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11. A school served stereotypes in a "Black History Month" meal.

Ahem -

11. A school served stereotypes in a "Black History Month" meal.
Source: AP
It's a common racial stereotype: Black people love fried chicken and watermelon. In February, a California high school played right into the stereotype, announcing a Black History Month-themed menu that included both items, along with a hearty side of cornbread. Administrators for the school eventually apologized, but the damage was already done. In fact, according to government data, black people actually don't care that much for watermelon.

Fried chicken and watermelon aren't racist foods in themselves. But as Arit John wrote for the Atlantic, "The problem stems from the way fried chicken is associated with black people, and the historical baggage that comes with it. The same way blackface recalls minstrel shows, the 'black people love fried chicken' image recalls negative portrayals of black people."

Ahem - a School Served a 'common racial stereotype'.

Did we discuss that at DU?

I know we did buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut. This is one for the journal!

Because uh - well - I'm sure some non third wayers don't see how they belittle those not like them. . . .
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 01:33 PM (1 replies)

In what regard Charlie?

JonLP24 posted something similar

More Barkley comments -

More Barkley comments
Last one is my favorite -
Quote: And in a marked departure from other prominent black leaders who have questioned tactics used by officers and, in some cases, accused officers of racial profiling and outright racism, Barkley supported police officers, especially those who work in black neighborhoods.

I kind of 'knew' his name - but I couldn't tell you on sight what he does for a living and I wouldn't recognize him on the street. He's not really a black leader . . .

Like he's not someone who has the credentials of a Coates or a Cory Booker or a Harold Ford or a Melissa HP, etc. etc.

And he's certainly not as well spoken or articulate as Chris Rock . . . for example.

Don't forget Charle's DUI Arrest - I give bravenak to credit to reminding us of this one:
At the DU link bravenak provided us with this . . .

According to the officer who wrote the report, "He told me that he ran the stop sign because he was in a hurry to pick up the girl I saw get in the passenger seat."

The officer continues: "He asked me to admit that she was 'hot.' He asked me, 'You want the truth?' When I told him I did he said, 'I was gonna drive around the corner and get a b**w job. He then explained that she had given him a 'b**w job' one week earlier and said it was the best one he had ever had in his life."

The report says when Barkley was taken to the station, he told one of the employees, "I'll tattoo my name on your ass" if he helped "get him out of the DUI." According to the report, "He laughed and then quickly corrected himself and said, 'I'll tattoo your name on my ass' and then laughed again."

The report also says officers "found a handgun in the vehicle" which was immediately impounded. The report doesn't say if the handgun was legal or not, and the only thing that we know for sure was loaded...

Excuse while I have a Sister Sarah Alaskastan moment -
Charles Barkley says something

and I respond . . .

In what regard Charlie?

Eh? The Republicans will vote for him so that's good for his career. They always ignore that kind of skeevy behavior.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Dec 3, 2014, 08:48 AM (0 replies)

Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi critically wounded

Putting that in my subject line because I want to remember his name for a long time.

Let me see if I can find it anywhere on Fox.

Just kidding - they won't report on it.

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sun Nov 9, 2014, 07:20 AM (0 replies)

I love the O'Reilly comment - goes in my journal

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sun Nov 2, 2014, 06:48 AM (0 replies)

I had an interesting conversation

Back and forth last week - different topic entirely - but my comments here also apply to this -


Atlanta is interesting - I know too many people (black folks, well educated, professional) that have moved down there the past 10/12 years from the Great Lakes area . My uncle also pulled up shop from Birmingham in the late 80s and moved himself and his business to Atlanta because Birmingham was just still too anti black people at that time.

So basically you've had a large influx of affluent, well educated blacks into the Atlanta area - and I wonder what the crime rate is of Atlanta vs that of Detroit?

I just find Atlanta an odd choice for many reasons. It's just one of those places that even I considered moving to for better financial and social opportunities because it does have a bit of a reputation for being the black elite mecca.

I think that has a lot to do with it. The last time I was in Atlanta it was very difficult to hear a Southern Accent.

A lot of hard flat A's and NYC accents.

And the thing is - the 'elite' black folks? We vote. Often against our own economic interests but for social justice and equality.

I think things are looking up in Georgia.

Aside - I have a few folks I went to high school with down in the Fulton County/Atlanta area now. One returned after his MBA at Harvard and working on Wall Street. Now he's doing Venture Capital in his own boutique firm while attending theology school. . . and he's heavily invested in Carter campaign - money, time, canvassing, resources. If you ask him - Carter IS the new Governor and after that - it's just more of a chipping away to a large liberal 'center' in the state.

ETA from the article -

But this factor doesn’t fully explain the low estimated share of the black vote.

A few possibilities might explain the rest of the difference. One of those is a technique known as “trimming weights” — in which pollsters don’t weight underrepresented groups up to their targets because it would require individual respondents to be weighted too heavily.

Pollsters often choose to trim weights if a single respondent starts getting weighted more than a few times over. Often, this involves undersampled demographic groups that lean Democratic, like young and nonwhite voters. As a result, many surveys fall a bit short of their targets for nonwhite voters; it was one of the many reasons the Gallup poll fell short of its targets for nonwhite voters in 2012.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 10:44 AM (1 replies)

Now see

These kids should move to Atlanta where it's the exact opposite. I read it at DU -


There you have this oppressive group of black people that have their boots on the neck of - oh bother. I need to go see about a Heffalump and eat some honey.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Oct 2, 2014, 04:52 PM (0 replies)

There are books about this concept - one with Hate in the Title

Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them : When Loving Hurts and You Don't Know Why
It's by Susan Forward. Anyone who has been with an emotional/verbal abuser can read this book and see it is a play by play of how this type of man behaves.

Another one that was a real eye opener for me?
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

I think - it helps a woman who is in this situation to understand - This man is your enemy and he hates your guts. Nothing you can do is ever right. He will always needle, dismiss, rant, rave and eventually hit.

It's the same way every time.

And I think the first book? By Ms. Forward - the title tells it all.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Sep 12, 2014, 08:18 AM (1 replies)

MO Add To Journal

So I don't forget to remember! thanks for all of this info!
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 10:09 AM (0 replies)

There it is

Michael Brown is a criminal who strong armed a convenience store and attacked a police officer. He is to blame for his death and no one else.

You should have just wrote that from the get go. Why dance around?

The Thug Officer stopped Mr. Brown for walking while black and violated his civil rights. He acted as judge, jury, and executioner for that crime (jay walking) only. It is my deeply held belief that this makes him too wet to step on, and too low to kick.

I'm not hiding it.

Welcome to DU - where progressives say what we really think when the Right isn't around to see.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 04:44 PM (1 replies)

Those are fair points

And her full process of "change" would be interesting to learn about.

I would also be interested in learning about how she reconciled her focus on personal wealth with the disregard for "the other" that to me Reagan embodied. How did he get her to ignore what an all around awful human being he was?

That interests me.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 09:56 AM (2 replies)
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