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  • "Allen was fired shortly after a controversial episode in which he was ordered to sell chocolate bars outside of New York City subway stops, a job stereotypically associated with African-American high school students. Entertainment Weekly's Mark Harris bluntly labeled Trump's handling of race tone-deaf at the time and said that the show 'humiliated itself in regards to Allen.'

    "'By never addressing race head-on, and instead concocting a ludicrous way to turn Allen's intelligence into a liability, the show paradoxically came off as so panicked about hiring a black guy that they had to invent a new standard — 'too smart' — to boot him off,' Harris wrote."

  • "Despite Obama's best efforts to refocus the nation on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, Latino leaders in Congress consider the effort too little too late. Advocates of immigration reform, had had a tough time getting even piecemeal immigration bills passed.

    "Last year, even when Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House, Congress could not pass the DREAM Act, a bill aimed at providing upstanding young undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship. With Republicans in charge in the House, there is even less chance of passing immigration legislation this year or next.

    "In the vacuum, states such as Arizona have passed controversial laws targeting [undocumented] immigrants. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday that she plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling barring some of the more controversial aspects of her state's new immigration law."

  • "A Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and another woman from the now-iconic photo of the Obama national security team watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden from the White House Situation Room.
    "Der Tzitung sent a statement to the press, apologizing for altering the photo—which the White House had forbidden news outlets from doing—and explaining why they had removed Clinton and Tomason.

    'In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status,' the statement said in part. '… Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.'"

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  • dersk

    I’m getting sick of that whole modesty issue, with shaking hands or publishing photos or whatever. Get it through your skulls, Der Tzitung, that that attitude means that you see women primarily as sexual objects, and only secondarily as human beings. If you’ve got an issue with it, don’t publish the damn photo at all.