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The Answer is Racism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by conservativewerewolf

Or, yet another reason why NPR is a waste of your money.

So, African-American girls are being punished in school more harshly and more frequently than their non-black peers, according to this article, which asks us “what happens when we see discipline disparities, whether in the form of suspension or expulsions?”

Back up there, now.  There’s a more pressing question that cannot simply be answered by “racism” or “sexism” or “normative ideas about female behavior” (“normative” is a bad word, in case you didn’t know): Why?

First, here are some of the numbers, according to the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights School Discipline Snapshot (March 2014): Black girls are suspended at a rate of 12%, whereas the rate for white boys is 6% and white girls 2%.  (Boys of all races receive about 2/3 of all suspensions).

So, this is, as they say, “a thing.”  The article addresses the question of why by asking another question: “are African-American girls being punished for not fitting into normative ideas about female behavior? That’s a real concern.”

This question appears directly after this: “We know that the research says that African-American students are not misbehaving more frequently or more seriously than their peers, but they are punished more harshly. So that really gets to the root of what racial and gender stereotypes are fueling some of the disparities that we’re seeing.”

In other words, African-American students don’t misbehave more often or any worse than kids of other races; they just behave DIFFERENTLY.  And their culturally ignorant teachers suspend them for it.

…..

I agree with the article that we need more research into “the challenges facing African-American girls as well as African-American boys.”  Not because I know if there is currently a dearth of such research (because I don’t), but because more information can only help (because knowledge is power!).

HOWEVER, if this article were a person, and punching people in the face weren’t illegal, I would do just that.  How dare this article absolve students of any responsibility for their own actions, and imply (very strongly) that teachers of African-American girls are, by and large, racist?  Does this deflection help kids who misbehave badly enough to be suspended? No!  In fact, it insults them.  Oh, your actions, which aren’t necessarily bad, just different from some people’s concepts of appropriate behavior, aren’t your own fault; they’re the result of your school not having as many resources as other schools.

Gag me with a spoon.

By the way, the article recommends “eliminating overly punitive discipline practices.”  Which means what?  Are we talking about the paddle?  Can I get some specifics?

How on EARTH is anyone supposed to help these girls if people won’t acknowledge that it’s okay to have certain standards of behavior in schools, and that some kids, are in fact, acting in unacceptable (“non-normative”) ways?  Kids don’t act out for no reason – they may not be what adults would call legitimate reasons, or they might be perfectly understandable – either way, kids needs standard, as well as mature, caring adults to lay down the law consistently.  If that means some kids get suspended more than others, so be it.

It might not seem “fair.”  It could be that a higher percentage of African-American girls is dealing with more difficult issues beyond their control than other girls their age.  That’s not fair, but it may very well be reality.  They, like all students, need understanding.  They need to know that the adults around them care about them (there are still good teachers/admins out there!).  They may need a healthy dose of long-term counseling, depending on their situations.

What they don’t need are double-speak excuses.

[And any teachers/administrators who are actually racist and disciplining students based on their stupid racist worldviews need to be slapped twice and fired, but that should go without saying.]

 

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Now Liking Gangnam Style is Racist???

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 4, 2012 by conservativewerewolf

At least you know I’m not racist – that song is F’in annoying, as is this article in the NY Times about suddenly famous Psy, the Korean rapper responsible for this ridiculously popular (and yeah, okay, hilarious) video.  I don’t know why I bothered linking that video; you’re probably one of the 410 million who’ve already seen it, and possibly even one of the almost 4 million who’ve “liked” it.  I’m sorry to inform you, but that may mean you’re racist.

See, according to some twerp quoted in the Times article,

“Psy is the ‘Asian man who makes it’ because he fits neatly into our pop cultural milieu wherein Asian men are either kung-fu fighters, Confucius-quoting clairvoyants or the biggest geeks in high school.”

I thought this article, “A South Korean Star, and the Horse He Rode In On” was supposed to be about this new hot rapper, but no – it’s about how his fans might be unconsciously categorizing him as a Pandaren, or something.  Nice way to trick people into reading your insults, NY Times blogger Mark McDonald.  OH, I get it – the horse is a metaphor for racism!

To be fair, McDonald also quotes people who say you might not be racist after all, because:

  • the video is really funny;
  • you probably weren’t the intended audience anyway, unless you’re South Korean; and
  • Psy doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously.

But if YOU don’t take him seriously, you’re… hang on a sec, let me make sure I get this right… oh yeah, racist.  You’ve been influenced by the “popular Western media[, which] doesn’t tend to take east Asian men seriously.”  And it’s a shame that,

“What is missing from much commentary on Psy’s video is the existing American cultural context that embraces stereotypes of Asians while rejecting more realistic portrayals.”

Did you include your thoughts on Neo-Orientalism in your YouTube comment?  Well then, you have some reflecting to do, don’t you?

