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UK Recruiters Have “Racial Bias” Claims Report

In News, Opinion on February 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm
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Oh, now, not our darling brothers and sisters across the pond in the United Kingdom! They can’t be racist, too, can they?

Afraid so, at least according to a Jobs Editor, Louisa Peacock, of The Telegraph, who cites a report from a charity called Race for Opportunity. According to the report, minorities are not only racing for opportunity, their tripping over the bodies of those who have tried to come before them and being blocked from crossing the finish line by their lighter-skinned fellow job hunters.

Here’s a link to the article referencing the report, if you are so inclined: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/9070027/Recruiters-have-racial-bias-claims-report.html

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South Africans Ticked-Off Over Poster Showing Interracial Couple Embracing

In News, Opinion on January 31, 2012 at 1:47 am

Oh, snap! Not more interracial dating!

And between a white man and a black woman! Awww, man!

Just when we thought the home of apartheid had (somehow) conquered extreme racism and prejudice, and had balanced its system of governing to be more fair and equal, we find this story of South Africans going crazy over a harmless poster of an attractive interracial couple embracing.

What’s the big deal? Well, if you’re racist and live in South Africa and are accustomed to privilege, you ain’t going to take too kindly to such a poster, are you?

Here’s the charming poster:

Personally, (although I am obviously biased) the poster looks pretty smokin’ to me. It should be in every subway and at every bus depot in America. If that were the case, maybe there’d be more interracial dating between white men and black women. But anyway….

Here are some links to stories of (at least some) South Africans going bonkers over this poster:

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice and Racism

In News, Opinion on January 27, 2012 at 12:44 am
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I know what you’re thinking: No kidding, right!

Most people with functioning frontal lobes already know that racism is a byproduct of having preconceived notions and expectations based on incomplete racist extremes. And now, for all the lovely racist conservatives out there, we have an official scientific study for them to now try to debunk: http://news.yahoo.com/low-iq-conservative-beliefs-linked-prejudice-180403506.html

Black Women Seek Independent Presence from “Freedom” Plaza

In News, Opinion on January 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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According to a sad piece by author Valencia Mohammed of Afro.com, homeless African-American women at the Occupy DC encampments are receiving no more respect or better treatment than they do elsewhere. You’d hope (if not expect) that at least there could be some end to racism amongst those struggling to survive.

But, this is what keeps us separated as a whole, and delights the NWO power-elite, and keeps things as they are with true “change” being nothing little than cosmetic decade after decade.

Here’s a link to her piece, which is the only one I’ve come across detailing segregation and racism in one of the Occupy groups:

Tuesday Morning Racism Double Feature: Genius Papa John’s Employee Calls Woman “Lady Chinky Eyes” on Receipt & Georgia Elementary School Asks Children Math Questions Using Slavery and Cotton-Picking to “Help” Kids Visualize

In News, Opinion on January 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm
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Even though we do have a bi-racial President, racism is still alive and kicking and crazy as ever in today’s America.

And for those who cry out that because Obama is President, racism could not possibly exist in our country (with a system of deeply imbedded racism so ingrained that there’s actually a term for it called institutionalized racism-meaning it can’t leave), we have this charming story of a stellar genius working at a New York Papa John’s pizza joint with the incredible depth of character (yes, I’m killing the facetious trick here, ain’t I?) to actually type the racial slur of “lady chinky eyes” on her receipt.

I’m surprised, given our current economy and society, Papa John’s didn’t promote this kid to CEO of the over-priced pizza chain, rather than release him from service.

Here’s one video of the story, which has a million other links to it below:

And, y’know, even though this is a blog (however loopy), it’s stories like this one that make me grateful for Twitter, and Facebook.

At any rate, this story deserves attention if only to let giant corporate behemoths like Papa John’s know that racist behavior still is inappropriate and that racists should try to understand (somehow) that there are humans living out there who can function as real people and still not have to look like them or speak like them in order to live real, authentic lives.

Following that, is the piece of an elementary school in Norcross, Georgia, Beaver Ridge Elementary specifically, which appears to be trying a decidedly different approach toward teaching math; using racist (and certainly demeaning) word puzzles to try to teach math. Way to go!

Here’s a local news affiliate’s story on the matter. Apparently the teachers involved will not be dismissed.

You might have to click on this image and enlarge it to be able to read the cute little math quiz question about how many slaves could pick so many oranges to fill a basket; and yes there are others, apparently.

Below are other video news links to the story:

Ron Paul’s Racist Rants Repeatedly Resurface

In News on December 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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Every dog has fleas, right?

Obama paints a beautiful picture of all the things we want done and once in office doesn’t do a single one. There’s nobody (at least not yet) in the Dem field to oppose him, and many people feel Hillary would just be

Ron Paul taking questions in Manchester, NH

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more of the same old song and dance, a different personality and approach to doing the same things for the same elite people and corporations.

