Tagged: Race

Quasi-Literate Racist Asshole Jim DeBerry of Definitive Television Threatens To Sue Above The Law For Calling His Video Racist

If you want to be a quasi-literate racist asshole, go right ahead. It's a free country. There are lots of quasi-literate racist assholes around and it's unlikely you will distinguish yourself. I trust the marketplace of ideas to assign appropriate social consequences to you and your business. I may or may not help distribute those social consequences depending on the degree to which you irritate me. But when you start threatening to sue people for pointing out that you're a racist asshole, I feel that you are going out of your way to antagonize me. I feel that it's time...

What Kind of Nutter Calls For Censorship?

When a public official acts like a censorious asshat, and flogs one of my least-favorite stupid pro-censorship quotes, and is named "Nutter," my fundamentally suspicious and misanthropic nature leads me to look around nervously. Am I being Akbarred here? Or is this giddy warmth and pre-pounce quivering anticipation I feel further evidence of a God that loves me? It's the giddy warmth one.

Progress Kentucky: Vigilant Against Every Type of Alien Threat

I am not a fan of Mitch McConnell, even though I am impressed that he has a lifespan of over 100 years and is the 10th-heaviest living reptile. However, I lack any animus against him based on the ethnic background of his wife. This distinguishes me from a PAC called Progress Kentucky This attitude earned Progress Kentucky not only the anger of conservatives, but the scorn of the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Talking Points Memo. And you know what they say — if you've lost the New York Times, then you're not going to get a trend...

More of the Things They Will Say To Your Face

Nancy French pointed me to this great video that illustrates the sort of comments you get from people when you are out and about as a multiracial family (often, but not always, an adoptive one). Been there, heard that. Regular readers may recall that last year I collected comments from adoptive parents on an adoptive forum and posted them to demonstrate some of what humanity has to offer. Like I said before, the point of this is not to throw a pity party for adoptive parents. Any discussion of transracial adoption shouldn't be all about the adoptive parents' feelings. Rather,...

Dirty Asians Set Marion Barry Up!

Marion Barry is on a lifelong quixotic quest to stand out, even in Washington D.C., as a living refutation of the viability of representative government. This week, after winning a council primary (which, it appears, he would have won even if he had strangled a kitten on camera), Marion continued to be Marion: “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said on Tuesday night, according to video posted by WRC-TV/NBC4. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able...

Lowe's, "All-American Muslim," And Living From The Inside Out

Part One: Lowe's Decision This week home improvement mega-chain Lowe's pulled its advertising from the TLC channel's show All-American Muslim. TLC describes the show like this: All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan–home to the largest mosque in the United States–through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community. To some Americans — for example, the Florida Family Association — this portrayal was unacceptable. Does "All-American Muslim" portray Hamas suicide bombers sympathetically? Does it glamorize...

Questions For Delta Airlines About Its Partnership With Saudi Arabian Airlines, And Treatment of Israelis and Jews

This story is breaking as I write this, and some of the details are in dispute. But the facts appear to be these: 1. Delta Airlines is entering into a partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines through SkyTeam, a group of "code-sharing" airlines. 2. Saudi Arabian Airlines, owned and controlled by the Saudi government, enforces a number of the Saudi government's restrictions on travelers. One of these is a prohibition on non-Islamic religious materials: Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are also prohibited. These may include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols such as the Star...

You Didn't Have To Be A Dick About It

You've probably heard that San Francisco voters will consider a ballot measure to ban circumcision in the city. It's a controversial topic; there are hotly contested medical, social, and individual rights arguments on both sides. I'm not going to try to resolve them: I was circumcised, my son isn't, I see arguments on both sides. Some Jewish leaders view the initiative as an anti-Semitic attack. It need not be one, necessarily — the circumcision rate in the United States hovers around 50%, while Jews make up only about 2% of the U.S. population (and observant Jews less than that). Moreover,...

