"I am angry that we live in a world where women have to be validated as being funny if the guys like them. I am angry that we have come to a point where women in Hollywood are sending emails out like it is a political campaign to encourage people to see this film because things have become this desperate."
"Once, Donny Hathaway soulfully crooned 'The Ghetto.' Now, saying 'That’s so ghetto' has become as commonplace as 'That’s so gay,' and both are disparaging remarks. In this case, describing objects as 'ghetto' implies inferiority, and calling behavior 'ghetto' can infer that everyone living in particular neighborhoods behaves the same. Karen Grigsby Bates wrote on The Root that calling someone ghetto 'is intentionally classist.'"
Yeah, this definitely needs a discussion. Thoughts, Racializens?–AJP "One hundred and fifty years has done nothing to dent the pride of white Southerners, which is understandable. But if the GOP continues to court the mad, bad, beautiful Southland, then it will continue to embrace the awkward politics of race and memory. The Republican contenders may all eventually be called to account for the pact their party has made with Dixie. The Civil War anniversary has raised questions about Southern identity that must be resolved. The GOP, in turn, will have to decide whether it stands for reconciliation and change, or the righteous, useless anger of those stubborn Southerners who can never forget."
Hmmmmmm…thoughts?–AJP "Like any weapon that is mishandled, PC can be dangerous. Truth is PC has become a double edged sword benefiting no one. Those who were supposed to benefit from the PC movement: feminists, people of color, the GLBT community, people with disabilities, etc. were once happy to claim the PC movement and demand that prejudicial language not be used. But, once people began stifling their speech, discrimination continued. It just went to the very PC, but very silent, underground world of innuendo, institutionalized segregation, racism, and homophobia. Stealth discrimination is rampant in our country, and the PC movement is the cloak of invisibility that hides it."
"Unlike some critics of the talk radio right, calling a bit racist isn't a charge I make lightly. In fact, I've gone out of my way on prior occasions to defend the right against charges of racism when I find them to be unfair. I am also aware that this kind of assertion only causes Limbaugh's troops to rally around him. But so be it: the truth is that it's a racist bit, and I dissent from the proposition that no matter how badly Limbaugh (or in this case, his staff) behaves we ought to ignore the nation's most popular and influential radio program.
"What is it going to take for the folks in conservative journalism to realize that this guy's continued prominence is poison for the right and the country? I don't get it."
"The question gets even more complicated when we consider the ways that race and class play into these memes. One Shit My Students Say entry specifically identifies the teacher as working in an “urban” school setting, which most people readily read as black, brown and poor. In another tweet, the teacher gives a few clues which would lead readers to believe that she is herself white, while her students are African-American. When I quote my students, I repeat their exact language, which sometimes includes grammar common to African-American Vernacular English. But that means I need to be extra thoughtful when I relay stories of muffin-flinging aggression or a goofed-up word- because the stories teachers share don’t exist in a vacuum. We’re sharing them in the context of a culture which often assumes ignorance and/or criminality is embedded in youth, in blackness, in poverty."
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