Since 1910

It has been a tradition.  Coachella Valley High School’s mascot is an “Arab”:

The caricature adorns school buildings and signs. The library is decorated with cartoony Middle Eastern characters riding a large book like a magic carpet. At halftime of football games, a dastardly, big-headed mascot watches a girl in harem attire do the “Genie Dance.”

Just another day in post-racial America, I guess. Story from Indian Country Today.

The War on Drugs

Is apparently being fought in your asshole.

David Eckert didn’t stop completely at the stop sign.  So he got pulled over.  The police officer thought Eckert was clenching his buttocks.  Obviously because he had stashed drugs in his butt.

So the cops took him to the hospital, where a doctor sensibly declined to perform an exam, stating it was unethical.

So what did they do?  They took him to a different hospital.  Here’s what happened: Continue reading

‘Continuing and significant internal and external stress’

He was awarded $38,000 for the trauma and suffering he experienced as a result of this event.  You remember the photograph and probably the video.  It was November 18, 2011:  A UC Davis cop pepper sprayed peaceful Occupy protesters.  The protesters received approximately $30,000 in a settlement with the University.

John Pike, the police officer, received $38,000.  He was also on paid leave for eight months before leaving the force in July 2012.

Story here.

“The Child Exchange”

Reuters article on children who were adopted (mostly from overseas) and then given away to other individuals.  The NBC article interviewed Nora Gateley, who lived with Tom and Debra Schmitz after her first adoptive family disrupted.  Debra Schmitz was eventually found guilty of child abuse and trafficking, and was sentenced to six months.

The Reuters article ran down the numbers from a popular yahoo group and found that internationally adopted children made up a large majority of the children whose adoptive “parents” were trying to place elsewhere.

Sutchi Hui

On March 29, 2012, Sutchi Hui was crossing Castro Street when Chris Bucchere plowed through the intersection on his bicycle.  Hui, 71, was thrown more than 20 feet, suffered extensive injuries and died a few days later.  Bucchere was trying to set a personal best speed record.  He posted about the accident on a bicycling forum: Continue reading

Dear George Zimmerman

This is Trayvon Martin.  He had just turned 17 when you killed him.  He was just a kid who went out to the 7-11 to get some candy.

What I can’t get over is that you knew he was a kid.  You described him as being in his “late teens” and later you said this:

I don’t know where this kid is.

What that suggests to me is that you searched for him. And you found him.

I think you probably laid your hands on him. I say this because I know from personal and anecdotal experience that white people lay their hands on people of color all the time. They stroke our hair. They grab our arms to compare color. And they think it is okay to lay their hands on us when they wouldn’t dare to think about doing the same to a white person.

Because I can’t get over the lack of DNA evidence on Martin’s hands or clothing. Because I know that if I were straddling you and really wanted to pummel you and slam your head into the sidewalk, it would be really messy. You wouldn’t have just those two little cuts on the back of your head and a bloody nose. And there would be blood.

Everywhere.

And there wasn’t.

You say you feared for your life. But I think you were probably just a coward who used a gun to feel brave. I think you already had the gun drawn. And I think of what martial arts and firearm instructors (good ones, anyway) teach: Walk away.

Because once you bring that gun into any situation, it means you meant to shoot.

You meant to shoot a kid.  Because you know he was a kid.

You meant to shoot, because it made you angry that those kids were always getting away with something.  And you didn’t want this kid to.

And now you are afraid for your life again.

So now you know what it feels like.  To have people hate and despise you.  To fear for your safety and the safety of your loved ones.  To think that somebody might hate you enough to do you harm.

I feel afraid, too.  There are lots of George Zimmermans out there.

I know what this feels like.

The difference is that I never murdered a kid.

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

They!

The headline reads ‘Racist’ license plates in N.B.’  The plates are being recalled because They felt it was racist.  Not because the word is actually racist.

Because of course they felt it was important to be sensitive to a multicultural community.  So despite the fact they didn’t feel it was racist, they showed what good sports they are.

Because it’s just a “derogatory nickname” that isn’t actually racist.  Just “racist.”  For good measure, four white-appearing people are interviewed at the end of the broadcast to say how this isn’t racist at all.

Just so you know how they are.