“That Conversation about Race” category archive
Trumpled Walmart shoppers.
A family says they were harrassed outside the Bryant Walmart (Arkansas–ed.) when a man started yelling racially charged messages at them as they tried to load their groceries. Some of the interaction was caught on camera.
“My mother was fearful that he might pull out a firearm too. That’s what she told me afterward,” said Maria Meneses.
Meneses says the man was standing outside his car taking pictures of her family and their vehicle.
Words sometimes catch up with you.
Bradley Baugh was fired on March 9 after only a few weeks with the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division, according to city records obtained by the Springfield News-Sun through a public records request.
City representatives refused to reveal the contents of the post; they would say only that it was “awful.”
A letter-writer to the Raleigh News and Observer spots a false equivalence.
There was a young Trumpler from Nantucket . . . .
A historic building central to the history of Nantucket’s African-American community was defaced between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning with racist and sexually explicit graffiti, according to local police.
Between 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, someone vandalized the island’s African Meeting House, spray-painting a racial slur and the word “leave” on its door alongside a crudely drawn penis on its shingled facade, according to Nantucket’s police chief William Pittman and photos of the scene.
A Trumpled campus:
Presidential candidates Blaine Thomas and Claire Jacobs dropped out of the race Tuesday and vice-presidential candidate Caius Gillen quit Wednesday after a student journalist publicized racist, sexist and homophobic tweets from their Twitter accounts, the Columbia Missourian reported.
Forget the racism. Whatever happened to how to behave in publ–on, never mind. (Anti)-“social” media happened. Persons forget that the internet is a public place, and behave as if they were in a private place.
Pap Discusses a school that’s being sued for not taking action against racist bullies.
Trumpling high school students:
For the second time in a month, Franklin High School administrators are investigating a racially charged incident, this one involving the alleged taunting of black players on a visiting basketball team from Racine.
Stephon Chapman, a small forward for the Horlick High School Rebels, said fans in the Franklin student section made monkey noises when he lined up to take his free throw shots during the first half of the game Thursday night.
After the game, he said, a white male adult shouted a racial slur at players, most of them African-American, as they boarded their bus.
When I took my first class in Virginia history in third grade (yes, they used to teach history in school) that was the label given to 1619. The label referred to three events in that year:
- The first meeting of the House of Burgesses, the Virginia colony’s legislature.
- The arrival of the first English women to the colony.
- The arrival of the first “shipment* of Negro (as the text book styled it) slaves.
The Hartford Courant’s Frank Harris, III, muses on how to recognize the last event on that list. Here’s a bit of his musings:
For blacks, slavery was our holocaust and our Kristallnacht — it was bodies smashed and shattered over centuries, tossed into the oceans and rivers and creeks, burned into the embers that blackened America’s soil and soul.
It should not be forgotten. But how do we not forget it?
*Yes, “shipment” was the word in the text.
I paid attention in history class, even in third grade. I paid attention in history class up through graduate work in history, with a focus on “U. S. Southern,” and much subsequent reading, because the past explains the present.
In that text and in the construct it portrayed, persons were “cargo” because they were Not White. And many would take us back to those days.
Trumpling the students:
Black students at an Ypsilanti, Michigan middle school have feared for their safety since being sent a slur-laden email from a classmate that threatened violence and referenced President Donald Trump.
The email was opened by two of the six intended recipients, MLive reported, who then alerted school authorities. The other four emails were deleted from the students’ inboxes before they could be opened.
“U need ta [sic] get your n**ger loving as* out of here and all this black lives matter bullsh*t,” the email read. The sender went on use the slur multiple times when writing that African Americans should “leave this country.”
“One day your kids will get what they deserve being on this land,” the email continued. “White lives matter….go Trump!!!!”
Shorter Tony Norman: It’s an ugly society that dares not look in the mirror.
Thom discusses how the Republican Party has gone from “conservatives” to “racist authoritarian corporate toadies.” An excerpt:
Dwight Eisenhower . . . when conservative meant conservative, not billionaire bought and owned . . . .
In a long and thoughtful post, Professor Rupert Nacoste considers the interplay between law and culture and, in particular, the poisonous side-effects of pigeon-holing people by race and heritage. Here’s an anecdote from his piece; follow the link for the rest.
“…we moved to North Carolina. My first day of 7th grade, I faced one of the most embarrassing interactions so far in front of a group of people. My teacher, Ms. L, asked me to stand in front of the class to tell them a little bit about myself.
“Hi my name is J-M and I want to be a psychologist like my mom and that means I need to be in middle school and high school here…”
After a long pause, Ms. L replied, “Where did you move from Miss M?” (She mispronounced my name). So I replied, “Its M and Tampa, but before that I lived in 29 Palms, California and before that was Virginia, and I was actually born in North Carolina but I don’t remember it.”
“Well you’ve certainly moved around a lot”, she said, “You have such beautiful olive skin, where is your family from?”
“Up-state New York!” I replied without hesitation.
“I mean what are you? Mexican? Indian?… your ethnicity? Your last name is different from normal…” She trailed off.
I could feel my face turning red and I stuttered that I was…”
Remember, this is an interaction between a teacher and a seventh-grade student; an adult and a thirteen-year-old. Indeed, when it comes to the possibility of being taken over by neo-diversity anxiety “who are the ‘we’ and who are the ‘they’”, there are no innocent.
Trumpling the basketball game.
Elder High School students chanted the name of a Chinese restaurant chain at an Asian-American player, along with homophobic slurs, and singled out a black player for racist abuse, reported WLWT-TV.
The chants reached a peak in the third quarter, when Friday’s game between Elder and St. Xavier High School was finally called off.
More Trumpling at the link.
Maria Panaritis tells a tale of profiling. A snippet (emphasis added):
Guests of a neighbor had seen a black man pull into his own house in an affluent enclave and assumed he was a burglar.
Follow the link for details.