Korean American Hyun Jin Lee walks into a CVS in New Jersey to pick up photos she had printed only to discover her name got registered as “Ching Chong Lee”. Now she’s suing for $1M.
for every lawsuit there are probably dozens or more that go unnoticed or unreported.
she needs to sue for more
“Accidental Racist” is a collaboration between country star Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J that somehow manages to set race relations, country music, rap music, the careers of both men, and just progress in general back by about 25 years.
“Da U.S. been waiting to get back for pearl harbor”
I’m pretty sure they did get back, it was called the Atomic Bomb.
Someone needs to slap people’s phones out of their hands and stick a book in front of them because it appears that despite having a handheld and wildly expansive encyclopaedia named Google waiting beyond the Twittersphere and Angry Birds, people are taking this modern miracle for granted.
I guess with great innovation comes great complacency. When the world wasn’t at the tips of our fingers, people were more likely to go out of their way to actually learn something from a book. No wonder our generation is so dumb.
Really, I always knew people were basically, as a species, dumb. However, I find the internet has given a platform to the levels of stupidity I had never imagined. And it shakes me now and then.
Are you fucking kidding me???
indian and hindu women apparently aren’t inspiring enough to be featured on a bindi blog.
Push this blog into the fucking sea
I don’t honestly see much of a problem. If it doesn’t inspire her style or whatever, then that’s fine. I hardly think she deserves to be vilified as a bigot just for this.
Sometimes I really hate being a white person.
Lisa Lampanelli is one of those white people who thinks that just because she likes to fuck black guys that gives her a free pass to say whatever she wants and not be a racist.
This is of course not the case. It’s entirely possible to be sexually attracted to people outside of your own race and still be a racist fuckbag.
Forest Whitaker was frisked at a store in NYC on Friday after an employee accused him of stealing. He was frisked in plain view of everyone. Of course, the pat down produced nothing. The employee then reportedly beg the Academy Award winning actor not to tell store management in fear that the episode would cost him his job. Forest, in turn, asked that the store change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner in the future. See, not even an Academy Award can stop a Black man from being criminalized. Liberated from NewsOne.
Y’all frisked FOREST FUCKING WHITAKER?!
See…now…these ign’ant muhfuckas….
I’m going to read. In the jacuzzi fucking tub because they are gonna make me harlem shake them into death.
Least it ain’t LA. Out here, they just barricade black men in houses and then set them on fire.
Not surprisingly, there’s been a lot of discussion kicked up by my “White History Month” photoset from Friday. I’m guessing that, sadly, this post won’t reach all of the people who helped kick that post around Tumblr some 20,000+ times. Still, this reply seems an important one to make.
A number of people have written to me to demand that I explain why I included one tweet that asked about the lack of months designated for other ethnicities: “Where’s latino history month? Where’s asian history month? Where’s white history month? Where’s native American history month?”
Here’s someone who just cares about equality, many commenters have proclaimed; he’s not a racist!
One thing’s for sure: He’s not much of a researcher.
September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month.
November is Native American Heritage Month.
These heritage months — and all of the others that exist — have dedicated government websites, filled with information. Many communities around the country put on events to celebrate the distinct history and culture, and to recognize the contributions of its members to our society.
In short, this is a fascinating comment … but only insofar as it shows how many people never visit their public library, where there’s almost always a table set up to showcase authors from particular cultures each month, and how many people are much quicker to complain about Black History Month than to, for example, do a Google search.
It’s also fascinating because it’s a comment — like most White History Month tweets and comments — whose author is intent on masquerading as someone who cares desperately about equality.
Of course, there’s also a strain of commentary whose authors attack Black History Month because it’s racist insofar as it highlights some people based on their skin color. These commenters are mostly white teenagers who claim to be color blind or to live in some sort of post-racial America. They love equality so much that they don’t want Black History Month or White History Month … they just want it all to be history. I have no doubt that they believe these things to be true about themselves, or that they want them to be true. But, alas, they are not true.
