Monthly Archives: July 2009

Yet Another Republican finds digital racism funny: Frago in CA

The content of the emails that Republican Gary Frago was passing around are the most racist so far that have been noted by major media outlets.  The Republicans just need to learn that you don’t forward racist emails, and you don’t respond to or post racist comments on Facebook and Twitter.  It’s that simple.  Nothing is private anymore.  Note to the party: You don’t need anymore help looking insensitive.  You’re party’s participation in the Sotomayor hearings was quite enough, at least for this week.

Here is the scoop from Wonkette (Who’s liberal use of the n-word at one point gave me pause.  Just because you’re talking about someone else using the word doesn’t mean you should.  I’m talking about: “Niggers are just a naturally funny subject, to everyone.” Um…really?)

The latest batch of foul, blatant racism comes from “City Councilman Gary Frago,” in some place near Merced, California. And he’s not sorry, either! “I’m not the only one that does it,” Frago told the Merced Sun-Star. Yeah, we’ve noticed.

All in all, the Sun-Star obtained seven e-mails that Frago sent from October 2008 to February 2009 from an anonymous source.

Some compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.”

Perhaps the most overboard e-mail was sent on Jan. 15. It read: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”

The newspaper tracked down the person who sent the emails to Continue reading

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Why is this blog called “Hello, Negro”?

From time to time I get angry comments about the name of this blog.  Most of it stems from the use of “negro” in the title.  I wonder if other blogs such as Field Negro encounter the scathing hate that has at times been directed at this site from people who are uncomfortable with our usage of the term (and likely haven’t read the postings on the site).  There a LOT of blogs that have “negro” as part of the name.  Google “blog” and “negro” and you’ll see.

I writing this post, I actually googled “blog” and “nigger”.  OH my!  I can just imagine the comments those blogs must get.  Especially one named (and I’m not kidding) “Look At This Nigger“.  Wow, that sounds like something you would hear over and over at a hood barbershop during a basketball game…but I digress.  Mighty bold!  

There are 2 main reasons I chose the name “Hello, Negro”.  Well, 2 and a possible…as they say in spades.

The Possible:  It sounds like “Hello Kitty”.  Familiarity breeds contempt, huh?  However, it’s meant to be a greeting.  I.E Hello, Bob.  See…there is a comma there people.  Most people over look that.  Thus, you could say that I’m calling everyone who visits this blog a negro.  Some may love that, some may have a serious problem with that. 

Reason 1: It’s controversial.  Blogs thrive on drama (Why do you think gossip blogs are so popular?).  Drama breeds conversation.  I knew some people were going to have a problem with the name when I chose it.  If you bought into the drama, thank you for validating what I already know about sensitivity to racial issues in America.  I get that.  You don’t have to write me an 8 paragraph comment trying to enlighten me.  Really, I get that the word is hated by many black folk.  BUT,  it’s not the n-word…not even close.  Let’s not forget my “African-Americans”, there was a time in America when we were damn proud to be Negroes.  Many African American leaders, such as MARTIN LUTHER KING referred to themselves as what…Negro.  As the kids say…Haters, Get off me!!

Reason 2:  This blog is dedicated to giving you small, digestible wake up calls.  This is expressed by the “hello” part of the name.  Hello…there is still racism in America.  Hello…here is a bit of news for you to consider.  Hello there!  What do you think about this or that subject.   You get what I’m saying?  Hello?  :)

So, that is about as good as I can explain it…at midnight on a friday.  LOL.  It just amazes me how people just look on the surface sometimes and don’t consider how face value can be deceiving.  Read the blog before you judge it.  And if you don’t like it, that is Ok too.  Freedom of expression is the right of all.

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Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

Somebody pinch me. Is it 2009 or 1959? I’m just wondering after reading this article. No “minorities”, huh?  From NBC in Philly:

“I heard this lady, she was like, ‘Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ She’s like, ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child,'” said camper Dymire Baylor.

The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.

“When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.

The response from the club was…sad [horrible, actually]

“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.

Atmosphere…I agree.  Complexion, that too, but he is crazy to admit it to a news outlet.  I mean, hide your racism.  Don’t you know how?

Again I say…this is NOT a post-racial America.

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Black folk should be given our own holidays like the Jews.

Granted the majority of Black folk in America are Christian so we can’t play the religion card but wouldn’t it be nice if we could’ve taken a day off in observance of MJ’s death rather than minimizing and maximizing windows all day and hiding tears from our bosses?  There are just some occasions that are ours that they’ll never fully understand which deserve a day of observance far far away from work.

