Category Archives: What We Call “Race”

Dystopia: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Going for the Uber Experience Some readers will know that I have previously reflected on the always bizarre and often cruel manner displayed by many United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) staff towards visitors. Examples include forcing fifth graders to needlessly stand outside in a howling wind and frigid weather to barking insults(calling them cry […]

O.K. with the Odd Queer

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St. Paddy’s in Beantown Boston’s newish Mayor Martin Walsh has committed the equivalent of farting in a Catholic church by stating that he will boycott the City’s famed St. Patrick Day’s Parade unless “gay groups are allowed to participate.” The NYT reports that John “Wacko” Hurley, a parade organizer, says “it’s final”: no gay groups.  […]

Race and Symbols: The Enigmatic Flag

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  The South Will Rise Again? Last week white folks gathered in Chester, Virginia, near the state’s Capitol in Richmond, to raise and otherwise glorify the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, better known as the Confederate flag. There were rifle-firing porcine confederates (much, much larger than the real thing) and speeches about southern […]

Almost Hidden DC: Winston’s Rude Awakening

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  Nelson Moves In Washington, DC’s Massachusetts’s  Avenue is called “Embassy Row” for a reason: lining the street for several miles are a string of mostly stately buildings which now serve as the Washington home to foreign governments. These buildings are on their second lives, at least, having originally been built as stately mansions of the […]

Words: You Have Ghetto Booty

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  Dr. Sweo Keeps It Simple Tennessean Terry Ragland, ravaged with pain, visited Sports Orthopedics & Spine in Jackson seeking relief.  In this age of enlightened medicine, her physician, Orthopedist Dr. Timothy Sweo, leavened his diagnosis with a healthy dose of his apparent special understanding of race and intellect. Her condition, identified by Dr. Sweo as […]

Words: Funny, Tasteless, But Hardly Racist

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  Dewy, Cheatem and How Octo- comedienne Joan Rivers taught us that the horrible can also be hilarious and a clever plotter proved her point last week when a Bay area news station was spoofed into the on-air reading of fictitious pilot names from the recent Asiana Air crash at SFO. Fingers are pointing every-which-away […]

History and Race: March 18, 1942

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  The War Relocation Act Seventy-one years ago today Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans to report for forced relocation. In the wake of the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, politicians, leaders and many others concluded that all Americans exhibiting the features of Japanese ancestry were potential spies, soldiers or […]

Joan, the Holocaust and Hot Heidi

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  Can Tragedy Be Funny For a Reason? Joan Rivers, the nearly octogenarian, outrageous comedian, recently observed regarding Heidi Klum that, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The response has been predictable, including from the (Jewish) Anti-Defamation League, who said, “This remark is so […]

Who We Are: Pickles, NO Dark Chocolate and that 3/5 Thing

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Do we now live in a society where anyone, courtesy of technology, can cry foul at a word or a thought and demand change or retraction?

Of Villainy and Religion

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  To Apologize for Kindness You may recall that after the Newtown massacre where 20 children and six adults were murdered, an inter-faith memorial service was held. Reverend Rob Morris, a Newtown Lutheran Minister, one of whose young parishioners was among the dead, gave the benediction at the service. Reverend Morris was subsequently forced to […]

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