Posts Tagged ‘Race’

On Starbucks’s “Race Together”

March 19, 2015

With apologies to Yakov Smirnoff:

In Soviet America, coffee shop patronizes customers.

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Howard “YEEAAAAAH” Dean Strikes Again!

August 16, 2008

So Howard Dean calls the Republican Party the “white” party, while arguing that minorities are ” more successful in the Democratic party.” As Marooned In Marin points out, this is not new for Dean, who called the Republican party “a white Christian party” in 2005, and earlier that year made his infamous “hotel staff” comment to the Congressional Black Caucus. Marooned also points out the actions of ‘tolerant,’ ‘inclusive’ Democrats toward black Republican Michael Steele whan he ran for Lt. Governor of Maryland.

And let’s see;
What party was the president who appointed these:
•First black Secretary of State.
•Second black Secretary of State.
•First black National Security Advisor.
•A black Secretary of Education, a black Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a hispanic Attorney General, a hispanic Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and an asian Secretary of Labor.

Since the president in question for all of those was George W. Bush, you tell me.

Politics

August 6, 2008

Okay, so John McCain’s campaign creates an ad which compares his opponent to vacuous celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton; playing on Barack Obama’s inexperience, vacuous “change” rhetoric, and media-driven campaign.
Then, we get New York Times columnist Bob Herbert misidentifying the “phallic” landmark appearing in the video (the Victory Column in Berlin, where Obama spoke recently) when decrying the ad as “racist”, arguing that the juxtaposition of Obama, the monument, and the aforementioned Mses. Spears and Hilton wass actually intended to subliminally play on white male “the black man’s out to steal our womenfolk” fears (since as any good liberal knows, all white people, and only white people, are racist).
Now, we have rich wastrel Ms. Hilton responding with a fake campaign ad on humor site Funny or Die, in which she declares herself “like, totally ready to lead,” and offers an inept alternative US energy plan combining elements from both candidates energy strategies (insert your own Paris Hilton “drilling” joke here).
Looking at this, the process by which our public ultimately decides who will lead this country for the next four years, I can only think of a quote from Napoleon Bonaparte: “We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.”

Pigmentation Genetics

August 4, 2008

It seems many people don’t understand basic genetics. At one time, the study of heredity held to the simple idea that hereditary traits are mostly continuous, with offspring being pretty much blends of their parents. However, that idea was pretty much shot down by the work of a certain 19th century monk, showing that heredity occurs in distinct units, genes, of which an organism inherits one copy from each parent, and which interact via various dominance relationships.

Consider, for example, the color of carnations; red, pink, and white. Here, we have incomplete dominance. The gene for color has two alleles: R, which makes red pigment; and R’, which produces no pigment. A carnation with RR is red; that with R’R’ has no pigment, and is white. If we cross-breed these two, all offspring are pink: with genotype RR’, they produce red pigment, but at levels lower than a red carnation, and thus the mixed color. However, breed two pink carnations, and the results defy the pre-Mendel “mixing” theory. Let us draw up the Punnett square:

  R R’
R RR RR’
R’ RR’ R’R’

So, we see that on average, half the offspring will be pink (RR’), but one quarter will be red (RR) and one quarter white (R’R’).

So, with obvious examples like this, why does the idea of the major variations in human pigmentation disappearing via intermixing of the various “races” still seem to persist (this is one of the many pop-culture examples of the idea)? Consider the multiple examples of “different race” twins: see here, here, here, and here.

While human pigmentation is much more complex than that of carnations, it is still due to a finite number of genes, each with a finite number of discrete alleles. Thus, variations in human pigmentation are unlikely to naturally disappear, short of a mass disaster producing a genetic bottleneck.

Pot calling the kettle [censored as offensive]

July 11, 2008

In the discussion at NRO’s The Corner on the “black hole” incident and other such foolishness, Jonah Goldberg posts a letter from a reader about an incident in which an individual objected to the classic metaphor for hypocrisy, ‘the pot calling the kettle black,’ as “clearly a racist remark.”

“gravitationally completely collapsed star”

July 11, 2008

We may have to go back to using “gravitationally completely collapsed star” for an intersteller object that has collapsed down smaller than its Schwarzschild radius: the term “black hole” is racist — at least, it is according to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price:

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”

This reminds me of the bit in the UK a few years back when some groups created the term “thought showers” to replace “brainstorming” on the basis of the idea that the latter term might be considered offensive to epileptics. And, of course, the numerous incidents around the use of the word “niggardly.”

Brainwashing in America

April 9, 2008

Candace de Russy has an article at Pajamas Media about the continuation of the ideological indoctrination program of the residence life department of the University of Delaware. I’ve followed this appalling program since the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported on this last October, including excerpts from the program’s training manual (and the whole document [PDF, 2.1 MB]).
This sort of thing should outrage any person who believes in freedom of opinion and in real education, not political indoctrination. However, such things are becoming all to common in American education, both public and post-secondary schools. I’m not sure what can be done, since even the dedicated work of groups like FIRE, often including legal action, doesn’t appear to be enough to stop the rampaging political correctness machine.

Over at NRO…

March 29, 2008

Mark Steyn has a post on the Obama/Wright mess and it’s importance, particularly with regards to the Rev. Wright’s claims that HIV/AIDS was deliberately created by the United States government “as a means of genocide against people of color.” Says Steyn:

Does he really believe this? If so, he’s crazy, and no sane person would sit through his gibberish, certainly not for 20 years.

Or is he just saying it? In which case, he’s profoundly wicked. If you understand that AIDs is spread by sexual promiscuity and drug use, you’ll know that it’s within your power to protect yourself from the disease. If you’re told that it’s just whitey’s latest cunning plot to stick it to you, well, hey, it’s out of your hands, nothing to do with you or your behavior.

Historian Victor Davis Hanson weighs in here, and Mark Goldblatt provides some defense of Obama and his speech.