3rd February 2016
Hey! Me, too!
3rd February 2016
Hey! Me, too!
28th January 2016
David Cole is delightfully dyspeptic today.
You see, the Oscars are supposed to “reflect America.” Didn’t you know that? Well, apparently it’s true. “You don’t reflect America, your industry doesn’t reflect America,” a coalition of minority activists bellowed last week. Will Smith agreed, telling Good Morning America in a live satellite hookup from his solid-gold mansion under the sea that the Oscars should “reflect” American “beauty.” Al Sharpton, who’s normally so wary of bandwagons, uncharacteristically raised his voice in support, claiming that the Oscars don’t “reflect modern America.” And at a recent event in L.A., actor David Oyelowo claimed that the Motion Picture Academy “doesn’t reflect this nation.”
Of course, the truth is the Academy’s nominees are not supposed to “reflect America.” Entertainment-industry hiring practices in general are not supposed to “reflect America.” They’re supposed to reflect the available talent pool, and nothing else. The notion that Hollywood is supposed to reflect America is a pernicious bit of nonsense that even some conservatives buy into when they counter the current Oscar protests by (correctly) pointing out that black actors get hired roughly in proportion to the percentage of black people in the U.S. However, making that point merely plays into the fiction that “representing America” is somehow the goal. It isn’t. Acting isn’t like food-service work, retail or clerical work, factory work, janitorial work, or customer-service work. No one is ever forced into acting by a bad economy. No man has ever said, “They’re closing the plant and shipping the jobs to India, so I guess that means I’ll have to learn Shakespeare in order to support my family.”
28th January 2016
I’ve been expecting the day would some when the identity politics Left would turn on Martin Luther King Jr, and that day has arrived. Students at the University of Oregon (and surely elsewhere) are demanding that one of King’s most famous phrases, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” be taken down from a wall display in the student center because it is “not inclusive enough.”
27th January 2016
Why not? Releasing lists of demands is all the rage on campus these days.
26th January 2016
It’s hard to remember who is allowed to criticize who.
26th January 2016
As if to make a massive display of their dearth of self-awareness, Twitter feminists have spent the past few days nagging the Oxford English Dictionary over its definition of the word ‘nagging’. They have also rabidly denounced its definition of ‘rabid’. And they have deployed shrill lingo to slam its definition of ‘shrill’.
To nag a dictionary in a shrill and rabid way over its entries for ‘shrill’, ‘rabid’ and ‘nag’ suggests feminists’ irony deficiency has reached life-threatening levels. Or maybe they’re having a cosmic laugh. Never have I been more tempted to view the new, media-led feminism as a Chris Morris-style send-up of buzz-killing liberals than I have while reading about Dictionarygate.
19th January 2016
Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton, the first African-American to be nominated for a directing award, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding this year’s Oscars nominations, saying that he doesn’t have a problem with the lack of diversity in them.
“There’s only so many slots, though,” Singleton told Variety, when asked why the Academy didn’t nominate any black leading actors or actresses. “There are a couple of movies that may have (warranted attention) but … It’s all subjective. It’s almost like the lottery.”
“It’s like every year people complain,” he continued. “People even complain even when we have a lot of nominations.”
Illustrating the eternal truth that the whining always comes loudest from losers who are convinced that they ought to be winners, without having to do any work to get there.
18th January 2016
Let’s see: Vegetarians and vegans boycott a hamburger chain. How does that matter, exactly?
Actually, it’s kind of funny. But vegetarians are not famous for their sense of humor.
Q: How do you tell a vegetarian?
A: You don’t. They fucking tell you.
13th January 2016
Cue hand-wringing from the usual chattering class.
The United Nations’ refugee agency has sharply criticized the plan that could be adopted by Parliament as early as next month, calling it a deeply concerning response to humanitarian needs. The agency appealed to Denmark to drop the new measures.
Translation: ‘humanitarian needs’ = ‘free stuff for fashionable victims’.
But the Danish government is continuing to press ahead with a number of initiatives that authorities describe as attempts to make the country less attractive to immigrants.
Which it will certainly do, and which will make it a target for obloquy from the international Crust.
