Posts Tagged: racism

Our sink is empty. Our dishes are clean.

First order of business – I’ve been laid off from my job. I started working for Pearson when it was Macmillan Publishing on April 25, 1994. I just cross the threshold of 26 years at the same job. In the middle of May, my position was eliminated, along with a number of other co-workers who

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2015-01-29 Recently Read

Grantland: How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared As a member of more than one marginalized group of people, I can attest that these sorts of conversations with allies happen all the time wherein the needs of the marginalized group end up being subservient to the plans of their allies, who have more power and are able to

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Old Northside, Caravelle Commons and political issues

I’m irritated right now at one of my neighbors. We live in Old Northside in Indianapolis, which is an historic neighborhood, but one with really large houses, and one that has been almost completely renovated in the 1970s and 1980s. So the first wave of renovators – the hippies and liberals and gays – has

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links for 2010-04-26

"Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" – Tim Wise Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters –the black protesters — spoke of

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links for 2010-04-14

D.C. Police Trying to Explain Lack of Gun With Slain Teen – washingtonpost.com sounds a lot like the Indianapolis teen who "shot himself" while handcuffed in the back of a police car. (tags: police fraud crime coverup death racism) Girl Scouts of the USA: Research The goals of the Girl Scout Research Institute are to

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links for 2010-03-30

The Catholic Church is a Criminal Enterprise – Matt Taibbi The church attempts to defend the indefensible, and invalidates practically all good it's ever done in the history of the church in the process. Yeah, I think it's time for the church to disband. (tags: catholicism church crime evil rape abuse) Michigan Christian Militia Raided

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links for 2010-02-07

Knit and Crochet Pattern Search – Planet Purl (tags: knitting pattern) Tea Party opening speaker suggests law that kept blacks be kept from voting be reinstated | Raw Story Except that most blacks would pass the test with ease, but Tea Party candidates would all be excluded. (tags: idiots racism teabaggers)

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested

I would like an apology from the police unions for acting like despicable douche bags. For those of you who may have tuned in late, Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., noted scholar, because he got angry with them. He got angry with them because they accosted him while he

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Best of the Worst: McCain Mobs Compiled

Brave New Films and Color of Change have compiled the “best of the worst” video footage of lynch mob-like crowds attending McCain/Palin rallies over the past several weeks, documenting the racism and violent threats. Color of Change is sending a public letter to their campaign asking them to take responsibility for changing the tone of

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More Racist McCain Supporters

Anyone who’s resisted the idea that there are racist McCain supporters out there won’t be able to get past this video. As Ta-nehisi Coates at the Atlantic points out — It’s not just disturbing that this guy is so obviously evil, but it’s further upsetting that the no one in the crowd around him admonishes

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Racist McCain Ad

Ordering a black man to show you respect you is pretty over the top in 2008. I’m sure McCain’s constituency in the South and perhaps right here in Indiana will recognize the terminology from their (thankfully) long ago heydays of sundown towns and lynch mob gatherings, though, and respond accordingly. There’s only one response to

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Racist America comes out of the woodwork to attack Barack Obama

Shakespeare’s Sister has an ongoing multi-part “Obama Racism Watch” documenting incidents of racism in the media directed at Senator Obama (similar to their multi-part series “Hillary Clinton Sexism Watch” that is at 106 entries and shows no signs of stopping.) I won’t go into every incident because they cover it much better than I, but

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links for 2008-01-12

The Art of Travis Louie Cool creepy paintings. (tags: paintings artist surrealism) Chris Matthews is a racist douche Um, speaking like an “indian” isn’t cool, on TV or off, ass. (tags: media bigotry.) Jonah Goldberg’s Bizarro History | The American Prospect (tags: conservatives books history propaganda)

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Presidential facts in 2008

The stats, via Shakesville: If you were ever in any doubt about the supremacy of White, Protestant Patriarchy in this culture, let’s do a quick review, OK? 232 Years as a Nation 42 Presidents 42 White Presidents 42 White Male Presidents 42 White Male Christian Presidents 41 White Male Protestant Presidents 1 White Male Catholic

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Rishawn Biddle Gets Fired

I’ve been trying to avoid writing about local politics of late, just because the bile and animosity therein was way to much to deal with given my increased workload at my place of employment, and because others do a much better job of saying what I would anyway. On occasion here, I’ve ranted about Indy

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Rich white douchebags count on racism to win in 2008

During a panel discussion of the 2008 presidential election on the July 15 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, syndicated columnist Robert Novak asserted: “Republicans are very pessimistic about 2008. When you talk to them off the record, they don’t see how they can win this thing. And then they think for a minute, and

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Unbelievably Racist E-mail

This is the other racist e-mail that was sent to me by someone I thought was a friend. I got this a week and a half ago, I believe. I’m putting the entire text of the e-mail below the fold because I want to be sure that my friends know, before they see it, that

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A Completely Racist Diatribe

A friend forwarded the following diatribe to me. She sent me another one earlier in the week that was equally bad and which originated with the KKK. This is apparently the kind of crap that’s getting passed around by right-wing nut jobs though e-mail. I know I keep saying this, but it needs to be

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Young Republicans Admit Being Racist

At a weekend pep rally in Washington, a thousand college Republicans clap, cheer and party — and reveal a troubling dark side. And I quote: “How am I a closet Democrat? I’m racist, I love guns and I hate welfare.” And that’s not the worst of their commentary; read the complete article for some truly

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One of the best things I’ve read recently

A recent post from Ampersand on the subject of racism: “When I step on someone’s foot, I don’t complain that their toes are overly sensitive, nor do I make elaborate explanations of how I came to step on their foot (“you have to understand, where I meant to put my foot was…”). I apologize and

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Against Their Will: North Carolina’s Sterilization Program

Reporters for the “Winston-Salem Journal” have obtained sealed records and are lifting the curtain on a horrifying truth: From 1933-1974, five members of the North Carolina eugenics board met every month and voted to sterilize up to 30 complete strangers in the name of the “greater good.” Eugenics was the controversial practice of weeding out

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