Republicans, the party that openly embraces corporate love and elite wealth (in my estimation) don’t have much to offer that would be different, with Romney being a handsome wind-up automaton, Gingrich being so egotistical and with such a rich history of ethics violations and affairs as not to be taken seriously by any of the power-brokers pulling the levers in the NWO, Rick Perry being a handsome and well-connected hydrocephalic, Bachmann being a gimlet-eyed incongruent anachronism better suited for the Dark Ages of anti-reason, and…that leaves….um….

What to make of Ron Paul?

Part of me likes his anti-establishment stance(s) of minimizing governmental powers and influence at a time when the US seems to be inching closer and closer each day toward some kind of Orwellian police state (complete with TSA microwave body scanning devices that other countries ban, internet monitoring, tracking devices put on cars for no reason, police departments across the country arming themselves like small militias, protestors getting the proverbial beat-down, on and on) and staying out of other countries’ affairs; while I know fully well he will never win the presidency regardless of how events may turn for the GOP field.

Another part of me is downright suspicious of Paul’s racist newsletter rants from (to be fair) more than 20 years ago. To his defense, Mr. Paul has admitted them and stated repeatedly that they weren’t written by him personally but by some kind of marketing staff hack and he doesn’t agree with them.

Here’s an interesting piece by Shikha Dalmia from Reason.com, expressing some increased insight into the pieces and why they might have been written in the first place and an informed opinion on how he should respond to the the rants being brought up again:

What do you think?

More Black Men Now in Prison System than Enslaved in 1850

In News on November 10, 2011 at 3:04 am
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While white people across the country apparently ponder why things are just so bad for them, and why they’re the ones suffering the most discrimination and the most oppressed, something anybody with a functioning brain has known for a looong time has now been unearthed by Ohio State law professor Michelle Alexander; that Jim Crow is alive and well, and kicking, and funding a gigantic prison-industrial complex.

Ms. Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” stated in a recent lecture at the Pasadena Main Library this past Wednesday, that “more African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.”

Sadly, this statement is one I am ready to accept as fact, because it doesn’t surprise a whit, based on what I’ve seen growing up in the South, working as an educator, and probation officer. To say the prison-industrial complex is a huge source of revenue for so many millions of people (while victimizing so many disproportionately more) is akin to saying that Obama has been somewhat of a disappointment.

Here are the links to read more:

New Study Reveals Whites Feel More Discriminated Against Than Minorities

In News on November 10, 2011 at 2:42 am
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Now, before you hack up a lung laughing over this role reversal King of Ironies headline or your eyes pop out like you’ve just seen Freddy Krueger coming to get you, I’m not just generating this headline to get you to read it or to get some kind of page-click thing.

This is an actual news piece appearing in several new publications.

Yes, delusional whites across America, at least according to a pieces appearing in The London Telegraph, Disinfo.com, and other online and print sources, believe that they’d be so much better off if only they could get the “perks” associated with being a minority member in a predominantly white US society and culture.

Go figure where this kind of self-pitying paranoia originates, (I’d love to interview Cornell West on this). But there it is, like the two-headed snake discovered under a rock somewhere. Boy!

At any rate, according to a new study jointly commissioned and/or conducted by professors at Harvard and Tufts, white people in the US feel that they are in fact the true minority, the oppressed.

Whatever is going on, it seems like an interesting societal mass hallucinatory thing going on, that those who have the most and suffer the least, are discriminated against the least, feel the exact opposite.

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The larger question, as plain as racism itself, is why and what’s going on to facilitate this? Is it a case of things getting so bad economically and in terms of seeing a viable future for us all that those on top and with the most are now feeling that the rug has been pulled out from under them, too, and are getting profoundly scared?

Or is it something else?

Here are links to the pieces:

The Job

In Entertainment, Opinion on November 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm
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Found this clever short on Youtube the other day, just surfing around for interesting tidbits.

What’s clever about this video are actually several things: what it says about today’s Depression 2.0 job market, what is says about stereotypes and discrimination, and what it says about role reversal.

In some ways, it may be easier to find work for the day laborer than the financial head; but it’s ultimately difficult to speculate on that particular role reversal when I’m not qualified to be a financial head and unwilling to be a day laborer.

At any rate, the video brings up valid perspectives. Don’t you agree?

Silicon Valley’s Race Problem

In News on November 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm
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Not to be outdone by mainstream America and the horrible unemployment crisis underway for almost a decade now, Silicon Valley apparently is just (if not more) racist as the rest of apple pieAmerica.

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Violet Blue‘s article on ZDnet addresses CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 4,” as it attempts to address racism and discrimination in Sillicon Valley and the issue of minorities in tech start-ups.

Here’s the piece on the matter. and TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington‘s brilliant comment that “I don’t know of any black entrepreneurs.”

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