Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Single Asians.

IvyGate reports that the following video, released by Yale a cappella group Mixed Company of Yale, has stirred up some accusations of racism:

I admit, I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I think it's generally safe, when faced with an issue, to stand firmly opposed to whatever side the a cappella groups are on. Seriously, college a cappella is a scary cult. On the other, these chicks seem to be mocking stereotypes of Asian women, not embracing them. Right? Or am I just dazzled by their dancing, which is admittedly awesome?

ETA: I've watched it again and decided I gave them too much credit. It's a cheap laugh for Ivy League frat boys, which is racist.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Are we racist against black dogs?

From The Bark:

Black Dogs Face a Hard Choice at Shelter
Don't judge a dog by his color

It didn’t matter much that Jake was a sociable dog and in perfect health. Jake’s problem wasn’t his temperament—it was the color of his coat. Jake bore the stigma of the “BBD,” an acronym used to refer to big black dogs, who are frequently passed over for flashier, prettier dogs and wind up, like Jake, waiting for years to be adopted.

“Nobody wants a black-coated dog,” rescue workers told Delaney as she tried without success to find a home for Jake. And when Delaney turned to the Internet, she found that shelters across the country were overflowing with black-coated mutts.

“Please don’t overlook our black dogs,” rescue groups pleaded on their home pages above pictures of Rottweilers, Chows and Labs sporting bright bandanas. One shelter’s website just came right out with the grim truth: “The general public is not aware of how doomed black dogs are when they are brought to a pound.”

It's definitely sad, but is it racist?