The oppressed majority countering voices of hate.

Waving flags with their Muslim friends.

Angry Asian Man posted this video of anti-Muslim protesters at an Orange County fundraiser.  The video has since been deleted by youtube, but you can view it here.  Basically it’s a bunch of American-flag-waving idiots shouting hate.  But included are some of our elected officials:

Let me tell you what’s going on over there right now … make no bones about it.  That is pure, unadulterated evil … I don’t even care, I don’t even care if you think I’m crazy any more.  Because, I have, I have a beautiful daughter, I have a wonderful 19-year-old son who is a United States Marine.  As a matter of fact I know quite a few Marines who would be very  happy to help these terrorists to a, uh, early meeting in paradise.

Councilwoman Deborah Pauly 1:26-2:08

Pauly now claims that the video was edited to “change the context.”  That she was referring to terrorists and not the people at the fundraiser.  But when she says “over there” she points.  And to support her claim, the NBC article notes that “Insults and jeers directed at the men, women and children raising money for the Islamic charity was videotaped in the dark [sic].”  Well, not exactly.  The beginning of the video is fairly bright; it looks as if the sun is just going down.  And a quick look at some of the other news videos not used by or provided by CAIR of a hostile crowd show daylight as well.  Continue reading

“U.S. lawmakers start attacking ‘birth tourists'”

From the Korea Times:

Every year, thousands of pregnant Korean women arrive in the U.S. with a big, round belly and leave with a flat stomach, carrying in their arms a newborn baby with American citizenship.

Labeled “birth tourists,” these moms consider the costly trips a privilege and money well spent. But for a growing number of Americans, they are ill-intended visits that take advantage of loopholes in the U.S. immigration system.

And now, with millions of foreign birth tourists coming from everywhere from Turkey to Taiwan with the same purpose, conservative lawmakers in the U.S. are pushing legislation that would stop automatically granting citizenship to every baby born on U.S. soil, as stated in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

If this legislation is successful, it raises the question of how citizenship would be established. Many U.S. born residents use their birth certificates as proof of citizenship.  But others have never obtained this document, and doing so is a hardship.  Additionally, birth certificates are sometimes questioned for certain folks.

As it is, I already know of minor children with their own proof of U.S. citizenship who were required to provide proof of citizenship for their parents when applying for a passport.  Yeah, not supposed to work that way.  But it does.

Maybe we’re following the lead of the French.

I remember.

After September 11, there were many documented cases of hate crimes against people who were vaguely brown:

The FBI data suggests a 1,600-percent surge in anti-Islamic hate crimes in the days following the Sept. 11 attacks. The research also found a similar increase in hate crimes against people who may have been perceived as members of Islam, Arabs and others thought to be of Middle Eastern origin.

“We knew that followers of the Islamic faith were victims of hate crimes, but other groups suffered just as badly,” Byers said. “That is the nature of prejudice. People perceived as being different because of the color of their skin or dress, or perhaps mistaken as Islamic, were immediately considered outsiders. They became the new enemy for some Americans.

“Some people reacted to it by physically attacking or harassing any person who they considered to be different, he said. “Only when there were calls for tolerance did the attacks decline.”


Remember 9/11!

Remember Pearl Harbor!

And now, Remember Fort Hood!

(Link is to a billboard posted by a Colorado auto dealership that reads “President or Jihad?  Birth certificate?  Prove it!  Wake up America!  Remember Fort Hood!”  You gotta feel sorry for another dealership called “Wolf Auto Group,” which has been receiving messages intended for the other idiots.)

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Will French POCs finally be seen?

Let me be clear about this: I am not a fan of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s “playboy” president. I would not have voted for him and I don’t normally agree with much he says.

But I have to agree with the statement he issued regarding his plan to collect voluntary data on race:

He said the lack of data on ethnic minorities was hampering the ability to measure inequality and deal with it.

Having lived in the country for over a decade and a half, I can assure you that racism is rampant. I also therefore agree with the race campaigners in the article who say that the society is “plagued by discrimination”. This is a country that only got its first primetime newscast journalist of colour this decade.

However, I really do not believe that any light can be shed on the extent of this discrimination until reasonably reliable statistics are produced. Unfortunately, many, many groups do not agree with me, including the ground-breaking SOS Racisme. Continue reading

In Whatever We (Dis)Trust

From the New York Times:

On Monday, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a suit by the Navajo, who lost millions of dollars’ worth of coal royalties because the government helped a coal company underpay for their coal. A lower court ruled for the Navajo Nation. The Supreme Court should affirm that well-reasoned decision.

The Navajo’s huge reservation spreads across parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The United States holds the lands in trust and manages their large coal deposits. Peabody Coal had a lease to mine on that land. The terms provided that in 1984, the interior secretary could make a reasonable adjustment in the royalty rates paid to the tribe.

That year the department increased the royalty rate to 20 percent of gross proceeds. After Peabody protested, the Reagan administration’s interior secretary met with a Peabody lobbyist, without informing the Navajo. The secretary then signed a memo blocking the increase and called for the Navajo to negotiate with Peabody. The tribe, already under severe economic pressure, ended up agreeing to a rate of just 12.5 percent.