links for 2010-12-04

  • "So a lot of times I hear Drupal is a “doacracy”, which is awesome. It’s an awesome concept, but we’d be fooling ourselves to think it’s a pure doacracy, because first of all everyone’s coming into it carrying the baggage they have in their lives. People come into things on an uneven playing field to begin with. Especially when you’re talking about a field that has to do with technology. Open Source is nice, because it cuts down with the—“free as in beer”—cuts down a little bit on the economic barriers to certain aspects of Open Source, like I didn’t have to pay a lot of money to download Drupal, whereas if I really wanted to get quick on Dreamweaver I would’ve had to pay hundreds of dollars, you know, so that’s nice in terms of breaking down economic barriers, but still, in terms of how you’re perceived, in terms of what kind of education you received, how much exposure you got to technology in your youth, all these factors go in to how easy it is to get into the Drupal community."
  • "After the 1932 season, Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall — affectionately known, according to African-American studies professor Dr. Charles Ross, as the '… leading racist in the NFL' — convinced other club owners to implement a non-formal ban of black players. This 'ban' lasted 13 seasons.

    "Understanding there was a 13-year period when no black players were allowed to participate in the NFL is critical in understanding why the prejudices and stereotypes exist today. There was a collective and concerted effort to maintain white rosters throughout the league that impacts today's game and thinking."

  • "A Paris court has acquitted far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, who had faced charges of racism over campaign posters for his National Front party.

    "The court said Thursday that Le Pen was not personally responsible for the posters, reading 'No to Islamism' and featuring a woman in a black face-covering Muslim veil next to a map of France swathed in the Algerian flag. The posters were issued ahead of March's regional elections."

  • "A damning report has accused the taxi industry in Galway City of racism – suggesting that the companies have a policy of not employing Africans.

    "The controversial report, which will be published next week, says that no taxi company in Galway employs black drivers and accuses the companies of being 'private clubs'."

  • "Of all the unfamiliar products in a Chinese supermarket, one of the most shocking to American visitors is a toothpaste featuring the logo of a minstrel singer in a top hat, flashing a white smile. Even more shocking: the paste, known as Darlie in English and as Black People Toothpaste in Chinese, is a product of the Hawley & Hazel Group, a Hong Kong–based company established in 1933, which is now owned in part by the Colgate-Palmolive Co."