- Thanks HighJive! “Suicide Rabbit, introduced in August by Liu Gang, a 35-year-old cartoonist, has attracted a swiftly increasing audience by portraying with gentle humor the million little abuses suffered by Chinese people as their society endures a bumpy
- Thanks HighJive! “State lawmakers on Thursday proposed requiring schools to teach about the Hmong people, saying suspicion of the new immigrants could be eased by an understanding of their past as U.S. allies in the Vietnam War.”
- Hat tip to Rachel! “This is my gut response to the recent NYTimes article, Little Asia on a hill…”
- “Republicans in the Georgia Legislature submitted legislation that would split Atlanta’s white, affluent suburbs from the city’s poor, black neighborhoods…If this proposal goes through, there would be a huge loss of tax revenue that helps to fuel govern
- Thanks Rob! “In the week following the report on the new guidelines, more than one bewildered person said to me, “But I thought there were lots of babies in orphanages in China!” My response was to helplessly reply, “So did I.”…
- Thanks Jason! “The American cultural landscape is hopelessly infested with racism and xenophobia. And as an American of Indian descent, it disgusts me to the core. Sadly, this racism digs deeper than an ignorant fool looking for a laugh on Wikipedia”
- Thanks Phil! “philosopher Julian Baggini spent six months living in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Here, he explains why he doesn’t believe most white Britons are racists – even though he heard racist language almost everywhere he went”
- “Nine black youths were convicted Friday in juvenile court of beating three white women in a racially charged attack on Halloween night. The youths, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, could receive sentences from probation to confinement in juvenile prison
- “Light-skinned immigrants in the United States make more money on average than those with darker complexions, and the chief reason appears to be discrimination, a researcher says.”
- “Target Corp. will pay $775,000 to 14 black workers to settle discrimination complaints filed by federal civil rights monitors…The commission accused Target of violating federal civil rights regulations by “creating and condoning a racially hostile wo
- “With Michigan’s new ban on affirmative action going into effect, and similar ballot initiatives looming in other states, many public universities are scrambling to find race-blind ways to attract more blacks and Hispanics.”
- “White House hopeful Tom Tancredo said Thursday the existence of the Congressional Black Caucus and other race-based groups of lawmakers amounts to segregation and should be abolished.”
- Hat tip to Sylvia! “I do have to say that the United States has come a long way when ethnic whites and black Americans can come together in their bigotry and express with so much gusto the diversity of prejudice we harbor in this country.”
- Hat tip to AAM. “Three football players at Guilford College…face assault and ethnic intimidation charges after an attack on three Palestinian students…attackers who called them “terrorists” and used racial slurs”
- “I think that these kids should have to spend a year volunteering for various community organizations in inner-city neighborhoods. I’d like to see them on the front lines, confronting what inequality looks like up and close and personal”
by guest contributor Philip Arthur Moore, originally published at TheThink
I knew I should have put a bet in for when we’d hear about college kids throwing ghetto parties on Martin Luther King Day. Absolutely despicable:
Authorities at Tarleton State University said they plan to investigate a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party that mocked black stereotypes by featuring fried chicken, malt liquor and faux gang apparel.
“I feel like there is no excuse for this type of ignorance,” said Donald Ray Elder, president of the Stephenville school’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Photographs posted on social networking Web site Facebook.com showed partygoers wearing Afro wigs and fake gold and silver teeth. One photo showed students “mocking how African-Americans do step shows,” Elder said. In another picture, a student is dressed as Aunt Jemima and carries a gun.
“That upsets me,” Elder said. “That’s someone who knows nothing about Dr. King, because Dr. King was totally about nonviolence.”
You can find photos from the entire event over at The Smoking Gun. Thanks so much for the tip, Rachel.
Speaking of white kids and gangster parties, The Smoking Gun has yet another story about some University of Connecticut Law students throwing a party of their own:
Seems that questionable parties were not limited this month to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at a Texas college. Turns out students at the University of Connecticut School of Law also opted for do-rags, gang signs, gold teeth, malt liquor, and a fake machine gun during an off-campus gathering last weekend, just days after the civil rights leader’s January 15 birthday. One future attorney even wore fake tiger claw tattoos on her chest, an apparent homage to the rapper Eve.
I don’t want to make wild conclusions from all of this, but one thing that comes to mind is the reality that the legal system will one day be run by these people. Would it be a stretch to say, then, that the legal system is racist? Because these parties surely are.
Find more photos at The Smoking Gun, and stay the hell away from Facebook.com if you plan on being a racist party boy.
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
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- Thanks Tariq! “Authorities at Tarleton State University said they plan to investigate a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party that mocked black stereotypes by featuring fried chicken, malt liquor and faux gang apparel.”
- This is HILARIOUS! “During literally tens of thousands of media interviews over the years, I always have put these black heroes in the glowing light of adulation they so deserve, crediting the black man for the intense soul and spirit that has enriched ou
- Hat tip to TheThink. “Britain’s Channel 4 Television, already under fire for broadcasting alleged racism on its top-ranked show, faced further criticism on Tuesday after a contestant on another reality television program made remarks praising slavery and
- Hat tip to The Anti-Essentialist Conundrum. “Federal officials said Tuesday they arrested more than 750 illegal immigrants over the past week in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in what they described as one of the biggest such sweeps in U.S. history.”
