Hey, kids! Wanna know what your role model, Miley Cyrus, does in her spare time?
Um. Yeahno. What they said.
Oh, and don’t read the comments at TMZ. We PoC need to watch our stress levels. No, seriously, don’t.
So here’s the story as I understand it. Every year at this elementary school they celebrate Thanksgiving by having the kids dress up as pilgrims and “indians”. Parents, mainly those of Native descent, have begun to object to this for several reasons. 1. It’s a completely inaccurate portrayal of what went on when the pilgrims got here. (I am also kind of sick of the way we lie to kids about history, only to have to reteach it later. Columbus discovered America, anyone? Lincoln fought the war to free the slaves? But I digress.) 2. The “indian” outfits are stupid and based on racist stereotypes, anyway. All they were asking is that they have the Thanksgiving stuff without the ignorant dress up time. The school board agreed and said that the feast should happen without costumes.
Well, most of you who read this blog can guess what happened.
Condit Elementary School parent Michelle Raheja said she was not prepared for the backlash she got from helping to write an e-mail to a kindergarten teacher at the elementary school.
She and her daughter have been harassed as a result, she said Wednesday.
“It was a private message to one kindergarten teacher,” Raheja said. “She did not ask me if she could circulate it to others or circulate it to the principal. I don’t think she was ill-intentioned.”
On Tuesday, numerous parents and their children dressed in American Indian and Pilgrim costumes to protest a Claremont Unified School District decision to have a Thanksgiving feast without the costumes that have been traditional for decades.
Another group of protesters, many younger and of American Indian descent, carried signs that said “Racism,” “No Thanks No Giving,” “Respect” and “Don’t Celebrate Genocide.”
Raheja said she and about 15 to 20 parents in the school helped write the private e-mail message about their concerns with the dress in the Thanksgiving feast to a Condit elementary teacher. She said the e-mail was redistributed without her knowledge.
At the Tuesday feast, Raheja said her 5-year-old daughter was harassed. A parent dressed up as an American Indian, Raheja said, “did a war dance around my daughter.” The parent then told her daughter and others to “go to hell,” she said.
Let’s pause here a moment. A war dance. A WAR DANCE, PEOPLE.
What the fuck kind of ass do you have to be to tell a 5 year old to go to hell? The same kind of ass who would do a “war dance” around one.
I don’t advocate violence, but if I had seen that, I would have just hauled off and hit that person.
On Wednesday, she said she had received more than 250 “hateful and intimidating” e-mails.
“They go from being anxious about political correctness to calling me (an epithet). They don’t know my daughter’s name, but they’ve said hateful and disgusting things about my daughter.” (Classy! –abw)
At Tuesday’s feast, Raheja said she was told “if I had any issue with the school, I need to leave the school, and my daughter would not be welcomed.”
Raheja said, “We love Condit. We love the staff. Overall, we’ve had a very good experience. But the anger and hatred has been unbearable.”
If you have an opinion on this matter, I suggest you express it to the Condit staff and administrators yourself. Website is here, complete with contact information. I personally think it’s a little messed up for them to have even allowed parents to act in despicable ways around kids at their school or to distribute that email in the first place.
Google News on the subject here. Beware clueless people being quoted and yammering on about how horrible political correctness is because it keeps their children from parading around in “headdresses”. Idiots.
According to the NYTimes, yesterday was the first time anyone had been killed during a Black Friday frenzy. I blinked at that, because it seemed to me that something like this had happened before. Maybe I was just remembering all the times people had been badly hurt and almost trampled to death and extrapolating. To me, this seemed like the natural outcome of Black Friday madness. Of course someone was going to be killed so that people could shop for cheap shit — that’s the American way.
The employee, whose name was Jdimytai Damour, was a temp worker. Can you imagine going to work one morning at a damn Wal-Mart and ending up dead? All because people broke down the doors (not just shoved in quickly when they opened, but BROKE THE DAMN THINGS DOWN) to get to their $20 DVD players that much faster. Yay consumerism!
Not to say I’m immune from consumerism. I have a tendency to spend far too mch around the holidays, too. I rolled my eyes at Buy Nothing Day, because I didn’t think it could really have an impact. You’re going to buy that thing, anyway, so you might as well buy it while it’s on sale. Now I’m thinking that perhaps we need to step up Buy Nothing Day. Buying nothing might save a life.
Or maybe not:
About the time that Mr. Damour was killed, a shopper at a Wal-Mart in Farmingdale, 15 miles east of Valley Stream, said she was trampled by a crowd of overeager customers, the Suffolk County police reported. The woman sustained a cut on her leg, but finished her shopping before filing the police report, an officer said.
Black people in California =/= All Black People
10% of population =/= 100% of the problem
~30% of Black Californians Who Voted NO on Prop 8 =/= People you can spit on, blame, rage at, and dismiss, then turn around and expect to support you. Not that they would support a ban on gay marriage and other gay rights issues (because, if you’ve forgotten, many of that 30% are LGBTQ), but I wouldn’t count on their money, or their time, or the effort it takes to knock on doors, talk to people, and other grassroots activism. No matter how much I believed in a cause, even if it affects me personally, I would have a hard time being active for a group that actively despises me, devalues me, and blames me for their own problems.
The Black Community =/= Monolithic Groupmind
Black People =/= The Reason Prop 8 Passed
Are we clear now?
I started hearing about this a few days ago: a series of incidents in which Obama supporters — usually black — violently attacked McCain supporters — usually white. The most prominent of them was an incident in which a woman claimed that a 6’4″ black man mugged her and stole $60, then took an extra step because he was enraged by the McCain sticker on her car; he then carved the letter “B” on her face to “teach her a lesson” about not being pro-Obama.
I was skeptical about this from the get-go. Continue reading
See, this is what happens when you use hate as a strategy. No, not a tactic, a strategy.
John McCain on Friday moved to calm rising anger among his supporters at rival Barack Obama, calling him a decent man and at one point taking the microphone away from a woman who had called Obama an Arab.
Their anger apparently still at flash point, McCain’s supporters then booed him for his conciliatory words about Obama.
I’d feel sorry for him, if I weren’t so busy enjoying the schadenfreude. Did McCain really think he could keep that kind of evil neatly reined in once he unleashed it?
Addendum: Saw this op-ed column today, doing a more in-depth analysis and linking some stuff I hadn’t heard about (e.g., a black reporter being booted from a McCain rally because, AFAanyoneCT, he was black).
So this plan to buy up all this bad debt from big business with taxpayer cash and thus let the government “fix” the economy is not making any sense to me. Mind you, I’m not alone in thinking that a no oversight plan is a bad idea. Of course I don’t think it takes a degree in economics or business to know that signature only mortgages were a bad idea either. Am I crazy, or does this bailout plan feel a lot like a signature only mortgage with the bills coming due to the entire country?