noses, and blue eyes are treated like goddesses by the media and the general population. Dark skinned women are hated, and a lot of black women are too busy trying to look like white women to learn to love their own features besides their fat a.ss. So of course there would be hysteria, because it would be another contribution to the idea that black women are less attractive and less wanted than white women.

except in reality it could be nothing more than kids playing -- such as what we see here -- yet you choose to infer racism and get upset over a kids game, claiming it's a reflection of media mistreatment of black women...? youre taking an otherwise legitimate theory to an absurd extreme

edit: what reppin da burghh said... what happened to beatin the sh*t out of a donkey


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 6 years ago '08        #10
_JAY_ 3 heat pts
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this has got to be the STUPIDEST argument ever. it's kids hitting a f**kin pinata. these pansy-a**, everyone-gets-a-trophy IDIOTS are what's bringing this country down.
 6 years ago '05        #11
zogby 42 heat pts42
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Listen people here is something you should know about Racism, JUST CAUSE IT DOES NOT OFFEND YOU DOES NOT MEAN ITS NOT OFFENSIVE AND CONSIDERED RACIST TO THE SOMEONE ELSE..............WHITE PEOPLE TAKE NOTES.
 04-23-2012, 09:51 PM         #12
Chest Rockwell  OP
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 zogby said:
Listen people here is something you should know about Racism, JUST CAUSE IT DOES NOT OFFEND YOU DOES NOT MEAN ITS NOT OFFENSIVE AND CONSIDERED RACIST TO THE SOMEONE ELSE..............WHITE PEOPLE TAKE NOTES.
look up contradiction and go fu*k urself bro
 6 years ago '07        #13
wtr1906 45 heat pts45
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gotdamn we are getting softer and softer....

"awwwwwwwwwe, a bunch of black kids are hitting a pinata shaped like a white girl and it makes me mad wah, wah wah" STFU
 6 years ago '07        #14
Deniro732 10 heat pts10
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this sh*t is retarded as fu*k..people love to make a controversy out of anything
 6 years ago '07        #15
carltouss619 8 heat pts
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lol at reverse racism
 6 years ago '04        #16
matelyan 21 heat pts21
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 206 MrSonics said:
i thought pinatas were mostly horses and other animals and sh*t.. never seen a human pinata tho lol
They got all kinds of sh*t. They can even custom make you a pinata to match whatever you want.
 6 years ago '07        #17
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 Keno024 said:
go buy the kids a pinata.... goes to walmart.... wait there's no black pinata girls.... guess i'll grab the white one. RACIST!
exactly...
 6 years ago '08        #18
Chief Dee 6 heat pts
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I think we should call this, "Reverse race card". For God's sake, white people nowadays complain more about blacks, mexicans, and minorities than minorities complain about whites.
 04-24-2012, 03:50 PM         #19
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People who have an issue with this are only upset because they live in fear of being accused of bigotry based on race. They look for a reason to complain, thinking this will restore some sort of balance and fairness in their world.

They also don't know what words mean, because reverse racism sounds stupid as hell to people who think. It's just insecure people trolling. Sad how they manage to get attention for this blatant bullsh*t.
 6 years ago '09        #20
K0ntrast 66 heat pts66
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