11th January 2016
Question: Would Bill Cosby be facing criminal charges if he hadn’t departed from liberal orthodoxy? Keep in mind that the old rumors and ugly stories were reignited by a liberal black comic, Hannibal Burress, who objected to Cosby’s controversial speeches from a few years ago criticizing urban black culture. If Cosby had kept to the politically correct line, I doubt he’d be facing charges. After all, look at the pass Bill Clinton has gotten. Take, for example, the remarks of Joy Behar on The View last week:
JOY BEHAR: Chappaquiddick. I mean, a girl drowns and he abandons her and she drowned and women still voted for Teddy Kennedy. Why? Because he voted for women’s rights. That’s why. That’s the bottom line of it in my opinion. I mean, I don’t like either one of them, to tell you the truth, Teddy or Bill. They’re both dogs as far as I’m concerned. But I still will vote for Bill Clinton because he votes in my favor.
It’s always about who’s on who’s side. That’s why Muslim rapists get a pass. That’s why black gang thugs get a pass.
10th January 2016
If you’re having trouble keeping up with all these invented problems, you’re not alone.
5th January 2016
Mark Steyn is not afraid to ask the hard questions.
Why Is Bill Cosby Finished While Bill Clinton Is Beloved?
Nobody needed criminal convictions to drop Cosby – just multiple accusations of sexual assault and some out-of-court payouts. But multiple accusations of sexual assault, out-of-court payouts and the loss of his law license are apparently not enough to bar Bill Clinton from another eight years in the White House.
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2nd January 2016
Liberal Boston University professor and Muslim apologist Kecia Ali recently wrote an article for The Huffington Post that attempted to make excuses for the pervasive nature of slavery (particularly sexual slavery) in the modern Muslim world. Right off the bat her arguments begin to feel as ridiculous as they truly are, and even without knowing for certain that something is wrong, a reader can feel that something is wrong – both with her reasoning (which is limited) and with her arguments (which are specious and easily disproven).
Memo: Probably a good idea not to send your kid to Boston University.
And the feminists say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….
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2nd January 2016
An attempt at anti-bullying went awry at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, leading to a teacher getting punched in the face.
Ridwaan Mohamud, a 17-year-old of Somali background, broke his teacher’s nose on December 21 after stewing all weekend over comments the teacher made the previous Friday.
Allegedly, in an attempt to assure Mohamud that he is “not ugly,” the instructor jokingly had told the student “I would date you.”
Mohamud’s family says that “the interpreted homosexual comment is extremely offensive.”
(a) I agree with the kid. The teacher ought to man up, take his lumps, and apologize.
(b) Watch ‘progressive’ heads explode as the pro-gay gene fights it out with the Islamophilia gene.
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29th December 2015
Talk about your First World Problems….
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29th December 2015
Pity the poor faculty of the University of North Carolina system, who have only gotten one across-the-board raise in the last four years, and whose average wages have not risen since 2009. Throw in a Republican legislature, a Republican-majority Board of Governors, and a “behind closed door” raise for many of the system’s top administrators, and you have all the trappings of a great injustice. Except that, when you peel back another layer or two of the onion, another picture emerges. That’s what Stephanie Keaveney did in her article, “Faculty Salaries Reflect Reality, Not Politics.” She discovered that the faculty is merely undergoing the same wage dynamics as the rest of the country since the 2008 economic collapse. Prior to that, the faculty made enormous gains in pay, especially relative to the rest of the working public.
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29th December 2015
Diversity is under threat on college campuses across the land — from exactly the students cherished for their diversity by admissions committees.
Let us recall that for almost 40 years now, diversity has been the gold standard defense of racial preferences. Racial diversity is said to enhance the classroom (and general social) experience by exposing other students to views purportedly most likely to come from people of color.
Yet it is too little remarked that much of what we hear from black students — and not only amidst the protests of late but often over decades past as well — flies directly in the face of the whole diversity argument that university administrators propound so ardently.
For example, at Oberlin, student protesters are demanding not just one but several “safe spaces” for “Africana-identifying” students. It’s fair to assume that white students would not be allowed in these spaces, given that the rationale is that here is where black students could catch their breath after the endless sallies of racism that the school’s students and environment force upon them daily.
Aside from the obvious problems with this plan, note that students barricading themselves in this way would have pointedly little interest in sharing their experiences as “diverse” people with their fellow white students. Even those who would consider this self-segregation justified will admit that these students are giving a thumbs down to the idea that they are valuable on campus as “diverse” lessons for others.