Days of Mourning

– The day James got killed off of Good Times.

– The day the Fugees Broke up

– The day everyone found out Tina Marie was really white.

Celebrations

– The day The Jeffersons get their own spinoff.

– The day after Labor Day

– Jet Magazine’s 100,000th Issue

– Grandmother’s Day

Black Friday (What better day to celebrate black people?  Shoot… the title already gives us partial ownership!)

Okay, maybe a couple  of these are frivolous but you get my point.  We need our days and today would’ve been a perfect time to gather around the television as families to watch his memorial.

Or maybe celebrate with a Thriller sing along over a bushel of crabs at Sandy Point on this gorgeous 85 degree day.  Mike would’ve wanted it that way.  Plus, CNN’s replaying it at 7 right?

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Obama, Coons and Muslims…oh my!: Young Rep. Leader responds to racist comment with “LOL”

I’m sure that none of my readers will be surprised that Republican leaders have yet to understand that the crazy stuff they say online will be picked up in mainstream media or at least by the bloggers.  Here’s another example from Gawker.com:

“First of all, why is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans 38 years old? And secondly, why is she “lol”-ing at racist Facebook comments? Oh, right, because she is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans.

Frankly? It is a pretty non-shocking example of the GOP’s ability to find humor in the craziest and most racist of places. But here is the magical tale of Audra Shay, Young Republican leader:

Shay posted something dumb about health care, on her Facebook, and one of her friends responded, as anyone would, with an angry string of slurs.

Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”

Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.””

Note to the Republican party: It’s really, really hard to re-invent your image when your membership doesn’t embody that “change”.

But wait…it gets better.  Shay only de-friended people who complained about her comments!

Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay? I just looked it up. ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”

This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”

Baracoons, really? Well, there is my black history lesson for the day. Wow.

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Racism and Transformers: Robots with gold teeth and “inner-city accents”

“Autobots Mudflap and Skids,  a pair of twin robots voiced by Tom Kenny, sport noticeable inner-city accents and are adorned with gold caps on their teeth. At one point, they’re asked if they can read some ancient runes that keep popping up. “Nah, we don’t really do much reading,” one of them replies.” – Washington Times

We’ve posted the video of one of them saying that they don’t read much below (Until the movie company has it deleted).

Um…maybe someone should get these robots “Hooked on Ebonics”? Another reminder that this is not a post-racial America.  Black face robots, Sambots (as an article notes below)…sad.

Infoaddict has a review of this controversy.  Here are some highlights:

Movies @ MSN:

And I haven’t even begun to talk about the racist-caricature robots of “The Twins,” who speak in thug slang and “aren’t much for reading” and talk about getting “up in that ass,” and one of whom has, I wish I were kidding, a gold tooth.

The New York Times:

That disconnect only deepens with the introduction of two new Autobot characters, the illiterate, bickering twins Skids (Tom Kenny) and Mudflap (Reno Wilson), both of which take the shape of Chevrolet concept cars. The characters have been given conspicuously cartoonish, so-called black voices that indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas. For what it’s worth, the script, by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, also includes a crack about Simmons, who’s coded as Jewish, and his “pubic-fro head.”

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Debate This: Is Negro a “bad” word?

Here’s a comment we  received yesterday:

62 years old; grandma; white…

Something has me troubled. This seems like the perfect place to collect some input on it:

In a conversation with my daughter and son-in-law the other day I used the word “negro.” They were aghast and horrified. I was not being disrespectful and, frankly, I have long found the word to be rather elegant.

I’d like an African-American’s point-of-view on that.

Thanks.

Pam

Well, African-Americans…What do you think?  Is “negro” a bad word?  Should this 62 year old grandmother refrain from using it.

I will say, for her generation Negro was far more dignified than Ni**er.  Now if she’d referred to black folk as “Colored”…then I could understand her daughter and son-in-law’s  reaction.  In her prime years, the term “African-American” didn’t even exist and being “Black” was new.  My dad said,  When he was a kid some people would get made if you called them “Black” (as in “Blackey” or “You ole black so-in-so!”).

Over the last few years of doing this blog we’ve received several comments from people who feel that the name of this blog is offensive.  Someone even wrote that Negro was equal to the other N-word.  “Negro” is used everyday in Spanish speaking countries.  Caucasian would be the white equivalent…no one is calling for a ban on that.  We don’t see any thing wrong with the word, however we would suggest that when referring to African-Americans one use “African-American” or “Black”.   Very PC.

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