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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sergio and Tiger

Best analysis yet I've seen on golfer Sergio Garcia's "fried Chicken" reference directed at Tiger Woods:;_ylt=AmRIACnYZ3.IKO9e12CJE34m7.x_;_ylu=X3oDMTRxcG05dXJvBGNjb2RlA3ZzaGFyZWFnMnVwcmVzdARtaXQDTWl4ZWQgTGlzdCBOZXdzIEZvciBZb3UEcGtnAzJhMWYzZDU2LTJmNTEtMzYwMi04NmVjLTA3OTM1MWYxOTY4YgRwb3MDNARzZWMDbmV3c19mb3JfeW91BHZlcgM3ZTE2MTc4MS1jMzNiLTExZTItYmZjOS0zOTEyYzQyZWUyMDQ-;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYWM1a2sxBGxhbmcDZW4tVVM-;_ylv=3 Even here, though, after the author reminds us that such comments don't just "come out of nowhere," he later backs off and calls the comments more stupid than racist, putting them in the "context" of Garcia's frustration with being allegeldy distracted by and certainly beaten up in competition by Woods. But such frustrating and tense "contexts" arew exactly when latent racist feelings and beliefs are bound to surface--that doesn't make the surfacing of them any less "racist."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Apology, Rucker, Quote

First, I apologize in posting wrong information about the racial identity of Ms. Knight, the least known captive set free in Cleveland a week or two back. It would appear she is white. Second, Darius Rucker received a tweet telling him to leave country music to white folk, and some question WHY he bothered to respond. "So the would can see them." Good answer. Hidden racism remains hidden, and can be denied by the mainstream. Bring it out in the open in all it's ugliness, and let it make us uncomfortable and maybe even open a few eyes. I commend you, Sir Rucker, brave soul and talented singer! Finally, a quote I came across for our consideration: Frances Kendall, in her 2006 book entitled Understanding White Privilege, says that asking whites to notice white privilege "is sort of like asking fish to notice water or birds to discuss air" (p. 22). Chew on that one for a while, if you like.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Race and the young women found in Cleveland

"Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms." --Rescuer Charles Ramsey, an African American and a hero today, telling it like it is. Also need answers to why Michelle Knight, the only African American among the three abducted, was never in the news, her mother couldn't get the state and the media involved in searching for her daughter, because authorities were convinced, wrongly it turns out, that she had left of her own accord. The media are a little late in reporting this aspect. Here's what little I've seen: Also, they are a bit uncomfortable with Ramsey's candid attitude regarding gender and race. See the GMA news anchor's reaction upon the playing of the quote I started with. (See especially 6:40-7:00)