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Franklin from Peanuts and “massive compulsory race mixing”

 Franklin from Peanuts and massive compulsory race mixing


In today’s “Peanuts” comic strip Negro and white children are portrayed together in school.

School integration is a sensitive subject here, particularly at this time when our city and county schools are under court order for massive compulsory race mixing.

We would appreciate it if future “Peanuts” strips did not have this type of content.

Thank you.

From Dangerous Minds. On a related note is the below video (via the Dish) of William F. Buckley debating a man who’s now recognizable as a disgusting, unrepentant racist who uses language that sounds to my ear distinctly Tea Party-ish.

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A teacher mock-auctioned off the minorities in her class to teach about slavery

On April 1st, Jessica Boyle separated students in her class and put the black and mixed race students up for sale, according to WVEC News, apparently in a well intentioned, but ill-advised attempt to demonstrate the injustices of the slave era.

For our next lesson, I’d like anyone whose family comes from Germany to pick up a toy gun and anyone who’s Jewish to stand over here in the [air quotes] gas chamber. The rest of you can stay in your seats until Akira gets back from the boys’ room.

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Everybody deserves to be treated equally

 Everybody deserves to be treated equally

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Episode 7 – “Not Heavily Racist”

 Episode 7 – “Not Heavily Racist”

Dave and Jeff present a parade of ridiculous and pathetic racists, including a misparented boy, a bad neighbor, and a neo-Nazi embarrassed by his hateful tattoos. Also: lesbian lightbulb jokes and product ideas.

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Court pays to cover up defendant’s racist tattoos

John Ditullio has a large swastika tattooed on his neck. He’s in court today with a makeup job to cover the tattoo, paid for by the court.

 Court pays to cover up defendants racist tattoos

“It’s easier to give someone who looks like you a fair shake,” said Bjorn E. Brunvand, Mr. Ditullio’s lawyer.

In the future, all defendants will have surgery to look exactly like their jurors.

Via Gawker.

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A Civic Biology

Richard Adams at the charmingly-titled No Left Turns blog digs up some unsettling quotes from A Civic Biology, the textbook John Scopes used to teach evolution and was at issue in the Scopes Monkey Trial. The textbook hops from genetics to talk about race and eugenics and calls certain families “parasites” and suggests society do something to control their breeding.

The Remedy. — If such people were lower animals, we would probably kill them off to prevent them from spreading. Humanity will not allow this, but we do have the remedy of separating the sexes in asylums or other places and in various ways preventing intermarriage and the possibilities of perpetuating such a low and degenerate race. Remedies of this sort have been tried successfully in Europe and are now meeting with some success in this country.

Wow… That’s pretty awful stuff. Adams reacts:

Remember, many of the people who supported teaching this stuff denounced those who disagreed for being anti-scince, and backward. Willian Jennings Bryan defended Christianity against Darwin, but he also turned to a more basic language when he called it a “barbarous doctrine.”

Interesting bit about this textbook: it was actually the book that Tennessee required to be used in school. It was only the section on evolution that was controversial, and shortly after the trial, a new edition of the book was released with evolution mostly scrubbed from it — except it still included the quoted section, with a few edits. You can read the whole thing online.

But as long as we’re on the subject of cringe-inducing books from the early 1900s, let us reflect on The Wonder Book of Children of All Nations from England, wherein E.P. Gaston visits the American south to report:

You find yourself liking the half-wild piccaninnies best. Their great brown eyes look at you with a mixture of awe and humble respect — but that is just the time to look out for pranks. The youngsters are less to be trusted than most dogs, but they know the meaning of gratitude, and show it in a clumsy sort of way if the stranger shows them attention or speaks kindly. They are more nearly like dogs, in fact, than anything with which my young readers might be familiar.

Via The Corner.

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Gallagher is crazy, hateful, racist

The Stranger recaps a recent show by Gallagher, who spends his time trashing liberals, people of other nationalities and ethnicities, and most of all, gay people.

