Diversity Santa

This Christmas come get your kids’ pictures taken at Nordstrom with ‘Diversity Santa”! That’s right. You can choose which race of Santa your kids will get their photos taken with.

Now, I’m all for diversity. I believe Santa, as a symbol of Christmas, a holiday celebrated by almost every race and culture around the world, can and should be portrayed as Black, Asian, Indian, Hispanic and any other race you can name. I just question why some have to make such a big deal about it.

Liberals like to claim how they love diversity and want to extinguish racism but by continuing to make such a big deal about race, underscoring the fact that there’s a “Diversity Santa” or having people mark a bubble denoting their race, all the while continuing to scream that America is racist (never mind that we’re the first “White” country in history to elect a Black person president) they continue to perpetuate the very same racism they pretend to want to eradicate.

I guarantee that if the census stopped asking people which race they belonged to; if liberals stopped making such a big deal about race; and if we all just focused on being Americans instead of hyphenated Americans, Dr. King’s dream of people being judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin, would come true.

AIDS walk just has to get political

I was at the 2009 AIDS Walk yesterday. It was a beautiful, warm and sunshiny day, perfect for runners and walkers to do their part in raising, thus far, close to $400,000. The event kicked off with some nice speeches from AG Rob McKenna and others including a very moving speech from a woman who’s been living with HIV for 23 years, a great testament to how far we’ve come in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

While overall it was a good morning, unfortunately there were a couple moments that spoiled it some. Instead of just cheering on all the teams that did such hard work to raise all this money, celebrating the recent advances in AIDS research and enjoying the weather at Volunteer Park, some speakers just had to get political.

No surprise that one of them was Congressman Jim McDermott. While McDermott was not there in person he sent a letter praising the event’s aims and achievements but also giving a plug to Congress’s current fight for government run health care. Just leave it alone, Jim. Can’t we all just come together for a moment, agree that we all would like to see AIDS gone from the planet and not have to bring the divisiveness of the health care debate into it?

And perhaps the worst of it came when one of the organizers of the event cheered with glee that finally “we’ve turned our anger and activism into action and elected a president and congress” that care about the fight against AIDS. Never mind that President Bush gave billions of dollars to combat AIDS, helping millions of people worldwide with the disease earning praise from the likes of the New York Times and erstwhile opponent John Kerry. And never mind that President Obama actually broke campaign promises to devote more funds to the fight against AIDS.

I know that probably 85% of the people at the AIDS Walk yesterday were your typical far-left Seattle liberals but was sliding a sly jab against Republicans into your event really necessary? In the words of Rodney King, “can’t we all just get along” if even for a day?

Racist Marketing

Morton’s look at targeting minorities was completely out of line. Sure, public relations must segment groups and these groups do include races and in that I do applaud Morton for what she points out would probably be considered racists. She is a bit hypocritical, however, in that in the introduction she states that she will describe three minority groups in non-stereotypical ways then goes on to do exactly that and very much so.

She describes African-Americans as valuing personal style more than Caucasians. I see she got this information from Rossman’s Multicultural Marketing. What I want to know is where Rossman got this idea. When I read that sentence I immediately thought of the stereotypical “70’s ghetto pimp” that so many people of all races like to mock come Halloween, someone straight out of Shaft. Is that what valuing personal style means? As for me, the black people I know (and again, maybe these aren’t stereotypical blacks) aren’t caught up in fashion any more so than white people. Then again maybe Morton has a point and my views are just influenced by the fact that most clothing designers don’t market to the black population. She does it again by stating that almost half of black households are headed by women, and this after stating that blacks value families. Tell me something, why does the fact that a family is headed by a women make it more instilled with family values? Of course I may not be hanging out with the stereotypical black crowd but from what I’ve seen and heard, blacks value patriarchy just as much if not more than whites and to have a household headed by a woman would lead me to believe that the father is just not in the picture, a single parent household in other words which, by most people’s definition, would not be one full of family values compared to a similar family with two parents.

Again, I do applaud Morton for pointing out that marketing must be ethnically specific. Too often today our society has been too focused on being politically correct and “color blind.” But that doesn’t help. The sooner everyone realizes that everyone comes from different cultures and subcultures and that these cultures have different values, mores, and norms that should be recognized and celebrated, as well as having people being able to laugh at themselves but also recognizing that it is okay to be different, the sooner the whole world will get along.

But I digress, Morton does well in pointing this out but she needs to make sure she gets it right and doesn’t attempt to reinforce negative stereotypes or engage in mildly underhanded marketing ploys. There’s nothing wrong with putting a happy two-parent black family together in front of a computer and, in fact, that is wise marketing. If one were to follow Morton’s advise she’d be putting a “Shaft” look-alike with a single mother and two other snot-nosed kids in front of a computer which these “stereotypical” blacks would never buy. But again, maybe I’m completely wrong and every apartment in Compton has a brand new Dell desktop, Sony DVR, and digital camera.

Reverse racism

I wrote this after a discussion in Freshman English during which the professor and an African-American girl decided to gang up on me (well, they tried at least) and spin the old liberal yarn that “minorities” can’t be racist. The professor flippantly challenged me to write a paper defending my position (and, I’m guessing, not expecting me to, as he was quite shocked when I walked into his office and handed what follows to him the very next day). He handed it back with all sorts of fallacious arguments and a few ad-hominem attacks, claiming it was a “diatribe.” Quality education. At least most of my professors weren’t as close-minded and completely idiotic as this guy.