Honestly, I don’t take Psy very seriously – then again, I don’t take most rappers very seriously.  [That’s probably indicative of unconscious racism according to someone whose opinion is irrelevant.]  And I normally wouldn’t take Mark McDonald very seriously, even though his article was published in the NY Times, because the Times has been mostly crap for years.  But the gaping hole in this theory that he inexplicably presents as legit is so ridiculous, I had to highlight it:

Somehow, the Western media almost exclusively portrays Asian men as “kung-fu fighters, Confucius-quoting clairvoyants or the biggest geeks in high school,” yet simultaneously does not take them seriously.

I don’t know about you, but I take Kung Fu fighters, Confucius-quoting clairvoyants and the biggest geeks in high school VERY seriously.  Who wouldn’t take an MMA-guru-CEO seriously???

I know, I know.  I’m racist.*  Bad, bad werewolf.

*Except for judging people based on race – that part I don’t do.  It’s just all the other things, like thinking Affirmative Action makes no sense if it benefits Carlton Banks at the expense of some poor white kid.

Illegal = Racist?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 21, 2012 by conservativewerewolf

Don’t call “undocumented” immigrants “illegal” immigrants – they might cry.  Or sue you.  Or whine to the media some more about how it’s not nice to label them based on the way they entered the United States of America (illegally).

“By saying illegal, they’re assuming that we broke a criminal law,” said Jackeline Saavedra, 27, of Bay Shore, a Touro Law Center student who identified herself as undocumented. “Not everybody enters illegally.”

Well, pardon me. So you entered legally but you what, overstayed your visa?  That’s illegal, too, sweetheart.

Who’s Latino now?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 15, 2012 by conservativewerewolf

George Lopez is disappointed in Romney for being Latino and not admitting it:

“Mitt Romney is a f–king Latino and he won’t admit it. His father was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Mitt Romney is a Chicano. But he won’t admit it. ‘I am not. I am Danish. I am French.’”

If Latino means your dad was born in Mexico but you’re the whitest guy ever, then I guess that’s why Romney is Latino but George Zimmerman is a “white Hispanic”?

This is getting too confusing.

I love you, Thomas Sowell

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by conservativewerewolf

What an awesome human.

In this article, published in April of 2010, Dr. Sowell pwns the history books you had to read by writing of the Europeans enslaved by North Africans.

Wait – AFRICANS had WHITE slaves?

You mean white people aren’t the source of all evil in the world?

That’s right – welcome to humankind:

“The inhumanity of human beings toward other human beings is not a new story, much less a local story. There is no need to hide it, because there are lessons we can learn from it. But there is also no need to distort it, so that sins of the whole human species around the world are presented as special defects of “our society” or the sins of a particular race. “

So no race is inherently better than another?  (Why does that sound familiar?)  Dr. Sowell, being awesome and brilliant, does not extrapolate from this any inherent equality among cultures:

“If American society and Western civilization are different from other societies and civilization, it is that they eventually turned against slavery, and stamped it out, at a time when non-Western societies around the world were still maintaining slavery and resisting Western pressures to end slavery, including in some cases armed resistance.

“Only the fact that the West had more firepower than others put an end to slavery in many non-Western societies during the age of Western imperialism. Yet today there are Americans who have gone to Africa to apologize for slavery– on a continent where slavery has still not been completely ended, to this very moment.”

So why don’t we learn more about the injustices committed by people of various races against people of various other races?  Well, that’s the question, now, isn’t it?:

“Those who mine history for sins are not searching for truth but for opportunities to denigrate their own society, or for grievances that can be cashed in today, at the expense of people who were not even born when the sins of the past were committed. “

Why, when there are so many terrible things that have happened, focus on the bad things white people have done to black people?  We need to know about the enslavement of African people, but we need to know about things that happened to other people, too.  I never understood the focus on black/white relations in history class (and the occasional dabbling in Hispanic/white relations).  Based on my US history textbook, you’d think there weren’t any other minorities in large numbers in American until the 80s.  I’d ask about, say, Chinese people, and my teacher would say, “Yeah, they were there” and go on with the lesson because there wasn’t time for anything outside the curriculum.

Why was the curriculum so black and white?  What about the plight of Chinese settlers in the Wild West?

There were Chinese settlers in America back then?  Uh, yeah.  Remember Buford Tannen’s biography in Back to the Future 3?  “Buford Tannen was a notorious gunman, whose short-temper and propensity to drool earned him the nickname “Mad Dog”. He was quick on the trigger and bragged that he killed 12 men, not including any Indians or Chinamen.”

I suppose Americans of East Asian descent are just too hard to peg as victims.  *warning: generalization based on reality ahead* They keep working hard and sending their kids to college and not starting advocacy groups for the purpose of bitching about how the white man has kept them down.  So we’ll just ignore them.

We’ll also ignore the fifty thousand Irish slaves who worked the sugar plantations in Barbados.  Remember learning about Oliver Cromwell?  He was some English dude, right?  Yeah, he was in charge for a while and there was like a civil war or something.  Bet you didn’t learn that the Irish and Scots he didn’t kill he sold into slavery.  Or [indefinite] “indentured servitude.”

It’s interesting the things we don’t learn in school.