Friday, December 19, 2008

china doll

here's a site where you can buy specialty "asian dolls" - each different doll represents a different country - here are china and korea - please note that all the dolls are exactly the same - the only difference is their clothing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What Do You Think?

I look at the site from time to time. The following link connects to an article on that site. Check out the link. I think that it is interesting for a number of reasons. The question is simple, are these images racist?

What is black abut "black ice"?

Cassie asks a series of timely and provocative questions:

Is "black ice" racist?

I mean, what exactly is black about black ice?

Why isn't it just invisible ice?

Are ice cubes white ice because you can see them?

I'll just add that Ellison did entitle his book Invisible Man...any connection?

Friday, December 12, 2008

a reason to hate?

some thoughts on what white people eat...

Are Cakewreck fans racist?

The following post is from astute reader Dolly:

So, I normally really like reading Cakewrecks. Lately, though, I've been forced to wonder, "Is it racist?" Laine and I discussed this this morning, and she shared the post that made me notice the trend, but I thought I'd assemble some evidence so that you can judge for yourself.

Exhibit A: Time to Par-Tay

Plaintiff: Asian immigrants, speakers of AAVE


From the comments section-
Sam said...
FWIW, this cake almost certainly came from an asian bakery. The fruit is the giveaway.

kimjohannes said...
You know they named their little bundle of joy after some cheap bottle/box of wine they drank before she was conceived.

Par-tay + cheap wine = It a Gril named "Riunite" (do they still make that wine?) pronounced "Ree-u-nee-tee"

Par-tay on Cake Wrecker

Also, follow-up "inspired by" cake from a reader

Exhibit B: Spider Wreck Chronicles

Plaintiff: Rastafarians, most people from the West Indies

Grievance: Eye dialect

Exhibit C: Cutest Misspellings of Happy Birthday

Plaintiff: Iraqis, Taiwanese

Grievance: Being called "cute."

I don't think the cakes themselves aren't funny, but the commentary makes me cringe because it's so blithe about resorting to stereotype. Is it racist?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Are Sock Monkeys Racist?

A friend of mine bought a sock monkey ornament for her Christmas tree. I know that she isn't racist, but the ornament made me start thinking about sock monkeys in general. Yes, people love and collect them; I'm just wondering why? I think that the pictures speak for themselves.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Racist Hippie Tipi?

This was submitted by my friend Nicole. She saw it on Good Morning America and thought to herself that there is something not quite right about this. Not sure if it is racist, but my question is what exactly is a Hippie Tipi?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

racist pizza

courtesy of my ex-student chad who found this right here in worcester. I particularly like that the guy's name appears to be willy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Malcolm Gladwell: racist?

I asked myself this question last week as I listened to Malcolm Gladwell yammer on at NPR about his theory, spelled out in his new book Outliers, that Asian people are good at math because of their tradition of rice farming. I'm delighted to find that AngryAsianMan agrees with me. He writes:

Am I the only one who thinks this theory is absolutely ridiculous? Sure, Asians might consume a lot of rice. And a lot of Asians are good at math. But this does nothing to explain the millions of Asian kids who excel at math but have nothing to do with rice farming.

No, you are not the only one.

I also agree on the matter of this PostSecret submission.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

are japanese steakhouses racist?

this is a vexing question, friends. i went to one last week and i'm still troubled by the experience.

so, some observations/questions. the big problem seemed to me the fact that no one there was japanese--the waitstaff and chefs were all filipino. so, despite the veneer of a japanese restaurant paying homage to japanese culinary traditions (ie, NATIONAL traditions), this wound up being a sort of free-for-all asian stereotype-fest. does the fact that there were no japanese people working at a japanese steakhouse automatically make it racist?

incidentally, i found myself feeling VERY uncomfortable (despite several pina coladas) when our "chef"/grill master kept saying "yummy like?" he kept singing it too: "yummy yummmmmmmmy! i know you loooooooove it!"

so, what do we make of establishments that are meant to provide a "cultural experience" as well as a culinary one? and does that very fact produce an obligation to hire "authentic" staff?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

are references to nascar dads racist?

plot summary from imdb about the new flick Swing Voter.

"Kevin Costner stars as Bud Johnson, an apathetic, beer slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, except for the one bright spot in his mundane existence, his precocious, over achieving twelve-year old daughter, Molly. She takes care of them both, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the presidential election coming down to one vote, her dads.

Suddenly, Bud Johnson, the nobody, becomes the voice for everybody when the world realizes that his vote will be the one that elects the next president. Politicians invade the small town of Texico, New Mexico and its unwitting inhabitants, waging war for Bud's vote."

other than the fact that the bud johnson s of the usa did decide the election, is this movie about a nascar dad racist???

if so how?

lovable loser??

Monday, July 14, 2008

The New Yorker: racist?

