And it runs deep

Questlove is a six-foot-two black man.  So I can imagine he’s experienced his share of overt racism.  He talks and writes about it sometimes.  In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, he wrote the following:

I don’t know how to not internalize the overall message this whole Trayvon case has taught me:

You ain’t shit.

That’s the lesson I took from this case.

You ain’t shit.

These words are deep because these are words I’ve heard my whole life.

And yet this happens.

Here’s the TLDR summary:  Questlove tours in Japan and gets into the tired old L/R jokes.  Because they’re so funny and originalContinue reading

Because there is nothing so horrible

That white people can’t make it worse.  I’ve said it over and over again.  So the plane crashes and two girls die, but who cares?  Because on this plane were “141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans, 61 Americans, three Canadians, three from India, one Japanese, one Vietnamese and one from France.”  (Three people’s nationalities had not been confirmed.) Continue reading

Ain’t it always the way

There were about a dozen of them.  African American men between the ages of 18-20.  They were big and she was just a little lady.  And they made off with (reports vary) about $200,000 in cash and jewelry.  Six grand in cash, according to some news accounts.  A brooch worth $100,000 and a bracelet worth $25,000.

She bravely gave interviews to the Chicago Tribune and ABC News.

She says she’s not going to live her life in fear.

Of course not.  Because it never happened.

After reviewing surveillance video that showed the woman getting off a commuter train (minus jewelry) and video from the location (no incident captured on tape) and interviewing witnesses (who all didn’t see anything, for real this time), police concluded the “victim” lied.

Dear prospective adoptive parent

If you’ve “always wanted a China doll,” go and get a damn doll.  You can play with it and dress it in pretty clothes and do its hair and change its name at your whim.  You can tell your beautiful fragile plaything that you knew you were meant to be together because it was G-d’s will that she be abandoned so that you could have a dream come true.  It can be your fairy tale.  You can imagine your happy heterosexual baby doll on her wedding day.

And you can live a happy, contented life knowing you saved a little doll from a life of hardship.

But leave real live children out of it.

That is all.

Where are you from?

No, I mean where are you really from?

Somebody from one of the Asian American listservs told me that the Evil Chinese Professor ad was filmed in Washington D.C.  As usual, the Angry Asian Man has the scoop:

So yes, I was an extra for this commercial. The way I got involved in this commercial is by signing up to be an extra for Transformers 3, which was being filmed in DC. So I got an email from my Kollaboration staff (I am on the board for Kollaboration DC) saying that they were filming Transformers 3 (Our show just ended btw too, like a week ago). Some of us signed up to be extras and a couple of us got called for this commercial because the Transformers 3 shoot was full, and they informed me that it was for a conservative – political ad, so I was aware of the political stance (thinking it wouldn’t be a serious issue). So thats basically how I got involved.


How you disappoint.

Famously a Vegan, the singer who once penned the song Meat Is Murder, said: “Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific.

“You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.”