July 16, 2004
The California State Education Secretary made fun of a little girl's name. The NAACP got involved, saying it never would've happened if the girl were white. Um, the girl is white. And when the NAACP figured that out, they said
"Race is not a factor in this issue," Dymally said in Thursday's statement, adding that Riordan had apologized a second time. "It is time for us to move on."
So the State Education Secretary makes fun of a six year old, and it's no big deal, as long as she's not a minority. For the love of pete.
Reminds me of a story back in high school. Our teacher was calling roll on the first day and came to our Indian friend's name, which she proceeded to make fun of, saying it sounded like the noise you make when you sneeze. He was a little taken aback, but retorted with the funny quip, "Well, at least I'm not a Pollack," since her name was obviously Polish. He was kicked out of class and sent to the Dean. As he got up and walked out of class, he said, in a calm tone I'll never forget, "But you sneezed my name."
Come to think of it, those two stories aren't that related. Well, except that they both involve jackasses.
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My bad: Dymally is not associated with the NAACP. They made ridiculous errors and bad judgement calls independent from one another.
Posted by: rfidtag at July 16, 2004 10:55 AM (XxIKf)
Posted by: Sarah at July 17, 2004 02:07 AM (5TFbW)
I think it is fascinating that in Stranger in an Strange Land, Robert Heinlein was promoting equality of the sexes, racial equality, and sexual freedom...And here on a site called "Trying to Grok" you are giving me a link to a man named Francis W. Porretto whos is saying that a Martian (our President) would realize the *Truth*: What are those realities? All men are not equally strong. Neither are all nations. All men are not equally moral. Neither are all nations. To treat a weak adversary as if he were as strong as you is to hobble your own powers for no good reason. To treat an immoral adversary as your moral equal is to hand him a weapon he can use against you -- and he will use it, without restraint or scruple. These facts would be obvious to a man from Mars -- but how many generations of American politicians have behaved as if their opposites were true? I wonder if Robert Heinlein would agree?
Posted by: rfidtag at July 17, 2004 11:17 AM (XxIKf)
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