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California School Apologizes for Black History Month Menu

Watermelon Black History Month

A Catholic high school for girls in Northern California decided it would be a good idea to celebrate Black History Month by creating a special black history menu. Turns out that fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread are inappropriate Black History Month menu items.

The student designed menu (which for some reason excluded grape soda) caused outrage among some students and parents, forcing the school to apologize for the stereotypical lunch fare.

“I’d like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members,” Principal Nancy Libby said in the letter. “Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes.”

Professor James Taylor of the University of San Francisco chimed in about why some students and teachers found the menu so offensive:

 ‘This is not like, ‘This food represents this heroic moment in African-American experience.’ What it represents is the degradation and the stereotyping of African-Americans.”

“Chicken, watermelon, collard greens — these stereotypes of black Southern culture that come from the same place where the N-word comes from.”

So after checking in with the school’s Black Student Union, who suggested watermelon be removed, the school ended up scrapping the whole menu and reverting back to the stereotypical American lunch: pizza, fries, hamburgers, and ten gallons of mayonnaise.

The school has also planned a diversity assembly for later this month – because there’s nothing a boring high school assembly can’t solve – including racial stereotyping.

Via: The Washington Post

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White Supremacist Craig Cobb is a Real Life Clayton Bigsby

White Supremacist Cobb

Craig Cobb, a white supremacist, underwent a DNA test on The Trisha Show to ‘prove’ his genetic heritage, only to be told on live TV that he was 14 percent Sub-Saharan African.

The 62-year-old “black white supremacist” was best known for an initiative to turn the small North Dakota town of Leith into a “white enclave” – a very ambitious task considering there is only one black resident. But now he is best known for being that neo-nazi who found out he’s black on live television.

Cobb submitted his DNA as part of The Trisha Show’s ongoing Race in America series, but upon hearing the results, he wished he hadn’t. Immediately dismissing the results that he’s only 86 percent European as “statistical noise,” Cobb recoiled when host Trisha tried to fist bump him after telling him “You have a little black in you.”

But Cobb still considers himself a “border guard for the pure breds” and claims the DNA test wasn’t scientific.

“I agreed to the test because I assumed it was science.[…] It was a scientifically bankrupt procedure”, from “craven and debased executives, whose goal is to shock.”

“I tell you. Oil and water don’t mix.”

Sure, Cobb is upset now, but in time he’ll accept it. It took Blind Black White Supremacist Clayton Bigsby a few weeks to come with to terms with the fact that he was a black man. The only question that remains is, will Cobb divorce his wife for being a n**ger lover?

Full Clayton Bigsby interview here.

Via: The Daily Mail

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Culturally Offensive Sports Mascots: Racist or Awesome?

High School-Arab Mascot

The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) contacted the Coachella Valley Unified School District to complain about one high school’s “Angry Arab” mascot.

Coachella Valley High School calls it’s sports teams the “Coachella Valley Arabs” and even features an “Arab” as its mascot – much to the chagrin of the Arab-American community.

Angry Arab“The mascot is basically an angry ‘Arab’ head – hooknose, long beard, headscarf and all,” said Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

Ayoub calls the school’s mascot and offensive half-time shows (which feature belly-dancers and harem girls) a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping.

“By allowing continued use of the term and imagery,” he continued, “you are commending and enforcing the negative stereotypes of an entire ethnic group, millions of whom are citizens of this nation.”

“And what makes it worse is that it’s coming from a school district,” he said. “They’re supposed to be teaching kids to respect other cultures.”

But the school disagrees. The district’s superintendent, Darryl Adams, says that the Angry Arab was originally intended to honor the date-farmers of the Coachella Valley, a crop traditionally associated with the Middle East. School officials also point out that the use of the Angry Arab is a positive depiction of Arab culture – complete with belly dancers and magic carpets. Yep, that doesn’t sound like a stereotype at all.

In fact, the tradition is so ingrained in the school that not even 9/11 could shake the Arab mascot. While some people urged the school to change the mascot after the attacks so they wouldn’t be associated with “terrorists,” the school stood strong and kept their beloved Angry Arab.

As one alumnus said, “We have been ARABS since the 1930s and are proud of it!

High school antics aside, culturally offensive sports teams have been under fire recently in the NFL as well. Nearly 700 protesters marched 20 blocks to the Minneapolis Metrodome on Thursday night to protest the Washington Redskins football team. Demonstrators, who held up signs such as “Genocide should never be a mascot” and “Redskins referred to my ancestors’ scalps,” are urging the team to change its mascot name to something… a little less offensive.Redskin Racism

Even Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is on board, saying he also thinks the Washington Redskins should change their team name.

I think it’s racist,” Dayton said, “I believe the name should be changed.”

As for the Minneapolis Vikings, that name’s totally fine. No negative connotations there – especially not about raping and pillaging.