Following up on Ms. AB's racist campaign coffee, I present the recent brouhaha over the cover of The New Yorker depicting the Obamas as a Muslim and an armed radical, respectively:

Now, the Obama campaign has denounced the cover as offensive and racist, but it seems pretty clear to me that The New Yorker is satirizing the way Obama opponents misrepresent Barack and Michelle—what's being attacked is the absurdity of American fears of a black president. Am I wrong? Is that too much critical thought to expect from the average American magazine-reader?

Thanks to Drs. Brock and Tucker, who each alerted me to the scandal.

Friday, July 11, 2008

racist coffee?

these two political blends are both available at my local farmer's market.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Chinese: The New Black?

Courtesy of the BBC:
S Africa Chinese 'become black'

The High Court in South Africa has ruled that Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as black people.

It made the order so that ethnic Chinese can benefit from government policies aimed at ending white domination in the private sector.

The Chinese Association of South Africa took the government to court, saying its members had been discriminated against.

An estimated 200,000 ethnic Chinese live in South Africa.

The association said their members often failed to qualify for business contracts and job promotions because they were regarded as whites.

The association said Chinese South Africans had faced widespread discrimination during the years of apartheid when they had been classified as people of mixed race.

The BBC's Mpho Lakaje in Johannesburg says the Broad-Based Economic Empowerment and the Employment Equity Acts were designed to eradicate the legacy of apartheid which left many black people impoverished.

The laws give people classed as blacks, Indians and coloureds (mixed-race) employment and other economic benefits over other racial groups.

The Black Economic Employment concept was initiated by the governing ANC to help previously disadvantaged individuals - to start their own businesses or become part of existing companies - thus redressing the country's historic inequalities.

Whites still on top

Our correspondent says the ruling provides clarity for corporations in South Africa on the rights of their Chinese staff - who were declared "coloured" under apartheid but are generally regarded as white today.

An example cited in court papers includes an oil company that disqualified Chinese citizens from getting a slice of its biggest empowerment transaction to date.

The company says the group is not catered for in the Black Economic Empowerment codes.

Another example includes a Chinese national who was refused an opportunity to buy shares from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.

None of the three government departments cited as respondents in the court case opposed the application.

A study released last month revealed that white South Africans still earn around 450% more than their black counterparts, 14 years after the end of apartheid.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

more questionable movie merchandise

is it okay to make a toy out of the ark of the covenant? here are two different versions out now with the new indiana jones line. one for ages 3 and up and one for the older kids. the younger version comes with the "ark ghost." also noted, the "bad guys" are simply called "germans" and not "nazis" throughout the merchandise literature. in the action figure sets, indy fights the "german soldier" and the "german mechanic" on a "german truck." "Disguised as local diggers, Indy and his loyal friend, Sallah, gain access to the excavation site of Belloq and the Germans. With Sallah’s help, Indy lowers himself by rope into the restricted map room. Inside, he uses the ram-headed staff to discover the true location of the Well of Souls, a buried chamber that hides the Ark of the Covenant."

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Racism vs. censorship.

The NYTimes reports on classic, racist WB cartoons that keep getting taken off YouTube:
The cartoons, known as the “Censored 11,” have been unavailable to the public for 40 years. Postings no longer appear if YouTube is searched for “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs,” a parody of “Snow White” and the most famous of the cartoons. But a search for “Coal Black” does find the cartoon.

These cartoons were controversial when first released; the N.A.A.C.P. unsuccessfully protested “Coal Black” before it was shown in 1943. Richard McIntire, the director of communications for the N.A.A.C.P., wrote in an e-mail message that “the cartoons are despicable. We encourage the films’ owners to maintain them as they are — that is, locked away in their vaults.”

This raises the interesting question: do we have the right to watch racist stuff on the internet for our own tongue-in-cheek(y) entertainment?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

pretty sure this is racist pez

I'm not quite sure but I'm pretty disturbed by the pez I saw (and purchased for the sake of our blog) at CVS.

please note in the close up that there's another advertised pez dispenser on the packaging for "kung-fu panda".

Monday, April 14, 2008

Is Fox News racist?

Alert citizen John writes: "A friend sent me this news story, which was reported on Fox News. It seems to me that the act of reporting this story is racist. What do you think?"
Parents Argue Over Which Gang 4-Year-Old Son Should Join

A couple can't agree on which gang their 4-year-old toddler should join.
A fight about the decision led to a public disturbance with the father's arrest. Joseph Manzanares went to the video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays, police told KMGH Denver.

Police arrested Manzanares at his home, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval told KMGH Denver. The girlfriend told authorities they were fighting over which gang their son should join. The girlfriend, who is black, is a member of the Crips while Manzanares, who is Hispanic, belongs to the Westside Ballers.

"They have different ideas on how the baby should be raised," Sandoval said. "Basically, she said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would 'claim.'"

