Sucks to be you

John Kelly’s life has been ruined.  Formerly the president of a youth baseball organization, he was suspended on Monday.  He fears his business will suffer and his children will be taunted.

For what?  He posted the following on facebook:

I’m so sick of reading about this dumb stupid N*gger Whitney Houston.”

Kelly would like you to know that he doesn’t know how that happened. Also he is not a racist and he has some amazing friends who are black.  In fact, he has no idea why another parent reposted his post since his son and her son are friends.  Just another example of how racism harms white people:

Does that make me a racist? Are you kidding me? It was the farthest thing from my mind.

Chicago Sun-Times   Southtown Star

Twinsies!

Subtitled: Mama don’t let your babies grow up to use youtube.

So in two separate cases this week, a pair of high school girls recorded and uploaded racist videos to youtube. It’s so confusing that some news articles are reporting on one school but linking the video from the other.

Santaluces High School would not report on any potential disciplinary action for the students.  Gainesville High School reportedly expelled the students.

It’s just a repeat of the same old crap we’ve seen time and time again. Same formula.  Somebody does something racist.  They are then shocked by the response.  Because they thought they were being clever and funny and all.  Because for many people, “humor” depends on the disparagement and dehumanization of other groups. Continue reading

WTF Time Magazine

I think we already knew Time sucks, but I had to read this three times before I could acknowledge that my brain wasn’t short circuiting and feeding me gibberish.  The article is titled India Witnesses Its First Monkey Marriage, Because Why Not  and here’s the lede:

Gay marriage has gotten its due; but now it’s time to pave the way for monkey marriage.

Equating humans with animals. How many times have we seen that before?

(To add insult to injury, it’s penned by a woman named Erica Ho. Yet again displaying that people on the receiving end of -isms don’t seem to apply that knowledge much to their own lives.)

Dude, you got it backwards

So Australian news anchor John Mangos said something stupid and racist:

…  Mangos reported on a Chinese lottery winner who wore a mask to remain anonymous while collecting his prize.

After the story, he said: “I don’t know why he bothered. I mean, I can tell you now — he’s Chinese.

“He’s got straight black hair and he’s got squinty eyes and yellow skin.”

And then he “apologized”: Continue reading

15 minutes almost up.

So we learn that Alexandra Wallace had plans for a comedic empire revolving around us funny Asians:

However, it seems the original video was not intended to be a one-time hit.

“My daughter wants to start a blog,” wrote Wallace’s dad on his Facebook page.

John Wallace, a Sacramento-area retail developer, posted on Friday at 11:17 a.m.: “She’s asking for domain suggestions for ‘Asians on their cellphones in the library!’ She’s shooting videos as I write.”

John Wallace also posted March 3 that his daughter was cast to be in the audience of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reunion show.

From the Sacramento Bee.

The UCLA paper reports that the school will not take any official action against her.  Because it doesn’t punish free speech, yanno.  But she will be leaving anyway: Continue reading

The cost of racism

Part 5,432

Loss of empathy is one of the costs of racism.  And this has been demonstrated time and time again when natural disasters strike people of color, most recently after the earthquake and tsunami.

Facebook status.  Twitter.  Because the lives of “J*ps” aren’t really worth anything.  Remember Pearl Harbor.  And as we’ve seen time and time again, animals (whales and dolphins in this case) are higher in a racist hierarchy than people of color.

Possibly the worst example is trolls using Google’s people finder to post false status reports about missing persons.  Using official sounding names and titles and writing that somebody’s loved one was confirmed dead.

For all those white people who have told me they “don’t really see” racism against people of Asian descent, open your eyes.  Because I wasn’t surprised by it.  I expected it.

I can tell just by looking at ’em

Rep. Connie O’Brien:

She spoke during the meeting of her son’s difficulty paying for classes in 2010 at Kansas City (Kan.) Community College and a feeling of despair at waiting in line at the college with a female student who appeared to them to have been born outside the United States.

“My son, who’s a Kansas resident, born here, raised here, didn’t qualify for any financial aid,” according to a recording of her statement to the committee. “Yet this girl was going to get financial aid.”

“My son was kinda upset about it because he works and pays for his own schooling and his books and everything and he didn’t think that was fair. We didn’t ask the girl what nationality she was, we didn’t think that was proper. But we could tell by looking at her that she was not originally from this country,” she says on the recording.

O’Brien clarified later that it was the “olive” complexion that gave it away. And here I thought it was the shoes.

Get one now.

From the Field Negro, “‘Good ole boys’ are everywhere:  Even in Maine“:

I have been to Maine only once in my life. I went in the fall one year and it seemed like a beautiful enough place. But I have to wonder about the folks inhabiting that wonderful part of the country. How could any right minded person elect Paul LePage to be their leader?

“Maine Gov. Paul LePage has constantly ruffled the feathers of the NAACP as he has declined invites from the organization …  He called the NAACP a “special interest” group and said that he will “not be held hostage by any special interests.” …

LePage feels that the NAACP is playing the “race card” and has an answer for that one as well.

In his best “I have a black friend” voice, LePage mentioned that his 25-year-old adopted son is black.”

Aha! The black son defense! Of course, white people who adopt children of color additionally gain Racist Kryptonite™! It’s a great two-fer and a wonderful addition to any family.

Well, you know I had to do some poking around after I heard about this black son. There is a group photo on LePage’s website that identifies the people in the picture plus the dog as: “Paul LePage II, Lauren LePage, Paul LePage, Ann LePage, Dog: Baxter, and Devon Raymond who joined Paul’s family like Paul joined other families in his youth. (not pictured daughters Lindsay and Lisa.)”

How did Paul join other families in his youth? Again, according to his website: Continue reading

The token white guy

Photo by Cheng Yutao.

Jonathan Kos-Read is a white American who makes his living acting in Chinese cinema and hitting the talk show circuit.  Article from the LA Times.

“It struck me how cool it would be to be that guy who speaks fluent Chinese, to be that cool guy. That was still rare enough then as to be almost nonexistent,” he said. “I thought, ‘Hey, I could go to China and be awesome — to be the guy who goes to the weird foreign country and integrates himself into the culture and gets it.'”