FW: What do people fear most?

Subject: Fw: What do people fear most?

Two magazines, Country Living (99.99% white readership) and Ebony/Jet (99.99% black readership) did surveys on ...
'WHAT DO PEOPLE FEAR MOST?' The results were interesting, to say the least...

Country Living magazine's top three answers were:
1. Nuclear war/terrorist attack in U.S.
2. Child/spouse dying/terminal illness.
3. Terminal illness/self.

Ebony/Jet magazine's top three answers were:
1. Ghosts
2. Dogs
3. Registered mail



'My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.
I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.'
-- Barrack Obama

''Life's tough......it's even tougher if you're stupid.''
-- John Wayne


Matto the Hun said...

I have friends that are republicans, which is fine. But if I had a republican friend who appreciated this type of racist email I would thank them for making it so easy to terminate our friendship.

Seriously, this email is so vile, I don't think I could tolerate it from anybody.

bendk said...

Black people.

Am I right guys?

Incidentally, number 1 is exacerbated by a reactionary Republican presidency and numbers 2 and 3 on the first list are because they don't afford insurance and would be thrown in the shithouse if something happened.

ferschitz said...

Typically RWF racism, but please never, ever forget that these "nice" people are not racist! Believe me, if you suggest as much, you will get a zillion RWF emails "screaming" at you. But their viscious ugliness shines though, doesn't it? And don't forget that the vast majority of these folks think very highly of themselves whilst they attend church every Sunday. WWJD??? Weep, I think.

And then, yes, I really, really look to John Wayne for deep insights! Gadz.

Of course, the so called "pitiful" quote of BHO is a mis-quote, but who's counting?

Anonymous said...

I don't really need to point out that neither survey ever actually happened, do I?

Snopes makes an interesting point about just how racist one of the references is:

The ghost thing is a an old ethnic stereotype, and the registered mail thing is basically a way to ridicule poor people, who presumably are "afraid" of registered mail because it contains stuff like overdue bill notices, evictions, etc.

But the inclusion of the "fear of dogs" thing actually has a specific historical grounding particular to American blacks, and is more directly anti-black than the other two (which are a more oblique "make fun of poverty" / "insert random ethnic stereotype" kind of racism.)

Historically, dogs were used to track escaped slaves, and to quell civil rights protests. In other words, dogs have specifically been used as a tool to help keep American blacks enslaved and promote segregation.

Any random ethnic stereotype and a poverty reference could be constructed for any poor ethnic group (eg, substitute "immigration enforcement" for "ghosts" to make fun of immigrants).

But the inclusion of the dog thing is not only specifically anti-black, but is in a way slyly pro-slavery / pro-segregation.

Marc with a C said...

Here, I fixed the joke for you.

Ebony/Jet magazine's top three answers were:
1. Ghosts
2. Dogs
3. Registered mail

Country Living magazine's top three answers were:
1. The Readers of Ebony/Jet magazine.
2. The Readers of Ebony/Jet magazine.
3. The Readers of Ebony/Jet magazine.

Tootseye said...

Thanks to Anon for the explanation about why the responses attributed to the Ebony readers were particular insulting to AA and grounded in racist attitudes (and why).

I "got it" immediately, but they are somewhat more subtle than usual. so it's good to have it spelled out.

And I like Marc's response: that is quite true as well but LOL to that one.

Anonymous said...

Ebony and Jet are actually two different magazines, further debunking the stupid and false premise and the even stupider joke. And a simple MPA search shows that 12% of that mag's readers are white. Not that the survey was ever done anyhow.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised they didn't include "Overcooked chitlins" and "Broken watermelons"

gruaud said...

They are a vile bunch.

Poor Confederates. Things have never been the
same since mean ol' Lincoln freed the slaves.

Oh well, have a beer and watch FOX News.

ferschitz said...

What do people fear most?

I think they left out my answer, which is:

1. Christo-fascists, like Doug Coe and his C Street Family "church," whose sole aim in life is to dupe easily mezmerized authoritarian fundamentalists into hating anything and everything that is not "their kind" while ripping them off over and over but blaming the rip offs on "liberals."

2. Corporations who buy and sell all politicians and have undue influence over our government to the citizens' detriment, but who work hard at pumping out lies by various means, including paying whores like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck millions upon millions to dupe and brainwash stoopeds everywhere.

3. Whores like Sarah Palin who are nothing more than tarted up grifters out for themselves and willing to sell any kind of snake oil to make money for themselves. Read "Elmer Gantry" by Sinclair Lewis and then see the movie with Burt Lancaster. And then read about Aimee Semple McPherson, and see if you cannot connect the dots on your own.

And then I would add:

4. Racists, which constitutes almost every teabagger and birth certificate idiot out there.

There: fixed!

Celia said...

Ferschitz, I think you're being very unkind to respectable whores in your number 3 there. It's not fair to compare sex workers to Sarah Palin.

ferschitz said...

Celia - LOL! You are right! My apologies to decent, kind sex workers everywhere (and they do exist)!! Comparison to Babble Spice is hugely unfair.

Nicole Anell said...

Love your response, Marc with a C.

ferschitz, stop being a misogynist asshole. Being a "whore" is far from the scariest thing about Palin.

Nicole Anell said...

P.S. I love how this imaginary survey contrasts ghosts and dogs with Terrorist Attack, as if that's a totally rational, reasonable, and "normal" thing for white people out in the sticks to panic about.

Anonymous said...

@ Nicole

I believe ferschitz apologized. And in this case, calling her a whore has nothing to do with her gender and everything to do with the fact that she's total sellout who quit her job as governor in order to shill a ghostwritten book.

Anonymous said...

I'm a white guy and a lawyer. I send a fair number of registered mail pieces in an ordinary week. It is sensible to be afraid of them. I know I don't like getting them.

Fearing a terrorist attack when you live in the country is pretty silly. Terrorists don't waste their time on towns that no one has ever heard of.

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