Archive for category Bigotry
I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A. I’ve been there a time or two and wasn’t that impressed. When their COO came out earlier with his bone-headed bigoted remarks about gay folks, I shrugged my shoulders and moved on. The company’s position is well known.
Several public officials have disinvited Chick-Fil-A from communities, activists on both sides have lined up to support or criticize the company. So here’s my thing. Activists can call for boycotts all they want. Or they can organize “support Chick-Fil-A days” all they want. I’m okay with other companies (i.e. Jim Henson Co) deciding to not partner with Chick-Fil-A. I’m even okay with public officials saying that they don’t share the company’s stated values and those values are not representative of their communities.
I’m not okay with them using their public positions to keep Chick-Fil-A out of their communities. I’m glad politicians are speaking out against the company’s bigotry. Chick-Fil-A’s owners and management have a right to be stupid and bigoted. The discussion itself it crazy though – it’s not about chicken, it’s about giving our dollars to people who actively use those profits to hurt the glbt community. Greenwald is right on this issue.
At the end of the day though, find myself saying “Really?” We’ve wasted how much time talking about what some mouth breather said? Boycott away. But it’s wrong for public officials to use their positions to keep Chick-Fil-A from doing business. The whole thing has been a PR disaster for the company and KFC is laughing all the way to the bank. Now can we move on to something that matters?
This morning, the partisan right-wing U.S. Supreme Court went against all precedent and upheld the constitutionality of part of the Arizona “papers, please” law (SB 1070). [It may be an exaggeration to say the law was upheld, see comments and update below]. I assume this law will now go into effect in Arizona. The only thing I can do about it will be to stay the hell out of Arizona as long as they have this racist policy in place. I wrote an e-mail to the Arizona Office of Tourism this morning.
It remains to be seen if copycat laws in Utah, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina will be allowed to go into effect. Every person in Arizona and states that pass S.B. 1070-like legislation will be required to carry proof of their legal status at all times or face the possibility of being detained. In practice it will be people of color that bear the brunt of these policies.
The encouraging news is that the first year after passing S.B. 1070, Arizona saw an estimated $141 million in losses from conference cancellations. The impact on the tourist industry from this first year alone totaled more than $250 million in economic output and close to 3,000 lost jobs. Ongoing economic impacts on Arizona tourism might encourage them to rejoin the Land of the Free.
UPDATE: David Dayen on FDL:
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer put on a brave face and described the ruling as a “victory,” because it did not quite invalidate the entire law. However, it left wide open an overturning of the one key provision that remains. That’s the “show your papers” part of the law. If actual Arizona implementation violates federal statutes or results in unconstitutional equal protection violations, it can be challenged again. In Arizona, the home of Joe Arpaio, that is almost certain to happen; this law can and will be revisited at a later date. Having most of the law thrown out before implementation isn’t anything that could conceivably be described as a “victory.”
Fox News reacted to news that the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, SB 1070, by citing arguments that the one provision that was not immediately thrown out is “the heart of the entire bill,” while Fox Nation claimed the decision was a “defeat for Obama.” Fox’s attempt to find a silver lining is unsurprising, as it has long been a staunch supporter of the statute. But the court’s decision was overwhelmingly against the bill and the remaining provision could eventually be overturned.
Pink Floyd had a string of perfect albums – albums that didn’t have one bad song.
The Crash Test Dummies are no strangers to that.
One song and one great baritone:
I have a special interest in heroes. A professional interest.
There is a neo-Aristotelean view that heroes are a very important way to teach morality. The view accepts that we are a social animal, and that the primary means of being social is verbal communication. I would add to those assumptions the claim that we think primarily in metaphor and analogy. Taking these three claims at face value, and extending them into Aristotelean ethics leads us to the not at all implausible notion that the best way to teach ethical behavior is not to teach complicated rules or lists of does and don’ts, but rather to make a list of character traits we believe people should have. We then treat these traits metaphorically. That is, rather than telling people to be brave, we tell them a story of someone who exemplifies this trait. We don’t tell people “co-operate!” we watch Pixar’s “Incredibles” with them. We don’t tell people to learn to be compassionate, we tell the the “Pursuit of Happiness” story.
I think this appalling video reflects just how ugly organized religion can get. We’ve seen it throughout history. No Judeo-Christian religion is immune.
That it is happening now in THIS country is very much motivated and inspired by the the GOP/Bush/Rove decade of an unrepentant appeal of God, Guns and Gays.
At this point, I see little difference between American Evangelism and Muslim extremism. Christians persecute gays in America still today, as they do in Muslim countries…and obedient crowds cheer.
Why are they constantly reducing the value of the lgbtq community and our lives to sex acts?
That’s the question Alvin McEwan asked in response to Del. Bob Marshall (Republican, of course) who opposed the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland to be a judge because Mr. Thorne-Begland is gay. Del. Marshall stated that sodomy is not a civil right, which prompted Alvin’s question. Read the rest of this entry »
I think the police are sick and tired of being called racist or against people who are falling through the cracks in the “Cops” show. I believe the overwhelming majority of police are doing an impossible job – incredibly.
Who released the Zimmerman booking video? The police.
Sure there’s a lot of violence caused by desperate people; some of whom are probably just trying to feed their children in America.
Watch this video, (if it lasts), and tell me what you think:
Who made the best case here: Bill and Van, or the republican strategists?
In case you don’t know who or what “ALEC” is, let me refer you to a pretty good post I did on it earlier.
ALEC made the law that killed who I think is an innocent young man. Poor white people carrying Skittles or empty Marijuana bags are no safer, (well, they might be. :)). The media is willing to put up old mug shots of Zimmerman which make him look overweight and vulnerable; WHY?
I think this is a turning point for the unfair drug laws and whatnot. I think I have a right to an opinion too, but we’ll see.
Zimmerman killed a guy! If he’d killed a dog in Florida, he’d be in jail. Let’s have a trial and find out what happened!
New York City, the Big Apple, the city so nice they named it twice, the home of a new education policy that makes Arkansas look like a bunch of liberal hippies…
The NYC department of education has a list of words you can’t say on a test because it might offend someone. Very impressive list too.
…’cause our Pres. is like all dark skinned and stuff.
I am looking forward to both the Hunger Games and Brave on the list of movies to lose myself in this year, largely because the book (Hunger Games) comes recommended by a bunch of teens I respect and because Brave is Pixar, and the worst Pixar film is better than the best stuff done by just about anyone else. I mean Incredibles, ok? End of argument. You either love Wall-E or you are wrong. Lets just leave it at that.
In close second for reasons to look forward to these films is the strong female lead. I haven’t seen either yet, but all indications are that I will be proud to take my daughter to them. As opposed to the Disney “princess movie” genera that I cringed at the entire time I was raising a daughter through the first 10 years of her life. A female lead that actually makes choices and kicks ass? Yes please!
I am hoping to write something about them later.
But there is nothing so good that the rest of world can’t ruin it even before you start. And about an issue you didn’t even know was an issue! Head on over to Jezebel and read their article about tweets related to Hunger Games. Aren’t we a great species?
Wake me after the apocalypse…