It’s official, the DOJ is taking Sheriff Joe to court over racist policing! Apparently they finally came out and said negotiations were getting nowhere and he was deliberately stonewalling and delaying. (Big surprise.) This totally makes my day. For anyone who’s not familiar with him, Joe Arpaio is a hero to some and a bigoted tin-pot despot to many. As far as I know, he’s the only elected official to be burned in effigy in the US in at least the last twenty-five years.
In other happy news, my guest review of The Slipstream Con, by S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore, posted today over at More Than This, a new menage and poly book review blog. I’m giving it five stars. If MMF science fiction romance is your speed, go read about it!
School Daze: More On The Daily Show’s Tucson Ethnic Studies Story
So I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, but I’ve been sick a lot lately, and I just haven’t had enough brain cells left at the end of the day to do it. A particularly racist law went through the Arizona Legislature not long ago worded to kill one particular ethnic studies program–a highly-lauded program from the part of the state I’m originally from. I hadn’t realized that somehow, the Tucson school board was involved in the invoking the law to challenge and then kill the program. But apparently they have more bigots to deal with on the board than I’d anticipated . . . and one of them consented to an interview with The Daily Show. The clip is above, in addition to an article containing a useful summary.
Obviously, this guy is an idiot in addition to being racist, but the truth is, the entire law is screwy. What it boils down to is making some entirely subjective determination that a program teaches ethnic identity in a way somebody feels could lead to students feeling like they must rebel against the US. Though how they think groups of high school students are likely to rebel against the US is beyond me.
If you’re playing along at home, what this would mean is that it would be totally okay for any student who wasn’t Hispanic to be enrolled in the course, because there’s no chance of ethnic identity. Thus making sure that you could teach it to anyone who didn’t have a very reasonable vested interest. On what planet does this make sense?
Fortunately, most Tucsonans have better sense than this. The law is being challenged, this time by students (teachers tried, but were told they didn’t have the vested interest necessary to do so). And anybody stupid enough to use the word “gringo” in a national television interview isn’t likely to be reelected.
And while we’re on the subject of putting women “in their place,” apparently Dallas Independent School District thinks that a woman’s place is not in the cockpit of an airplane, and is taking some pains to make them aware of it young.
I know this story is a little old, but there’s only so much stupid I can deal with in any one day.
BofA settles unfair lending claims for $335 million
That’s right, not only are they perfectly happy to screw all of us, they just settled over Countrywide Lending’s going to some pains to screw African-American and Latino borrowers, especially.
If you haven’t heard about this yet, what it comes down to is that a particularly bigoted group pitched a fit about the show All American Muslim, which I had never even heard of. And as a result of their fit, Lowe’s and several other sponsors decided to pull advertising. Now, I had read several articles on this, and I actually feel like I may need to stop shopping at Lowe’s as a result. But then Tara Lynx came up with a link to this clip of The Daily Show covering it.
I guess it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Or at least, when it’s a moving picture with Jon Stewart, it is.