A White Supremacist BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Hey, remember Bill Johnson? Bill Johnson, racist lunatic who (under one of his assumed names) proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow only certain whites to vote? Bill Johnson, who tried to ditch that racist lunatic past and run for Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles County? Bill Johnson, who made it onto the Ron Paul 2008 endorsement list until someone noticed his history of racial lunacy and threw him under the blimp? Bill Johnson, local boy in my hometown, who inspired ridiculously incompetent news coverage by my local rag? He's still around. When the story broke that judicial candidate...

Free Speech And The Urge To Genuflect

When UCLA student Alexandra Wallace posted her moronic anti-Asian rant to YouTube, she felt compelled to preface it with an increasingly standard disclaimer So we know that I'm not the most politically correct person so don't take this offensively. I don't mean it toward any of my friends I mean it toward random people that I don't even know in the library. So, you guys are not the problem. All the modern "I can say whatever I want, and you're unreasonable to object" tropes are there — the meretricious invocation of "political correctness" (meant to imply that anyone who objects...

Was That Wrong? Should We Not Have Done That?

More great moments in American education: Nettleton Middle School in Nettleton, Mississippi had an official, written policy of racial segregation of its student government, including a chart that explained which positions (president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, and reporter) could be held by whites and blacks in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The highest office to which blacks could aspire was 8th-grade vice-president. [Edit: some news reports suggest that the school alternated years, so students were eligible for different offices depending on race different years.] The story, broken by a blogger, has hit the mass media. In response, School Superintendent Russel Taylor...

Be The First On Popehat's Lists of Jewish, Gay, Or Asian Donors!

Now, we've never actually accepted donations at Popehat. But I've been thinking of starting. The whole "work" thing isn't really turning out well for me. And I'm pretty sure Patrick was fired 18 months ago and has been blogging from a dumpster outside a Starbucks. So we're all penurious over here. Anyway, if we're going to be hitting up our readers for cash, we need to find some way to keep track of the money and who gives it. I've been thinking of keeping track on a spreadsheet, broken down by the ethnicity and/or religious preference of the donors. Because...

Jeffrey Lord Is Not A Writer

Jeffrey Lord and his supporters claim that he is a writer for American Spectator. They're lying. Probably for political advantage — out of bare, naked hatred for every thing that makes America great. How did I discover this outrage? Several ways. First, note in the link above that American Spectator lists Lord as a "contributor," not as a writer. Also, the page about him says he is an "author," not a writer. Moreover, I couldn't find him on this wikipedia page called "Lists of writers." Furthermore, Merriam-Webster defines "writer" as "one who writes stock options," and I've seen no evidence...

The Terrorists Have Won

America: where the batshit-crazy get agitated when the moronic collides with the banal. Today's episode: certain segments of the blogosphere go completely off the rails because a hot (if somewhat confused) woman won the obnoxious, contrived, Trump-infested spectacle that is the Miss USA contest. Well, more accurately, they're wetting themselves because the hot woman in question is an Arab-American Muslim. Doug Mataconis reviews some of the resulting outrage, as does Jonathan Turley. Case in point: the reliably crazy Debbie Schlussel wets herself, explaining that her unnamed "intelligence sources" (as a doctor with a flashlight to help with that one) tell...

Is There Something Worse Than A Racist Beastophile? Yup — A Forward Spammer. Or A Moron.

Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for Governor of New York who associates himself with the Tea Party movement, apparently likes to forward emails with racial jokes and horse porn to what has been described as "a long list of political and business associates." Some selections: A December 2008 email showing a video of African tribesmen performing a traditional dance. The video is entitled "Obama Inauguration Rehearsal." • A September 2009 email entitled, "Easy Steady Big Fella….XXXX," with a photograph that graphically depicts a horse having sex with a woman. • A January 2010 email, containing a hardcore pornographic video entitled...

Australia: Foreign Bloggers Beware

I must admit that I know almost nothing about Australia's Aboriginal peoples. I've had unkind words about a chauvanistic and scientifically questionable attitude towards didgeridoos, but beyond that, I got nada. But I do know a very small amount about the Australian government's increasingly appalling attitude towards freedom of expression. So it comes as no surprise to me that Australia is threatening foreign bloggers with suit for the crime of being assholes when writing about Aborigines.