Sunday, January 31, 2010

The fine line between It Being Racist and You Being Racist.

Concerned citizen EB submits the following:

So, I was walking through the union today, when I was stopped by one of my former students.  He, along with several others, was selling raffle tickets to raise money for a new African American fraternity.  I bought one (though I really don't need to win a romantic weekend for two).  As I left, he told me to be sure to stop by the union next week...the fraternity would be holding a date auction.  So, my question it problematic for an African American fraternity to hold a people auction - or am I racist for thinking it's problematic?

Excellent questions.  Excellent.

Spicy...and racist?

Submitted by Bernie, who could not have known that my husband and I exchanged the patented "Is It Racist?" look when we saw this ourselves a few days ago:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

If this is for real, it is racist.

From Think Progress:

A new professional basketball league called the All-American Basketball Alliance (AABA) sent out a press release on Sunday saying that it intends to start its inaugural season in June, with teams in 12 U.S. cities. However, the AABA is different from other sports leagues because only players who are “natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.” AABA commissioner Don “Moose” Lewis insists that he’s not racist, but he just wants to get away from the “street-ball” played by “people of color” and back to “fundamental basketball.” Lewis cited the recent incidents of bad behavior by NBA players, implying that such actions would never happen with white players:

“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.” [...]

He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas’ indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans’ dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run.

“Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?” he said. “That’s the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction.”

The AABA is targeting Southern cities, but one proposed city — Augusta, GA — is opposed to the league. Several other cities have reportedly told Lewis to “stay out of town.”

Submitted by NKB, who wonders if this could possibly be for real.   

Monday, January 18, 2010

Is My Button New, Pink, and Racist?

Um, ok?

From the FAQ:

Q. “Help! I've noticed I am turning a more brown color down there on my inside lips, is this normal”?

A. Yes, it’s perfectly normal and there are many factors that can contribute to this.
Ethnicity is a big factor, also age, hormone change, surgeries, childbirth, sickness, health, diet and medications can all contribute to a change from “Pink” to “Brown” in a woman's genital area.

I, Asshole.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Is Harry Reid racist?

From The Washington Post:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words," said Reid in a statement. "I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments."

Via Matt Yglesias.  H/t Sheyda.

Are you...racist?

epic fail pictures

Via Failblog.  H/t Dolly.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Is Haagen Dazs racist?

Some time ago, Bernie submitted the following story via Boing Boing:
The inaugural Delhi outlet of Haagen Dazs (A Danish phrase that means, "Made in New Jersey," apparently) opened with a "no Indians allowed" policy. The sign on the door read, "Access restricted only to holders of international passports." After a public hue and cry, the franchise operator (who is Indian) dropped the policy and claimed it had never existed.

Read more from blogger Rajesh Kalra at The Times of India: Sorry, Indians not allowed

One of these wise men is not like the others.

What a deal!  Why so cheap, Wise Man #2?


Courtesy of Dolly and Shaun.

That burley is racist.

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