- “The spokesperson for the gay-lesbian community in Matamoros, José Ernesto Leal Rodríguez, was found murdered, with 8 stab wounds, in his home, according to the state authorities.”
- “A former Mississippi sheriff’s deputy has been charged in the 1964 kidnappings of two black teenagers who were long believed to have been abducted and killed by the Ku Klux Klan, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.”
- Hat tip to Harlow’s Monkey. “she says that critics of celebrity adoptions “get me all riled up … I think they can stick it — you can quote me on that,” she says.” Way to gloss over the complexities, Oprah.
- ““Dutchman,” the poet Amiri Baraka’s controversial 1964 race play…The white person who goes to see this is supposed to leave feeling like a viper sent off to repent…”
by guest contributor Philip Arthur Moore, originally published at TheThink
Why do I keep finding news articles about Barack Obama that conspicuously mention how “articulate” he is?
Reality check: ‘Barry’ Obama attended Columbia University, Harvard Law School, and was the first ever black American to be elected president of the Harvard Law Review. His educational biography is impressive, to say the least, and when he stormed into the national spotlight at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (part 1, part 2), we should have taken note of how “articulate” Obama was with the English language (his native language, by the way) and moved on. Instead, writers, taking adjectives from the same play book and arranging them just slightly differently, are harping on how well Barack Obama can speak about as much as they harp on how well George W. Bush mangles the English language (which, incidentally, is also his native tongue).
Take, for example, the following news snippets that have come out in the past several days alone:
“Barack Obama and the Pertinent Precedents” (Townhall.com, January 18, 2007):
The way in which he resembles George W. Bush — his thin resume — is not one that will help him. It may be cancelled out, though, by the ways in which he conspicuously contrasts with the outgoing president — notably, being thoughtful, articulate and seemingly open to opposing views. Bush is the commander in chief. But it’s Obama who gives the effortless impression of command.
“Much buzz, many questions over Barack Obama’s bid” (Christian Science Monitor, January 17, 2007):
But his biggest advantage could be his persona – young, attractive, articulate, a fresh face.
“Iowa Blogger Thrilled At Obama’s ‘08 Ambitions” (KCCI 8, January 17, 2007):
“We have someone in Obama who is a wonderfully articulate speaker, and we should never underestimate the importance of public officials being able to move people,” Goldford said. “The danger for somebody like Obama is: he rouses such high hopes. I mean, it’s the puppy love. The crush phase.
“Obama may find his newness both help and hindrance in campaign” (The Financial Express, January 18, 2007):
Obama’s appeal as an articulate, intellectual, multi-racial candidate prompted supporters such as fellow Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to urge him to run in 2008. So far, Obama’s easy-going charm is the only thing most voters know about him.
- Thanks mtevc! “Our ability to improve the academic accomplishment of students in the lower half of the distribution of intelligence is severely limited…We can hope to raise his grade. But teaching him more vocabulary words…will not open up new vistas
- Thanks mtevc! The New York Times reported that more women are unmarried than married in America and spun the story as progress, ignoring the fact that this might bode well for middle-class white women but be absolutely disastrous for poor black women.
- Thanks Kimberly! “Using machine guns as props, Nugent, 58, appeared onstage as the final act of the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting offensive remarks about non-English speakers”
- Rachel Ray disses her benefactor Oprah. Talking about a poster from the movie “Beloved” which shows Oprah Winfrey’s back, enhanced with scars, wearing a skirt from the slavery era. “Why is she wearing slave drag? She obviously has problems being black.”
- Thanks Rob! “THE 2.2 MILLION Indian Americans in the U.S. constitute a model minority, highly educated and well paid. And now, following in the footsteps of earlier immigrant groups…Indian Americans are emerging as an influential force in Washington.”
- Thanks Rob! “In attempting to pick apart a proposed apology for slavery, Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr., R-Hanover [asserted] that black Virginians should “get over” slavery, he asked, “Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?”
- Thanks Rob! “The Enemy at Home” is clearly designed to restore his reputation as the man who will say anything to call attention to his views; charging prominent senators and presidential candidates with treason can do that.”
- Thanks Angel! When anti-racist education goes wrong… “The exercise separates students into two groups — slaves and masters. The whole thing is supposed to be a learning experience, but one teacher at the school is concerned about what kind of lesson is
- “Why should Starbucks, or the Forbidden City’s management, pay attention to online chatter? …in a country where the media are fettered by Communist Party censorship…the internet plays an unusually prominent role as a barometer of public opinion.”
- Hat tip to Rachel. “Rap music is the new hair metal. I’ve said it a few times over the past five or six years. Nelly = Winger. Compare some currently popular rap video with the one for “Cherry Pie” from Warrant. See?”
- About the recent Salon.com articles on Obama, and whether or not he’s “really” black.