Monday, March 24, 2008

racism and dogs

we just returned from house-sitting for someone in chicago (free apartment, right was amazing) and while there i had an experience that i'm pretty sure is racist.

first, we were house-sitting for a white guy who lives in a swanky apartment building in downtown chicago. the white guy has a dog who is a hybrid of a dachsund and pomeranian (known as a dachseranian...i'm not kidding). the dog's name is "mister bojangles." (the dog is white, i believe). the door-person at the building is a black woman. dina, the door-person, apparently not troubled by the use of this name for a swag white dog, would sing, loudly, "mister bojangles" every time we walked in. was that racist? and if so, how?

second, before we got to know dina, i tried to use the dog's familiarity with us as evidence that we were authorized to use the apartment (the occupant had forgotten to do some paperwork) and i cited "mister bojangles" as the name of the dog. those who were with me thought that this was racist, seeing as how i didn't know how dina might react. was it?

third, finding the situation totally irresistible, we kept downloading performances of "mister bojangles" off you tube, playing them full-blast and trying to get the dog to "dance." was this racist? or was it just animal cruelty?

finally, on a less anecdotal note, what do we make of some white guy from kansas naming his dog "mister bojangles"? is the use of an iconic black name by a white person racist in and of itself?

Monday, March 17, 2008

More from

As usual, is on the case, digging up Maybe (Probably) Racist stuff from the fertile soil of American popular culture. This time, it's Hollywood's 6 Favorite Offensive Stereotypes.

#6: The Magic Negro

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Another thing white people like...

To be liked by black people.

Thanks to Mouse—one of the first people to send me the link to Stuff White People Like—who comes up gold again with Black People Love Us.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Olange, stlawbelly, or glape?

I found this old Jello commercial via's 5 Retro Commercials Companies Would Like You To Forget:

Hmm. This one really seems to speak for itself.

sista' blog?

if you only go to one link on this blog, please make it this one. it is a work of genius.

note #62, #8, #11, #7.

I recommend spending the day cruising through. just fantastic.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

sex in the cashmere jungle

i just sat through one episode of "lipstick jungle" and one episode of "cashmere mafia" with a creamy center of "sex and the city" sandwiched in between. briefly, the new shows are more akin to "desperate housewives take manhattan" than they are like the original. you can't help but notice, however, that the skeletal white women on these shows have all gotten themselves a skeletal asian woman for a friend. is diversity-as -accessory racist?

for further consideration, one show featured a filipino-dominican lesbian as villain, while the other went with a black trannie. of course the biggest bad guys of all were very wealthy whites.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

small children, racists?

in another life, i teach ballet to small children. last night at dance school a little 5-year-old girl ran out after a class with her new (black) teacher and threw her arms around the legs of her previous (white) teacher. "i miss you so much. i want you to come back. i don't like the brown ones. i only like white ones."

Sunday, February 3, 2008

always a dependable post - pat robertson

"Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history."

"(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –

see now I feel stuck - because despite the fact that I hate to admit it, I am a feminist. That said I figure I better not have kids because I'd kill them...but if I don't have kids doesn't that reenforce the feminist agenda that kills children?

“If English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for Texas”

yes this is the quote from "ma ferguson" - once governor of Texas - she was responding to students learning Spanish in the classroom.

this is also on one of many "stupidest things ever said" lists.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Black History Month: racist?

Nicked from my LiveJournal buddy, XTerminal:

As XTerminal says: "Someone is getting SO fired."

Friday, February 1, 2008

Ethnic Excitement: The Ice Cream.

Again, courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

I still vote for "Ethnic Excitement" as porn genre, but that's pretty funny.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Is "ethnic excitement" racist?

Via Crooks and Liars:

Chris Matthews as been sticking his foot in his mouth (more so than usual) a lot this primary season and during MSNBC’s coverage of the State of the Union address tonight, he stepped in it again. Tweety made the suggestion that because Barack Obama has created an ethnic excitement in America, if he doesn’t get the nomination Condi Rice would make a great VP choice for a GOP candidate because black people might still be hopeful of putting an African American in higher government.

In Matthew's actual words: "...And I have to think given the ethnic, you know, excitement - let’s call it American excitement about Barack Obama. If he doesn’t make it to the nomination a lot of people on the Republican side might say, well why don’t we try do something to offset that and take advantage of the hope of having an African American at a high level of government."

It's interesting, 'cause to me, "ethnic excitement" sounds like one of the aisles of an adult drugstore.

Monday, January 28, 2008

"I want to go on vacation but I can't because I KNOW..."

is it racist that tom cruise thinks only scientoloigists can help people at accidents?

this is an extrememly disturbing video. you won't be able to stop watching it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I can't believe I didn't know about this

isn't this unconstitutional? is it necessarily the case that everything from Texas is racist/offensive? you can click on the picture to make it bigger.