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.'"