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14th December 2015
Steve Sailer digs up the dirt that the Crust would bury.
As we all know, the Campus Rape Crisis is due to white fraternity boys like U. of Virginia lifeguard Haven Monahan. Except, despite all the rules mandating counting race and rape on campus, nobody ever releases any figures about the racial makeup of college men accused of rape.
But in passing in a New Yorker article, Harvard Law School criminal law professor Jeannie Suk drops a bombshell: on average, male students accused of sexual assault look less like Haven Monahan than like, say, Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston.
It’s funny how you used to hear all the time about the dangers of any “chilling effect” on freedom of expression, but now you hear all about how allowing freedom of expression creates a “hostile environment” and the phrase “chilling effect” has vanished.
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8th December 2015
The FBI has finally, with much sighing and moaning, admitted that the the San Bernardino shooters were ‘radicalized’.
Don’t you just love that word, ‘radicalized’? Sounds like a treatment — like sanforized, anodized, bastardized, caramelized, generalized, homogenized, etc. But the key aspect of being ‘-ized’ is that it is something that is done to you, not something for which you are responsible; not a free choice, but an Occurrence, like getting caught in the rain, or imbedded in carbonite by Darth Vader.
This is all a part of the Narrative, in which nobody who is a member of a Fashionable Victim Class is ever responsible for what they do, but rather are puppets being pushed along by the Evil Racist Sexist Homophobic Islamophobic society in which they happen to find themselves.
The chief intellectual defect of ‘progressives’ is this refusal to believe that people are free agents, who make choices and who are responsible for the results of those choices. (Hat tip to the Forces of History via Cultural Marxism.) If nobody is responsible (except Republicans, the ‘1%’ who don’t vote Democrat, and maybe the Koch brothers), then everybody is a victim, and as victims deserve hugs and money.
Unfortunately, being shot (or blown up) by a ‘victim’ has the exact same effect as getting shot (or blown up) by a far-right-wing neo-Nazi secretly-KKK NRA member. No difference — except in which direction the fingers get pointed.
This is the chief thing for which ‘progressives’ will have to answer to history: The denial of free will, the deeply religious belief that We’re All To Blame, and so none of us are.
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5th December 2015
When a group of Eritrean “refugees” were shown their latest residence — a resort hostel in southeastern Switzerland, just across the border from Italy — they were unhappy with their new accommodations. The place was too small, too far away from the city, and besides, they were tired of being moved around. However, the manager of the place had no sympathy for them, and managed to engineer an attitude adjustment on their part.
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5th December 2015
Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga has criticised demands for evidence that his country is suffering harm caused by anthropogenic climate change.
No fair! That would unravel the scam!
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1st December 2015
I guess bears just aren’t that picky.
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21st November 2015
Lion of the Blogosphere lays out his predictions.
This is Star Wars for the politically correct times we live in. In the original, fighting was for men. White men. Women were just cheeky princesses in need of rescue, or maternal figures like Luke Skywalker’s kindly aunt (who was mercilessly killed by Stormtroopers, demonstrating how evil they were). In this new movie, the two main characters who fight against the Empire are a hot babe (played by 23-year-old British actress Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley) and a black guy.
Sure, that says The Future to me….
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18th November 2015
A blind girl has been banned from using her walking cane at school over “health and safety fears”.
Lily-Grace Hooper, seven, is virtually blind after suffering a stroke when she was just four days old and needs the cane to get around.
But Hambrook Primary School in Bristol said she could no longer use the cane after a risk assessment said the cane was a “high risk” to teachers and other students.
No actual evidence of any trouble, just a theoretical ‘risk assessment’. I bet these people believe in Global Warming. (It’s all about not getting sued.)
The school said she should have “100 per cent” adult support at all times instead.
What a great way to foster independence and self-reliance. She’ll fit right into the dependency-welfare state.
Her mother Kirsty said having a helper following her around would isolate her from the other pupils.
Oh, ya think?
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14th November 2015
I am not making this up.
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13th November 2015
I am not making this up.
Nathan Amundson serves as President of UMN’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter and student group representative for Write Things, a creative writing group. Amundson said debate on the resolution centered around whether enacting the moment of recognition might instill a more islamophobic sentiment on campus.
I wonder whether they think that being beheaded would also ‘violate their safe space’?
One student representative said holding a moment of recognition over a tragedy committed by non-white perpetrators could increase racist attitudes on campus.
