Happy birthday to Dr. Grace Lee Boggs!
She was a singer, a poet, a civil rights activist and more. Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou.
Update: We are happy to report that Choi has been found and is with his family.
Hye Min Choi, also known as Joseph, was last seen checking in his luggage at O’Hare International Airport (Chicago) around 4:50 p.m. on Saturday. He is described as 5’6″ and 100 pounds.
Anyone with information about Choi’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Area North Special Victim’s Unit at (312) 744-8200.
Update 04/29: Enin has selected Yale.
Eight for eight. Congratulations!
Kwasi Enin was accepted by eight Ivies. Also three state schools and Duke. If you don’t feel inadequate enough, he also plays three instruments for chamber orchestra, has taken 11 AP classes, participates in track and field, sings in an acappella group, and is active in theater.
Also he volunteers at a hospital.
Also, since I know you want to know, his parents immigrated here from Ghana.
USA Today seems to want to downplay his accomplishments by quoting somebody who talks about how “colleges are looking for great boys,” and how Enin’s SAT is in the 99th percentile for “African-American” students. I’m pretty sure a 2250 is in the high 90’s for all test takers*, but whatever.
See CNN video here.
*Edited to add: I looked it up on the College Board site. Although percentiles are listed by individual section, assuming a 750 on each test puts Enin in the 97th or 98th percentile for ALL TEST TAKERS. Combined score might nudge that number up.
Here’s a link to get you up to speed.
The #We’reGivingYoutheSideEye edition. With my commentary, since I still have a lot to say.
Colbert’s satire isn’t particularly funny or clever, even within its “context.” Although he says in an interview that he never “punches up,” using racism against Asian Americans as part of the humor violates the general unspoken rule of satire.
However, where The Colbert Report‘s satire fails is that a significant portion of The Colbert Report‘s audience does not intuitively or instinctively believe in their guts that saying “Ching Chong Ding Dong” or using the term “Orientals” is necessarily racist. Not everybody who laughs at “Ching Chong Ding Dong” is laughing because Colbert the character is so stupidly racist, but they are laughing at Asians. I believe this to be the case because this kind of anti-Asian dialog is still common in our society and is not immediately countered by most of society for being racist.
I told a white friend this joke as it was relayed on the Colbert Report, and he laughed. I felt pissed off about it, so I went on to discuss some other parts of Colbert’s “humor” that I find problematic. Continue reading