Via: Al Jazeera & CBS Local News

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Daily Show Interview Costs Racist GOP Chair His Job

Yelton The Daily Show

If you’re a racist Republican from North Carolina, it’s probably not the best idea to agree to an interview with The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, but sadly Buncombe County Republican precinct chair Don Yelton didn’t know any better.

The conservative activist, once described as “the Rush Limbaugh of Western North Carolina,” appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show to talk about voter suppression, North Carolina’s voter I.D. laws, and lazy blacks.

Needless to say, the interview did not go well. In fact, it went so badly that on Thursday, Don Yelton was asked to step down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party.

But what could he have possibly said that would force a resignation?

When discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, over which the Justice Department has sued the state, Yelton argued that the law isn’t racist… but he has “been called a bigot before.”

And then the quotes just came pouring out:

“Matter of fact, one of my best friends is black.”

“I had a picture one time of Obama sittin’ on a stump as a witch doctor and I posted that on Facebook. I was making fun of the white half of Obama, not the black half.”

“When I was a young man, you didn’t call a black a black, you called him a negro.”

“If [the law] hurts the whites so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

“Now you have a black person using the term n***** this and n***** that and it’s okay for them to do it.”

It was at this point that a nearly speechless Aasif Mandvi responded, “You know that we can hear you, right?”

Even Republicans from Buncombe County, North Carolina thought Yelton’s comments were “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

“Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell stated. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”

But Yelton, who did not seek GOP permission to give The Daily Show interview, is sticking by his answers and was pleased with the edited version of the interview.

“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” he said.

In fact, he thinks The Daily Show went easy on him:

“To tell you the truth, there were a lot of things I said that they could’ve made sound worse than what they put up.”

At least he’s honest!

Via: The Huffington Post

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“Non-American” Wins Miss America. Twitter Explodes.

Miss America winner Nina Davuluri

On Sunday night, Nina Davuluri (aka Miss New York) was crowned he winner of the Miss America pageant.

This is the second year in a row that Miss New York won the competition but the first time EVER that a woman of Indian descent has won – a fact that is not sitting well with some gun-toting, God-fearing, red-blooded Americans.

As soon as the tiara was placed on Nina Davuluri’s head, Twitter exploded with anger. Racism on the internet? Morons with twitter accounts? Unheard of! Outrageous!

But nevertheless here are a few gems from the Twittersphere:

“And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic.”

“How the f*ck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots

“Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must’ve made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote”

“Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11”

Yeah! Nina Davuluri is a foreigner and a Muslim Arab!! (Note: Davuluri is American and not a Muslim)

“WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!”

“I swear I’m not racist but this is America.”

“Miss New York is an Indian.. With all do respect, this is America”

Yeah! This is America!!

#MissAmerica ummm wtf?! Have we forgotten 9/11?”

“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”

Yeah! How dare they crown a “non-American” so close to 9/11! We can’t let those Indian terrorists win!

“Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda?”

“More like Miss Terrorist #MissAmerica

Yeah! Brown people are terrorists! 9/11!!!

Apparently Miss American should be more “American”, like Miss Kansas, who loves her country, hunting, and tattoos.

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That was last tweet was actually from Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary, not just some nut on the internet (although that can be debated…)

Things I learned today: Only Caucasians can be true Americans, true Americans love hunting and tattoos, and Fox News still needs work.

Nina Davuluri, who hails from Syracuse and wants to become a doctor, was asked to respond to the Twitter barrage over her anti-Americanness.

“I have to rise above that,” said Davuluri. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she continued. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

Hmm. You know the country’s in trouble when a beauty pageant contestant is the most intelligent contributor to the conversation.

Via: CNN

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Paula Deen is a Not-So-Accidental Racist… And Other News

Paula Deen

Celebrity cook/butter lover Paula Deen doesn’t use the n-word… anymore.

And she’s not a racist – she just really wants a dream wedding where “little n*ggers” wear white suits and tap dance around while serving the guests. A former employee is suing Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, alleging that Bubba sexually harassed her and both sibling threw n-words around like they were bars of butter going into her high calorie recipes. In a deposition related to a trial, Paula Deen admitted that she has used the word before – but it was a long time ago. When asked if she ever used it in a joke she replied:

“Yes, of course. It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”

And when asked about her dream wedding quote, Paula Deen admits that she got the idea from a restaurant she had been to:

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were slaves.”