Sounds like the racist attitudes on campus are at their max already, although not in the direction that these one-way muthas think.
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13th November 2015
I have long been toying with a business idea, but never had the time, patience, know-how and, above all, the resolve to do anything with it: the Virtue-Signalling Investment Fund. This fund would invest exclusively in virtue-signalling products – that is, products which people use to signal a right-on, trendy-leftie view of the world.
It would hold shares in companies making products related to fashionable causes, such as feminism (think of the “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirt), environmentalism, identity politics and above all, anti-capitalism.
Anti-capitalism provides the basis for a permanent bull market, which is massive in size and scope. It’s not just the obligatory Che Guevara shirt. There is more anti-capitalist literature on the market than anyone could read in a lifetime, and there are literally thousands of movies and songs with subtle or not-so-subtle anti-market messages. And, of course, there’s anti-capitalist merchandise.
Take the ‘Anonymous’ masks used on Guy Fawkes Night: You probably knew that Time Warner collects a royalty per mask sold – but they are not the only ones profiting handsomely from the anti-capitalist gravy train. At least one businessman buys those masks directly from China at a price of £0.22 a piece, and sells them here for £4.20. He says that he makes a profit of £2.60 per mask, which would amount to a staggering margin of 62 per cent.
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12th November 2015
Matt Walsh takes it to the limit.
I’ve learned a few things from liberalism, especially the sort of liberalism you find on college campuses. The situation at the University of Missouri only solidifies these two lessons: 1) We all have a right to never encounter offensive opinions or words of any kind, especially if we are members of any racial or sexual minority group. 2) If anyone ever insults us or shares uncomfortable opinions with us, someone should be immediately fired. And the person who gets fired doesn’t have to be the person who said it, necessarily (although they should be fired too, of course).
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10th November 2015
Hey, he’s the oppressor, don’t you know?
The student had tried to attend the event at the request of The College Fix, which sought to ascertain the type of ways in which students might “stop white people,” and from doing what, exactly.
Pretty much everything, looks like. Go to college for sure.
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10th November 2015
All ethnic minority groups in England are now, on average, more likely to go to university than their White British peers. This is the case even amongst groups who were previously under-represented in higher education, such as those of Black Caribbean ethnic origin, a relatively recent change.
These differences also vary by socio-economic background, and in some cases are very large indeed. For example, Chinese pupils in the lowest socio-economic quintile group are, on average, more than 10 percentage points more likely to go to university than White British pupils in the highest socio-economic quintile group. By contrast, White British pupils in the lowest socio-economic quintile group have participation rates that are more than 10 percentage points lower than those observed for any other ethnic group.
So — who’ll call for an affirmative action program to help these under-represented victims? Anybody? Bueller?
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6th November 2015
And as soon as that gets accomplished, they will come under criticism for being racist and denying Native Americans their due proportion of school mascots.
Mark my words … racist if you do, and racist if you don’t.
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3rd November 2015
But she told the co-hosts of Fox’s The Real that she had whiteness “thrust” upon her.
3rd November 2015
My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.
A Texas journalism professor’s explosive charge that police hassled her for “walking while black,” a claim lodged in a guest column in the state’s biggest newspaper, doesn’t square with the videotape, according to the police chief.
The incident occurred when Dorothy Bland, dean of the journalism school at the University of North Texas, was taking a power walk on the morning of Oct. 24 in her neighborhood in the northeast Texas town of Corinth. In a column in the Dallas Morning News four days later, the former newspaper editor described her encounter with two local cops in terms that put the police in a bad light.
But dashcam video provided by Corinth Police shows Bland walking in the middle of the street, and captures the two police officers politely advising her to stay on the side of oncoming traffic, so she can see approaching cars. After viewing the footage, Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall told FoxNews.com she was proud of the way her officers behaved.
Another instance of a black person acting like an asshole and then whining ‘racism’ when called on it, looks like.
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1st November 2015
Students at the high school have now protested in favour of Fields, with around one hundred students leaving class and rallying in the school’s corridors, many of them wearing homemade t-shirts bearing slogans like “Bring Back Fields” and “Free Fields.”
Speaking to local news channel WLTX, student London Harrell said: “We just want to show that we’re still supporting and everthing and that’s he’s still a good guy.”
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30th October 2015
I am not making this up.
