Just realized I forgot to do a Happy Independence Day post yesterday. So a day late, but here it is. I hope everyone had a great and safe day. The Harris family did and we had a great talk while waiting on fireworks about what makes America great and what makes it not so great. Perfect occasion for the talk. Here’s to hoping we all continue to live up to the promise of America.
Well, as they say, a pretty face doesn’t mean there isn’t extreme ugliness on the inside. As a fan of the Big Brother series on CBS, I am surprised, and not surprised to read that some of the house guests, most of whom are of course, very attractive made for TV people, are downright ugly. According to one site that monitors the 24 hour feed for the show:
In perhaps record time, Big Brother 15’s houseguests have unleashed a torrent of racist, sexist, and homophobic comments, mostly directed toward other people in the house, and most of which go unchallenged by others. This year, it isn’t limited to just one or two people; as Hamsterwatch reports, “the roll call for racist/homophobic/misogynist remarks now includes Aaryn, Kaitlin, GinaMarie, David, Jeremy, Spencer, and Amanda, in varying degrees.” That’s almost half the cast…
As to the awful things this cast has said, most of it occurred Saturday night and into Sunday. AJokers poster has compiled an extensive list including flashback times to view the footage, while Zap2it’s Andrea Reiher summarized many of the awful things in a story. Both are worth a read.
Here are examples, compiled and expanded from the above sources, video clips, and other sources:
- GinaMarie said that, because of her income level, she receives “nigger insurance” (she whispered the n-word, so it’s possible she said the version that ends with “a”). She whispered it to both Nick and Andy, neither of whom challenged her.
- GinaMarie said Helen, who’s Asian, “should be kissing our ass and serving us some fucking rice.”
- Aaryn said of Andy, “No one’s gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up.” She also suggested he’d win MVP because “people love the queers.”
- Aaryn said about Candice, who’s black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch.” (A month ago, Aaryn tweeted, “Attractiveness comes from inside. What would you look like if your looks mirrored your words and actions?” So much irony.)
- GinaMarie said Candice “gets that fuckin’ blackness,” referring to Candice’s reaction to something that happened in the game.
- Aaryn said of Helen, “Shut up. Go make some fucking rice.”
- Talking about sheets that smelled bad, David said they were that way because “black Candice” was on them, and then admitted, “that was totally racist.”
- Jeremy, who calls the house’s women “bitches,” said of Katilin, “I did touch her vagina today.. she didn’t act like she was happy.. I like to feel around see what’s she’s working with.. see if it’s a nice meat wallet … I know she’s on her period.”
- Spencer called Andy “Kermit the fag”; Amanda called Andy “Faggoty Ann” (McCrae later called her out for that language, but she defended it).
- Spencer said that the medical torture conducted by Nazi doctors was beneficial and praised Hitler’s speaking abilities, even while acknowledging that he’d be criticized for that.
- Katilin said she likes gay people but they’re “untrustworthy in a game like this.”
- McCrae said, “If I’m talking to a girl, that probably means I don’t want to fuck her.”
- Spencer referred to women as “cunts.”
- GinaMarie said, “you know two blacks stick together. They’re like tokens.”
Geez. At least I know who not to root for. You can read the full post quoted above here.
And on a side note, if you’re reading this before 9 am PST or Noon EST, you can catch me on the Internet Radio show “Mixed Race Radio” this morning at 9 am Pacific and 12 Noon Eastern. Here is a link.
A special post here to let my friends on here know that tomorrow at 12 Noon Eastern I will be interviewed on the very interesting Blog Talk Radio show, Mixed Race Radio, with host Tiffany Reid. We will be discussing the purpose of this blog, No More Race, as well as related issues. So tune in if you have time.
Here is a link to the show. And of course would love for you to call in and join the discussion.
I thought this was a very interesting study that I read about on Slate:
Let’s do a quick experiment. You watch a needle pierce someone’s skin. Do you feel this person’s pain? Does it matter if the person’s skin is white or black?
For many people, race does matter, even if they don’t know it. They feel more empathy when they see white skin pierced than black. This is known as the racial empathy gap. To study it, researchers at the University of Milano-Bicocca showed participants (all of whom were white) video clips of a needle or an eraser touching someone’s skin. They measured participants’ reactions through skin conductance tests—basically whether their hands got sweaty—which reflect activity in the pain matrix of the brain. If we see someone in pain, it triggers the same network in our brains that’s activated when we are hurt. But people do not respond to the pain of others equally. In this experiment, when viewers saw white people receiving a painful stimulus, they responded more dramatically than they did for black people.
The racial empathy gap helps explain disparities in everything from pain management to the criminal justice system. But the problem isn’t just that people disregard the pain of black people. It’s somehow even worse. The problem is that the pain isn’t even felt.
A recent study shows that people, including medical personnel, assume black people feel less pain than white people. The researchers asked participants to rate how much pain they would feel in 18 common scenarios. The participants rated experiences such as stubbing a toe or getting shampoo in their eyes on a four-point scale (where 1 is “not painful” and 4 is “extremely painful”). Then they rated how another person (a randomly assigned photo of an experimental “target”) would feel in the same situations. Sometimes the target was white, sometimes black. In each experiment, the researchers found that white participants, black participants, and nurses and nursing students assumed that blacks felt less pain than whites.
The former NBC Today Show anchor was born in Guam to an American Navy man of Irish, Scottish, German, French, and Cherokee ancestry. Her mother was a Japanese woman.
Was just thinking about this movie. If you have never seen 1967’s “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” you should. It is an American treasure, with some of the best actor’s Hollywood has ever seen. And it dealt with mixed relationships at a time when it wasn’t so cool to show them on the big screen. I think I need to go watch it again.
The actress, whose sister is choreographer Debbie Allen, is part African-American and part Cherokee. Interestingly, she grew up part of her life in Mexico, when her Dad moved the family from Texas to escape US racism in the 50’s. As a result of those years living there, Rashad, and Allen, speak Spanish fluently.
With all the negative stuff we see out there about bigotry and racism, it was so moving to see this story about this white American hero, who risked his life when he saw a young black girl drowning in a river. He didn’t care about her color. He only saw a person in need.
When Michael Patterson saw a young girl struggling to stay above water in a creek in Rome, Georgia, on June 8, he dove in to save her. Patterson was gravely injured in the course of his heroics, WSB-TV reports.
The girl, 4-year-old Javea, was able to be resuscitated. But Patterson became paralyzed from the chest down during the dive.
Carlissa Jones, Javea’s mother, described Patterson’s brave but tragic dive. From WSB-TV.com:
“He jumped in head first and after I grabbed her, I looked back and he was floating on top of the water,” Jones said.
Though the water in the river was moving fast, the stream bed was very shallow and rocky. Patterson broke his neck the moment he hit the water.
Ambulance workers rushed Patterson to the hospital where he continues to rest in the intensive care unit.
Read more here on this great guy who unfortunately is now paying the price for his selfless act. My hat is off to him.