Yes, bibles are allowed in public school. No, bibles are not banned from public schools. Anyone who tries to tell you bibles are banned is selling you something: that is a flaming bag of malodorous fakery.
Bibles ARE allowed in schools. Just because a kid might feel embarrassed to bring a bible to school is not proof of any claim that the kid is prohibited from doing so. Peer pressure and prohibition are not the same things. Kids can have bibles in school. Kids can talk about religion in school as it may relate to history or literature. If such a discussion goes off on a tangent, I can see how a teacher would want to bring the discussion back onto topic. I can see how a teacher or other students might feel uncomfortable about talking about it. But that doesn’t make it against the rules.
Additionally, I hold that attributing the increased incarceration rate to lack of bible reading is not wholly truthful. Consider the role institutionalized racism has played in increasing the incarceration rate in this country. I believe that racism is the most influential factor in our increased prison population. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics‘ report “Prisoners in 2010,” Black men are imprisoned at 7 times the rate of white, non-Hispanic men. Black women are imprisoned at 3 times the rate for white, non-Hispanic women. Racism stymied education. Racism motivated the War on Drugs, which is singularly responsible for the imprisonment of nearly 20 percent of today’s prison population. Racism drives people to the streets and to crime to earn a living.
Racism is built into our social and government institutions. Urban centers with majority Black populations tend to have poorer schools, higher teacher-to-student ratios, higher teen pregnancy rates, and higher dropout rates. If one cannot get a job because because he or she lacks the necessary education, what does one do? Many people take the easy way out: sell drugs, become a prostitute, go on welfare, join a gang (all of which are arguable harder than taking the high road in the end). Sure, some people can and do turn to a church. But the church doesn’t have jobs for everyone. And joining a church won’t magically earn one a diploma.
Injecting religion into schools serves only to violate the rights of those – like me – who choose not to observe any religion as well as those who observe a different religion. The solution to every problem may seem simple when ones solution to everything is more religion. But religion doesn’t make racism go away. (Heck, religion even motivates bigotry in some cases.) And the fact that a simple claim of religious piety does not elicit the blind respect of yesteryear does not prove that our society needs to dump the First Amendment.
Personally, I’ve got no problem discussing the role religion played in shaping our society. But I draw the line at using lies to support giving religion a higher priority in public schools.
If you follow the femme rampage that is my blog space, you might have experience my utter disgust with a certain local radio personality. Let’s not mince words: I think Mark Madden is a racist jerk.
Now, that is not really saying much. So many people say racist, insensitive things nowadays, it would be impossible to preserve the meaning of the word racism if we attached that label to every person who tried to argue that Black people should “turn white” to get ahead in their careers. (NOT!) It has become politically correct to apply a hierarchy to racist behavior such that, those who say things that are only moderately offensive to minorities are labeled “insensitive,” while reserving the harsher “prejudiced” label for blatant discriminators and the full-on “racist” label for imbecilic, teenaged assholes who attack the first Black person they encounter and murder him by running him over with a truck.
Well, the lovingly racist radio jock Mark Madden took to the airwaves once again this past week to rail against another supposed injustice – this time aimed at him. It seems poor, portly little Markie is mad because Krystal Cozzo of the Pittsburgh Passion called him a fag or something.
OH NO! Poor Mark Madden!
He got called a mean name. He feels personally insulted – insulted enough to spend 15 minutes of airtime ranting and raving about how he doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment and sponsors should drop the Passion and they must hate gays and dont allow gay people into their stadium and…blah, blah blah…
OH SHUT THE HELL UP YOU HYPOCRITICAL MORON!!!
The only thing I feel sorry about Mark Madden for is that he can’t stop shoving crappy, unhealthy food into his mouth and get off his lazy, palid butt long enough to do something healthy for his body before it quits on him for good. It’s no wonder he only speaks highly of women who take their clothes off for a living, since he couldn’t get a decently intelligent woman to put up with his arrogant, sexist drivel for more than the few minutes it takes her to chug the beer he pressured her into accepting.