 

First off, I would like to challenge the point that English is not a race.  Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language College Edition defines race as “any geographical, national, or tribal ethnic grouping.”  I rest my case.

Your challenge to me specifically to write an essay arguing in favor of the idea that only people in superior positions of society can be racist has got to be one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard a teacher say.  Yes, an open mind is one of the signs of intelligence but for me to argue that only white people can be racist makes less sense than arguing that Hitler was justified in sending six million Jews to the gas chambers.  At least some evidence can be twisted around to show that Jews did cause economic strife in 1920’s Europe.  There is not a shred of evidence indicating that blacks, Chinese, Mexicans, etc. are incapable of being racist toward whites.

Secondly, I would like to strongly protest your idea that the only people who can be racist are those who are in a position of power over the race they are racist toward.  Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language College Edition defines racism as “racialism.”  “Racialism” is defined by the same source as “a doctrine or feeling of racial differences or antagonisms, especially with reference to supposed racial superiority, inferiority, or purity; racial prejudice, hatred, or discrimination.”  The portion of this definition I would like to concentrate on most is “racial prejudice.”  This means prejudging someone solely on his or her race.  If this is the case, and according to Webster and me, it is, then anyone can be racist.  The black girl in our class who commented that she could have “black pride” but that I could not have “English pride” is a consummate example of a racist.  (N.B. she is black!)  For the sole reason that I was descendent from Anglo-Saxons, she felt I had no right to have pride in my heritage.  She, on the other hand, is allowed to be proud of her African heritage.  This is known as a double standard and this particular double standard is just as racist as many classic double standards of pre-1960s Southern US.  I refer to blacks having to sit at the rear of the bus, blacks not being allowed to sit at lunch counters, blacks not being allowed to vote, etc.  Back in the days I referred to blacks did not feel pride in their heritage.  The “doll experiment” you referred to is a perfect example.  Thanks to figures like Martin Luther King Jr., though, blacks now feel pride for their heritage.  Does it seem fair now that they should be the only ones allowed to feel this pride?  Shouldn’t people of European descent be able to feel pride as well?  Shouldn’t Irish be able to have a parade every St. Patrick’s Day?  Shouldn’t Germans be able to hold similar festivities during Oktoberfest?

Don’t feel bad about your German heritage, Dr. Weihe.  Germans may have caused two of the most horrible wars in the history of this planet but they also did many good things too.  They make great cars.  They invented Hot Dogs and Hamburger.  They gave the English language many great words.  Without the help of Werner Von Braun, a great German scientist, there never would have been a man on the moon in 1969.  Martin Luther was a German and I am grateful to him for leading the Protestant Reformation.  And who could live without the music of Bach.  The list goes on and on and not just with German accomplishments but with Chinese accomplishments, English accomplishments, Ethiopian accomplishments, Inca accomplishments, Basque accomplishments, etc., etc.  One would be hard pressed to find a culture that has not contributed something to Earth’s population.  Everyone should take pride in whatever culture he or she is descended from.  That is one of the things that makes America the greatest country on Earth.  You can eat Chinese food for dinner and go to an Italian Opera one night then the next night you can eat Ethiopian food and go to a didjeridu concert.  Even though English is the common language of America; traveling coast to coast you could hear every language on earth from Indonesian to Navajo and Aleut to Portuguese.  If we do not take pride in our individual heritages, they will soon die.  Imagine how boring that would be.  Plus, if we all try so hard to be “color blind” we will not be directing our efforts toward more creative endeavors.

Regarding Condom Distribution in Gracemont

This is one of the very first “political” thing I ever wrote. There were some students in my high school who wanted to place condom machines in the bathrooms. I wrote this letter and it was published in the campus newspaper, the Rambler. No one ever brought up the subject again. I’d like to think I had a little something to do with that. (Gracemont was the name of the building where most high school classes met.)

I realize that my views in this school are unpopular among most of the student body but I am still going to urge everyone to decline to sign the petition that is going around to allow condom distribution at the Bush School. The intent of this letter is to state my opinions about making condoms available to the students of the Bush School.

If you regard yourself as responsible enough to have sex you should be responsible enough to go to Planned Parenthood or the drug store to ask for condoms yourself. If I was to take a guess I would have to say that you are embarrassed or nervous about doing this. If that is the case, then maybe you should not be having sex in the first place. I think if we were to allow condom distribution at the Bush School many guests and parents would be quite offended.

They tried distributing condoms in the public schools of New York City, but some of the parents opposed it, saying that if the schools were to do that the parents would tell the schools not to permit the distribution of condoms to their children. It was too difficult for the schools so they called off the whole thing. By that study it appears that it does not work.

I understand that the number one reason for condom distribution is to prevent the spread of AIDS and other STDs as well as teen pregnancies. Do the supporters of this petition need sex so badly that they are going to risk their lives just to have it? After all, if we are going to prevent the spread of STDs and teen pregnancies in this manner instead of teaching our children good morals, where is it going to stop? Do the same people who support condom distribution in this school also support parents permitting their children to use drugs under their supervision because it’s better than having them go out and do it with their friends?

Basically, my point is that instead of giving our children reasons why they can still have sex as long as it’s protected and 99% safe we should be bringing our children up in a society with good morals and teaching them that sex is not something you do with just anyone. It is a sacred act shared by two people who love each other. I think that if people in this country were brought up on these principles, not only would we have no STDs or teen pregnancies, but there would be no reason for condoms in the first place, which would save the people now buying them a few dollars.

REMEMBER, IT’S NOT UNCOOL TO BE A VIRGIN!!