See – not an ounce of racism there – just good old fashioned Southern fun. Huffington Post

AbusedBad news for women: a third of them have been abused. The first major study of violence against women reveals that one third of women globally are affected by domestic or sexual violence by a partner. The World Health Organization report is based on studies from 1983 – 2010 from 81 countries. Violence is especially high in Sub-Saharan Central Africa where two-thirds of women have been victimized. Other places to steer clear of include the Middle East (obvs) and Southeast Asia. Another interesting fact: 40 percent of women killed worldwide were murdered by their partner. Keep one eye open tonight ladies. NBC News

Brazil Gone WildTurkey who? There’s a fresh wave of violence in Brazil as police and protesters clash at anti-government rallies throughout the country. In Rio more than 300,000 people are out and about protesting increased transportation fares, government corruption, general hatred for polticians, and general hatred of public transport. Police are responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as the crowds marched around city hall.  In the north-eastern city of Salvador, protesters were dispersed with tear gas ahead of an international football match and in Brasilia, the capital, demonstrators started a small fire at the entrance to the foreign ministry and were driven back by police using rubber bullets and tear gas. More clashes occurred in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and pretty much everywhere. How bad has the protesting gotten? So bad that President Dilma Rousseff announced she was cancelling a visit abroad. BBC News

Palestinian PMWell that was fast… The new Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah quit after only two weeks on the job. Was it the long hours? The bad pay? Or an “infringement on his authority”? Hint: it was the last one. It’s unclear whether President Mahmoud Abbas will accept the resignation, but the sources said Abbas most likely wouldn’t and would instead find a way to resolve the conflict. So Hamdallah quits over a disagreement about his authority and then gets told he’s not the one with the authority to make that call? He’s going to be one disgruntled Prime Minister. LA Times

French AccentCar crashes can give you French accents – true story. Eight years ago an Australian woman was in a serious car crash that left her with a broken back and jaw. When she recovered, she realized she had developed a French accent. Leanne Rowe is now unable to speak with her original Aussie accent and is apparently so ashsamed of it she has become a “recluse.” “I am not French,” Rowe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday. “It makes me so angry because I am Australian.” And Rowe isn’t crazy (well, she‘s kind of crazy for being a recluse but that’s beside the point) – apparently foreign accent syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which brain injuries change a person’s speech patterns, giving them a different accent. CNN

Beckham StampedeDavid Beckham can cause quite a stir but this time he’s caused a stampede. At least seven people were injured in a stampede in China, which happened when the football star David Beckham arrived at Shanghai Tongji University. A thousand fans rushed towards him, pushing through a police barricade, but apparently seven of them didn’t quite make it. The soccer star was there to meet members of the university team as part of a seven-day promotional tour for China’s top football league. The event, however, was cancelled in light of the stampede. BBC News

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Jim Gile is also an Accidental Racist

Jim Gile

Jim Gile, a Republican county commissioner in rural Kansas, has apologized for making a racist remark during a meeting last week.

Jim Gile used the term “n*gger-rigging it” during a discussion about whether to hire an architect to design repairs. In the meeting recording Giles is heard saying the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than “n*gger-rigging it.” After the comment brought on a bout of laughter in the room, someone asked Giles to clarify what he said.

“Afro-Americanized,” Gile replied.

County and state Democrats are calling for his resignation but Gile thinks his apology is enough. Plus, he didn’t really mean it – he insists he meant to say “jury-rigged” but accidentally sputtered out the racial slur instead. Common mistake!

Gile also had this to say in his defense:

“I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile said. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people.”

I guess “I’ve built Habitat homes for colored people” is the new “I have a black friend”. Oh wait he said that too. Apparently he has a close friend whom he regards as a sister who is black.

Via: The Huffington Post

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Brad Paisley is an Accidental Racist

Accidental Racist

What happens when you mix country music with rap? The Accidental Racist, the new song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. And what happens when you release a song titled Accidental Racist? Well it comes off a little, well, accidentally racist.

Basically, Paisley complains about how it’s hard to be white and LL Cool J raps about how it’s hard to be black. The song begins in Starbucks (for some reason) with Paisley getting all defensive about wearing his Confederate flag shirt.

The lyrics go:

“To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand

when I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan.

The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south”

Then LL Cool J comes in with:

“If you don’t judge my do-rag

I won’t judge your red flag

If you don’t judge my gold chains

I’ll forget the iron chains.”

Once everyone with functioning ears declared this the worst thing to ever happen ever, Paisley attempted to explain himself to Entertainment Weekly saying he was just trying to illustrate the difficulties of displaying his Southern pride. He’s right – it is hard being white.

“I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way, and I don’t know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step, and we’re asking the question in a big way. How do I show my Southern pride? What is offensive to you? And he kind of replies, and his summation is really that whole let’s bygones be bygones and ‘If you don’t judge my do rag, I won’t judge your red flag.’ We don’t solve anything, but it’s two guys that believe in who they are and where they’re from very honestly having a conversation and trying to reconcile.”

Whatever his reasoning, Accidental Racist is, as The Hairpin puts it, “a lyrical disgrace filled with awkward non-apologies and faux-pensiveness over the history of racism in the south”. And unfortunately, it has been removed from YouTube.

Next on the agenda: Paisley will team up with Barbra Streisand for his next single Oops, the Holocaust.

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