I got into a little spat with my "significant other" over a joke that was posted on Facebook by someone named Betty Rivera.
The content of the joke went like this...
"Never piss off a Latina they remember stuff that hasn't even happened yet."
I said, "That sounds like a racist and sexist joke to me, or maybe it could be equally applied to a Democrat."
Let's face it, the use of the word "Latina" refers to both race and sex, and it is, albeit a joke, derogatory towards both Latinas and women.
She (my "significant other", who was born in Cuba and whose maiden name is Ramos) said, "How is that racist? She is Latino, afterall."
I said, "How do you know she is Latino?"
She said, "Well, her last name is Rivera."
I said, "So. Just because her name seems to be Latino, that doesn't mean she is a Latino person. She could be Spanish, or maybe she is just married to somebody with that name. You are assuming that she is Latino based on her last name."
That pretty much covers the racist portion of my allegation. Now for the sexist part...
I said, "And how could you assume, in these times, that she is a female based on her first name? She could be a transgendered biological male for all you know."
I maintained that the joke is racist and sexist, and commented that if I, being a blonde-haired, blue-eyed male with a Germanic last name, had made that joke, I might most certainly be labled a racist AND a sexist. By the way, my grandmother on my father's side was half Cherokee Indian and NOT proud of it, being a true victim of the times in which she lived.
Well, I believe that I ate my "significant other's" lunch over that dispute, but it left a sour taste in my mouth when she, as is typical of "significant others", cut me off and I may have to make my own dinner :-)
I guess this story lends truth to the saying, "You know what happens when you assume things."
You make a fool out of everybody!