“Unsure if your costume might be offensive?” asks a poster that’s been hung around campus at State University of New York at Geneseo. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” The poster contains the phone numbers and e-mails of five (five!) campus officials that students can contact and discuss the very important issue of whether or not what they will dress up as to get drunk in will be advancing social-justice causes.
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27th October 2015
Yeah, that patriarchy is really a bitch, isn’t it?
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23rd October 2015
When we’re being sensitive, nothing but the best will do for our special victims.
A four-star hotel in the German town of Halle (in Saxony-Anhalt, the former DDR) was abruptly converted into “refugee” housing. Hotel employees and business owners received little or no information about the closure beforehand, and many were taken by surprise, finding themselves locked out and suddenly unemployed.
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22nd October 2015
You knew it had to happen.
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22nd October 2015
Cue Progressive Magic Word Awareness.
So long as you Raise Awareness, you don’t actually have to Do Anything.
Oh, except wear a colorful ribbon as a badge of your Awareness (and hence Moral Superiority). That’s very important.
On this same date in 1740 the Batavia Massacre, in which 10,000 ethnic Chinese were slaughtered, came to an end. Not as important as stuttering, of course, so now that your awareness has been raised, feel free to lower it to its previous levels.
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21st October 2015
Harsh words and heartfelt sentiment were exchanged by community members and local officials on racial issues in Central Minnesota at the St. Cloud NAACP Community Conversation with Gov. Mark Dayton.
Sometimes the two are the same. Mark Dayton is an heir to the Dayton-Hudson retail chain (now Target). After he graduated from Yale, he did teaching, social work, and politics — in other words, he’s never had a productive job in his life. (Oh, and he married a Rockefeller.) As you can see, all rich people are Republican reactionaries. Just ask Hillary or Barack.
From the start of the event, Dayton bluntly stated his opinions on the racial tension in St. Cloud and across the state in regards to immigration.
“Look around you. This is Minnesota,” Dayton said. “Minnesota is not like it was 30, 50 years ago. But, this is Minnesota and you have every right to be here. And anybody who cannot accept your right to be here and this is Minnesota should find another state.”
Now there’s a poster child for tolerance and inclusion. The very thing that everybody loves about Democrats — they welcome you with open arms, as long as you think as they do.
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21st October 2015
The traffic deaths aren’t distributed equally though. Native Americans, Hispanics and blacks are much more likely to die as pedestrians in traffic accidents than whites or Asian-Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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13th October 2015
Indeed. For example, you’d never know that she was Officially Black just by looking at her.
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5th October 2015
Susan Taffe Reed will not be director of Dartmouth College’s Native American Program after all. Her appointment, announced a month ago, drew criticism from many Native American groups who said that her claim to be Native American was false (which Taffe Reed denied) and that the appointment insulted them.
Dartmouth issued a brief statement about the latest development. “Susan Taffe Reed will no longer serve as the director of the Native American Program. Unfortunately, the distraction around her appointment prevents her from effectively serving in this role. It does not prevent her from contributing to Dartmouth in other ways and we are currently exploring other opportunities with her. The experience of Dartmouth students is our priority and we are working to ensure that we have a strong and easily accessible network of support in place for our students.”
Another fauxcahontas bites the dust.
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5th October 2015
Because all the Chattering Class, following the lead of the Mouth that Roared, spout off about increased suppression of gun rights and people start stocking up before the anticipated ban.
This is the same reason why stores sell out of food and batteries before a storm hits.
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1st October 2015
Steve Sailer points out some inconvenient truth.
Individuals respond to incentives, so it’s not surprising to observe an ongoing Flight from White currently.
This is in contrast to the Flight Toward White in the mid-20th Century. For example, the Census Bureau didn’t separately count Hispanics / Latinos / Mexicans in the 1950 and 1960 Censuses in response to the League of United Latin American Citizens’ contention that it would be better for them to just be officially classified as white.
Now, of course, the Census Bureau laboriously classifies Hispanics as its own Ethnicity. (Nobody else gets an Ethnicity, just Hispanics.) This 1970-2010 Census ploy allows Latinos to get the benefits of affirmative action while also allowing individuals to assert their racial whiteness (because that means a lot to many Hispanics). In the future, it would not be surprising if the Census Bureau promotes Hispanics to their own race.