Maybe Mark Madden should spend less time being offended by random twitter remarks and spend more time learning why his own public, on-air, racist, sexist, and homophobic comments, which he and Clear Channel broadcasted to an entire city, are offensive to other people.
Sometimes I listen to sports talk radio. I’ll listen to 105.9 The X on the way home from work when they broadcast Penguins games. Listening to hockey games on the radio has been a love of mine since I lived in Columbus. I would watch Columbus Blue Jackets games on tv with the sound on mute, and let the radio announcer make the call. George Matthews‘ game call puts those tv announcers to SHAME!!!
I was listening to WXDX this evening when sports talk radio personality Mark Madden remarked about how he thought a certain commentator on ESPN was “turning white.” Mark said this guy was getting pale, and that maybe it was a career move on this guy’s part. Then Mark follows this all up, on live radio, with his opinion that the guy was “turning white” because the guy “realized he was completely talentless”.
Now, there are so many things wrong with his few seconds of radio they are hard to enumerate. I want to ask Mark Madden, “Do you think talent is defined by skin color? Do you think this commentator would be more talented if he were whiter? In your opinion, should all Black people start “turning white” in order to further our career prospects?”
Mark Madden doesn’t want to call his comments racist:
Seriously? Apparently, Mark Madden thinks “turning white” is diversity.
I think Mark should seriously consider why this person is “turning white.” Maybe Mark is ignorant of the fact that dark people tan. (Yes! Black people tan!) Has Mark considered that maybe this man hasn’t had time to maintain his usual tan because he has taken on additional responsibility at work and doesn’t have time for sunbathing and fun in the sun? Has Mark considered that his knee-jerk assumption is based on racist indoctrination; and that losing one’s tan is a sign of hard work and dedication to one’s trade rather than baiting opportunity?
No matter which way you spin it, Mark Madden’s comments were racially insensitive, and rooted in racism. Though he most likely won’t apologize and will not understand the significance of his prejudiced remarks, he should know that other people get it. He should know that saying racist things in jest is still racism.
I know where he stands.
I am appalled. The day after Gabrielle Douglas became the first Black woman EVER to win the Olympic individual all-around gymnastics competition, I see rumors that NBC released an “apology” for following up her glorious moment by airing a commercial with a monkey in it. A monkey.
Seriously? What is WRONG with people?!!!
NBC never should have apologized for airing that commercial, no matter WHO was on just before it. What NBC SHOULD have apologized for is all the racist jerks who associated a fracking monkey in a TV commercial with a Black athlete in the first place! Only a racist bigot would make such an association. The fact that some racist people put their bigoted spin on a random coincidence and then backed a spokesperson into a corner for a forced apology doesn’t make NBC wrong. It makes the racist bigots who thought it up in the first place wrong.
I was watching that segment. I watched Gabby Douglas win the gold medal in absolute superb style. I watched Bob Costas discuss her historic victory. I watched the ensuing commercial for NBC’s upcoming TV show “Animal Practice.”
And guess what!
I didn’t think anything remiss about it. I thought the commercial was dumb the first time I watched it. I thought it was dumb the umpteenth time I watched it that night. I thought about how Bob Costas looked older and wondered how long has he been hosting the Olympics. I thought about how proud I was of Gabby Douglas becoming the first woman of color to win a gold medal in the Olympic Women’s all-around gymnastics competition. I thought about a lot of things. But not one time did I associate the cute little monkey in that dumb commercial with the fantastically talented gymnastics genius I had just seen on screen. Do you want to know why?
BECAUSE I AM NOT A RACIST JERK.
In terms of racial inequality and prejudice, his country is messed up. But it is a much better place to live than most countries on Earth. I lived in Russia studying abroad for a summer and have first-hand experience in how racist other people in other countries can be. FIFA-sponsored soccer tournaments are a prime example of the state of race relations (or lack thereof) in the rest of the world. The campaign for every tournament lately is something countering racism. For the FIFA World Cup 2014 (TM) the slogan is ALL IN ONE RHYTHM (TM) – spreading the idea that soccer is a socio-cultural phenomenon and a unifying force, and the unity and diversity of Brazil. In 2006 it was “A time to make friends.” Racism in Europe is a big problem.