“Hey, President Obama,” he spits out the name like a mouthful of burning hair. “You ain’t black. I don’t care what you say—you’re a latte. You’re half whole-milk. It could be goat milk—you could be a terrorist!” I am too busy losing my mind to catch the next joke, which is about Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer. Aaaaand we’re off.
He opens a giant can of fruit cocktail and pours it in. He opens a can of some Asian vegetable—water chestnuts, maybe—and pours that in, too. “This is the China people and queers!!!” he screams and takes his sledgehammer to the thing with a fury that is no fun at all. Wet chunks of China people and queers fly everywhere. The hateful, bitter old man laughs. I cannot believe Bill Hicks is dead and this motherfucker is still touring.

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More Arizona hijinks

I have to say that this story about an Arizona school asking artists to lighten the skin color on the face of a student on a mural sounds fishy to me. They claim that all kinds of people were driving by yelling “nigger” and “spic” at them, which I find hard to believe. I’m assuming some exaggeration.

Nevertheless, this dude is most certainly a douche:

“Art is in the eye of the beholder, but I say [the mural] looks like graffiti in L.A.,” Councilman Steve Blair said.

“I am not a racist individual,” Blair said on a radio show last month, “but I will tell you depicting a black guy in the middle of that mural, based upon who’s President of the United States today and based upon the history of this community, when I grew up we had four black families – who I have been very good friends with for years – to depict the biggest picture on that building as a black person, I would have to ask the question, ‘Why?'”

The “black guy” in the mural is based on a student of Mexican descent, a school official said.

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Why religion can lead to racism

In the US, religious people are more racist than average. Tom Rees at Epiphenom explores possible explanations for this, drawing from a few studies. Most crucial, it seems to me, is that it doesn’t seem to be the faith aspect of religion that creates the tendency. It’s the social conformity. Furthermore, this correlation seems to have declined over the past 40 years.

So lots of people are religious in large part as a way to fit in with their communities. It makes sense that people overly concerned with conformity in a community would be more suspicious of people who are different. It also makes sense that as social attitudes harden against racism, those concerned with conformity would also feel an incentive to be more racially tolerant.

I think it might be interesting to explore other attitudes that are like racism when it comes to suspicion of outsiders but not as socially taboo. (Homophobia perhaps? Distrust of foreign governments?)

Racism is particularly linked to fundamentalist religion. Rees thinks that this racism is an expression of an increased amount of right-wing authoritarianism, which he doesn’t strictly define. He does give us this:

They found that three key beliefs about how the world works seemed to mediate the relationship between fundamentalism and authoritarianism: certain knowledge (the idea that there are fixed, absolute truths), simple knowledge (the idea that the world is simple and straightforward, not complex), and omniscient authority (the idea that authority should be obeyed).

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“Tea-Bagger” as bad as the n-word. I guess.

Debbie Gunnoe, a tea party organizer from Navarre, Fla., who was in the House gallery for Ryan’s comments called on him to apologize for “making the generalization that a few rogue people are an example of the rest of the” tea party movement and “for calling all tea party people across the United States ‘tea baggers,’ which is a denigrating word with negative connotations. It’s as bad as calling a black person the N-word.”

Politico has a story in which Tea Party supporters denounce the racist and homophobic slurs that some of the their members hurled over the weekend. But they also go a step further and demand apologies from Democrats for making a deal out of it.

I think this tidbit illustrates why they won’t get very far disassociating themselves:

Debbie Gunnoe, a tea party organizer from Navarre, Fla., who was in the House gallery for Ryan’s comments called on [Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)] to apologize for “making the generalization that a few rogue people are an example of the rest of the” tea party movement and “for calling all tea party people across the United States ‘tea baggers,’ which is a denigrating word with negative connotations. It’s as bad as calling a black person the N-word.”

Is it really?

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