Other groups want in on the action, too. For example, Arab-American pressure groups are pushing the Census Bureau to count “Middle Eastern / North African” individuals separately from whites on the 2020 Census.
Those who aren’t counted as a separate Identity Politics Fashionable Minority don’t get a space at the government trough. It’s not surprising that Jews, who aren’t stupid, want to get in on the act.
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29th September 2015
As a poet, Hudson has been published in several journals and literary reviews. His poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the Greensboro Review and North American Review. Hudson gained attention by publishing a poem in the literary periodical Prairie Schooner which then was selected by poet and novelist Sherman Alexie for the 2015 edition of the Best American Poetry anthology series. Hudson, who is Caucasian, submitted the poem and had been rejected 40 times under his own name. He then used the pen name of Yi-Fen Chou, putatively a Chinese female, and it was accepted for publication.
Critics and people within the poetry community were critical of Hudson’s use of a pseudonym. Some called it racist, an act of “yellowface,” or describing it as “literary fraud”. Others were critical of the publishing establishment for inserting affirmative action and identity politics into the editorial selection process.
Yellow lies matter.
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28th September 2015
The story of Ahmed Mohamed is one of the most revealing of our time. Ahmed, a 14-year-old Texas student whose father keeps running for president of Sudan, took apart a clock and stuck the clock’s workings in a case with a lot of wires, dummied up to look like a suitcase bomb. (I assume everyone understands that such bombs use timers, i.e., clocks.) He claimed to have invented or built a clock, when in fact he had merely dismantled and disguised one. Why did he do this? He wanted school authorities to think that he had brought a bomb to school so he could expose their “racism.”
Which evidently was what Ahmed had in mind. His ploy worked like a charm: the story was big news nationwide, and Barack Obama invited the boy to the White House, while he was also feted by Google, MIT and others. Needless to say, Obama didn’t invite the boy who was suspended from elementary school for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun to the White House. So this story isn’t about the silliness of zero tolerance school policies, it is about…what, exactly?
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23rd September 2015
A 29-year-old Thai-Cambodian woman has launched a fundraiser asking her “white friends” to pay for her therapy — claiming that they owe it to her because stress caused by racism is why she needs it in the first place. Rinna Rem is from the Portland, Ore., area and suffers from a chronic illness that affects the heart and connective tissues called “Marfan syndrome.” According to Rem, the condition is much worse for her because of all of the racism. “The stress of living as a Thai-Cambodian woman in such a white city replete with constant interpersonal and institutional racism has a big toll on my health and wellbeing,” Rem wrote in the description of her campaign, which is appropriately titled “White Friends, Pay for My Therapy.” “I see an amazing therapist to cope with this s[***], but I spend $100/month on therapy for bi-weekly appointments,” she continued. “Now it’s your turn to pay!”
I am not making this up.
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23rd September 2015
The gentrification of the “Dumbo” area of Brooklyn was good news for P.S. 8. (New York City calls its grades K-5 schools P.S. schools). The school became predominately SWPL and thus a safe place for white parents (as well as SWPLfied Asians) to send their precious children.
But too much of a good thing is now a bad thing because the school now has too many children for the size of the building. The city’s solution? Send some of children now zoned for P.S. 8 to nearby P.S. 307 that primarily draws students from the housing projects.
Not surprisingly, the SWPL parents who thought they were zoned for a free and safe public school are outraged. But somewhat surprisingly, the parents in the projects don’t want a bunch of white kids invading their school either!
And you can hardly blame them. As George Carlin famously said, ‘ You can bet the Eddy, Vinny, and Tony can easily beat up Tyler, Kyle, and Tucker.’
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23rd September 2015
Another thumbsucker from the New York Times pushing the usual ‘progressive’ narrative.
Every family’s situation is different; some women may be able to handle with ease conditions that don’t work for others. But many women who started out with all the ambition in the world find themselves in a place they never expected to be. They do not choose to leave their jobs; they are shut out by the refusal of their bosses to make it possible for them to fit their family life and their work life together. In her book “Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home,” the sociologist Pamela Stone calls this a “forced choice.” “Denial of requests to work part time, layoffs or relocations,” she writes, will push even the most ambitious woman out of the work force.
Note the blithe assumption that it is somehow the employer’s duty to arrange the work environment to suit the desires of female employees, rather than the female would-be employee to figure out what her priorities are and then make sometimes-hard choices.