But we got Theirry Henry out of it. So it’s a mixed bag.
I wish that philosophy of unity and diversity filled my office. I recently had an infuriating episode with a coworker. We were discussing why he felt the need to put an unnecessary, redundant note on a drawing for a foreign customer. I tried to explain to him why the note was unnecessary by getting him to reason through the customer’s actions. His response to me was, “Because I just assume they’re ignorant.”
He just assume’s the customer is ignorant.
He just assumes they’re ignorant.
I instantly got so mad, I loudly replied, “Well that is a completely inappropriate idea,” and stormed out of his office.
Would he have made such an offensive comment if the customer was not foreign? Personally, I don’t think he would have. Even if his comment wasn’t based on the ancestry of our clients, it was an entirely inappropriate, offensive thing to say about ANY customer and reflected an attitude of someone who won’t do his or her best to represent our company favorably.
I tire of racist jerks. Especially at work.
When you are a minority living in a city that is over 98 percent white, you notice. People are surprised when I tell them I have a graduate level college degree. Once, at the end of a conversation on racially-motivated hate, a girl told me never walk home by myself. I get those people who try overly hard to tell me how colorblind they are or how cool they are with Black people. And to top it all off, the theater by my house didn’t bother to show Red Tails! I mean, why would anyone around here want to watch a movie about Black history? (Sigh.)
Because of my innate novelty here, I have found myself questioning whether I really want to bring my children up in a place where they also would be an instant stand-out. The other night, a disgusting scene broke out in my favorite bar – a liberal enclave in this rural, right-wing county. Some guy whose girl was apparently seeing a new beau on the side, caught his lady friend having dinner with another bar patron who happened to be Black. I remember seeing him take a picture with his phone. But I didn’t think anything of it. That is until he confronted both of them. (The new guy, totally unsuspecting, was quite surprised of this man’s existence.) The man pointed straight at my (now) new friend and told him twice he was a “fucking nigger.” Twice. Pointing at his face. (That shit don’t fly in my favorite bar – he was promptly banned.)
Ya know, I don’t care if he was mad about finding his girlfriend with this other man. I don’t care if it was just something he said in the heat of the moment. The fact that he said it means he thinks it. The fact that he thinks it means he is a racist. I don’t want my children growing up in a place where they will be treated or even considered differently by people like him.
Just because you don’t say racist things and you have Black friends doesn’t make you progressive or colorblind or tolerant or whatever you want to call yourself. What you say matters. What you do matters. How you treat people matters. But most of all, what you think is what matters.
Did you know that there is no specific antonym for the words bigot or racist? Do you want to know why? Because such a thing doesn’t truly exist yet.
I came across the most interesting article today. A nonpartisan think tank called the Migration Policy Institute recently issued a report providing a profile of Napa Valley’s immigrant population. The report provides estimates of immigrants’ influence on local economic health.
The report shows that although the Latino immigrant population in Napa County has increased 35 percent since 2000, the poverty rate among Latino immigrants had fallen dramatically. A high percentage of employers offer health insurance to their immigrant employees, reducing public costs of Medi-Cal, and from emergency rooms and clinics for the uninsured.
Sure, Latino children get free education in our Napa’s public schools. (GASP!) But their parents pay taxes at the same rate as other demographic groups.
The researchers recommend the county invest in their immigrant population (well, shucks!), maintain quality education in the public schools, incentivize private health care coverage, offer more citizenship programs, and invest in affordable housing for their large commuting workforce.
Thus the burden on social services due to a high immigrant population that conservatives in this country contrive as an excuse to fire, deport and separate families becomes a non sequitur when immigrants are treated respectfully and are offered the benefits everyone else gets. I think Mitt Romney and his cronies would balk at such evil socialist ideas. But these ideas are working all the time all over the country! Napa County is proof there is more than one way to solve our economic problems.