The black guy

A Michigan postal employee reported that she had been robbed and described the guy as “big” and “black or Mexican.”  According to Amy Fox, he also made her take her shirt off.

Only it was a lie.

Nearby schools were put on lockdown.  And Abel Cooper was identified as a suspect.  He once worked with Fox’s husband.

Nobody told Cooper when an audit disclosed that someone had been embezzling from the post office.  And nobody told him when Fox confessed.

Ten bucks says you can you can guess Amy Fox’s race.  Another ten bucks if you notice the dearth of news coverage.

Edited to add:  She also said he had an accent and that he had “FUBU” on his sweater.


Washington University students made a trip to Chicago last week, with a planned and pre-arranged stop at a Division Street bar. The students had negotiated a $25 rate with the bar, but when they got there, the African American students were denied entrance.

Safety concerns, yanno.  The bar manager cited a “no baggy pants” policy.  So one of the students switched pants with one of the white students.  They must be good friends.  Anyway, I’m sure you can guess what happened.

Incidentally, I saw a photograph of these kids in their pants and I’m not even sure they qualify as “baggy.”  But whatever.

Now that’s thoughtful!

“Amid Tough Climate, a Thoughtful Recruitment Process.” That’s what the New York Times headline was yesterday. It was about a job opening that drew hundreds of applicants. I saw the title and said, “Ten bucks says it went to a good-looking young white woman.  With blonde hair.”

Now the article is titled $13 an Hour? 500 Sign Up, 1 Wins a Job.  Guess I wasn’t the only person who thought it wasn’t such a thoughtful process.

Nobody ever gives me my ten bucks.

Guess privilege works

So two weeks after being told the kid couldn’t leave the country, she got a visa.  You remember the story.  A couple travels to China to adopt a four-year-old.  They have a good indication that she might have TB before they go, and they receive confirmation when they get there.  But what do they do?  They adopt her, undoubtedly thinking that that they’ll get past the TB requirements for immigrants.

Because as the mother said, this isn’t an immigrant.

And then they leave her behind in China, because they just can’t stay.  Even though adopted children are just like biological children.

And this has lead to a huge call from adoptive parents and adoption agencies and JCICS (which is basically an agency lobby) and other groups who care about the children to call for removal of these restrictions.  Not for all children. Because we know it really isn’t about the children.  It’s about the adoptive parents. So the call is for adopted children to have special privileges.

Because privilege works.

Ten bucks says the kid is being escorted.

And as a separate rant, don’t you love the way people get a four-year-old who already has a life and a history and immediately change her name?

Edited to add:  Where’s my ten bucks?

‘Dangerous resentment’?

A mom drove two 12-year-olds, an 8-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old to the mall and dropped them off.  Then she drove home to get some rest.

What does a New York Times columnist have to say about this?

What really sent my head spinning after reading Kevane’s story was the degree to which it drove home the fact that our country’s resentment, and even hatred, of well-educated, apparently affluent women is spiraling out of control.

Really? And how do you think the police might have responded if the parent wasn’t well-educated and was poor? Do you think she might have felt some of the country’s “resentment”?

The usual stupid

This New York Times article about Disney’s first African American princess is just loaded with ignorant, unsupported beliefs about race and the usual dose of idiotic remarks and viewpoints.  (As usual, ten bucks says that the writer is a white male.)  It’s a prime example of somebody who thinks he is discussing race intelligently but is really exposing the depths of ignorance.

First off, note the writer takes pains to include two opinions of African Americans who support Disney.  One is the voice of the princess and the other is an ex-employee, because obviously they are the voice of fair and impartial reason.  He also notes that the “final word” should come from an African American, and gives us this gem of a quote: Continue reading

Eek! Black guys!

I read this story earlier and sighed.  It’s about a 38-year-old white woman who called 911 to report that she and her young daughter had been in a car accident involving another automobile.  Then two black men kidnapped her and threw her into the trunk of a Cadillac.

Well, the FBI got involved.  And guess what?

Hospital tales

I can’t stop thinking about this story, which enrages and saddens me.  Unfortunately, I know of several people in same-sex relationships who were denied information or access to their partners despite having health care proxies or power of attorney for health care.

As commenter more cowbell notes, this is a call for reform on the federal level.  Even if same-sex marriage is recognized across the country, I think we’re still going to hear these stories.  But we’ve got to take that step.

Because as Tim Wise says, perceptions follow institutional realities.  And what we need to do is make equality a reality.

(Meandering thoughts follow.) Continue reading