Archive for racism

Horrified at Northern Iowa right now

Posted in racism with tags , , , , on Wednesday 14 July 2010 by amanda

mason city is comparing Obama to Hitler – on a billboard.  See here for the local story, and here for the coverage in the Atlantic.

This is devastating to me on two levels:

1) That this would happen at all – you’d think that somewhere along the process of making a billboard somebody would have realized that this is an inappropriate comparison (to say the least).

2) Deep disappointment that there are apparently enough people in the area that feel this way to support such an awful thing.

Update: the sign was taken down today.  I remain angry, however.


because i said so.

Posted in Life in general with tags on Thursday 26 March 2009 by amanda

Video of a man (Ryan Moats) detained by police after running a red light while rushing his dying Mother in Law to the hospital.  Notice how the cop really doesn’t care.  

defending blatant racism…

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Wednesday 18 February 2009 by amanda

would anyone like to try to explain to me how this is not racist?  how is a chimp shot in CT connected to the stimulus package?  can you somehow explain that this is not a racist reference to Obama’s personal project of the stimulus package?  i doubt it, but try me.

New York Post cartoon

100 books somebody thinks everybody should read.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Wednesday 18 February 2009 by amanda

Apparently the BBC claims most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books listed here. Gotta love how incredibly white and euro-centric the list is. just like human civilization began with the greeks, right? oh well…i’m still interested in perusing what’s listed…so I’ve read 51 of the books herein listed, and there are SEVERAL that I will never ever read again – they are just dumb.  Most of the rest of the list I just have no interest in reading at all…after all, just because it’s a “classic” doesn’t mean I have to be interested, like it, or generally think it’s worth my time in the SLIGHTEST.  I’ve also posted scathing commentary on Sarah’s profile on FB, since I got the list from her…I’m just feeling feisty and contrary today, though.  Actually, I’m going to start a list of 100 books I think everybody should read right now.  If I ever finish it, I’ll put it up.


1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. 2) Tally your total at the bottom. 2) Put in a note with your total in the subject

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – X

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – X

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – X

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling X

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x

6 The Bible – X (when I was little, I’m pretty sure that I have read the whole thing at SOME point…)

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte – X

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell – X

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – X Continue reading

Gorillas in Congo

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Sunday 7 December 2008 by amanda

A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to NPR on my way home from school (as usual) and The World was on.  I enjoy that show because it’s an hour of non-US news, which is nice.  This particular show highlighted the recent uptick in violence in some areas of Congo, particularly in the areas where the extremely endangered and (ideally) protected mountain gorilla lives.  

Before I go forward, a note.  I love animals.  I respect them.  I think they are amazing.  gorillas and chimps in particular I find fascinating.  I am a firm believer that animals need to be respected and (when necessary) protected. 

However, as well-meaning as I know this article on NPR was about the plight of the gorillas, they chose to use that time to talk about the gorillas and not about the families, children, mothers, fathers, grandparents that are also being deprived of basic things like their rights, their homes, and even their lives.  I couldn’t (and still can’t) feel comfortable with the choice to highlight these lovable animals over human life.  

I spoke to Ola about it, and he rightly pointed out to me that it’s because the people being slaughtered in Congo are black.  He compared this to Bosnia.  He asked if I could even IMAGINE a news report coming out of Bosnia during the war about some endangered and wonderful creature being threatened there while white children and families were being sniped, blown up by mines, and attacked?  And I can’t imagine a news report like that.  Yet nobody thinks twice about focusing on the gorillas.

I write about this because the NPR story played several weeks ago and it’s still on my mind.

i just feel so bad.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , , on Thursday 16 October 2008 by amanda

i can’t shake this sad feeling that i have for john mccain.  i mean, this poor guy.  his campaign tacitly endorses the “othering” of Barack Obama, and sometimes his running mate incites people to racist anger, and then doesn’t contradict them when they suggest that Obama is a terrorist and should be killed.  poor McCain.  It’s gotta be really hard to be called out for that kind of thing…and so unfair.  I mean, isn’t it every white persons right to hate/fear anybody that is not white?  Saying that threatening somebody’s life is not nice, and even amounts to racism is just terrible…


Just to be clear, I was so incredibly angry during that sob story about McCain being the victim of racially motivated hate against Obama.  Just because the Wallace comments were maybe over the top doesn’t mean that kind of thing should just be accepted.  The fact that it doesn’t have MORE people in total outrage amazes me.


Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Friday 3 October 2008 by amanda

I can’t believe I didn’t see this video before or hear about it.  This is part of a fantastic speech by AFL-CIO Treasury Secretary Richard Trumka on racism and the election.  It’s worth listening to the whole thing.