I love Shannon Gibney, and this sucks: Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students.
I’m busily catching up on popular culture, which meant a recent viewing of the movie Serenity, a continuation of the popular but short-lived television series.
There are a lot of little Asian-like things dropped into this future world, including some mangled Mandarin phrases. I didn’t even recognize the language as Mandarin until quite some time has passed. Actual Asians, however, don’t feature very prominently.
But here is my favorite Asian-like tchotchke, worn by a character at a funeral. It’s a 雙喜 necklace. Almost as good as a smiley face. :)
The turkey is in the oven. It’s going to be Thanksgiving on Wheels again.
So I went to the grocery store and the cashier asked me about Thanksgiving. I reminded her that I was going to the nursing home again. She looked at me and said the following:
You do know, of course, that we shouldn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving. Because you know what the first Thanksgiving was all about. It wasn’t like they teach in schools. You do know that, don’t you? Continue reading
This is Nathan Chou, who attends Arcadia High School in California. Nathan earned a perfect score on his AP calculus exam. Congratulations, Nathan, on a job well done.
Spoken word by Sy Stokes
“Which drummer is not like the others?” is the caption in this Home Depot tweet featuring two African American men and one person wearing a chimp suit. For which the company undoubtedly paid a marketing agency. Yeah.
Personal note: My friends and I used to hum “One of these things is not like the others,” when one of us got singled out in class. “Where did YOU come from?” was the one I got the most.
It has been a tradition. Coachella Valley High School’s mascot is an “Arab”:
The caricature adorns school buildings and signs. The library is decorated with cartoony Middle Eastern characters riding a large book like a magic carpet. At halftime of football games, a dastardly, big-headed mascot watches a girl in harem attire do the “Genie Dance.”
Just another day in post-racial America, I guess. Story from Indian Country Today.
This is Cristy Austin with her 19-year-old daughter, Kylie. Kylie’s original name was Keisha Lenee Austin. Kylie’s mother, who is white, had a specific reason for selecting the name “Keisha”:
… to her, it represented a strong, feminine, beautiful black woman. As a white woman who would be raising a biracial daughter she wanted to instill that confidence and connectivity to the culture.
“I saw it as a source of pride,” Cristy says. “I wanted her to have that.”
Kylie had her reasons for changing her name: Continue reading
This is 7-year-old Jackson. He wanted to be a KKK member for Halloween, so his mother obligingly made him a costume.
Jessica Black, Jackson’s mother, says her brother had the same costume when he was in kindergarten and again when he was 13.
Is apparently being fought in your asshole.
David Eckert didn’t stop completely at the stop sign. So he got pulled over. The police officer thought Eckert was clenching his buttocks. Obviously because he had stashed drugs in his butt.
So the cops took him to the hospital, where a doctor sensibly declined to perform an exam, stating it was unethical.
So what did they do? They took him to a different hospital. Here’s what happened: Continue reading