The Friday mishmash edition.
I was glad to see this headline about the #racistrager was “Duke Students Protest ‘Racist Rager’ Frat Party” and not “Asians Protest ‘Racist Rager.’” Although it was somewhat demoralizing to find this party came on the heels of a blackface party. Hey, what better place to learn about privilege in action than one of the top schools in the country? Shades of Mike Randazzo!
Because racist theme parties are not enough, now universities apparently have “spotting websites.” Looks like there weren’t enough outlets to be racist on the internet. Shades of Anna Langevin and Chelsie Palbicki!
And if it isn’t enough to endure discrimination in hiring because of your name, search engines also suggest you’re a criminal to boot (pdf link)! The survey found “statistically significant discrimination in ad delivery based on searches of 2184 racially associated personal names across two websites.”
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is starting a series of video interviews with Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in U.S. concentration camps during the war. See Sam Mibu’s interview here.
And in Illinois, lawmakers are moving towards marriage equality. Of course, Cardinal George had to poke his nose into it and call upon his supporters to fight against equal rights. This despite the fact the law has specific provisions allowing churches to approve or not. Because it’s about civil rights. And because believe it or not, some people do get married outside of the church.
Marriage equality matters. Because if your wife dies, your loss should be recognized. Equally.
And in the “Finally got it right” category, Julia Pastrana has been returned home to be laid to rest. Story here and here. Totally creepy that her body was exhibited a hundred years after her death. She was reportedly a beautiful singer and a philanthropist. It’s like we never learned from Saartjie Baartman’s story.