Still not feeling it

That was quick. Dharun Ravi gave an exclusive interview with a reporter from the Star-Ledger.  It’s full of fail.  In addition, I really have to wonder what his attorneys have been thinking.  Undoubtedly somebody thought this might be a good public relations move.

Like Deryl Dedmon (recently sentenced to life in prison for the murder of James Craig Anderson), he’s found some kind of jeezus: Continue reading

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

Word problems

If a Gwinnett County elementary school has several third-grade teachers, and none of them saw any problem with the following math assignment, how many teachers there are in need of more education?

Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?*

If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?  2 weeks?

(Note that almost half of the teachers at this school have a master’s degree.   I tend to think that the basic teacher curriculum isn’t enough, but that’s a lengthy rant best left for another time.)

*I’d note this is a poorly written question even if you substitute another noun for “slaves.” Continue reading

In need of a history lesson

So Edward Rothstein writes a “review” of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center in Powell, Wyoming.  Heart Mountain was one of ten or so U.S. concentration camps located in desolate areas.  During World War II, the camps housed approximately 110,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. They hadn’t been accused of crimes. Intelligence didn’t suggest they were a threat to national security. They were rounded up and held without trial because of their race. Even small children and orphans.

Rothstein devotes about a quarter of his article to a review of the center.  The rest?  Rationale for the internment.

First, we’ve got the “they did it too” argument: 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

Friends don’t let friends tweet

Without engaging the cerebral cortex.

So advice columnist Margo Howard (daughter of the late advice columnist Ann Landers) tweeted her confusion about why Telemundo Chicago was covering and tweeting about the Blagojevich trial:

Not sure why Telemundo cares. Their soap operas off?

To which State Representative Deb Mell (sister-in-law to Rod) replied:

Wow that is so racist

An NBC news producer responded:

@Telemundochgo crews covering #Blagojevich each day

So Howard responded:

I knew that from the 1st trial, which I covered. Wondered why then

But never spent a few seconds to find out. More:

Not racist at all, & not meant to be. Y would People in Mexico care? & they ARE known for their shows.

Well, I’d guess most people don’t mean to be racist. But we still manage on a regular basis even without any intention whatsoever. Or so we say. But I digress.

What’s racist here? Is it what she actually said? 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