Too Many Movies

28 05 2014

Madison, Wisconsin

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You say “honest dialogue about race,” I say “watching too many movies.”





I Can’t Imagine Why

27 10 2012

America

AP:

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks

Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some people’s more favorable views of blacks.

Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.

In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

“As much as we’d hope the impact of race would decline over time … it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,” said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey.

Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an AP survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison.

Translation:  We’re winning.

Now, the next trick is to get this translated into public policy.  Easier said…

The AP is wrong in this regard:  At least according to my reading, racial attitudes have improved in the last four years.





“Race Mattered”

9 08 2012

First Congressional District

So it’s not just a social construct?

P-D:

Black voters powered Lacy Clay’s victory

William Lacy Clay trounced fellow Democrat Russ Carnahan with more than 90 percent of the vote in some north St. Louis wards, and beat him more than 2-to-1 in north St. Louis County, data from Tuesday’s congressional primary show.

Clay and Carnahan, two sitting congressmen, battled it out for the new 1st Congressional District, St. Louis’ one remaining U.S. House seat. City figures show that Clay, who is black, won the primary by dominating in largely African-American areas of St. Louis. Carnahan, who is white, drew the bulk of his support from more predominantly white wards on the south and west sides.

There were some exceptions to the larger pattern. Clay did well in upscale, mixed-race areas of the city like the Central West End. And even in the most predominantly white city wards on the south side, Carnahan never broke 78 percent.

But overall, the numbers confirm what was increasingly evident during the campaign: Race mattered.

(snip)

By the time the crowd gathered at St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation on the near north side Tuesday for Clay’s election-night party, all pretense of a colorblind congressional primary had been pretty much abandoned by his supporters.

“He’s a brother. He has good ideas,” said Walter Grace, 67, a retired teacher of black history, who gathered with about 150 other Clay supporters, most of them African-American.

Carnahan’s political family — including his father, the late Gov. Mel Carnahan — has long been allied with black city Democrats. Carnahan’s decision to run against Clay this year created resentment and strained that biracial coalition, judging from the comments of others at Clay’s gathering Tuesday.

“The Carnahans are like family,” said Floyd Blackwell, an African-American alderman in Cool Valley. “When family attacks you, it hurts worse. It’s like burning a bridge in the black community.

(snip)

Maurice Jones, 57, of north city’s Penrose neighborhood, said he viewed Clay as the most important African-American elected official in the state. “For the black people, so we can have a voice, as blacks,” he said. “We need to hold on to what we have.”

We also have white liberals getting their comeuppance in the same article.

The reason Carnahan “never broke 78%” in the whitest ward in St. Louis City is that even the whitest ward in the city has a noticeable number of blacks.





“Haole”

29 06 2012

Hawaii

This is a first.  A white man is trying to justify killing a non-white man because the non-white man yelled an anti-white racial slur.

Usually, this happens the other way around, and involves blacks and whites.





Be All That You Want to Be

12 06 2012

KCBS-2 LA:

White Student Returns $1,000 Scholarship Intended For Black Students

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A 17-year-old student at King High School in Riverside has returned a $1,000 scholarship intended for black students because he is white.

Jeffrey Warren and his father Rod returned the scholarship from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club the night the teen was announced as the winner of the African-American student scholarship, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Jeffrey, who has a 4.25 cumulative grade-point average, applied for 27 scholarships and won three others in addition to the award from the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club, which only specified that African Americans were “encouraged to apply,” the newspaper reported. School counselors were informed that the scholarship was for black students.

The club intends to change the language on next year’s application to clarify who is eligible, according to the Press-Enterprise.

The returned scholarship was later awarded to an African-American girl at King High School.

Now would be a good time for Mr. Warren to pull out the “race is merely a social construct” card.

Funny, the white won a scholarship over black applicants in a black-themed contest.  Whatever blacks do and think they’re good at, some white people find a way to do it better.  The Bee Gees, Eminem.





Inside Joke

11 06 2012

CBS:

Royals catcher Humberto Quintero makes racial gesture during in-game interview

Now, I’m sure Royals catcher Humberto Quintero didn’t have any malicious intent toward Bruce Chen, but the lack of intent doesn’t make the racial gesture pictured above during Saturday’s Royals-Pirates game excusable.

Chen, a native of Panama of Chinese descent, is an affable, likable player and it’s unlikely Quintero was meaning to insult him. However, his actions were nonetheless offensive. While it’s common for such insensitive joking to occur in the clubhouse, that doesn’t make it right or make it appropriate for national television.

Chen, it must be noted, took to Twitter to note he was not offended by the actions.

Sorry, CBS.  Nobody’s buying your effort to try to make a mountain of this molehill.  The dork in Orlando with a fax machine would ordinarily be chomping at the bit, but the reason this isn’t quite in his wheel house is because Humberto Quintero isn’t white, and can’t be passed off as a white Hispanic.





Living On Tulsa Time

23 04 2012

Here’s something I haven’t done in awhile.  A musical segue.

Tulsa is going to get an MLK Street?

I’m surprised it didn’t already have one.  I already know enough about Tulsan demographic geography (relatives of relatives live in the suburbs) to avoid the north side like the plague, basically any residential neighborhoods along Interstate 244’s East-West stretch.

At least now, with there being an actual MLK Street, it will be perfectly obvious to everyone.








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