Links for 2009-08-14

Compiled by Andrea (AJ) Plaid, Arturo R. García, Nadra Kareem and Thea Lim

“Between the two dorms — one destroyed by fire, the other smashed and debris-strewn — stands an empty carton marked ‘White Kittey,’ testifying to the racial divides that run deep among the facility’s 5,900 prisoners.”

“For years after the American invasion of Iraq, thousands of Iraqis clamored for admission to the United States and found the door all but closed — until the government reacted to widespread criticism in 2007 by making it easier for more to enter with special visas or as refugees.

“But now that Iraqis are arriving in larger numbers, many are discovering that life in the United States is much harder than they expected.”

Jon Stewart:  “I thought Barack Obama wa-was post-racial.”
Larry Wilmore:  “Yeah, he is–we’re not.”

“White people usually think that ‘racists’ are the ones who harbor racist thoughts and feelings, and thus the ones who commit “racist” acts. However, as Derald Wing Sue suggests, there are many, many ways in which white people can act with unwarranted and unconscious aggression toward people of color, and thus, act in “racist” ways. Mistaking non-white people for service workers is but one common example.”

“Officials insisted Wednesday they banned the woman’s use of the Islam-friendly suit at a local pool because of France’s pool hygiene standards — not out of hostility to overtly Muslim garb.

“Under the policy, swimmers are not allowed in pools with baggy clothing, including surfer-style shorts. Only figure-hugging suits are permitted.”

“Kind of like that term ‘blipster,’ the idea of an Asian trophy wife is only remarkable if one concludes minorities don’t have the same types of motivations, thoughts, likes, dislikes, and feelings as everyone else.”