These people either can’t or don’t understand that the vast majority of “textbook history,” at least in the United States, is still written by and about white people. And this is a problem that’s particularly relevant for white teens, as they’re currently taking courses in American and European history; they are consuming little information that isn’t white history, even as they complain about the ways in which Black History Month perpetuates racial identification over our common humanity. People of color, women, religious minorities, and the LGBTQ community have been given short shrift in our educational system for as long as it has existed; allowing that this has been the case and attempting to supplement our historical knowledge is a pretty worthwhile idea. If you don’t believe me, maybe you can quickly send me a note with a list of twenty important historical or cultural achievements made by African-Americans.
But they’re also sorely mistaken if they really believe that there’s something inherently problematic with celebrating the distinct histories, cultures, and people who have made the country what it is today. That’s not racism or reverse racism or whatever other kind of nonsense they think it is. That’s a way of encouraging a well-rounded education that might help bring about the utopian future that these commenters think has already arrived. And a video clip of Morgan Freeman from 2005, which has been sent to me dozens of times, isn’t going to convince me otherwise. Unlike some people out there, I don’t think Morgan Freeman speaks for (or happens to be) every African-American.
Now, would it be better if there was magically no further need of specific months dedicated to different minority populations in America? You bet. If it really was the case, as Morgan Freeman wants to claim, that Black history is treated like the part of American history that it is, we’d be in much better shape as a society today than we actually are. But the only way that we won’t need a Black History Month is if we take a good look at the way that history is taught and culture is celebrated in this country with a view to seamlessly integrating the historical and cultural experiences and achievements of minority communities.
Until that time, I’d say it’s a good idea to dial back these inane calls for White History Month and these nonsensical comments about how Black History Month perpetuates racism.
Well, it took a little more than 24 hours, but this post from yesterday morning now has more than 10,000 notes (reblogs, replies, or likes) on Tumblr:
It’s February 1, so you know Twitter is lighting up with white people — mostly teenagers, which makes me so incredibly depressed — who are just baffled or angry about the fact that there’s no white history month when there’s a black history month.
There are thousands of these; I just grabbed a few for posterity.
This is my first post to reach the 10K Tumblr milestone; the closest I’ve ever been is this post about Ari Fleischer’s charitable giving from last month, which is a bit short of 5,000 notes.
Basically, screenshots of people’s ridiculous tweets are Tumblr gold.
I should note, though, that this particular post has also drawn a few thousand non-Tumblr readers to my blog over the past day, thanks to Facebook sharing, and posts linking to my blog on Feministing.com and on the Cracked.com forum.
In other words, everyone likes screenshots of people’s ridiculous tweets.
Oh for fuck’s sake
I see it on Facebook far too often. Thankfully, it’s almost always comments made by people I don’t personally follow.
I had an interesting conversation at work today about the practice of generalizing people based upon physical appearance. My opinion is that this is a destructive behavior that we should all try to avoid. I thought this was relatively non-controversial.
Now some of the people I was discussing this with decided to set up a straw man, stating that the idea of generalizing things was somehow what I was talking about, and the conversation devolved from there. One person compared it to a job interview, saying their employer made generalizations about them when they hired them. This is so far from the point of discussion it’s laughable. This is not a generalization, if anything it’s an informed guess; far different from deciding a person is a “certain” way because of their dress, race, or sex.
Others said some things dangerously close to racism, such as, “what if they look like a gangster?” and, “what if I’m in a shady neighborhood?” These may seem like valid points, but are actually misdirection. I am not talking about how your generalizations affect you, I am talking about how they affect the individuals you are generalizing. Regardless of a person’s outward appearance, you do not know anything about them, or their life. Pigeonholing them as a specific “type” of person based upon appearance is not fair to them, and does us all a huge disservice.
Generalizing people based upon outward appearance should be avoided because it leads to stereotyping, which then leads to oppression. Oppression leads to structural problems such as racism, sexism, ableism, and classism. If we are to advance as a society and as a species, we must rid ourselves of these ills.
We can start by not generalizing each other.
I used to be the one who said, “I don’t mind.”
”I’m Asian and I don’t mind”
“I’m a woman and I don’t mind”
“I’m queer and I don’t mind”
- So why don’t the rest of you just lighten the fuck up.
In fact, I’m Asian and I think it’s funny.
It’s just a joke.
You say it…
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