The LA Times is reporting that a “Ku Klux Klan-like hood was fashioned from a pillowcase and placed on a statue outside UC San Diego’s main library, in what may be another racially provocative incident at the beach-side campus, officials said Tuesday.”
Um…when is a klansman’s hood ever not a sign that it’s racially provocative? Not “may be”. The word would be “is”.
University police say they are investigating the matter as a possible hate crime and examining the hood for fingerprints and even DNA analysis.
The hood, with a hand-drawn cross inside a circle, was found about 11 p.m. Monday on the statue of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as the children’s book author Dr. Seuss, after whom the library is named. A rose was inserted into the statue’s fingers.
Why Dr. Seuss? I love Dr. Seuss. That’s just wrong!
I really feel for the black students at UC San Diego. Hell, I feel for us all. Especially those of you who have had your Post-Racial hopes shattered in the last year. Oh no, institutionalized racism is alive and well.
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I am proud of students who took action today at UC San Diego. I know the school had very good intentions, but a “teach-in” on racial tolerance was likely seen as a politically correct band-aid. Talk is not what these students want. They want action. They want to feel that they are in an environment where racists are taken to task when they do bold things, like throwing a neo-blackface party. A long seminar on racial tolerance is like workplace sexual harassment classes. Everyone in the room nods and says they understand. What would you expect them to do, defend their right to grab their secretary’s butt or tell a couple penis jokes? Keep fighting kids. Even if you don’t see the results you want, you will not leave that University with regrets.
LA Times: Nine days after an off-campus student party mocked Black History Month, UC San Diego went through a day of protests, tumult and self-examination Wednesday, especially concerning the small number of African American students enrolled at the beachside campus.
University administrators sponsored a teach-in on racial tolerance that attracted a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff to an auditorium in the student center. But halfway through what was to be a two-hour session in response to the offensive racial stereotypes at the Feb. 15 “Compton Cookout” party, most students walked out in protest.
They then held their own noisy but peaceful rally outside the building. Administrators may have thought the teach-in “would make us quiet,” said Fnann Keflezighi, vice chairman of the Black Student Union. But she said minority students don’t believe that UC San Diego will take significant steps to make them feel more comfortable on campus and increase their numbers.
The controversial party, she and others contended, was just the spark that ignited new activism about long-simmering issues at the university. Many wore special black and white T-shirts that proclaimed: “Real Pain, Real Action, 1.3%” — a reference to the percentage of African Americans among the campus’ undergraduates, thought to be the lowest in the UC system.
Italian Americans, I need your guidance on this. Is the G-word as offensive as the N-word? I’m just wondering…I have no insight on this particular term, being from the midwest originally. I’ve heard all the buzz coming from MTV’s Jersey Shore reality show, and it made me wonder about this.
Is it truly a racial slur? Was it imposed upon Italian immigrants by Americans who were mad about immigration? I’m wondering if young Italians are using the term as one of endearment as many African-American youth do (Hey, my n—a!).
Wikipedia: Guido is a slang, derogatory term for a working class urban Italian American. The Guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Primarily, it is used as a demeaning term towards Italian Americans, as the word Guido is derived from either the Italian proper name Guido or a conjugation of the Italian verb Guidare. More recently, it has come to also encompass Italians who conduct themselves as thugs with an overtly macho attitude.
I just read the Washington Post piece “Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause” and I just have to say DUH!!! I’m mean really??? Really? People are surprised about campaign offices being defaced and people calling teens the N-word? Have we all bought into the whole “color blind America” concept? Really?
The article notes that Obama’s camp hasn’t publicized the racial incidents that have occured. You want to know why? You want to the reason they weren’t bold enough to print? Can you handle it?
Because white people don’t want to hear about that stuff!!! It makes them fell bad. That kind of news doesn’t make white people want to vote for “Barry.” If his name is too black, too African/Muslim thus they’ve given him the nickname “Barry”, then they damn sure don’t want to think about racism and injustice when they think of him. White folks will not be motivated by guilt, shame, or America’s racism when voting for Obama. That much guilt doesn’t exist in America…ask a segregationist about the civil rights era, they’ll tell ya. The things that people in Obama’s camp have suffered are nothting compared to things that protesters endured in the Civil rights era. It took years and years and years of seeing that for white folks to get behind the cause and help move the government.
It’s better that Obama stick with connecting himself and his image to middle of the road concepts…hope…change…etc. White America doesn’t want to see oppression and the legacy of slavery when they look at a potential candidate. They want to feel good about giving their “black friend” a chance.
Yes…I said it.
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FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television says Barack Obama wouldn’t be his party’s leading presidential candidate if he was white.
Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson has revived comments previously made by Geraldine Ferraro, telling The Charlotte Observer,
“What I believe Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called ‘Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not… Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial … it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything.”
Um, if Obama wasn’t black no one would be asking you your opinion of him, Bob. You wouldn’t be in the news, Bob. Somebody, anybody…tell Bob to shut the HELL up. What the is wrong with him. Did he really really listen to what Farraro said? I think is undercover racism sensory apparatus is broken!
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Do you remember the scene in “Malcolm X” where Denzel and Spike were in court with the 2 white women they were dating and got hella years compared the light sentencing of their co-criminals? Denzel’s lines went something like this…
The average first offender gets two years for burglary.
We were all first offenders.
That’s what the girls drew.
Two years in the women’s reformatory.
Our crime wasn’t burglary.
It was sleeping with white girls.
They threw the book at us.
For some reason this the sentencing of the Barbie Bandits made me think of that scene. You know the reason, and obviously the NAACP feels my pain. The head of the Georgia NAACP called for the state to investigate the sentences given in the so-called “Barbie bandits” bank theft case, saying the two white defendants got less prison time than two black men. Continue reading
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Barack Obama is victorious in Mississippi‘s Democratic primary today. It’s a great way to go into next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary in Pennsylvania.
Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
Obama picked up at least six Mississippi delegates to the Democratic National Convention, with 27 more to be awarded. He hoped for a win sizable enough to erase most if not all of Clinton’s 11-delegate gain from last week, when she won three primaries.
The Illinois senator had 1,585 delegates to 1,473 for Clinton. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination. Obama leads Clinton among pledged delegates, 1,374-1,226 in The Associated Press count, while the former first lady has an advantage among superdelegates, 247-211. – Yahoo News
Associated Press is reporting that “whites largely shunned Barack Obama…as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.” I say to that “Surprise, Surprise” in my best Alfalfa voice. It’s a very interesting article…read it.